Features in Focus
Beyond the meetings and formal agendas, the El San Juan Hotel gives attendees many ways to celebrate successes, from daytime organized team-building beach events to the relaxation of the Well & Being Spa located on the 10th floor of the Grand Tower.
Others may visit the new tri-level, 24-hour Well & Being Fitness Center, which has a Juice Bar and offers a robust and ever rotating class schedule that includes Wall Yoga, guided meditation, TRX, In-Trinity Board Class, and Beach Body Bootcamp. Or, for a fitness activity that also allows attendees to cool off in the pool, planners can schedule a Float Fit Workout. This unique, wellness-oriented team-building activity takes place on inflatable paddle boards that are tethered together on the water’s surface; it incorporates traditional conditioning movements like squats, lunges, and core work, and gets the heart rate up with a cardiovascular water workout.
After an exhilarating workout or electrifying brainstorming session, attendees will thrill at the on-site dining spots where they can indulge their appetites. Chef Juliana Gonzalez takes traditional San Juan tastes to new places with her internationally inspired Puerto Rican restaurant, CAÑA. There’s a special sense-of-place experience to be had at Aquarelle, with its exquisite “water-to-table” seafood dishes and stunning beachfront locale. Meat Market is a luscious on-site steakhouse from Chef Sean Brasel, and Trattoria Napoles is a casual spot for Italian cuisine. Attendees with people to meet or things to see and do will thrill at the gourmet grab-and-go offerings from El Bistro, conveniently located in the hotel lobby.
There are four outdoor pools on property, with a large swim-up bar and luxury private cabanas with full food and beverage service available. Beachfront access is easy, and this stretch of sand is a particularly irresistible downtime destination: two stunning miles of Isla Verde Beach, which has been named the “Best Urban Beach” by Conde Nast Traveler.
Invigorating watersports experiences are available right there: jet-skiing and snorkeling, to start, with other options close by, including surfing, banana boat rides, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, and more. For sports enthusiasts, there’s also a bit of beach volleyball action—and back on hotel grounds, both basketball and pro-level tennis courts. Instructors are at the ready for attendees looking to improve their serve and swing during their stay.
That stunning expanse of shoreline splendor that is steps from every hotel room isn’t the only easily accessible place where groups can intermingle with Puerto Rico’s extraordinary natural world. At El Yunque tropical rainforest, they can explore the lush landscape and awe at the exquisite waterfalls hidden within its realm. A nighttime kayak ride through one of the island’s unique bioluminescent bays is extraordinary in every sense of the word. And a catamaran charter that comes to rest on an uninhabited cay will feel like the ultimate afternoon getaway—and induce amongst attendees a clarity of thought that will benefit business discussions back in the hotel’s meeting rooms and beyond.
But Puerto Rico shows itself as an enclave of inspiration in other ways, too. Ideas may strike while attendees wind their way through Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets, captivated by the centuries-old buildings that line them. Landmark buildings such as the Castillo San Cristobal and San Juan Bautista Cathedral fascinate with historic appeal, too. Attendees can choose to tour the home that was built for explorer Ponce de León, view pre-Columbian-era artifacts at Museo de las Américas, or admire Puerto Rican art at El Museo de Arte de Ponce. San Juan’s shops and restaurants are irresistible leisure-time lures, too—and for those who really want to dazzle their taste buds, Casa BACARDI (just across the bay) offers visitors samples of the brand’s world-renowned rums.
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