The Bottom Line
- The astounding menu of activities and entertainment practically guarantee you'll have fun.
- The hotel restaurants are terrific, and in my time there I never had a bad meal.
- Golfers will really enjoy the two beautiful courses.
- If you came for San Juan, you'll be disappointed. The Hotel is about an hour away.
- The beach is lovely, but the ocean is Atlantic, not Caribbean. In PR, I prefer the Caribbean waters.
- A hotel that truly has it all, the Rio Mar Beach Resort offers something for every type of tourist.
- The hotel gives you spectacular ocean and beach access as well as the lush greenery of the Puerto Rican interior.
- To really pamper yourself, upgrade to one of the resort's 72 suites, which are well worth the upgrades.
- Check their web site for frequent offers and packages.
Guide Review - The Rio Mar Beach Resort Hotel in Puerto Rico, A Wyndham Grand Resort
The Rio Mar Hotel, a Wyndham Grand Resort, occupies a pristine and secluded stretch of Puerto Rican coast. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent El Yunque rainforest, the resort offers its guests the best of both Puerto Rican worlds, along with an impressive variety of services, dining and entertainment options. With all there is to see and do, the comfy guestrooms might be the place you spend the least amount of time.
That doesn’t mean the rooms leave anything to be desired. Spacious, decorated in a casual tropical theme, and overlooking either the ocean or the golf course and rainforest, they come with plush bedding, Italian tiled floors perfect to cool your heels and track in a bit of sand, large flat screen cable TVs, and nature photography that reminds you of the tropics. Each room also has a balcony, and you’ll enjoy sitting out and enjoying the ocean views.
But the Rio Mar is so much more than its guestrooms. The recently renovated hotel casino will help you wile away as many hours as your wallet and luck allow. I've already written about the Mandara Spa. The restaurants are terrific, particularly Marbella, where you can get a delicious breakfast and Puerto Rican specialties (such as a terrific asopao), and the fantastic Palio, one of my favorite hotel restaurants and among the best choices for Italian fare on the island. Or, you might opt for Shimas, the Asian bistro, if only for their sushi and live karaoke at night.
Beach- and water-lovers will flock to the practically private, mile-long stretch of beach facing the hotel, and enjoy the nearby Iguana’s Pub. But I’d also recommend the two adjacent pools, one for families (complete with water slide) and one for adults only. The hotel even has a watersports center with wave running, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and Scuba diving with on-site PADI training.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll love staying here. The two world-class courses, one designed by the legendary Greg Norman, the other by Tom & George Fazio, rank among the best in Puerto Rico. After your game, you can enjoy the wonderful clubhouse, considered one of the best on the island.
If you want to explore beyond the hotel, the Rio Mar’s in-house tour partner, Dragonfly Tours, will introduce you to San Juan, Vieques, El Yunque, and other destinations around the island.
If you’ve brought the family, you have chosen wisely. Club Iguana, just for kids, is terrific, with a separate area where the kids can spend the day while you relax, play games or watch movies (with an old-fashioned popcorn cart at the ready), and participate in a full menu of activities that range from poolside games to iguana feeding.
And finally, if you’ve planned a meeting, wedding or event at the hotel, you’ll be more than pleased with their facilities, which I find among the best business hotels around.