The Conqueror: Waldorf Astoria’s El Conquistador Resort

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958a9e78-d57a-4e27-99e5-8512c733d0c1Puerto Rico’s rich history, indigenous wildlife, surreal scenery, and tropical climate make it the perfect U.S. destination. Nestled atop a 300-foot cliff in Fajardo, the Waldorf Astoria’s El Conquistador Resort towers over its very own private island. With breathtaking views in every direction and a commanding presence, it’s not hard to see why this stunning property earned the name “El Conquistador,” meaning “The Conqueror.”

Just 31 miles from San Juan, El Conquistador spans over 500 acres and shares its grounds with some of the most exotic creatures you’ll find on the island. This five-star resort overlooks both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, making for some unimaginable views. As you walk through the impeccable grounds, you will find four freshwater pools, 23 restaurants, a par 72 golf course, and a private boat that takes guests to the beautiful Palomino Island. The 100-acre island includes traditional water sports, horseback riding, and a hike that encompasses both the nature and beauty of the island.

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Among the many restaurants at El Conquistador, fine dining options included the Sting Ray Café, La Piccola Fontana, and the resort’s staple, Chops Steakhouse, which fires up mouthwatering prime beef and a  variety of eclectic desserts. The seafood at Sting Ray is as fresh as one might imagine. With an array of wild-caught options, seafood lovers can taste the diverse flavors of the sea each night of their stay. Overall, dining options on the property provided an array of cuisines that encompassed both traditional and Caribbean flavors.

Just a short walk through the quaint grounds of the resort, you’ll find the Waldorf Astoria Spa. The 26,000-square-foot oasis features over 25 treatment rooms where one can enjoy anything from a traditional massage to a full body coffee scrub. The spa also hosts a variety of wellness retreats that includes paddle board yoga and a hike through El Yunque National Forest.   The Resort boasts its ability to balance its “mega-resort” accommodations with an intimate feel, giving its guests an experience that’s hard to replicate. With its impeccable views, vast dining options, and private beach, “The Conqueror” certainly lives up to its name.

By Jason Underberg

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