Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa - A Wyndham Grand Resort

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6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande
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Secluded on the northeast coast, 6 km (3 mi) north of El Yunque rainforest, this 11,331-hectare (28,000-acre) Puerto Rico resort features oceanside and riverside championship golf courses and a 13-court tennis center. read more
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Rio Mar resort/hotel was nice for the money we spent on the room, we had a king bed resort view room. The room actually faced the mountains and rainforest which in my opinion was better than a beach view. Rio Mar is in close proximity (~20 min) to the rain forest which is a must see. It is also a short drive (~10 min) from the Kioskos which is a collection of resturants and shops with some really good local food. Make sure to try Tapas 13 if you are into that sort of stuff, the grouper ceveche and diablo shrimp were awesome. Old San Juan is a 30-45 min drive depending on traffic, they have shuttles for this as well as arranged tours through a local service but I would suggest taking a car so you can take you time. I took one of the arranged tours and felt rushed throughout. The beach at the resort is pretty nice, however the surrounding beaches were suprisingly dirty. You will find everything from drift wood to broken bottles to old tires stuck in the sand so be careful if you walk off of the resort beach. The resort offers a variety of water activities such as jet ski rental, catamaran rental as well at 2 pretty good sized pools. The food at the hotel is decent, however, it is extremely over priced for the quality of the food. Count on spending ~$150 per person per day if you are going to eat your meals at the hotel. Also make sure to get a rental car at the airport if you are staying here. You can rent a car at the hotel but the rate reflects the convenience of this option. The shuttle from the airport is pretty expensive plus its good to be able to leave the resort grounds for meals and local attractions. Overall there are plenty of activities at/around the resort and the room rate was pretty reasonable. My one strong suggestion would be to make sure you have a rental car, you will have to pay for parking but its worth it to be able to visit the surrounding areas.
4
Jul 17th, 2007
El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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1000 Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo
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Perched atop a 300-foot cliff on Puerto Rico's northeast coast, this resort—overlooking a convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea—has a private island an 8-minute boat ride away. read more
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The resort was beautiful and not busy (stayed Oct/Nov 2010). It is about one hour from the airport but worth the drive (via taxi approx. thirty-five pp one way). Palomino Island is a part of the resort. You get there via the resorts free water taxi-its beautiful with many loungers, umbrellas, huge beach, food & drinks, & watersport rentals. Loved it!! There is no beach access right at the resort, but I didn't miss it. It is not a "party" resort but a peaceful resort (at least during my stay) with all the amenities. As everyone has said the food onsite is expensive, but if you rent a car, there are many local restaurants nearby...try the red snapper!! The resort is large, so as an FYI, depending on where your room is, it may be quite a walk to the main lobby area (restaurants, shops, bars, casino). We had a large ocean view room with a large balcony, the decor and furniture was not brand new yet the room was very clean & so large that I loved it! There was a small refrigerator in the room so you can stop at a store on your way to the resort and stock up on a few things to cut meal expenses. Staff were always friendly & attentive. I recommend this hotel if you want a relaxing vacation lounging by the beach, enjoying the watersports, swimming pools, golf, and perhaps a day trip to the rain forest-which is close by. We used the hotel's shuttle service back to the airport. If I have the opportunity to return to San Juan this is where I will stay!!
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Nov 19th, 2006
Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo
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Perched 300 feet above the ocean on a northeast cliff, Las Casitas Village features the renowned Golden Door Spa. The village is part of a spectacular larger resort. read more
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Good: -Spend the extra money and stay at this Las Casitas Village resort versus the El Conquistador (they are both on the same premises). The resort is beautiful, very clean and the grounds are absolutely amazing including an infinity pool perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the ocean. -Laid back, relaxing atmosphere -Enjoyed eating breakfast on the outdoor terrace every morning -Very friendly and helpful staff -A Very Nice Private island. Enjoyable ferry ride that runs every ½ hour - (They are no beaches onsite) -Water Park was fun for adults and the kids -Nice golf course with magnificent views -Great authentic restaurants close to the resort -Close to Bio Bay and Rain Forest Bad: -The Funicular is the only means of transportation to the lower level of the El Conquistador resort that provides access to restaurants, Water Park, and ferry. There are 2 with a capacity of 30. Depending on time of day, we waited upwards in 2+ hours for a ride. This is absolutely ridiculous. -Average to poor overpriced food and drink on premises, Go offsite! -Over 1 hour ride from airport, not the best of locations off the resort -Everything is expensive, Water Park, restaurants, spa, golf, (be prepared) -The grounds of the resort are massive, be prepared to walk a good deal or call the butler service for a golf cart ride. I didn’t mind it. -The gym has outdated equipment.
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Jul 31st, 2007
Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico

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200 Coco Beach Blvd, PR Highway 955R, Rio Grande
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Located on Puerto Rico's northeastern coast on Coco Beach, this Rio Grande golf resort is 30 minutes from Luis Muñoz Marin Airport and the greater San Juan area. The resort features a large lagoon-style pool with 4 spa tubs flanked by Balinese-style platform lounging beds. read more
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The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

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State Road 187 Kilometer 4.2, Rio Grande
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Offering a secluded, natural setting, this Rio Grande, Puerto Rico luxury resort is nestled between a two-mile-long beach and El Yunque National Rainforest. Old San Juan is a 30-minute drive. read more
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This resort exceeded expectations. This is probably the nicest place I have stayed and I have stayed in some pretty nice places (4-5 star in Paris, Hawaii, Chicago). The grounds are gorgeous. The staff is the friendliest I have seen. Always wanting to help. Angel at the tour desk made our reservations for activites and clearly explained any details we needed to know. It is easy to go get a bike for biking or playing a round of golf. The room was probably the most basic that was available and was still over the top. It had an incredible bathroom and shower, very large room overall, cd player, porch with furniture, mini fridge that you could actually use (not just minibar fridge, but items were available for purchase if you like). The location was good for us right near the rainforest, but about 30 minutes from San Juan. Definitely rent a car but it is an easy drive. Of course this kind of service and presentation doesn't come cheap, but at least you get what you pay for. We visited another 4 star property in San Juan for gambling, and while it was nice, it wasn't over the top like the Bahia. So, despite the cost, there is a level of value here. No way I would return to Puerto Rico and stay anywhere else.
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Aug 6th, 2007