El Conquistador Resort
What We Love
- The free ferry trips to the resort’s private island
- Traveling by cable car around the enormous property (especially fun for kids)
- The 23 (23!) restaurants ensure you never have to eat at the same place twice
- The resort’s cliffside perch means spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean
What To Know
- Those in the know call it “El Con”
- There’s an all-inclusive package that includes three meals a day, drinks, and free waterpark entry
- The 18-hole golf course was designed by Arthur Hills
“Oversize” is the word that applies best to El Conquistador. This resort is overflowing with activities, swimming pools, restaurants—you name it, and there’s more than one of it. A top spot for families, this is vacationing at its easiest, where the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether or not to splurge on the all-inclusive package. The property encompasses five “villages,” each with slightly different styles of accommodations, though all rooms are spacious and come with a balcony or terrace. Pools and Jacuzzis are serviced by “ambassadors,” who bring snacks and drinks to your lounge chair; there’s also a small water park with slides and a lazy river. The dining scene runs the gamut from Starbucks to steak, with kid-centric options and a couple of fine dining restaurants for romantic evenings. Palomino Island, a short ferry ride away, is where more active guests will want to spend time—the private island has gorgeous beaches and a rum bar, plus horse-riding, catamaran rides, banana boats, and snorkeling.
In the Area
Most guests won’t spend much time off the resort grounds; with a deluxe spa, golf course, and that private island, there’s tons to do at EL Conquistador without venturing further afield. If you do want to add some exploring to your itinerary, the resort offers excursions to the nearby bioluminescent bay, El Yunque rainforest (hiking is superb here, and you can swim under waterfalls to cool off), and to San Juan. The city is about an hour’s drive from El Con, so it’s worth renting a car if you’re planning to do more than one day trip.
How to Get There
This place was really nice. Also very interesting in that it was a multi level setup . They have a fanicula to go up and down the mountainside resort. At the bottom was a dock where they had a ferry to take you to their private island. Pretty cool setup; The main pool sat just below an outdoor patio where they serve food and drinks. It has it's own EXCELLENT golf course as well . We went there twice a couple of years apart. The first time it was my wife and myself and they had a nice Casino. The second time we took out adult kids (late 20's) and they had removed the casino and put in it's place a kids game room. They also put in a water park, which we didn't use. Obviously gearing the place towards younger children, which was a big, unpleasant surprise . I was going to give only 4 stars because we weren't told about the change and didn't see it in the literature before we went. But decided that it was still a cool spot. If you aren't bringing the kids, stay away.
Went in August 2017. Loved our stay at the El Conquistador Resort. Bear in mind this is a resort, so you won't be getting the cultural feel of Puerto Rico unless you travel OFF resort (which I highly recommend). The resort staff was very friendly, and our room had a fantastic view - it was amazing. The private island (accessible via ferry only) was gorgeous. We didn't partake in the food package, mostly because we ate off resort. It's about 30-40 minutes from the rainforest, which is another excursion I highly recommend.
I stayed here with my son in May of 2017 before the hurricane hit the island. We were fortunate enough to stay in a private Casista that offered nothing short of amazing views of the water and the resort. The staff at the hotel was extremely friendly and helpful. There are endless activities for the whole family including the water park, arcade, and even the private island. We can't wait to go back to visit again.
Had a fantastic time, the staff went above and beyond to provide excellent service and attention, the room was very clean with all the amenities available and excellent a/c. The public areas and pools we were allowed access to were impecable. Can't wait for entire resort to reopen so we can return.
I should have taken heed from some of the reviews but wanted to stay in a beautiful spot and support tourism outside of San Juan. It was a sad ghost town which is what was worse than the fact that it is under construction. Besides us, the only other people there appeared to be a few govt workers. The place is huge and empty—yes, the Shining came to mind. There was one lonely boy wandering around this vast resort by himself who had been staying there all summer. He helped us find our room. Room was not in great shape and was a little musty. Expensive breakfast terrible. We left after one night. They really shouldn’t be open at all.
They gave me a free toothbrush