The Best Puerto Rico Resorts: Experience Unforgettable Getaways

Jude Uchella

Puerto Rico Resorts

Puerto Rico, the popular Caribbean destination, is a treasure trove of charming beaches, tropical climates, and rich culture. These features make it an ideal destination for year-round vacations. What better way to enjoy your vacation than at one of the best Puerto Rico resorts?

Are you traveling solo, as a couple, or with family? The plethora of resorts throughout the island caters to all types of travelers. The “island of enchantment” is committed to welcoming and pampering its visitors for an unparalleled experience.

Discover the Best Puerto Rico Resorts for Your Next Getaway!

Puerto Rico has many resorts, from budget-friendly options to luxurious high-end properties. Let's look at the best-from-the-rest options that are worth the splurge in the Caribbean!

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach

There's no better way to start this list than with this pristine resort on Puerto Rico's northern coast. If you've ever wondered what paradise on Earth looks like, this exquisite resort is the answer.

All about the sand, sea, and green spaces, Dorado Beach is a natural sanctuary and an eco-friendly resort.

It features stunning oceanfront villas and suites, each with its private plunge pool. The coastal-inspired stays are royal, with large bathrooms, separate living areas, verandas, and outdoor showers.

The guests of each room are assigned a personal ambassador to arrange dinner reservations and spa appointments. Among the all-star amenities here, you mustn't miss the nature-inspired treatments at Spa Botánico.

The spa is a tropical wonderland that's a tranquil destination in itself. Imagine soaking in an outdoor bath in the middle of the tropical gardens and an open-air treehouse massage; this spa has set the bar pretty high!

On-site dining options include the seasonally-focused Coa, the Posi+Ivo Sand Bar, and the Culinary Center for classes and wine-pairing meals.

If you're looking for any outdoor activities, there's sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. And if you'd like to practice your swing, there's the championship golf course – TPC Dorado Beach.

In the words of one of the customers, “The sunsets are glorious, and the spa is second to none.”

  • Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, 100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club

What was once a coconut and sugar cane plantation has been transformed into the ultra-luxurious St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. The resort blends natural beauty and elegance.

About 40 minutes east of San Juan, close to the El Yunque National Forest, is this polished resort with its two-mile stretch of secluded beachfront.

Lounge by the infinity pool, explore the El Yunque, or stroll along the secluded beach; you'll feel at one with nature.

Celebrated local designer Nono Maldonado decorated the 139 rooms and suites, symbolizing the sea, with shades of white sand, dolphin-gray, and turquoise.

For the ultimate splurge, opt for the majestic Casa Estancia, a five-bedroom residence with an impressive view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Head to the boathouse for some water sports or a game of tennis, or play a round of golf on the ocean-facing golf course. Are you interested in going on a nature walk, biking, or kayaking? Just ask the concierge to arrange the activities for you.

And when you desire some pampering, consider indulging in a spa treatment at Iridium Spa, inspired by indigenous healing traditions.

The curtained cabanas, lushly landscaped gardens, and deckchairs flank the main swimming pool making it the perfect place to be pampered and unwind. 

With the many exquisite restaurants at the resort, you can savor delicious cuisine. Cocktails and canapés at St. Regis Bar or Greek and Mediterranean dishes at the Taverna-style Paros Restaurant; there are options galore.

  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, State Road 187 Kilometer 4.2, Rio Grande

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

When the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel opened in 1919, it was Puerto Rico's first luxury hotel. Several dignitaries and presidents like John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Franklin Roosevelt have graced the place.

Fast forward 100 years and counting, Vanderbilt continues its reign as one of the premier stays in San Juan. It's a historic gem exuding charm and elegance in San Juan's trendy Condado district.

Thanks to its prime location, you can easily access San Juan's vibrant culture and nightlife, ensuring an unforgettable stay.

Rated the best business hotel in Puerto Rico, you can consider Condado Vanderbilt even if you're visiting with your family or on a romantic or singles getaway.

Relax by the opulent pool, pamper yourself at the luxurious Vanderbilt Spa, or explore Condado Beach and Ashford Avenue at Condado Vanderbilt.

As for dining options, there are four restaurants and bars, including the Michelin star chef Juan José Cuevas' 1919 Restaurant. You can easily splurge on delicacies from grilled octopus to thin-crust pizzas.

A guest who stayed here said, “The Condado Vanderbilt is the best hotel in San Juan. It's in the center of the action, so it's easy to get between different neighborhoods.”

  • Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1055 Ashford Ave, San Juan

El Conquistador Resort

Perched on a 300-foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and adjoining islands, El Conquistador Resort is a paradise that offers the best of relaxation and adventure alike.

This scenic resort is located near the El Yunque Rain Forest and offers a range of accommodations. From their spacious guest rooms to private villas, you can choose between stunning ocean views or serene garden views.

Golf enthusiasts will be amused by the resort's 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills.

Looking to work on your tan or laze around on the beach? You can sprawl across Palomino Island's private sands thanks to El Conquistador's alliance with sister hotel Las Casitas Village. It's only a ferry ride away for a blissful day at the beach.

Enjoy the resort's numerous pools, including the exciting Coqui Water Park. Activities like snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and a game of pool or tennis are guaranteed to make your stay fun and exciting.

If you opt for the off-site excursions, the featured destinations include Old San Juan, El Yunque National Rainforest, and Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.

After working up an appetite, grab a snack at the snack bar or dine at the main restaurant – Brisas Courtyard Cafe. You'll be delighted with the dining options here: Pizza and burgers at Bella Vista, Italian at Bono, and wine and small plates at Vinos & Tapas.

Finally, there's nothing like a world-class spa to help you relax and a vibrant casino to multiply the fun!

In the words of a critic, “You may never want to leave, and frankly, you can have a great vacation without doing so.”

  • El Conquistador Resort, 1000 Avenida El Conquistador, Fajardo

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve

The Hyatt brand has some amazing hotels in the Caribbean. On the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, against the backdrop of the charming El Yunque Rainforest, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve is a beacon of luxury and tranquility.

Expansive gardens, breathtaking ocean views, and palm-fringed pathways create a tropical oasis for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.

The central attraction of the resort is the large, lagoon-style pool, with four integrated whirlpools surrounded by lush gardens. As for accommodation, take your pick from the oversized suites with stellar views of the ocean, tropical gardens, or pools.

With two Tom Kite-designed 18-hole championship golf courses, you can enjoy an entertaining round of golf at the resort.

Food enthusiasts will find themselves in a culinary paradise with exceptional dining options. Treat your taste buds to the fusion of Asian flavors and Caribbean influences at the resort's signature restaurant, Nori Asian Grill.

If it's mouthwatering seafood and prime cuts of meat you desire, dine at the elegant Water's Edge.

The Rainforest Spa at the Hyatt Regency isn't your typical spa; it's paradise. Choose from the range of treatments to cater to any need or desire. The exquisitely decorated treatment rooms offer a sanctuary of serenity.

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve, 200 Coco Beach Blvd, PR-955, Rio Grande

Other Splendid Puerto Rico Resorts

Here's a short list of other Puerto Rico resorts that are equally spectacular as the ones listed here:

Things To Keep In Mind

Hurricane season runs from June through November, so check cancellation policies and travel insurance options when booking your stay for this time. The best time to visit Puerto Rico is winter, with cooler temperatures and reduced chances of hurricanes or rain.

Some resorts are located in more remote areas, while others are closer to popular tourist attractions like El Yunque National Forest or Old San Juan. Before booking, research each resort's location and amenities to ensure it meets your needs and preferences.

Tipping is customary at most Puerto Rican resorts; the standard amount is 15% for good service.

Visit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an enchanting destination for a relaxing tropical getaway. With all the mesmerizing beaches, historic sites, and vibrant nightlife, you're bound to enjoy your stay in Puerto Rico. Go enjoy the sun, sand, sea, and the luxuries of a Puerto Rican resort! 

This article originally appeared on Savoteur.

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