Pros

  • Upscale private residences set on a pristine two-mile crescent beach
  • Spacious condos with open layouts and full kitchens
  • All units have furnished terraces
  • Excellent 18-hole golf course, with a golf shop and driving range
  • Two pools with ocean views (one for kids)
  • Airy, well-equipped on-site fitness center
  • Four on-site tennis courts
  • Golf course eatery with causal fare and drinks
  • Kids club with activities like treasure hunts and birdwatching
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking
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Cons

  • No full-service restaurant or spa on-site
  • No beach facilities
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Bottom Line

Set between spectacular rainforest and two miles of pristine beachfront, Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club offers upscale private residences with access to amenities at the neighboring St. Regis -- so luxury here is on point. The property's 30 units have open-plan living and dining areas, furnished terraces, gourmet kitchens, and contemporary decor. The Bahia's highlight feature is its 18-hole golf course, and there's also two pools, a spacious fitness center, and four tennis courts. However, guests need to drive to the St. Regis for full-service restaurants and the spa, and there are no facilities at the Bahia's beach. Travelers seeking an exclusive stay closer to the action in San Juan can consider Condado Vanderbilt. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club

Scene

A chic, beachy resort and golfing utopia for well-heeled leisure travelers

The Bahia Beach Resort sits deep within a gated 483-acre nature reserve between lush, ancient rainforest, and pristine Atlantic beachfront. The property shares an entrance with the St. Regis, and a long driveway leads to the Bahia Beach Club, which serves as Bahia’s HQ. Here, you’ll find reception, pools, and the golf clubhouse and shop. During our stay, the most activity was on the scenic golf course, framed by palm trees and beachfront. The vibe at this resort is laid-back with an air of prestige -- but it isn't stuffy. The Bahia draws discerning families seeking an exclusive home-away-from-home with the freedom to self-cater in style and also utilize fine hotel amenities. 

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Location

On the northeast coast’s Bahia Beach, five minutes north of Rio Grande 

The Bahia is hidden away in gated grounds on Puerto Rico’s northeast coast. The resort is about 35 minutes from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, 30 minutes from San Juan, 20 minutes from El Yunque National Forest, and about 10 minutes from downtown Rio Grande. Known more for its pristine, uncrowded beaches, Rio Grande offers travelers with a more relaxed, remote locale than neighboring nightlife hubs like San Juan. There are a few local retail stores and small restaurants in the area, but the biggest highlight nearby is El Yunque with a slew of nature activities from ziplines to waterfall hikes on offer.   

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Rooms

Chic with contemporary decor, plus full kitchens and furnished terraces

The contemporary condos at the Bahia have one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts with open floor plans. Decor varies, but the general aesthetic is chic, with bleached wood furniture and armchairs covered in attractive modern prints, and sophisticated neutral tones with beachy accents. All units come with full kitchens that are equipped with stainless steel fridges, islands with sinks and high stools, dishwashers, coffeemakers, microwaves, and cookware, and some have Nespresso machines. There are also large dining tables, spacious living rooms with flat-screen TVs, and furnished terraces. Sleek bathrooms have roomy walk-in showers and a generous supply of L’Occitane products, and some have deep tubs. Views are either of the golf course or beach. 

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Features

Spacious gym, 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts, but no on-site restaurant or spa

This resort's star feature is the 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., which has a driving range and an upscale golf shop. Another property highlight is the luxurious pavilion that houses the spacious fitness center, with separate areas for spinning, pilates, weight-training, and cardio, plus there's a fruit smoothie bar. There's also two on-site pools (one for kids) with plenty of loungers and poolside cabanas, and four on-site tennis courts.

Casual eats are served at Cocoteros, located at the golf course's ninth hole, and carts cruise around with drinks and nibbles for players. There are a few deli-style items for breakfast here, but full meals are otherwise offered at the St. Regis restaurants. The closest is the Beach Club, an upscale affair with a bar, and a choice of indoor and terrace seating overlooking the pool and beach. The Bahia offers free on-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout, and there are elevators to reach second-floor units. 

Guests also have access to other St. Regis amenities, including the exquisite Remede Spa; and restaurants including Fern (a Jean-Georges establishment), Seagrapes (a poolside restaurant), and the St. Regis Lobby Bar. Loaner bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards are available at the boathouse, which has a floating water park for kids. Nature walks, river tours, bird watching, and nighttime kayaking to a bioluminescent bay can also be arranged here. Children are catered to at the Iguana Kids Club, which has everything from treasure hunts to birdwatching. 

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

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