Rainforest Inn Origins
It's hard to imagine that just a decade ago the only redeeming qualities of the Rainforest Inn were the view of the ocean off the back of the property, the bare shell of an estate that two hurricanes left in their wake, and the marvelous El Yunque rainforest jungle that surrounds the old property.
It's amazing the things a persistent vision and a little elbow grease can do--The Jungle suite before and after
This video (below) shows the Rainforest Inn from the air and inside the villas (the drone flies through).
More than sixty-five years ago, Bill's uncle David Humphrey came to Puerto Rico and was charmed by the little brook that ran through the property, and the spectacular views of the blue Caribbean sea below. Through the years, he lived in serenity here, blazing the Lost Machete trail to the Espiritu Santo waterfall, and bequeathing the five acre property he developed to his daughter. Eventually the property was sold outside the family.
In 1989, only the main house survived the two-hundred-mile-an-hour devastation of Hurricane Hugo's winds, but that structure was wiped-off-the-map soon enough by Georges, a Category-4 that struck in 1998. The once-sparkling property was subsequently abandoned. In 2003, Bill and Rene saw the place for the first time. Met by overgrowth, bare concrete, and structures stripped to their foundations, they were overcome by what could only be described as a sincere fool’s hope.
We Hope that we've built something truly special up here, something to be cherished for years to come
Bill had always dreamed of living in the rainforest, and he and Renée decided to make the place habitable again. The couple quickly realized the then-ravaged property had the potential to become something more than an estate home. Hoping to one day share the natural majesty of the place with the world, they decided to build a romantic hideaway nestled in the Rainforest. Merging their talents, Bill used his woodworking skills to make all the necessary repairs, and subsequent enhancements, and Renée utilized all that she knew from years in the hospitality industry to make the place the bed and breakfast it is today. Her design talents are evident in every little detail of the property. In their spare time, Bill and René enjoy hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and sailing in the Caribbean.