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Few resorts in the Caribbean, let alone Puerto Rico, measure up to El Conquistador. It operates almost like a self-contained city, with a top-notch spa, 18-hole championship golf course, a number of outstanding restaurants, and a glitzy casino, not to mention a range of activities for children including Camp Coquí. You may never want to leave, and frankly you can have a great vacation without doing so: The resort sprawls across 500 acres of dramatic cliffs and down along a harbor area, overlooking the coast with an infinite view of water stretching out from all sides. The lush garden terraces share the view, as do the numerous pools that stretch across the bluff where the heart of the resort is nestled. A funicular takes guests down to sea level and the resort marina, where there’s a small kid-pleasing waterpark (waterslides, lazy river), and a ferry that whisks guests to the resort’s private island. On Palomino (the island’s name) guests can explore caverns and nature trails; engage in horseback riding or watersports; or just unwind on the beautiful beaches.
When making reservations, note that the resort is divided into a main hotel, marina rooms near the dock, cliff top rooms (Las Vistas), golf course rooms (Las Brisas), plus the plush villas of Las Casitas Village, a resort within a resort, with its own private pools and dining areas, so be sure to check all the options before you book. All the buildings have elegant Mediterranean motifs, from blooming Spanish courtyards to neoclassical facades and fountains. Furnishings inside are similarly luxurious and ultra-comfortable.