Category Archives: Lodging

An Exquisite Evening at El San Juan Hotel

I recently enjoyed an exquisite evening of dinner, dancing, and (a few) drinks at the newly remodeled and quite fabulous El San Juan hotel located in Isla Verde area of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Reopened as part of the Hilton Curio collection, this luxury property oozes vintage Caribbean opulence and splendor.

An Exquisite Evening at El San JuanEl San Juan hotel offers cozy spots for a romantic evening, and a healthy nightlife for an exciting night out.  Saturday night may be filled with fashionable activities like formal school dances (Prom), wedding receptions, or other celebrations.  Or check for out some of the upcoming events at the Cabaret lounge.

Cana outside lounge El San Juan HotelIntricate details are found on every inch of the remodeled luxury hotel.

El San Juan Mahogany carved Lobby
El San Juan Mahogany carved Lobby

The newly remodeled lobby and entrance are stunning with the dark wood panels.  The carved mahogany is one of the original features, hand carved in 1964, covering the lobby ceilings, columns, and vaulted arch over registration area.

Grand entrance at the El San Juan
Grand entrance at the El San Juan

El San Juan resort Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico is perfect for an extraordinary evening out in San Juan.  Enjoy a pre-dinner drink near the pool or in the cabaret club lounge.  There are multiple restaurant options including the recently opened Cana.  And no evening would be complete without bottle service and dancing at Brava nightclub.

My favorite decoration is the $2.7 million Czech crystal chandelier that dominates the main bar.  This is the perfect spot to enjoy a sparkling drink to match the atmosphere.  Or stroll over to one of the other bars, including cabaret lounge, or a private salon area for billiards.

El San Juan billiard salon
El San Juan billiard salon

El  San Juan’s signature restaurant is Cana.  Featuring locally sourced meat and produce, and a surprising wide variety of vegetarian options.  Our party of 10 foodies included two vegetarians and one peanut allergy, which Cana was well equipped to accommodate.  Traditional Puerto Rican cuisine prepared with international flair for a healthy and delicious meal.  I was too busy eating and savoring each bite to get a complete description of every dish.  I suppose I will have to go back and take better notes over dinner.

Cana Dinner El San Juan hotel
My dinner at Cana restaurant. I shared (some).

The hotel was originally housing for Pan Am airline employees in the 1950’s.  The location was specifically selected for fabulous beaches and close proximity to the airport.

Local residents can enjoy a luxurious evening out on the town, and visitors can enjoy the glamorous setting for a long weekend in San Juan or stopovers between islands.

There is poolside Sunday brunch and the spa is undergoing a major remodel and scheduled to open Summer of 2017.  I see a Sunday brunch followed by Spa services in my future.  Adding those to my already long list of great reasons to visit El San Juan again, soon.

I joined these 9 other fabulous Women for our night out of dinner, dancing, and drinking.  Be sure to check them out!

Chrisann Women Who Live On Rocks
Jennifer Drinking the Whole Bottle
Riselle The Traveling Island Girl
Mariah Out Island Life
Brittany Windtraveler
Claudia Live Like a Goddess
Liz The Adventures of Island GirlIsland Girl Writing
Lizzy Island Lizzy
Sherri Deeply CreativeIsland Jane

Guerlain Spa Review at the Plaza Hotel New York City

In March 2017, Guerlain Spa relocated from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza hotel in New York City.  Just a few weeks after relocation, I booked a facial for an afternoon pick-me up spa treatment and to check out the newly open location.Guerlain Spa Review Plaza Hotel in NYC Continue reading Guerlain Spa Review at the Plaza Hotel New York City

Experience the Condado Vanderbilt Spa in Puerto Rico

I love the complete escape that I experience enclosed in happy spa time.  My mind and body relaxes as I prepare for a wellness treatment to sooth my aches, address specific skin concerns (the main concern is that I am getting old), and enjoy a treatment for both mind and body.  A good friend suggested, “hey let’s try the Condado Vanderbilt Spa” which kicked  off a relaxing day in Condado for food, shipping, afternoon cocktails, and finish our day at the spa.

Condado is a neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico  known for shopping and fantastic food.  After a little retail therapy in the shops across the street, we returned to the hotel to watch the ocean from the Vanderbilt lounge while sipping delightful rum drinks.  Continue reading Experience the Condado Vanderbilt Spa in Puerto Rico

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico Review

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the only Five Diamond resort property on the island of Puerto Rico.

I have been to the St. Regis Bahia resort Spa several times, but this was our first overnight stay at the property.  I booked a 4 day, 3 night reservation over Thanksgiving weekend, which also happens to be our Anniversary.  November is still considered off-peak for tourist season, which officially kicks off mid-December through April. Continue reading St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico Review

Remede Spa Review St Regis Bahia Resort, Puerto Rico

The St. Regis Bahia Resort caught my attention over a year ago during a two week vacation in Puerto Rico.  Now that we are living in Puerto Rico full time, I booked a spa day at Remede Spa at St Regis Bahia resort.remede-spa-review-st-regis-bahia-resort-puerto-rico

After reviewing the Spa Menu, I decided that I could not decide.  There were so many options, I booked a massage and the customized facial. Continue reading Remede Spa Review St Regis Bahia Resort, Puerto Rico