The Trip: 2017 planning meetings and hotel tours
Location: San Juan, Old San Juan and Guanica, Puerto Rico
Miles Traveled: 3,421
Destination Highlight: The explosive culinary scene on the islands which included tacos, fresh seafood, Santaella's goat cheese quesadilla, tequila and rum cocktails.
As someone who left my hometown 12 years ago, and has since lived in more than 10 other locations, I’ve never found a place I called “home” until I visited my clients in San Juan almost four years ago. Lucky enough to represent six incredibly different properties, the arrival experience and team at each hotel varies significantly, yet is always the best part of every trip to the island. Each time I land at Luis Muñoz, I know I’m home and I’m about to see family.
This past January, our six hotel clients hosted three colleagues and me for a fun-filled week of 2017 planning meetings, overnight stays, group dinners and more. Aside from the hospitality each property extended to us over the course of five days and our team bonding, we also experienced a similar love from everyone in Puerto Rico. Taking an uber? Fabulous driver playing dope tunes. Hanging in La Placita? It’s all friendly, lively, inviting and enticing. Meeting strangers at La Factoria? They’ll not only provide you with their recommendations on what to do, they’ll also invite you to join their next outing or into their homes.
Hospitality first, cuisine – a very close second. At our six hotels, including Condado Vanderbilt, La Concha Resort, Hotel El Convento, Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, San Juan Doubletree by Hilton and Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Guanica, we experienced some of the best menus on the island. You can taste the pride and love in every dish – ranging from Chef Juan Jose Cuevas’s gourmet tacos to Maria Hernandez’s brand new menu at Alexandra Restaurant. Santaella was, of course, also a highlight. After the many appetizers, dishes and desserts, all of which were phenomenal, we’re sadly now back to lettuce-only diets.