El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa
The most mega of Puerto Rico's mega-resorts, El Conquistador's compound of low-slung, Mediterranean-style buildings is spread across 500 acres on a cliff 300 feet above the ocean. With 21 restaurants, seven pools, a golf course, a tennis club, a Golden Door spa, horse stables, and a water-sports marina on a private island offshore, the place is practically its own city—and the families who come here year after year (and never leave the premises) like it that way. The resort's wide range of accommodations includes everything from standard rooms in the main hotel building to luxury casitas with private pools and butler service.
Tip: Bring the kids. The resort caters to families, with supervised children's programs for all ages.
Room to Book: Those in the private Las Casitas Village have huge windows with views of Vieques and Culebra in the distance.
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