Puerto Rico Hotels
Ann Wigmore Natural Wellness Institute
Carretera 115, Calle Moret, Barrio Guayabo Aguada
The entire team of wellness specialists at Ann Wigmore’s eponymous Natural Health Institute in Puerto Rico is well-trained in her revolutionary approach, which lauds the use of wheatgrass and “living foods” (strictly organic, raw, plant-based, and nutrient-rich foods) for nourishing and ultimately healing the body. While the accommodations are comfortably minimal, the beachside grounds make for an idyllic setting for the one-week intensive and two-week immersive programs—all of which are supplemented by customizable treatment plans of colonics, lymphatic massages, and more. You’re likely to feel an instant transformation but the institute’s goal is long-term education, effectively preparing graduates of the program to maintain the lifestyle back at home.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
100 Dorado Beach Dr., Dorado
This Puerto Rico outpost of Ritz-Carlton’s super opulent offshoot, Reserve, takes its glitzy past as Laurance S. Rockefeller’s passion project back in the 1960’s very seriously. The most vivid throwback is the five-bedroom Su Casa plantation which was painstakingly rehabilitated to its former glory—antique furniture, cigar veranda, plunge pool, and all. In lieu of cramped hotel rooms, guests can choose from indoor/outdoor suites and beachfront residences. The Spa Botánico’s enticing menu focuses on healing treatments, which can all be enjoyed on suspended treetop platforms. Among several on-site eateries, Positivo Sand Bar (come here for freshly caught sushi, traditional ceviche, and really good cocktails) and Mi Casa by José Andrés (try the asopao de langosta, a traditional Puerto Rican rice stew with spiny lobster) are a must.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
State Road, Rio Grande
Despite the name, the tropical rainforest this resort is set inside is the bigger draw. This is a place to come if you’re into guided tours through the forest led by local marine biologists, a bird sanctuary, bike paths, etc. Kids can hang out in the Iguana Club if they don't want to trek. It has all the upscale amenities you’d expect from a St. Regis property, including their signature butler service (they unpack your bags), a Remède Spa, an oceanfront golf course, and good food.
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