With glistening turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and streets teeming with vibrant music and art, the island of Puerto Rico are renowned for being the characterful hidden gem of the Caribbean. From the colourful streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, to the lush greenery in El Yunque Rainforest, Discover Puerto Rico rounds up five of the best hotels the island has to offer!
Experience the epitome of luxury at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, San Juan
A luxurious beachfront resort, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers an impressive on-site golf course and fitness centre, alongside a selection of four top-class dining facilities where guests can relax and indulge in a culmination of the Caribbean and international flavours and culinary techniques. Complimenting this, the Ritz-Carlton is home to the luxurious Spa Botanico. Famed for its commitment to wellness, heightened and harmonised by nature, the spa offers an array of unique and immersive treatment experiences, performed amongst the island tree-tops and enriched by indigenous and locally sourced ingredients. A high-end resort destination just 15 minutes away from the cosmopolitan centre and nightlife of San Juan, the Ritz-Carlton is perfectly situated for guests seeking to combine the city’s vibrant cultural offerings, alongside secluded comfort.
How: Room rates start from £3,065 per night in June 2022 for a King room. Book here – ritzcarlton.com
Puerto Rico welcomes a new boutique resort, an idyllic haven for the modern soul-seeker
Creators of the successful O: Live Boutique Hotel & O: LV hotels are set to open a new, luxurious beachfront property in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico this summer. An earthy habitat for the modern soul-seeker, Aire De O:live will invite guests to detach from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in the earthy, minimalist surroundings. Amongst its most popular amenities, Aire De O:live will feature the Japanese influence, rooftop restaurant, Yoko. Experimenting with a unique style of contemporary Japanese Robatayki and authentic flavours, guests dining here can expect a light and earthly culinary experience, like a breath of fresh air. With all interiors in the 80-room property being expertly curated to create a warm and laid-back atmosphere, this is the perfect destination for travellers to kick back and relax in style. For all those eco-conscious travellers out there, Aire De O:live is also a hot property for its commitment to sustainability. From the use of low-energy lightbulbs, ceramic water bottles and all-natural, vegan toiletries dispensers to the staff uniforms made from sustainable fabrics, the Aire De O:live hotel is leading the way for sustainable travel and hospitality!
How: Room rates start from £307 per night in June 2022 for a Habitat de O:live room. Book here
Explore Puerto Rico’s lush rainforest in the remote, SELVA hideaway
The newest addition to the Dreamers Welcome portfolio, SELVA is an upscale, remote hideaway within the lush, El Yunque Rainforest. Designed with the island’s tropical surroundings in mind, the property invites guests into the heart of the rainforest, using clean architectural lines and natural materials to complement the glorious qualities of nature. Venturing on SELVA’s own private hiking trail, guests can explore the surrounding tropical landscapes of dense green flora, rolling Puerto Rican hills, and stunning beachfront views. Complementing its environment, the hotel is designed with an abundance of open green spaces, and decorative dried flower arrangements by artist, Marcos Toledo, and plant tickets in every corner. Set to be Dreamers Welcome’s most secluded and rejuvenating destinations to date, the SELVA boasts an expansive deck, fitted with a luxurious heated salt pool and a perfect ‘suntrap’ spot for sunbathing. As the day turns to night, guests can lounge in the gazebo admiring the picturesque views of the untouched mountains and ocean. At night, cosy up by the fire pit as the forest comes alive with coquí sounds and the majestic starry night sky.
How: Room rates start from £426 a night in June 2022 for SELVA / Rainforest retreat. Book here
Step back in time with a stay at the 70s inspired, Mood Haus hotel
If Puerto Rico’s vibrant and artistic culture was a hotel, it would be Mood Haus. An eclectic, 70s, inspired, boutique hotel, situated in the heart of San Juan’s Food and Art District, Mood Haus is a wonderland of retro-inspired decor, glittering mirror balls and disco beats, hidden within the centre of Puerto Rico. The property comprises four units, two studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, each named after an iconic Disco Diva and outfitted with its own disco ball, record player and an extensive collection of vinyl. A haven where guests can totally immerse themselves in a hub of art, culture and music, Mood Haus is the perfect destination for travellers and couples seeking a unique and out-of-the-box experience, and an animated hub, where they can meet and celebrate with individuals who share their passions for life, music and identity!
How: Room rates start from £143 per night in June 2022 for a DONNA | Studio room. Book here
Enjoy a taste of paradise at the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Situated on a former coconut farm and nestled between the El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is aptly set on 483 pristine acres and two miles of secluded beach, offering views of the Atlantic Ocean. The luxury retreat blends history, elegance and tropical splendour with unrivalled amenities to create an atmosphere of refined excellence. The hotel’s seaside pool invites days of relaxation and curative swims under the Caribbean sun. Lined with palm trees, guests can experience the epitome of relaxation in the elegant poolside cabanas where inspired décor, flowing privacy drapes, a delicious menu of culinary delights and unrivalled service await. Guests can test their golfing skills on the hotel’s expertly designed 18-hole course or enjoy a thrill by participating in the various water sports available such as paddle boarding and canoeing.
How: Room rates start from £722 per night in June 2022 for a King room. Book here
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