Travel + Leisure Readers' 5 Favorite Resorts in Puerto Rico of 2024

Travel + Leisure Readers' 5 Favorite Resorts in Puerto Rico of 2024

Readers favored resorts in Puerto Rico with private beach access, spacious villas, and impeccable service in our annual "World’s Best Awards" survey for 2024.

Home to 36 nature reserves, 19 state forests, three bioluminescent bays, and nearly 300 miles of coastline dotted with pristine beaches, it’s no secret Puerto Rico is an outdoor lover’s haven. But this Caribbean destination is so much more than its natural beauty, as visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a place to hang their hat — or, in this case, swimsuit — after a long day in the sun. Travel + Leisure readers’ favorite resorts on the Island of Enchantment are indeed enchanting, setting themselves apart from the rest with unique amenities and unrivaled luxury.

How Voting Works

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Over 186,000 T+L readers completed the 2024 survey. A total of more than 700,000 votes were cast across over 8,700 properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Hotels were classified as either resort hotel, city hotel, inn, or safari lodge based on their location and amenities, and they were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Rooms/facilities

  • Location

  • Service

  • Food

  • Value

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

<p>Courtesy of Fairmont El San Juan Hotel</p>

Courtesy of Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

What Readers Loved

This year’s list saw three returners from 2023 with two newcomers: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico (No. 2) and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Rainforest Beach and Golf Resort (No. 4). The former is making a major comeback after being crowned No. 1 in our 2021 awards. Set on a former coconut plantation by Bahia Beach in Río Grande, one reader said, “many locations with hotels and resorts set themselves apart from the rest, this is one of them.” The latter has everything you’re looking for in a tropical getaway, from three lagoon-style pools to a 20,000-square-foot sundeck by the beach, and even a two-mile stretch of golden sand exclusive to resort guests.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (No. 3) wows travelers with its sprawling open-air villas. “As big as it is, you feel like it’s your private oasis in beautiful villas with plunge pools, and it doesn’t feel crowded,” remarked one reader about their accommodations. About 23 miles west in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s largest city, rounding out the top five is Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. T+L readers raved about the property’s ocean-facing infinity pool, friendly staff, excellent food, and personalized butler service. “If you’re going to be in the city, this is the place to be,” remarked one voter.



"As big as it is, you feel like it’s your private oasis in beautiful villas with plunge pools, and it doesn’t feel crowded."

T+L Reader



World's Best Awards 2024

The Winner

Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

<p>Courtesy of Fairmont El San Juan Hotel</p>

Courtesy of Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

Originally built in 1958 as a hotspot for celebrities and affluent jetsetters, Fairmont El San Juan Hotel has maintained its stellar reputation over the years. The beachfront property jumped four spots from its 2023 ranking thanks to a number of unique onsite experiences, from cabaret-style performances at a secluded speakeasy to dining beneath a towering 300-year-old Banyan tree. Guests will find a quintessential Caribbean vacation experience, too, with its four pools, nine dining destinations, spacious villas, and frozen daiquiris and piña coladas galore — which are best enjoyed on a floaty by the swim-up bar or in a private cabana at the adults-only pool area.

“Love the hotel, love the location, love the staff,” raved one voter. Another reader praised the “great concierge service and pool bar,” but their favorite spot to hang was by the shores of the Caribbean Sea. “The beach is beautiful and full of surfers. It was fun to people watch while sitting in the sand.”

The Full List

1. Fairmont El San Juan Hotel: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Reader Score: 92.87

2. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico: Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Reader Score: 91.38

3. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve: Dorado, Puerto Rico

Reader Score: 91.33

4. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Rainforest Beach and Golf Resort: Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Reader Score: 91.08

5. Condado Vanderbilt Hotel: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Reader Score: 90.95

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