doors and offer wine and cheese for an evening of gallery hopping.
Some of the finest antiques in the Caribbean can be found
at El Alcázar, the largest antique emporium in Puerto Rico.
Whether you are looking for silver, crystal, furniture or art, you
will find an abundance of treasures and collectibles here from
around the world.
San Juan is also home to ultramodern boutiques, including
ones owned by Stella Nolasco and Nono Maldonado, two of
Puerto Rico’s haute couture designers known for their fashion-forward style. Fashion connoisseurs can also visit the upscale
boutique of Luis Antonio in Miramar, who has designed clothes
for pop star Jennifer Lopez, among others.
In 2010, Puerto Rico welcomed the arrival of two new five-star hotels—The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and the W Retreat and Spa. The über-hip W is on laid-back Vieques, nestled
between two secluded beaches. The 157-room resort sports
modern architecture with whimsical bursts of tropical color.
Chef Alain Ducasse’s signature restaurant, miX On The Beach,
celebrates Latino Caribbean flavors via off-the-beaten-path detours through French sensibilities. Dining options also include a
café, poolside service and a swanky cocktail lounge. The resort’s
Spa Chakra offers more than 60 health and beauty therapies to
nurture your skin, body, mind and spirit.
St. Regis, Oceanfront Luxury
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, with its refined tropical
luxury and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, the St. Regis Bahia
Beach Resort brings a new level of bespoke hospitality to Puerto
Rico. The St. Regis standard of luxury began around the turn of
the 20th Century in New York City by the Astors.
The elegant and romantic St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is situated on 483 acres of a former coconut plantation and native maritime forest, just a short drive from San Juan’s International Airport.
The Caribbean’s first and only Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary, this luxurious resort includes a 139-room hotel.
The residential real estate community opened in 2007. Much
of the resort’s continued sales success can be attributed to Puerto
Rico’s Government, which instituted a stimulus that waives real
estate taxes for all new purchases during the 18-month qualifying
period, for five years. The resorts’ owners have also arranged 100
percent financing up to $3 million at 2.83 percent for 40 years.
Single family and estate homes look across the Troon-managed Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course onto
the protected, mountainous El Yunque National Rain Forest. The
view east is also of the manicured, Audubon certified golf course
and two miles of secluded, private, white sand beaches.
Boxing great Oscar Del La Hoya, an MLB player and a member of the U.S. Cabinet all call the resort home. The property is
lush with 100-foot palms and thick stands of Seagrape, Almond
and Flamboyant trees. The Espiritu Santo River runs through
its vast green, rain forest and creates a tranquil, idyllic, natural,
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature restaurant, Fern,
combines a curated selection of the greatest dishes from his portfolio of domestic and international restaurants with the highest
quality local ingredients. There are three other dining options
along with handcrafted cocktails at the St. Regis Bar. You’ll also
enjoy a beach club with an infinity pool, tennis club and the
Remède Spa, which specializes in personal touches, such as chilled
champagne, Jacques Torres truffles and Kashwere throws. |
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