Taking it to Extremes—3 Ways to Escape From or Indulge in What’s Left of Winter’s Chill

St. Regis Bahia Beach is all about pampering and pleasure
St. Regis Bahia Beach is all about pampering and pleasure

Caribbean Comfort at St. Regis Bahia Beach
Approximately a 35-minute drive from San Juan, the St. Regis Bahia Beach sits between El Yunque National Forest and the mouth of the Espíritu Santo River on Puerto Rico’s northeast coast. Known as AAA’s only Five Diamond Award resort in Puerto Rico, this former coconut plantation sits on 483 lush acres of property, including two miles of pristine, private beach. Among its notable features are an oceanside world-class golf course with fabulous views, a top-rated restaurant and a luxurious spa.

As far as outdoor activities are concerned, it’s hard to beat the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. oceanfront golf course, which offers 18 holes (par-72) with fairways featuring views of the ocean, scenic lakes and mangroves that will delight even the most jaded of golfers. Other tempting attractions include nature trails, a bird sanctuary, tennis, art classes and a zip line that takes adventurers through the tropical canopy of nearby El Yunque’s rainforest.

The resort’s top restaurant, Fern, is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten creation that features notable dishes from his portfolio of renowned restaurants around the world. Remède Spa, near the hotel’s main entrance, is all about pampering and peacefulness, with seven secluded massage villas lining the spa’s garden, plus men’s and women’s steam rooms, sauna and hot and cold plunges. An incredible menu of treatments and services, including massage, skin, salon and well-being programs are readily available, including customized treatments featuring indigenous, organic products.

BEST ROOMS The 2,510 square-foot, bi-level Governor’s Suite ($2,600 nightly) offers a second-floor terrace with beautiful ocean views. This low-rise Caribbean plantation-style building fits in perfectly with the lush surroundings. The entire suite, which receives butler service and has a full kitchen and a dining room for six, is decorated with custom-designed dark cherry wood furnishings and original artwork. The master bedroom features a king-size bed layered with 300-thread-count Pratesi linens and a sleek marble bathroom with a huge rain forest shower connected to the private, outdoor terrace. 787-809-8000, www.stregisbahiabeach.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]