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sided daybeds, three pri­vate tiki-hut ca­banas, spa­cious sun­decks, a grotto wa­ter­fall, two pools (in­clud­ing a swim-up bar), ham­mocks and swings.

The ad­ja­cent Isla Verde Beach of­fers jet ski­ing, para­sail­ing and a va­ri­ety of wa­ter sports. When the sun sets, the re­sort’s or­nate lobby with its ma­hogany pan­el­ing and an­tique chan­de­lier be­comes the back­drop for live mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment.

The property fea­tures three pop­u­lar lobby bars – The Gold Bar, The Sil­ver Bar and The Blue Bar – and a 16,500square-foot casino that’s San Juan’s most glam­orous gam­ing spot.

When your meet­ing or event calls for a more reclu­sive re­treat, El Con­quis­ta­dor Re­sort – A Wal­dorf As­to­ria Re­sort, could never dis­ap­point.

A 30- to 45-minute drive from Con­dado, El Con­quis­ta­dor is perched 300 feet above the aqua wa­ters of the At­lantic. The lush green en­vi­ron­ment is the per­fect set­ting to in­duce guests to sign up for a guided tour or launch their own self-ex­plo­ration of the ad­ja­cent El Yunque Na­tional Rain For­est, the only trop­i­cal rain for­est in the United States Na­tional For­est Sys­tem.

Also not to be missed is Bio Bay. Puerto Rico has a to­tal of three bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cent bays, one of which is just 10 min­utes from the re­sort. “The mys­te­ri­ous blue-green light is cre­ated by mi­cro-or­gan­isms which thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment uniquely suited to their needs, ”ex­plains Cap­tain Sharon Grasso of Is­land Ad­ven­tures Biobay Tours. “A trip into the bay on a balmy night is a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.”

If that’s not enough, Palomino Is­land, an El Con­quis­ta­dor exclusive to which the re­sort pro­vides com­pli­men­tary ferry ac­cess ev­ery 30 min­utes each way, is the per­fect place to camp out for a day. There, guests can eat and drink on the sandy beaches in be­tween wad­ing in the wa­ter. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude both mo­tor­ized and non-mo­tor­ized wa­ter sports, vol­ley­ball and more. Visit wal­dor­fas­to­ria3.hil­ton.com.

The Ba­hamas

An­other easy-in, easy-out Caribbean des­ti­na­tion sit­u­ated just an hour from Florida by plane, is the Ba­hamas, where on balmy Grand Ba­hama Is­land, the of­fer­ings are plen­ti­ful at the is­land’s pre­miere re­sort, Grand Lu­cayan.

“The best part of any cor­po­rate re­treat is def­i­nitely the down time, ”says Mary Pinto, di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing. “Our 7.5acre white­sand beach usu­ally tops out on the list of ‘must do’ ac­tiv­i­ties while here. The re­sort is also home to three swim­ming pools, four ten­nis courts, a 25,000 square­foot Senses Spa & Fit­ness Cen­ter, an 18hole cham­pi­onship golf course, and a Las Ve­gas-style casino. Plus, there are a va­ri­ety of din­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing Churchill’s, which fea­tures menus from renowned Miche­lin-Star Chef Gian­franco Chiarini,”

For a more fast-paced ad­ven­ture guests can jump in a jeep or kayak, hike Lu­cayan From left: Grand Lu­cayan, The Westin Riverfront Re­sort, Con­dado Plaza Hil­ton, Caribe Hil­ton, Grand Lu­cayan Na­tional Park, or visit one of sev­eral un­der­wa­ter caves guided by Grand Ba­hama Na­ture Tours. Visit grand­lu­cayan.com.

Ja­maica

Ja­maica is to many the quin­tes­sen­tial Caribbean Is­land, thanks in great part to peace-and-love keep­ers like the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­sic leg­end Bob Mar­ley, sur­viv­ing son Ziggy and the Rasta­far­ian cul­ture.

From one end of the is­land to the other, lav­ish ocean­front re­sorts metic­u­lously mix is­land fla­vor with busi­ness acu­men, mak­ing for ex­cep­tional meet­ings at the ex­ec­u­tive level.

The Round Hill is one such venue. Sit­u­ated on and in view of – ap­pro­pri­ately enough – a round hill of about 100 acres, The Round Hill Ho­tel and Vil­las are just 20 min­utes away from the air­port in Mon­tego Bay. The property boasts 36-lux­u­ri­ous rooms and suites in the beach front ho­tel and 27 pri­vately owned, fully staffed lux­ury vil­las of two to six bed­room, 20 of which have pri­vate pools.

Nes­tled in trop­i­cal, tran­quil set­tings, the vil­las may also be bro­ken down into suites. The lay­out is sim­i­lar to that of a pri­vate is­land, three sides of which are al­ways open onto spec­tac­u­lar views of the

One must not over­look the sim­ple plea­sures of an ocean­fac­ing ham­mock or a swim

in the salt wa­ter pool

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