Starwood’s first Caribbean resort, St Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico, brings a level of luxury to the island not seen in decades (it officially opened three months ago). First, let’s explain “luxury.” Luxury is back-bending, back-breaking service. Beach and pool staff will carry your towels, whether you like it or not.
You will have a welcome glass of champagne upon check-in, only to be topped off by a welcome mojito in your room made fresh at your request. Your room will be turned over twice, with candles lit on your balcony at night. All 139 rooms come with an appointed butler. The Remede Spa exceeds 10,000 square feet and expectations. Luxury is the Jean-Georges Vongerichten signature Fern restaurant offering a gourmet lover’s menu of local ingredients. Best of all, luxury is a two-mile beach you’ll have practically all to yourself.
While the 483-acre resort is completely isolated on its own beachfront paradise, there’s no shortage of activities. You can go on nature hikes (the resort is located on a former coconut plantation right at the edge of Bahia Nature Reserve), take tennis classes, opt to golf at the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed golf course, laze at the pool, have a drink at the Fern bar or, like me, just walk around barefoot all day on the beach with your Blackberry locked away in your safe.