Sneak Peek: Inside Puerto Rico's New Condado Vanderbilt
The re-opening of the Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in January is spurring some good buzz. The hotel is accepting reservations starting on December 8; its official grand opening celebration will be January 31.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, 1919, has been open for some time now, and can be booked for private functions. (We hear that weddings are already a big business in the existing space.)
For business functions, the hotel has more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The resort’s centerpiece is the opulent Patio del Fauno Ballroom, which accommodates up to 600 guests and offers access to outdoor verandas. Nice touch: While the floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light, the automatic blackout shades are good for presentations (and ensuring privacy, of course).
For more intimate events, the hotel offers several smaller venues, including the John Berwind Boardroom.
Word is the spa will have a private hamman, acclaimed as the only one in Puerto Rico. Details include lots of marble: as in a marble-slab heated massage bed, marble benches and walls of mosaic marble. More 411: The spa will be 10,000 square feet in size with seven treatment rooms, all unique. A terrace will serve as a spot for outdoor treatments; it will have two showers for rinsing off product used in natural clay treatments. There’s more outside space to sit and sip refreshments and enjoy the sea views. The entrance to the spa sets the tone for luxury with two-tiered fountains leading to the welcome area, which gives way to the sauna, steam room and changing room. Treatments will range from LED facials to a “Spanish Gardenia Paradise Body Ritual.” The spa will use Germaine de Capuccini skincare and Red Flower body-care products.
Nice Touch: A spa boutique provides beauty and consultation services and will have an Aroma Blending Bar where guests can blend their own signature fragrances (products are from the Red Flower organic beauty line). A separate room service spa menu will be available for in-room treatments.
Jorge Collazo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the hotel’s regional director of sales and marketing, and serves as the luxury travel advisor liaison for VIP travelers.