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The Sanctuary at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

ByJean A. Francis

Feb 28, 2022

Golf courses are among the most relaxing and scenic places to enjoy outdoor recreation, and they are often carefully manicured green spaces. But not all courses are created equal, as the 18-hole layout at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort enlightened.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it is one of the most magnificent places in the world. From lush forests to turquoise oceans to an abundance of living wildlife, few places compare to the sights and sounds you’ll find at Bahia Beach. In fact, 65% of the Bahia Beach property features unspoiled wildlife sanctuaries and incredible nature trails, earning it the distinction of being a Gold Audubon International Signature Certified Sanctuary.

Achieving certification is a demanding process that demonstrates the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s extreme passion for the environment. It partners with private and public organizations to ensure local endangered species will be there for everyone’s children – and their children – to enjoy. After all, the world would be less unique without the leatherback turtle or the Caribbean manatee for future generations to enjoy.

Bahia Beach’s 18-hole championship course is ranked among the best in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and the Atlantic islands (source: Golfweek’s “50 Best Courses You Can Play” in these destinations).

Fun fact: Most putts at Bahia Beach head into El Yunque National Forest, not the adjacent ocean as many expect.

The immaculate layout provides an exciting tropical experience. Get ready for shooting at its finest. Well-placed shots are crucial in Bahia Beach. Carved into the maritime forest, the fairways are narrow with the strategic use of bunkers. Don’t look for your ball if you miss the fairway. There is dense foliage that gobbles up errant balls sent wide of the rough.

Some of the most memorable holes include No. 16, a par 4 parallel to the beach, followed by a brief jaunt inland for the short par 3 17th. Finally, your round ends with a stellar par-4 closing hole that returns along the coast. The overall beauty of the property and the relaxed island vibe provide the player with the perfect tropical golfing experience.

Complete your game with lunch afterwards at Seagrapes, with ocean views and a caressing island breeze accompanying the savory meals.

Ideally located on a former coconut farm and between the El Yunque National Forest and the Espíritu Santo River State Reserve, the St. Regis Bahia Beach is situated on 483 pristine acres and 2 miles of secluded beach with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Golf is just one of the impeccable amenities and activities offered. Enjoy water sports or pamper yourself with a personalized spa day at the full-service Iridium Spa. Luxurious accommodations await at the 139-room St. Regis, as well as spacious private beachfront villas available for rental. When staying in the renowned location, serene lakes, sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs and, of course, the legendary El Yunque are your companions.