Overall, we absolutely loved this resort. The grounds and 360 degree views were incredible. One side of the resort faces the ocean, with Palomino island in the distance. The other side overlooks the rainforest, with the hills of El Yunque serving as a backdrop against the setting sun. STUNNING!
If you are interested in visiting El Conquistador, here a few things to keep in mind:
When To Visit & Families
We visited during a lull - mid-week and right after school holiday breaks were over. This meant the place was not fully booked and we often had entire areas to ourselves. Highly recommend it if you can swing it!
It's very family friendly. There are multiple pools, kid-friendly restaurants, a built-in scavenger hunt around the grounds and even a water park. We didn't see many families given our timing, but this place would be a phenomenal family getaway.
There is no direct beach access from the main hotel grounds. The resort is situated on a cliff and there is a small marina below. Fear not! They have a ferry that takes guests to Palomino Island, the resort's private island, which is less than 10 minutes away. This island boasts one of the best beaches in PR. One side of the island features white sand, calm water, and full amenities - a decent restaurant, two bars, bathrooms, shops and games. You can also hike the small hill in the center of the island to a secluded cove on the far side, or rent horses for a quick tour. Depending on weather and sea conditions, you can rent kayaks and paddle over to Palominito (Little Palomino) which is a tiny beach island across the reef. We loved hanging out on this beach all day and the sunset ride back to the hotel was spectacular!
If you are traveling with a large group, consider renting one of the casitas situated along the cliffs. These are beautiful small apartments perfect for families. The casitas have their own small pool and restaurant areas which may be a better option during busy weeks at the resort.
We stayed in one of the main buildings facing the ocean which made for spectacular views. When we visited, an ocean view didn't cost much more than a jungle view room. However, if the cost difference is significant, I think a jungle view room would be very nice since the sun sets in that direction, casting a golden light over the mountains and impeccable golf course.
Also, I think this resort would make for a fantastic destination wedding venue. They have options for big or small weddings and your guests can stay together in the casitas village. It would be so much fun!
It's easy to get here. Fly into San Juan, rent a car at the airport and follow these directions. The drive out here will take about an hour and self parking is $15/day for guests. The car will give you lots of flexibility if you want to explore the rainforest or other nearby beaches and go out at night. If you don't want to rent a car, the hotel can schedule an airport transfer.
In my next post, I'll write about places to eat and things to do in the Fajardo area!