Four Elements Wellness Retreats at ElConquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Fajardo, Puerto Rico)
Wellness-seekers will enjoy wellness retreats inspired by nature’s four elements at ElConquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico. From hiking and zip lining the nearby El Yunque Rainforest to twilight yoga, beach boot camp and spa treatments, the back-to-nature programs utilize the resort’s 100-acre private Palomino Island, pools, local attractions, outdoor labyrinth (pictured) and indoor studio for their daily element specific classes and activities.
Upon arrival, participants receive a physical assessment and evaluation with body fat analysis before taking part in a variety of classes and activities throughout the three-night, four-day retreats. For example, during the “Earth” retreat, participants enjoy a twilight yoga class, hike of El Yunque Rainforest, mountain trek on Palomino Island, raw foods “Lunch & Learn” and an 80-minute rainforest hot stone massage. All retreats include accommodations; round-trip airport transfers; daily nutritionally balanced meals; activities; one spa service; fitness classes; access to resort amenities; access to amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, which includes eucalyptus saunas, waterfall Jacuzzis, an Organic Tea lounge, daily exercises class and a fitness center; 20% off additional spa services or at the spa boutique; and a personalized fitness plan to take home
A 330-acre destination beach resort and wildlife preserve, South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island offers a wide variety of land and water based activities for travelers with adventure on the mind. Through the resort’s Offshore Sailing School, beginner to advanced sailors may hone their skills with intensive offerings ranging from a 2-hour lesson or a 2-day “Learn to Sail” adventure to a 7-day “Fast Track to Cruising” course, in which guests learn to sail on Offshore’s Colgate 26 keelboat the first two days, then spend five days learning to cruise on a 44′ monohull or catamaran. Classes are also offered with half-day schedules, for those who would prefer to enjoy the resort amenities while learning to sail part-time.
Additionally, South Seas Island Resort is a runner’s dream, with mapped out jogging paths for guests, ranging from a “Highway to Health” 1.3-mile path to a “Yucatan Do it” 5-mile path – all framing the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Other fitness options at South Seas include indoor and outdoor yoga classes through Ambu Yoga, a state-of-the-art fitness center, guided kayak tours, stand up paddleboarding, daily tennis clinics, and of course, strolling two-and-a-half-miles of shell-strewn beaches. Nightly rates at South Seas Island Resort start from $309/night. For more information, please visit www.southseas.com.
For Moms in Need of Relaxation:
Enjoy complete relaxation while overlooking both the Atlantic Ocean and the Condado Lagoon at The Condado Plaza Hilton, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The only hotel to overlook both bodies of water, The Condado Plaza Hilton’s new VIP pool experience offers guests a secluded sanctuary, nestled amongst neighboring flora and fauna between the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean. Those enjoying a half-day of this elevated experience receive lounge chairs with an umbrella, towels, side tables, hammock, and chilled water delivered by a personal attendant. Additionally, guests receive a 10% discount on a one-hour massage at the pool cabana, as well as a 10% discount on a one-hour water sport rental at Iguana Water Sports. Those opting for a full day of poolside relaxation receive all of the half-day amenities, as well as a fruit platter, bottle of red or white wine, and a 20% discount on a one-hour poolside cabana massage.
The VIP pool experience costs $100 for a half day, and $200 for a full day. Nightly rates start from $132. For more information on Condado Plaza Hilton’s VIP Pool Experience, please visit www.condadoplaza.com or call 787.721.1000.