Caribbean Journal lists top Puerto Rico hotels
The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is the perfect tropical getaway for sun-seeking travellers. With architecture, culture and cuisine influenced by Africa, Spain and other European countries, it's a diverse destination, and its range of accommodation options vary to suit any budget, from the luxurious St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, to the converted convent hotel of Hotel El Convento in San Juan.
As the British summer continues to unpredictable, many travellers are flocking to tropical destinations where the sun shines and the skies are blue. The island of Puerto Rico is the perfect tropical getaway, with its multi-cultural heritage, gourmet cuisine and architecture that has been influenced by Africa, Spain and other European nations.
The Caribbean island offers a wide range of accommodation to suit the budget and tastes of every traveller, from family-run B&Bs to luxury beachfront retreats. Here is a list compiled by the Caribbean Journal of some of the best hotels to stay at during a holiday in Puerto Rico.
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Tourists who are seeking an upscale experience can enjoy the high end facilities and spacious rooms and suites at this beachfront resort, located close to the beautiful El Yunque rainforest. Its facilities include a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed golf course; and the signature Remede spa with customised treatments and Champagne and truffle treats.
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
This luxury oceanfront retreat has hosted famous guests including Liz Taylor and John F Kennedy, and it was previously owned by Laurance Rockefeller. Located 35 minutes from the capital San Juan, the hotel has 100 guest rooms and suites, all with private plunge pools. There’s an outdoor spa nestled within a pineapple grove with separate male and female gardens, as well as a menu bursting with replenishing treatments that use native coconut oil and shea butter.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Established in 1919, this luxury beachfront hotel has had a recent refurb that has cost $200 million. There’s a rooftop infinity pool, fine dining restaurants, a spa with the island’s only marble hammam, and lavish guest rooms and suites with flat-screen Apple TVs, and guests are treated to personalised service from butlers and staff.
Hix Island House
Located on the island of Vieques, this eco-friendly boutique hotel is perched on a hill offering views overlooking the beautiful bay. With just 19 loft-style three-walled rooms that boast outdoor showers and private patio areas, this chic hotel is perfect for intimate getaways with loved ones. There’s the unique Casa Solaris solar-powered guest house for larger groups, and facilities including a pool with bay views, a yoga studio, and a lobby honour bar.
Hotel El Convento
This converted convent in Old San Juan has 58 colonial-style guest rooms that ooze history and charm and feature Louver door and Juliet balconies or private terraces. There’s an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, a fitness centre, two restaurants, and guests will have access to the exclusive El Convento Beach Club.
Located in Condado, the family-run Hotel O:live has 15 stylish suites with luxury amenities including rainfall showers with massage jets, free wireless internet and private terrace or verandas. The rooftop bar is fantastic for cocktails and sunset views, while the chef at Sage Steak Loft restaurant adds a twist of papaya and mango to delicious meat cuts.
Other great options
Additional hotels that made the list of “best Puerto Rico hotels” includes W Vieques Retreat and Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Horned Dorset Primavera, Villa Herencia, El Blok, La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort, InterContinental San Juan, and CasaBlanca hotel.
With calm azure waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling; pristine white-sand beaches such as Flamenco Beach and Caracas Beach; Spanish colonial towns; and all-year-round sunshine, Puerto Rico is an idyllic destination for family breaks and romantic getaways. Popular attractions include the El Yunque National Forest, Old San Juan, the Museum of Art, and La Fortaleza.
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