Looking to escape the Midwestern winter? Then search no further than El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village—a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Sprawling across a cliff high above the sea, El Conquistador Resort is divided into five villages, including Las Casitas Village, a separate luxury resort that shares its grounds, which features one-, two-, and three-bedroom style villas, as well as 24-hour resort butler service. The resort boasts an Arthur Hills championship golf course, a Waldorf Astoria Spa, a 100-acre private island, and the state-of-the-art Coqui Water Park, unlike any other in the Caribbean. The resort is located 31 miles east of San Juan and the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, El Conquistador is among the Caribbean’s most complete destination resorts, spread over 500 acres in the quaint fishing village of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The resort overlooks the converging waters of the turquoise Caribbean Sea stretching to the east, and the sapphire blue Atlantic Ocean, extending to the north. It is a quick plane ride and no need for passports to this paradise as it’s a US territory.
Boasting a plethora of restaurants, even the pickiest of eaters will find a favorite place to dine. Kids will adore the endless activities on Palomino Island—the Resort’s private tropical island paradise—including snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, hiking, kayak rentals, horseback riding and more. A can’t miss for kids and adults alike is the aquatic playground, Coqui Water Park. It is an amazing 2.4-acre destination themed after the nearby El Yunque rainforest. It sits along the Caribbean Sea and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Among the astounding features is the iconic Torre de Yocahu, a tower from which three high-speed water slides flow, including El Gigante Dormido (The Sleeping Giant) with an intense 40-foot drop. An 8,000-square-foot “lazy river” is filled with 180,000 gallons of water that pushes riders sitting leisurely in inner tubes around the park.
Two offsite excursions that are a must are the Rain Forest and the bioluminescent bay. Hiking through the nearby El Yunque Rain Forest with a swim in an unbelievably beautiful waterfall is an absolute must. You can choose how long of a hike you would like and short or long this is an experience that won’t be forgotten. Kayaking in the dark through mangroves on a mission to see bioluminescent plankton is a thrilling adventure as well. Dragging your hand along the kayak evokes images of Tinkerbell sprinkling her pixie dust.
Escape from it all with a vacation at El Conquistador—a destination with endless activities for all ages and a view that can’t be beat.
For more information on the all-inclusive package, visit elconresort.com/allinclusive. For reservations or more information on El Conquistador Resort or Las Casitas Village, visit waldorfastoria.com/elconquistador and waldorfastoria.com/lascasitas.