Puerto Rico is one of my favorite islands escapes, especially during the holidays. It’s a easy flight from Fort Lauderdale. El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort property, was my first choice on where to stay. It is conveniently located in Fajardo just an hours drive from San Juan. The hotel is nestled on a cliff-top oasis on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
El Conquistador offers golf, a private island, a water park, lots of pools and jacuzzis, and multiple restaurants to choose from.
My family and I reserved a two bedroom ocean view suite during Christmas week last year. We had only heard great things about this resort. I booked a little late and was bummed out when we couldn’t get into “Las Casita Village“. Las Casita is the villa accommodations which are great for large families. They are secluded one-, two-, and three-bedroom style villas, ideal for family gatherings. Everyone says that once you stay in “Las Casita” you will never consider another resort again. We’ll have to go back and see for ourselves.
Our two bedroom ocean view suite was located on the top corner floor, closest to the spa and Las Casitas Village. The room was spacious, and so was the bathroom which came with a soaking tub, shower and double vanity. Next to our bedroom was a common living room, dining room area. The kids room was on the opposite side of the living area.
The lobby area was festively decorated for the holidays with a large gingerbread cookie house and tree. We decided it was a great photo opportunity for a family picture.
The property has 3 pools including 3 hot tubs to choose from if you want to spend the day lounging around the pool. One of my favorite places to have lunch was by the pool.
Since the hotel is located up high on the clifftop, they offer a tram that takes you down to the Marina area below. On your way to the tram you can stop at one of the shops for last minute sunglasses, sandals, beach coverups, and even suntan lotion. The Marina has a few restaurants, also with hotel accommodations. It’s also where you take the ferry that departs very hour to the fabulous secluded beach on their private island: “Palomino Island“.
It takes 10 minutes on the ferry from El Conquistador to reach Palomino Island. The beach area has beach chairs, restrooms nearby, and a few places to grab something to eat. They even supply the beach towels for you. All you need to do is show up with your sunscreen.
The waterpark is a favorite among the younger kids, it’s located to the right of the Marina area called Coqui Water Park.
At El Conquistador you can golf, utilized the spa, enjoy the Coqui Water Park, or take the ferry boat ride to Palomino Island, There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy the great flavors of their Puerto Rican cuisine.