By Dave Daubert

If glamorous worldliness inspires you, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club is calling you.

When you answer, prepare to be enchanted from the moment you step onto the resort which includes 483 gated acres of lush maritime forest on the island’s idyllic northeast coast.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach blends elegance and unspoiled natural beauty to create a place of harmonic bliss and adventure in equal measure. “Bahia” translates in English to a small arm of shoreline that curves inward, which is what the three-mile stretch of private beach does.

The soothing ocean-side setting and panoramic turquoise sea views welcome guests in sparkling fashion, and the resort’s Iridium Spa and Bahia Wellness Center await to rejuvenate and inspire. There are 3.5 miles of hiking and bike trails, plus kayaking and canoeing among 80 acres of lakes and the Espiritu Santo River.

An immaculate Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course ranks among the Caribbean’s best places to play. But before stepping foot on the first tee, you’ll check in at the finely appointed pro shop, where gracious customer service and the latest first-class merchandise set the tone for your Bahia Beach golf experience. From there you’ll move to the manicured practice area, a beautiful place to ease into your round.

The golf course is a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, the only such course in Puerto Rico to receive the designation – and it shows. Fifteen of the holes of the 6,890-yard track border water while presenting views of the El Yunque National Forest.

While playing, you’ll encounter coconut tree-framed fairways. Unique water features and bunkers accompany many greens. The closing holes parallel the ocean, culminating with stunning vistas of the crashing surf.

The club offers a caddie program, something that many players enjoy for the stress-free, stroke-saving support the insightful golf guides provide. Managed by Troon, conditions are always top-notch from tee to green, and the tropical plantation-style clubhouse is home to the Cocoteros Grill for light fare and refreshments. More