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Puerto Rico's Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club Wins High Audubon Honor
By Alex Finkelstein | April 1, 2009 11:46 AM ET
(BAHIA BEACH, PUERTO RICO) -- Still under construction, the planned 139-suite, five-star Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club has received one of the Audubon's highest designations - a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.
The recognition is a big deal for the developer, Interlink Group LLC.
"We are committed to sustainable development and preserving our natural wonders," says Interlink president Federico J. Sánchez-Ortiz. "Not because it keeps the community beautiful - but because it's the right thing to do."
Sanchez-Ortiz says Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club is the first community in Puerto Rico to receive the honor. Only 79 developments have achieved the Signature Certification worldwide.
Signature certification is awarded to developments which are designed, constructed and maintained according to Audubon International's precise planning standards and strict environmental criteria.
Audubon International Signature Programs were created for resort projects in the development stages.
"Through these programs, we work with landowners from the design stages through construction and then in establishing a maintenance program focused on sustainability," says Nancy Richardson, Director of Audubon International Signature Programs.
Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club is taking shape along two miles of scenic beach, within view of El Yunque National Rainforest. The community is home to a variety of animal inhabitants including snook and tarpon, frigate birds, pelicans, palm trees, golden leather ferns, West Indian whistling ducks, iguanas and many species of songbirds.
The Espiritu Santo River, which borders the property, originates in the majestic El Yunque Rainforest and ends at Bahía Beach.
Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club is located 25 minutes from San Juan's International Airport.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts will operate the Resort & Residences that will include 139 junior suites and one-bedroom units with ocean views.
The property will also offer the services of the St. Regis Butler®, a world-class Remèdesm Spa, oceanfront swimming pools, an award-winning 18-hold Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course with a beachfront clubhouse, a 120 seat Jean-Georges Signature Restaurant and Bahía Village, the community's seaside enclave of shops and restaurants.