The St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort announced the appointment of José Torres as general manager of the property ahead of its December re-opening, after a $60 million year-long renovation after Hurricane María.
His designation marks his return to the island, where he will lead the hotel’s next phase — an $85 million investment for new luxury residential projects; Ocean Drive Beachfront Residences, the new Atlantic Drive Estates, and a 60-room addition to the hotel.
“It is with much enthusiasm that I return to Puerto Rico and become part of this team during this exciting chapter for the St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort,” said Torres. “The investment in Bahía Beach and the reopening of the hotel are part of a very important stage in Puerto Rico’s recovery, and I’m very honored to welcome back tourists from around the world to this vibrant and popular destination.”
With over 24 years of experience in the hotel industry, Torres brings expertise to his new role at the St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort. Previously, Torres worked at Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica, where he was also general manager. Prior to that, Torres served as general manager at the JW Marriott Panama Gold & Beach Resort, and the San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel. He also worked at the La Concha Renaissance Resort, the Marriott Courtyard Isla Verde Resort and the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino. Torres was also general manager and co-owner of Pasha Restaurant in Puerto Rico and worked for some time as corporate director of food and beverage for the Caribbean International Investment Group.
Raised in Puerto Rico, Torres began his distinguished career at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan.