Travel

La Concha Resort

With winter dragging on for what feels like an eternity, I decided it’s time for a tropical escape. Puerto Rico is a destination that has been on my radar for quite some time. The weather is bright and beautiful, the ocean is turquoise blue, and the flight is less than four hours from New York, making it an easy weekend getaway.We jumped on a plane after work and arrived at the stunning La Concha Resort in San Juan just after midnight. I was in awe as we walked into an oceanfront suite decorated with heart shaped balloons, dozens of red roses, and a bottle of wine surrounded by rose petals. The staff did their research and discovered it is almost our one-year wedding anniversary, so they created a special surprise for us to walk into! After having a glass of wine on the balcony while listening to the sounds of the waves crashing underneath us, it was time to get some rest for a weekend of exploration.We started the day at Delicias with our usual egg white omelettes, but when in Puerto Rico, you have to have a little fun. I have never seen guava pancakes on a menu, so they were a must-order. I am still dreaming about the taste of those pancakes (and I don’t usually eat flour)! After breakfast, we walked around the property which has several swimming pools (including an infinity pool overlooking the ocean), endless tropical plants and sleek indoor/outdoor cocktail lounges. Michael, the Guest Relations Manager was nothing but accommodating and eager to share the beauty of the resort and Puerto Rico with us. If you ever visit La Concha, ask for Michael – not only will he make your trip extra special, but you will leave the island with a new friend.If waterfall-chasing was an actual profession, then I would make a career change immediately. Once I heard the island had waterfalls, I knew we had to find them. We visited El Yunque Rainforest where we hiked half a mile (an enchanting trail surrounded by rivers, streams and bright greenery) to La Mina Falls. On the way back from the hike, we discovered a secret pool of small falls and crystal clear water and spent time relaxing in our hidden oasis. We then went to explore Old San Juan where the streets are lined with brightly colored buildings, making it a truly unique part of the island.After a packed day, two homemade sangrias were waiting for us back at La Concha. The bartender, Manuel, is one of the best mixologists on the island, and every cocktail he made was a work of art. We then unwinded with a delicious dinner at Delicias which included lobster empanadas, freshly prepared fish, mofongo (mashed plantains), arroz con coco (coconut rice) and tostones (plantains).On the final morning of the trip we took a dip in the crystal clear water of Condado Beach (which is walking distance from the hotel) before spending the rest of the afternoon at a cabana by the hotel pool. Although the trip was quick, I left La Concha feeling completely relaxed and appreciative of experiencing an island with an environment just as special as the people who live there. 


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