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After Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico needing to rebuild, the "Island of Enchantment" is now welcoming travelers to experience its impeccable coastline, exciting history, and stunning landscape for unforgettable destination weddings and honeymoon experiences.
Following a $65 million renovation, El San Juan Hotel has reopened, keeping its former sophistication and introducing enhanced accommodations for today’s travelers. Designed with a blend of historic Old World grandeur and modern tropical elegance, the hotel offers 388 comfortable rooms, suites, and villas for honeymooners and destination-wedding guests alike.
With 16 bars and restaurants paying homage to Puerto Rican and Caribbean fare, four sparkling pools and an array of watersports, and a full-service spa and fitness center, the amenities ensure there’s always something to do on the property, which has been a jewel of Isla Verde Beach since 1958. Couples can exchange vows under the 300-year-old banyan tree or choose from a collection of timeless ballrooms and alfresco decks for an island wedding experience like no other. elsanjuanhotel.com
Photos courtesy of El San Juan Hotel
The first luxury resort to reopen in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is pleased to welcome back discerning travelers. Tucked away on Puerto Rico’s Atlantic coast, the five-star retreat and former Laurance Rockefeller estate is just steps away from the sea and surrounded by tropical forest. Embracing the natural splendor of the island while providing high-end oceanfront and beachfront accommodations, the property offers unparalleled services and amenities for every guest.
Visitors can bask in the beauty of Puerto Rico along the historic Rockefeller Nature Trail, an 11-mile path winding through forests, beaches, and secret coves, allowing them to experience the diverse landscape of the area. Those wishing to stay in ultimate extravagance will adore Su Casa, a five-bedroom oceanfront villa featuring two private pools, an expansive wraparound veranda, and access to a dedicated embajador for butler and concierge service throughout their stay.
Brides and grooms celebrating their nuptials on property can choose from a number of discreet and romantic ocean-view venues. With the five-acre Spa Botánico that blends Puerto Rican ingredients and indigenous traditions, two ocean-view pools, and privileges at three 18-hole golf courses and five tennis courts, destination-wedding guests will have plenty of activities to enjoy following the nuptials. doradobeachreserve.com
Photos courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Located in the heart of Condado in San Juan, Olive Boutique Hotel provides a charming setting for travelers desiring an intimate experience. Drawing inspiration from the hoteliers’ travels throughout Southern Europe, the four-floor hotel features décor inspired by France, Spain, Italy, and Morocco. The delightful property, which is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, presents 15 recently renovated rooms complete with private verandas. Honeymooners will love the Gran Cru Suite, showcasing an outdoor Jacuzzi and romantic rainfall shower.
The hotel is also home to Sage Steak Loft, one of San Juan’s finest restaurants from Chef Mario Pagan, offering playful takes on classic steakhouse fare with local tropical flavors. Since it’s reserved for adults only, Olive Boutique Hotel is a haven for newlyweds desiring a dreamy getaway just steps away from designer shops, fine dining, pristine beaches, and high-end casinos. For guests desiring more modern accommodations in the same neighborhood, the hotel’s sister property O:LV Fifty Five is now open. oliveboutiquehotel.com
Photos courtesy of Olive Boutique Hotel
Situated between the El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve on a former coconut plantation, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort welcomes guests following a $60 million renovation. Honeymooners, as well as brides and grooms planning to say “I do” in Puerto Rico, will fall in love with the exquisite accommodations on the island. With two miles of secluded beach, the Caribbean destination provides a wonderful sanctuary just a short drive to the rich culture of Old San Juan.
Refurbished rooms and suites feature a light, organic aesthetic with tranquil color palettes that complement the sweeping ocean and lush tropical views. Additional amenities include the signature St. Regis Butler Service, as well as access to delectable dining options, a seaside lagoon-style pool and luxurious cabanas, an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jr., and the stunning Iridium Spa at the foothills of a rainforest for the ultimate in relaxation.
Photos courtesy of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Caribe Hilton celebrated its recent 70th anniversary with a design restoration influenced by the vibrant culture and rich history of Puerto Rico. Known as the birthplace of the popular Piña Colada cocktail, this destination is ideal for couples wanting to commemorate the most important day of their lives in a sunny oceanfront locale. Contemporary rooms and suites, shimmering pools and a swim-up bar, and a wide range of ocean-view eateries to choose from provide refined, yet laid-back, options for guests.
Couples planning island weddings will love the elegant indoor and outdoor venues for intimate beach ceremonies and lavish ballroom soirées, and honeymooners can unwind on the beach in hammocks overlooking the turquoise waters or indulge in a couple’s massage at Zen Spa Océano. Those pairs desiring cultural and adventurous experiences will enjoy the 17th-century San Geronimo Fort on the other side of the resort and can also take part in scuba diving, snorkeling, and guided reef tours. caribehilton.com
Photos courtesy of Caribe Hilton
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