The award-winning St Regis Hotel is nestled along a two-mile crescent of sandy beach on the northeast coast of the island of Puerto Rico. The resort is on the site of a former coconut plantation, and surrounded by the El Yungue National Rainforest reserve. The site’s history inspired the architecture; the hotel was designed to evoke an “old world” Caribbean plantation. Additionally great care was taken in the design relationship between the new buildings and the natural environment in order to preserve the habitat values on the site: substantial ocean setbacks were established to protect Leatherback Turtle breeding grounds and the Caribbean Manatee. The resort, including its golf course is the first and only resort in the Caribbean to be awarded the Gold Signature Sanctuary certification by Audubon International. The result is an idyllic and luxurious resort which adheres to the highest standards of sustainability and conservation, protecting water quality, conserving natural resources and providing wildlife habitats.
The 175,200 sf Hotel was designed with 135 Guestrooms, 65 Condominium Suites, 8,200 sf of meeting space, and a 7,585 spa. The central building accessed from the arrival courtyard was designed as an old mansion including the bar and specialty restaurant.
Peter Mason was the Principal and Project Director* from the initial stages of the design through the opening of the hotel.