Sunday, July 24, 2011

Travel In Puerto Rico

I was fortunate enough this past month be able to travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Our accommodations were about 25 miles outside of Old San Juan at the St. Regis.  This exclusive Resort and Spa at the foot of the El Yunque Rain Forest proved to be beyond my wildest expectations.  The St Regis encompasses 483 acres of beautiful, natural and professionally landscaped gardens, ponds and oceanfront townhomes, suites and homes. 

We rolled in to the St. Regis after passing down some lovely, tree lined "one and a half" lane roads just below the peak of the El Yunque Rainforest.  The entrance was lined with lava rock fire bowls and beautiful statuary, plants and fountains.  The Koi ponds at the front entry to the luxurious lobby were filled with large Koi who will actually suck your fingers if you dip them over the edge!

To say that our Suite was beautiful is an understatement!  The view across the gardens and out to the ocean was incredible!  The room was expansive and the spa like bath included every luxury including a television in one of the mirrors. 

Included in your accommodations are the free use of kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and sailboats.  All you have to do is sign them out.  You are driven from the lobby across boardwalks through jungle like areas to your own suite.  Although the resort was completely booked while we were there, you seemed to be virtually alone because of the vastness of the Resort. 

The food at Molasses and the Sea Grape Restaurant was of the highest quality, and the selection fantastic.  My companions and I tried nearly every appetizer on the menu at Molasses and each and every one was better than the last! 

Every, and I do mean every, single employee was professional, courteous and attentive to every detail.  I can honestly say that in all my travels in this country and abroad, I have never been anywhere I liked better. 

If you enjoy luxury and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, I highly recommend you try the St. Regis.  If you like the party life, Old San Juan is only 25 miles away, and the limosine ride is a pleasant one.  Try the Mandarin Restaurant in Old San Juan for another treat.

I will post more later about San Juan, as we traveled from the St Regis Resort and Spa to Vieques for more fun!

Have a great Sunday, and RELAX!

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