Effortless inspiration is around every corner at the El San Juan Hotel. Thoughtful elements are in place to facilitate the most creative to the most traditional business programs, from intimate board meetings to general sessions. The hotel’s nearly 40,000 square feet of meeting space comprises a recently redesigned 11,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom with 18-foot ceilings, an adjacent grand terrace overlooking the pool and beach, and unique pre-function space. Additionally, an elegant Gold Ballroom has as its centerpiece a Czech Bohemian Crystal Chandelier and offers its own entrance off the main porte cochere.
For an authentic Island background, there are 19,000 square feet of outdoor pool and beachfront options—and spectacular options they are. There’s space for groups of up to 150 to gather poolside under a 200-year-old Banyan Tree, an exquisite property landmark, or at Aquarelle, the on-property seafood restaurant that is an outdoor paradise for private parties.
That planners choose Puerto Rico as their meetings locale is no surprise: The destination fascinates with its heritage, culture, and history—and at the El San Juan Hotel, there are myriad ways to reward attendees with experiences that allow them to engage with it.
At Chico Cabaret, the on-site club, groups can get festive during Salsa dance classes, or attend a performance from El San Juan Big Band and Charlie Sepulveda, a well-known musical artist. For a cultural experience that titillates the taste buds, groups can also gather at the Rum Bar for one of two experiences involving Puerto Rico’s signature liquor: a tasting of locally made rums, or a hands-on cocktail class with award-winning mixologists Yeye Ortega and Sergio Reyes in which they learn to mix luscious rum drinks.
Health and Wellness
Puerto Rico’s tropic climate and the resort’s stunning scenery give attendees a natural rejuvenation that’s reflected in energetic, enthusiastic discussions and collaboration. Helping to sustain that drive and enthusiasm throughout the day is the hotel’s focus on health and wellness, reflected in food and beverage options that both nourish and excite attendees.
Planners can select such items as Caribbean vegetable frittatas; yucateco egg white burritos with kale, salsa roja, quinoia, and avocado; organic baby kale salad with watermelon and marinated tomatoes; and grilled octopus with braised pineapple. Even meeting breaks are nutrient-packed when planners select the “Make Your Own Trail Mix” or “Power Juice” stations—or, for the the ultimate Caribbean treat, a “Fruteria,” set-up reminiscent of Latin street food stands with fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables sprinkled with chili powder, lime, and salt.