El Conquistador Resort with Kids in Puerto Rico (Review)

El Conquistador Resort beckons travelers from its perch atop a seaside cliff above the sleepy fishing village of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This 500-acre Waldorf Astoria Hotel is situated between the converging waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It looks like something straight out of a maritime fairytale. Tempted? Read on to discover why you’ll love El Conquistador Resort with kids.

El Conquistador Puerto Rico Rainforest View ~ Why You'll Love Puerto Rico's El Conquistador Resort with Kids
What a view of the rainforest at El Conquistador Resort! (Photo credit: Pilar Clark)

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Why Puerto Rico

It’s easy to see why Puerto Rico is known as la Isla del Encanto, or the Island of Enchantment. Expect warm Caribbean breezes, verdant jungle backdrops, tropical white sand beaches, delicious food, and friendly people. Just a two-hour flight from the continental U.S. and no passports required for American citizens, Puerto Rico makes the perfect getaway for families seeking fun in the sun.

A Complete Destination Resort

El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico is counted among the Caribbean’s most complete destination resorts. It offers 23 different restaurants, a 100-acre private island, the on-site Coqui Water Park, Camp Coqui Kids Club, an all-ages arcade, and much more.

This Waldorf Astoria property is divided into five villages. All villages share the main resort’s grounds. This includes Las Casitas Village, a separate luxury resort with private villas and 24-hour butler service.

Puerto Rican Footgolf at El Conquistador Resort with Kids
Footgolf brings the best of soccer and golf together, so all ages and stages can play (Photo credit: Pilar Clark)

Activities for the Whole Family

If your children are anything like mine, sunbathing isn’t going to cut it when it comes to a Caribbean vacation. El Conquistador Hotel Resort in Puerto Rico keeps active families content with everything from tennis lessons with a resident pro, and golf clinics on a championship Arthur Hills 18-hole/par-72 course. Hotel guests also enjoy environmental tours in and around the surrounding El Yunque Rain Forest.

Look also for a fun activity called footgolf. This precision sport combines the best of soccer and golf so that players of all ages and stages can play together.

Snorkeling Puerto Rico at El Conquistador Resort with Kids
Kind guides show kids how to get comfortable in their snorkeling gear and get them acclimated to the water at El Conquistador Resort (Photo credit: Pilar Clark)

El Conquistador’s Palomino Island

Hop aboard a complimentary ferry to El Conquistador’s private Palomino Island. Here, hotel guests can revel in water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, paddle boarding, and jet skiing (for additional fees).

After that, float on the gentle ocean waves while relaxing on inflatable rafts shaped like pizza, donuts, and manatees. You can also try coconut painting and lawn games on the island. Those who want to stick with turf instead of surf can hike to discover hidden waterfalls or saddle up at the stable for a horseback ride across the beach.

Freshwater pools, infinity edge pools, water park pools - it's a pool-lover's paradise at El Conquistador Resort with kids!
Freshwater pools, infinity edge pools, water park pools – it’s a kid’s paradise at El Conquistador! (Photo credit: Pilar Clark)

More Water Activities

Back at the resort, water babies can dive back into the water, thanks to four freshwater swimming pools, plus three additional private pools at Las Casitas Village.

Meanwhile, Coqui Water Park is a state-of-the-art, 2.4-acre aquatic playground themed around El Yunque Rainforest. Highlights include an 8,500-square-foot infinity edge pool, a rope-bridge and an 8,000-square-foot lazy river.

Young thrillseekers will flip over Coqui’s iconic Torre de Yocahu, a tower from which three high-speed water slides flow. Kids must meet a height requirement (different for each slide) and can ride unaccompanied. El Gigante Dormido (The Sleeping Giant) boasts an intense 40-foot drop.

Blossoms Restaurant at El Conquistador Resort with Kids
An interactive meal means your child could be invited to join the chef! (Photo credit: Pilar Clark)

Dining at El Conquistador Resort

Take a break from water play with a traditional piragua. This Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert is covered in fruit flavored syrup and topped with everything from gummy candies to coconut kisses.

When it comes to kids’ palates, El Conquistador understands that not all kids like the same things. Twenty-three different restaurants, each with its own menus and atmospheres, ensure there’s something for the most discerning young eaters.

Order everything from American-style burgers and fries to papaya-glazed pork belly. Adventurous eaters will want to taste traditional mofongo, Puerto Rico’s signature combination of mashed plantains, garlic, and pork cracklings.

El Conquistador Resort accommodates those with food allergies with advance notice. My nut- and dairy-allergic daughter had plenty to eat (and how)!

Favorite Family Restaurants

  • Cozy’s Gourmet Market: This grab-and-go spot offers countless sandwiches, fruit, imported meats and cheeses, bottled beverages, and freshly baked cakes, cookies, scones, and muffins.
  • Las Brisas Restaurant: This casual restaurant offers a full breakfast buffet (a la carte too), plus panoramic ocean views.
  • Starbucks: We’ve all picked up a latte and lemon cake at the familiar chain, but the Puerto Rican version is the only place you’ll find an impossible-to-resist Churro Frappuccino.
  • Virgin Burger: This 50s-style outdoor café serves burgers and sandwiches served on buttery pieces of traditional pan sobao, as well as salads, tropical drinks, and hand-churned milkshakes.
  • Iguana’s: The place to eat on Palomino Island, this casual lunch joint is all about burgers, chicken, seafood and bar-style snacks.
  • Blossoms: This upscale restaurant offers Pan-Asian cuisine, including a sushi bar, teppanyaki tables, and Chinese specialties. Kids might even be invited to join the chef as he prepares the meal!

Also not to be missed, parents can pick up pre-packaged kits containing chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Then join other families around the communal fire pit. Kids love sitting around the fire while coqui frogs sing late into the night.

Scout About Program at El Conquistador Resort with Kids
Kids who collect color-coded wristbands while exploring cool points of discovery hidden around the resort can earn a spot on El Conquistador’s Hall of Fame (Photo credit: Pilar Clark.)

Scout About Program

El Conquistador acts as a steward of the surrounding rainforest and introduces curious kids to its native flora and fauna through its original Scout About program. Using a map, kids seek out specially marked points of discovery hidden around the resort while collecting color-coded wristbands. Collecting them all earns kids a spot on the resort’s Hall of Fame!

Ki Spa at El Conquistador Resort with Kids
“The sun healer” makes for the most relaxing massage ever at the resort’s Ki’ Spa just for kids (Photo credit: Pilar Clark.)

Ki’ Spa for Kids

Wind down from all the activity at the 26,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa. Even little ones can get in on the pampering at Ki’ Spa (“earth spirit” in the native Taino language). This dedicated spa program offers treatments just for kids.

Each service incorporates products indigenous to the surrounding rainforest and ocean. Therapies can be enjoyed mommy-and-me style (or daddy-and-me, of course).

My daughter and I highly recommend the Sun Healer massage. This soothing treatment combines aloe, avocado, and dilo oil. It smells like marshmallows and soothes sunburns like a dream. What a wonderful way to cap off an amazing visit to Puerto Rico!

Book your stay at El Conquistador Resort today!

Walking path at Castillo San Cristobal in Puerto Rico
Castillo San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Which experience at El Conquistador Resort with kids would you enjoy most? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Offbeat Travel Mama: My daughter and I fell in love with Puerto Rico as hosted guests of El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. As always, opinions are my own.

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  1. I’m so glad El Conquistador remains a wonderful resort. I’ve had this place on my travel list way before the kids came into the picture. I would go there on day trips with my cousin who lives about an hour away and dream about staying there someday. It’s nice to know I can bring my two boys and the entire family can have fun.

    1. That’s amazing, Joe! I love that you have a history at El Conquistador. Let us know if you end up taking the family there to visit!

  2. Puerto Rico is definitely on my bucket list. Looks so beautiful. This resort sounds like the perfect way to experience Puerto Rico with a family.

    1. Puerto Rico looks like a picture postcard, Crystal, and El Conquistador is a wonderful way for families to enjoy everything it has to offer. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. This looks like the quintessential all inclusive vacation that any family would adore! And your photos have me ready to make my reservations to visit this winter!

    1. We do too, Nikki. It’s great to visit a destination that was made for families of all ages and stages.

    1. There’s a reason they call it the island of enchantment, valmg. It will have you and the rest of your family head over heels.

    1. Isn’t that fun, Kelly?! It’s a great, non-threatening way to introduce little travelers to their first spa treatments. Our attendants were very kind and made sure to explain everything to my daughter before proceeding. (She was a little shy since she’d never had a “grown-up” massage before! Needless to say, she put the experience at the top of her list.)

  4. What an amazing experience. The kids would absolutely love to cook with a chef and the pools, water slides, kayaking and windsurfing. They would also be in a fun competition to collect the color-coded wristbands.

    1. That’s one of the things I loved most about the resort, Chavonne. There was truly something for everyone!

    1. Not just going, Sarah. Going and relaxing and poolsiding and beaching and all the wonderful things one MUST do on a tropical getaway!

    1. It was truly amazing, Colleen. Whenever I travel, there are some destinations that stay with me more than others long after I’ve left them, and this is definitely one of them. Can’t wait to go back to the Island of enchantment very soon!