City Snapshot

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is on our map for meetings and conferences! With help from our friends at Discover Puerto Rico, we’re excited to feature the destination as June’s City Snapshot – in this case, Island Snapshot. In particular, as you begin to plan your in person incentives again, Puerto Rico is the perfect option providing the culture, flavors, and colors of an international destination – but without the worries around international travel restrictions since it is a US territory. And while Hurricane Maria was devastating to the region, one silver lining is that nearly all properties have fresh new renovations waiting for your group to enjoy.

Puerto Rico – Our June 2021 Feature

Here’s more from our friends at Discover Puerto Rico on what makes this destination so special for corporate groups:

Viejo San Juan

Viejo San Juan

“It’s time to plan for Puerto Rico. When you plan your event in our Island paradise, your attendees can look forward to turquoise deep dives, warm weather all year and safe ways to connect with one another. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico offers the allure of an exotic locale with a rich, vibrant culture, without needing a passport or currency exchange. Accessibility to the Island has never been easier, with direct flights from domestic locations like New York, Charlotte, Dallas, Atlanta, and Detroit, to name a few.

Lodging options range from luxurious beachfront resorts to magical historic inns, and everything in between. High standards of health and safety have been implemented throughout the Island, including local measures developed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), alongside U.S. Travel Association (USTA) guidelines.

Pina Colada

Pina Colada – Puerto Rico’s National Drink

The highly anticipated Distrito T Mobile, opening in 2021, is an exciting option for groups. Featuring an exhilarating urban zipline, large high-tech open air plaza, a production studio and a brand new Aloft hotel – this entertainment district will soon be the most popular setting for events, conventions and networking in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico offers an abundance of options for hybrid meetings, which will continue to be important in the coming months. The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest and most technologically-advanced venue in the Caribbean, featuring a new hybrid production studio offering ways to engage attendees both virtually and in-person. Managed by leading venue management company ASM Global, the Puerto Rico Convention Center boasts Venue Shield, ASM’s environmental hygiene protocol, and was recently awarded the GBAC Star Facility Rating.”

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

For all these reasons and more, Puerto Rico is a great destination not only for incentives, but also for all kinds of meetings and conferences. Here are our picks by the event types we focus on here at Dynamo.

User Conference

Caribe Hilton

Chain: Hilton
Brand: Hilton Hotels
Total meeting space: 65,000 sq.ft.
Guest rooms: 652
Nearest airport: Luis Marin Inter’l Airport (15 min. drive)

Why we love it:

This historical mega-resort totals 17-acres with stunning views of the Atlantic Coast. At Caribe Hilton they go big on features! Pools have waterfalls, dip under bridges, spill over ledges and include pool bars serving Puerto Rico’s national drink – the pina colada! Can’t you just picture serving these at your Welcome Reception in branded coconuts like those we did for Cordial’s user conference in San Diego? Eight restaurants, a fitness center, and spa make up just a few amenities here.

The expansive 65,000 sq.ft. of meeting space includes 24 meeting rooms, 11 conference rooms, 2 ballrooms and one of Puerto Rico’s largest exhibition halls. Need a unique pre-function space? Caribe Hilton has everything from ballroom foyers, patios, balconies, tropical gardens and pools! We can just imagine decking out a pool deck with your company’s branding as the perfect evening party for your users.

Sales Kickoff

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

Chain: Marriott International Hotels
Brand: Renaissance Hotels
Total meeting space: 28,701 sq.ft.
Guest rooms: 483
Nearest airport: Luis Marin Inter’l Airport (5 min. drive)

Why we love it:

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort stands out with it’s trendy, retro-hipster vibe boasting 230 rooms with almost all with an ocean view. We chose La Concha for your ideal Sales Kickoff destination for it’s happening nightlife, lively pools, breathtaking ocean views and Caribbean vibe. Your reps will feel right at home, ready to mix and mingle, which is just what you want for a Sales Kickoff.

With over 25,000 square feet of event space including 10,000 square feet of outdoor space, the options are endless and the views are incredible! The most recognizable venue option for La Concha is the shell-shaped Perla: 5,984 square feet framed by a color stained glass wall and an inner courtyard. Need a larger space? Las Nereidas Ballroom has large windows, a dynamic sound and light systems, and a pre-function area that holds up to 300 people.

Executive Summit

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Chain: Marriott International Hotels
Brand: Ritz Carlton Hotels
Total meeting space: 45,000 sq.ft.
Guest rooms: 96
Nearest airport: Luis Marin Inter’l Airport (45 minutes drive)

Why we love it:

Located in Dorado, a beachside township on Puerto Rico’s central north coast, Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton’s opulent resort stretches across 3 miles of white-sand beaches on a former coconut and grapefruit plantation. The location is perfect for Executives who appreciate a quieter atmosphere than San Juan for their meeting.

Guests are greeted with homemade popsicles and escorted to a grand open-air pavilion. Even the most discerning Executives will appreciate the personal touch of having a private ambassador who then escorts them to their room and is available throughout their stay.

Contemporary, ocean-inspired rooms feature marble floors, breezy high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to big terraces and amazing water views. In-room technology such as iPod docking stations, wireless speakers and flat-screen TV’s bring ultimate comfort and luxury.

Meeting venues face the ocean and include indoor and outdoor options such as the 4,368 sq.ft. Surf Room ballroom to the more intimate 480 sq.ft. Boardroom. Unique spaces include beach-side areas, restaurant lounge & bars and a Spa Botanico Lawn.

Road Show

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Chain: Independent
Brand: Independent/Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Total meeting space: 25,000 sq.ft.
Guest rooms: 317
Nearest airport: Luis Marin Inter’l Airport (14 min. drive)

Why we love it:

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel’s oceanfront location puts attendees steps from the beach and the Condado District’s enticing shops and restaurants. This hotel boasts history and charm undergoing a $200 million renovation with four pools, a restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef, a spa with the only hammam and a fitness center.

Guest rooms are decorated in a soft palette with dark woods, french windows, stone topped vanities and vintage style fixtures. Modern conveniences include French presses for coffee, full HD LED Smart TV’s with airplay and mirroring capability. Many rooms offer private balconies with ocean or city views and include a 24-hour butler service.

Indoor and outdoor meeting spaces embody class and a distinctly calm atmosphere. State-of-the-art technology and event spaces to suit every need are sure to make your next Road Show location relaxed and inviting.

Incentive

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Chain: Marriott International Hotels
Brand: St. Regis Hotels
Total meeting space: 25,000 sq.ft.
Guest rooms: 139
Nearest airport: Luis Marin Inter’l Airport (34 min. drive)

Why we love it:

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is Puerto Rico’s only 5-pearl hotel. Located on a former coconut plantation, this ultra-luxury property has a rainforest-meets-the-beach feel with a boardwalk amongst lush vegetation that connects all 139 rooms.

Not only do they offer rooms with expansive ceilings, elegant furniture and modern bathrooms, but they also have high tech amenities and private terraces that lead to spectacular ocean views!

Enjoy their spa, two beachfront pools, a fitness center offering yoga, meditation and pilates classes as well as an incredible golf course. Food is where it’s at when on a trip and St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort does not disappoint with three restaurants, one of which is led by outstanding chef Jean-Georges. (Who also leads the Steakhouse at the incentive venue we recommended in last month’s City Snapshot in Las Vegas… we see a theme developing.) Your incentive group will feel rewarded, pampered, and ready to keep selling to earn that next trip when they return to the office!

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