Built on a coconut plantation nestled between the Espíritu Santo River and El Yunque rain forest, this two-year-old secluded paradise is a 30-minute drive from Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. If you can swing it, a quick trip to PR would be sweet for the holiday. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, features 139 guest rooms, equipped with custom-designed cherry furnishings, beamed ceilings, rattan fans, Pratesi linens, and spacious showers. It’s obvious that this place understands the concept of pure elegance and style. Well, it is the St. Regis. If you don’t have time to map out an exciting vacay, spending a few days lounging here in the coming weeks wouldn’t be so bad. Of course the grounds are immaculate, views breathtaking, and the grub is worth a mention too. Dining options are tempting at the Fern, Molasses, and Seagrapes restaurants, while light bites at the St. Regis Beach Bar are pretty impressive as well. Heads up, if you make it down around Christmas, for a little Christmas flair, the resort will unveil a village of gingerbread houses and Santa is scheduled to shimmy into the lobby on Christmas day! Cheesy but cute. We like that.
– Naomie Y. Church