Maldonado, HBA complete $60M St. Regis renovation in PR

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has reopened following a $60 million renovation to repair damage from Hurricane Maria.

Designed by Puerto Rican designer Nono Maldonado, together with Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) of San Francisco, and inspired by the surrounding sea, sand and foliage, the 139 refurbished rooms and suites have a modern aesthetic in a residential setting.

The property uses a color palette of whites and light blues that complement ocean and tropical garden views, while custom furniture pieces, such as a glass bar cabinet, evoke a luxurious home. The renovation also included Casa Grande, which is home to Paros, the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, and the St. Regis Bar. “The Long Awaited Voyage," a mural by Puerto Rican artist Arnaldo Roche Rabell is featured above the bar.

Paros is situated on the second floor of Casa Grande. Overlooking the ocean, it has a terrace with floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor seating and a bar. Located adjacent to the lobby The St. Regis Bar has a beachfront terrace. Seagrapes, located next to the resort’s main pool, now has indoor/outdoor seating, and Beach Shak features a beachside bar and eatery.

The resort also has the Iridium Spa that features relaxation areas, steam and sauna facilities, cold and hot plunge pools, 10 treatment rooms, an exercise area and a fitness center.

The property also has two private bird sanctuaries, an on-site “green team” led by a marine biologist, four deco turf tennis courts, a St. Regis Kids Club, an oceanfront golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and trails for biking, walking and running.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort also debuted a new $85 million beachfront, luxury residential development, Ocean Drive, as well as The Atlantic Drive Estates and has plans for a resort expansion. Offering 30 condominium residences in three beachfront buildings, The Ocean Drive Beachfront Residences has three- and four-bedroom residences and penthouse models ranging in size from 3,379 square feet to 4,048 square feet of interior space.

The property also is slated to debut The Atlantic Drive Estates, a collection of coastal home sites located west of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Additionally, The resort has plans for a $30-million, 60-room expansion on land adjacent to the current guestrooms.

The property is a 30-minute drive from Old San Juan and is located on a former coconut plantation between El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve, The AAA Five Diamond St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is set on 483 acres and is the only Gold-certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary in Puerto Rico.

José Torres serves as general manager of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort.

Photo credit: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort