There's something to be said for getting off the beaten track and experiencing a country from the perspective of a local. There's also an equally lot to be said for staying somewhere where everything you eat, drink, and do has been carefully planned out, prepared, and dished up by someone else. If you're in need of the kind of vacation where the only thing you're expected to do is show up and have a good time, check out these 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico.
10. Gran Melia Golf Resort
Resorts don't come much more convenient than the Gran Melia Golf Resort. Located less than 30 minutes from the San Juan airport, you'll be off the plane and by the pool before you know it. Asides from the convenient location, the resort offers a bunch of perks, including large, airy rooms with either garden or ocean views; three restaurants offering a choice of Italian, Asian, or local cuisine; a very swanky martini bar, and a gorgeously laid-back pool bar. Activities are numerous and well organized, offering plenty to keep the whole family in round-the-clock, quality entertainment.
9. Hyatt Resort at Coco Beach
The sweeping views over pristine beaches and glistening ocean from the beachfront rooms at the Resort at Coco Beach would be enough in themselves to justify the room rate. But the resort doesn't stop there. Lucky guests are treated to a smorgasbord of luxurious comforts and indulgences, including a spectacular outdoor pool with ocean views, a swim-up bar, sun loungers, and cabanas; two 18-hole, Tom Kite designed PGA championship golf courses; a spa offering a full suite of treatments as well as a sauna, a steam room, and a hot tub; and more activities and events than you could fit into a hundred vacations, let alone one.
8. Caribe Hilton
Despite being located just a few minutes from the shopping and partying opportunities of San Juan's downtown, the Caribe Hilton offers guests the chance to unwind in blissfully peaceful surroundings. The amenities, which include three oceanfront pools, a dedicated kid's fountain pool, and a private sandy cove, can't be sniffed at. Neither can the jam-packed roster of events, which includes everything from sandcastle building contests to yoga classes and pina colada tastings. Families will be pleased to know the hotel caters to children just as well as it does adults, with children's menus at each of its nine restaurants, a babysitting service, and an outdoor playground.
7. Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Recommended by Oyster.com as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico, Las Casitas Village is a huge, sprawling resort occupying over 20 acres of lush, landscaped grounds. When you're not admiring the fountains and foliage, there's plenty to keep you occupied at the resort's pools, restaurants, fitness centers, and spas. Rooms are spacious and stocked with everything you'll need for a pleasant stay.
6. Parador Guanica 1929
If you're looking for something a little more intimate than the standard all-inclusive resort, look no further than Parador Guanica 1929. This small, two-story hotel set on on a rocky outcrop of the Bahia Noroeste delivers privacy, personalized service, and uninterrupted peace. The grounds are exquisite, with an ornamental fountain, a pool courtyard with a lap pool, and plenty of rocking chairs and benches to relax on. Rooms are more traditional than they are modern, but they still come with all the conveniences you'd expect, including air conditioning, TVs, and wifi. Dining options are limited, but the Ensenda Restaurant's exceptionally bright, lively menu is unlikely to leave you wanting.
5. Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa
Named as one of the best all-inclusive Puerto Rico resorts by Family Vacationist, the Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa offers comfortable, stylish accommodation in an unbeatable location. Set over 20 acres of lush grounds, it offers a choice of rooms for varying budgets, excellent dining options, and plenty of entertainment. Use of the tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, ping-pong tables, and fitness center are all included in the nightly resort fee. You've also got the option to rent a bicycle if you'd like to venture a little further afield.
4. Hilton Ponce Golf and Casino Resort
If you can't imagine spending your entire vacation without enjoying at least a few rounds of golf, the Hilton Ponce Golf and Casino Resort will be right up your street. Boasting an enormous, 27-hole championship course with numerous sand traps, 16 lagoons, and breathtaking ocean views, not to mention a lighted driving range, chipping areas, and putting greens, it's heaven for golfers. If golf leaves you cold, there's still a lot to recommend the resort, including its free-form main pool with children’s slide, lap pool, ping pong table, and choice of four restaurants, including the award-winning La Cava.
3. Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club
If you're looking for a resort with better eco-credentials than Greenpeace, cast your eyes in the direction of Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club. Recommended by tripsavvy.com as one of the most eco-friendly resorts in Puerto Rico, the hotel's grounds are a dedicated nature preserve, encompassing tropical forest, pristine beach, and several lakes. As you'd expect, there's ample opportunity for outdoor adventure, including fishing, hiking the 4 miles of nature trails, and guided nature walks. There are also the standard amenities you'd expect of a premium resort, including sports courts, several dining options, and a hugely fun multi-level freeform pool.
2. Villa Montana
As The Crazy Tourist notes, Villa Montana in Isabella is great for a beach getaway. Set on 35 acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds, it offers direct access to over 3 miles of secluded, sandy shoreline. The guest rooms are soothingly decorated, with Egyptian cotton sheets, artisan furnishings, and spa-like private bathrooms. Amenities are plentiful, while both of the onsite restaurants offer excellent menus packed full of tempting dishes made from fresh, local ingredients.
1. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Regardless of your taste or your age, you're guaranteed to have a memorable time at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. With two nature preserves to explore, two championship golf courses, a casino, 10 restaurants and bars, and a full-service spa, it has something for everyone. It also offers three lagoon-style swimming pools and a full lineup of kid's activities, including arts and crafts, hair braiding lessons, and even bingo. Thanks to its location next to the stunning tourist attractions of El Yunque Rainforest and Bioluminescent Bay, there's just as much to do off-site as there is on.
Written by Dana Hanson
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