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18 Hole Golf Course

Tee off on our award-winning Arthur Hills golf course. Both challenging and player friendly, the award-winning 18 hole, par 72 Arthur Hills golf course is a masterpiece with elevation changes and great views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and El Yunque Rain Forest.



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Coqui Water Park

Experience 253 feet of speed and thrills as well as our passive lazy river pool — available exclusively to resort guests and members. At El Conquistador’s Coqui Water Park* you can experience 253 feet of speed, thrills and sensational splashes with a heart-pounding speed slide and massive vertical drop. There is also the lazy river and an expansive infinity edge pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Palomino Island.  

*Height restrictions apply.  Because your safety is important to us, individuals under 48″ in height will not be able to enjoy the «Huracan», «Gigante Dormido» nor the Marohu slides.

*Outside food, snacks, and beverages are unauthorized inside the water park.



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Palomino Island

Our private 100-acre getaway with pristine white beaches is available exclusively to resort guests and members. A unique experience awaits at our private island, Palomino. Pristine white sandy beaches….simply sit back and be served frozen libations on the shore.

*Reservations are made upon arrival at Concierge.

 



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Fitness Center

Stay in shape while vacationing at our state of the art fitness center. Enjoy a great workout while your eyes get lost in the beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. Available 24/7 to resort guests.

 



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Outdoor Pools

Choose from four outdoor pools with 180 degrees of outstanding views.



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Tennis Courts

Two outdoor hardcourt tennis courts conveniently located by the main lobby.



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SPA

Our massages will transport your mind and body into a deep state of relaxation, creating the perfect escape. Our facials will plump and hydrated your skin leaving a natural glow.  



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El Conquistador Resort — Hotel Meeting Space

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El Conquistador Resort, the most iconic destination resort in the Caribbean, is once again welcoming guests to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Overlooking a pristine ribbon of beachfront just steps from the ocean, we offer a captivating backdrop for families, couples, and honeymooners as well as meeting and wedding groups of all sizes.

Whether you’ve come to Puerto Rico to experience everything or to do nothing more than lounge on the beach, our resort truly has something for every guest. Arriving at the resort, you’ll feel daily stress and concerns melt into the Caribbean breeze. For your enjoyment, El Conquistador Resort offers an array of activities, from golf and tennis, to a trip to the private island of Palomino. If you so choose, indulge yourself with one of a kind views of this Caribbean Riviera by sitting by one of our pools and sipping on a frozen Piña Colada.

Come and live precisely the experience you imagined… experience El Conquistador Resort, the most iconic oceanfront resort in the Caribbean.

Accommodations + Meetings

Looking for a captivating setting for your next meeting or corporate event in Puerto Rico? Welcome your meeting guests to the tropical paradise that is El Conquistador Resort, the most iconic resort in the Caribbean. We offer the finest catering, technical services and function space for smooth-running events. Reserve space in one of the 49 meeting and event rooms and rest assured that we’ve got all the details covered. Take advantage of our business center and high-speed Internet access.

Allow our experienced event planning team to ensure that every detail matches your vision. Our catering staff will customize menus for everything from breakfast meetings, coffee breaks and working lunches to cocktail parties and dinner banquets. We can also arrange discounted hotel room blocks for meeting guests staying at the hotel. Additionally, our location on the beach in Puerto Rico makes it easy for your group to explore local attractions, landmarks and recreational activities.

El Conquistador Resort personifies world-class service by offering exceptional meeting facilities and unparalleled service to ensure an impeccable experience. A brilliant mixture of business and pleasure is found within our resort’s stunning facilities.

Take advantage of our 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and banquet space, some with windows and outdoor terraces. Perfect for every kind of meeting, our extensive meeting rooms are located in two adjacent conference centers. Creativity will soar within this lavish oceanfront setting, where the tropical splendor of Puerto Rico unites cutting-edge technology and contemporary design.

Meeting Specs

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1964

Year Property Built

2021

Year of Last Renovation

Location

Nearest Major Airport: (SJU) Luis Munoz Marin International Airport

Distance from Airport: 34 Miles, 60 Minutes

Area Member DMC: Destination Puerto Rico – DMC Network

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500 years ago began the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors Cortes

On February 18, 1519, a detachment of conquistadors led by Hernan Cortes sailed from Cuba to the Yucatan Peninsula, with the aim of capturing Indian gold and annexing the newly discovered lands to the Spanish crown. Thus began the conquest of Mexico — the largest military campaign during the colonization of America, which resulted in millions of victims and the destruction of the local civilization.

500 years ago, events began in the Western Hemisphere that radically changed the course of world history. A bunch of Spanish conquistadors — in fact, armed adventurers with peculiar ideas about morality and morality — wiped out an entire civilization from the face of the Earth. Somewhere due to superiority in arms, often due to intrigues and diseases brought from Europe, they pitted the Indian tribes against each other, destroying the powerful Aztec Empire and the peoples subject to it. It was in Central America that the largest military campaign of the Spanish crown unfolded as part of the bloody colonization of the newly discovered continent.

From students to conquistadors

Motley adventurers were united and led by hidalgo Hernan Cortes, a representative of a poor but rather noble noble family from Medellin. Due to his extremely adventurous nature, he did not complete his studies at the oldest university in Spain, Salamanca, had problems with the law and sailed to the New World. Under the patronage of his distant relative, Cortes took part in the colonization of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean, in the western part of which the Republic of Haiti is located today, and in the eastern part — the Dominican Republic.

A half-educated student took part in punitive campaigns deep into the island, mercilessly cracking down on the indigenous population.

For special merits and in view of the governor’s disposition, he was granted a repartimiento — an allotment of land cultivated by the Indians. At one time, Cortes tried to grow sugar cane, but he quickly got tired of the role of a planter. He was attracted by the military craft.

Gold Rush

After the expansion of the Spanish expansion to Cuba, Cortes plunged into the thick of things. When the resistance of the Indians fell, the conquistador managed to win over the conqueror and the first governor of the island, Diego Velasquez, against whom he initially wove an unsuccessful plot. Spain’s claims to new lands developed spontaneously. The voyages of Francisco de Cordoba and Juan de Grijalva to the coast of Mexico in 1517-1518 discovered colossal reserves of gold and precious stones from the Indians, who did not know the value of treasures at all. The news leaked from the ordinary members of the expeditions stirred up a gold rush among the conquistadors. Even then, the ambitious Cortes firmly decided to conquer the mysterious country, then annexing it to the Spanish Empire. But first, he had to plunge into the struggle for leadership in the upcoming campaign of conquest on the mainland.

Hungry for glory, Cortés formed around himself a backbone of experienced conquistadors from de Cordova and de Grijalva, promising them a substantial share if the campaign was successful.

He cunningly slandered or eliminated his opponents.

Victory or dishonor

Succumbing to the persuasive arguments of Cortes, the Cuban governor Velasquez chose him for the role of leader. On October 23, 1518, a special contract was signed with the head of the detachment. At first glance, it may seem strange why Velasquez so easily entrusted a responsible mission to a man who almost overthrew him in an attempted coup, and who was generally unreliable. However, the governor had almost nothing to lose. Cortes himself took on the lion’s share of the expenses, for which he not only sold all his property, but also got into debt. From ruin and disgrace, the acquisition of even greater wealth could now save him. There was no way back.

Criticism of contemporaries

The deeds, or rather the atrocities of Cortes in Mexico, are known in detail thanks to several works compiled by his contemporaries. The fundamental sources for the campaign of 1519-1521 are the chronicle of the member of the detachment Bernal Diaz «The True History of the Conquest of New Spain» and the epic of the Dominican clergyman Bartolome de las Casas «History of the Indies». The points of view of the authors are polar: if the conquistador spoke about the valor of the Spaniards in the New World, then the bishop, on the contrary, in every possible way exposed the atrocities of his compatriots against the local population. Both agreed on only one thing — in a sharply critical assessment of the personality of Cortes.

Both Diaz and de las Casas had no doubt that the leader of the conquistadors was driven solely by the desire for profit.

Statements about the missionary orientation of the expedition, about the desire to expand Spanish possessions, were nothing more than a beautiful tale intended for specific ears, they believed.

“Leader of a robbery gang”

“He dressed up his own person more adventurously than before: he put a plume on his hat, as well as a gold medal,” Diaz wrote about his boss. But he had little money, but a lot of debt. Everything went to the outfits of the young mistress. It is not surprising that when he received the post of captain-general, friends from the merchants supplied him with a sum of as much as four thousand pesos in gold. Cortes ordered to make two standards and banners with an inscription that read «Brothers and comrades, with true faith we will follow the sign of the Holy Cross, together we will win. »

“They walked with a cross in their hand and an insatiable thirst for gold in their hearts,

,” de las Casas noted bitterly. — I affirm that the Indians did not commit a single mortal sin against Christ. The Christians have never been just, and all their wars against the Indians are the most unjust and tyrannical of all that exist on earth.

The German poet of the 19th century Heinrich Heine in his work «Witzliputzli» gave Cortes an extremely brief but capacious description:

«He was not a hero, not a knight, but the leader of a robbery gang.»

Order of arrest

Preparing for the campaign, Cortes was so energetic in recruiting people into his team and buying food that he managed to quarrel with Velazquez again. Due to a conflict with the governor, he had to leave the capital of Cuba and complete the organization of the campaign virtually illegally. To his replenishment, Cortes proved in paints that it was not a banal raid with predatory goals, but an important mission. Of all the potential leaders, he had the best oratorical qualities. Thanks to the innate gift of persuasion, people followed him. Therefore, a serious alternative to Cortes at the turn of 1518-1519years, in fact, was not.

Before sailing to the Mexican coast, the detachment made several stops in the ports of Cuba, replenishing supplies and recruiting more and more conquistadors.

During their stay in Havana, the local ruler received an order from Velesques to arrest Cortes.

He refused to obey, fearing the strength of the Cortes troops.

The beginning of the campaign

The final detachment, in addition to high-ranking officers from the commander’s inner circle, included 510 infantrymen, 16 horsemen, 13 artillerymen, 32 arquebusiers and crossbowmen, 110 sailors and 200 slaves from among the Cuban Indians and blacks, three notaries for registration of the conquered territories in the list of possessions of the king of Spain, as well as two priests. All this audience was transported by 11 caravels. The main armament consisted of ten large and four small falconets, not counting the personal weapons of soldiers and officers. No less important creator of the future victory will be the cavalry. The Indians were terribly afraid of horses, perceiving them as one with the riders and at first considering them to be evil gods who came from the sea.

Before sailing, Cortes assumed the rank of captain-general.

February 18, 1519, the flotilla headed for the Yucatan Peninsula.

The first contact with the indigenous population occurred on the island of Cozumel, where Indians lived, ethnically related to the advanced Maya civilization. The Spaniards terrified the population. Without waiting for the arrival of the flagship, one of the captains and the closest associate of the leader, Pedro de Alvarado, ordered the soldiers to devastate the coastal village, catch all the chickens, and rob the temples to the skin. The conquistadors raked out all the gold from Indian shrines and did not disdain even old rugs.

Treasures in exchange for pieces of glass

The few aliens risked turning against themselves the vastly outnumbered locals, but Cortes was smarter and farsighted than Alvarado. He understood that by chasing the little, you can lose a lot. And therefore, observing the appearance of legality, the captain-general sought to solve a big problem with the very modest forces at his disposal.

In order to calm the Indians and cool down the conquistadors, he reprimanded Alvarado for his arbitrariness in front of the line, ordered the captives to be released and the loot returned to them.

This is how Cortes first won over the Indians, who gladly agreed to exchange their gold for glass trinkets. The ability to be friends with the leaders of the tribes will be very useful to him in the war against the Aztecs. Believing the cunning leader of the Spaniards, the Indians doomed themselves to death. Already in March, Cortes will announce the accession of the island of Cozumel and the Yucatan Peninsula to the Spanish crown.

10 reasons to visit Trujillo, the cradle of the conquistadors. Spain in Russian

In the province of Cáceres is a quiet town with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants. Do you think there is nothing interesting there? We have selected for you 10 arguments to go there as soon as you have free time.

Time travel

On each journey, you plunge into the past, learning interesting facts and as if re-living the events that are told in the Spanish school. You didn’t study there? Moreover, there is a good reason to go and find out for yourself all about the mysterious corners of Spain. In this small settlement in Extremadura, you can see the place from where Francisco Pizarro and Francisco Orellana traveled to the New World to go down in history as the discoverers and conquerors of Peru.

Legendary Wall

A massive wall surrounds the old city like a snake, showing off the preserved 17 towers. You will be surprised by the power of this place built by Muslims. Four of the seven gates are perfectly preserved.

Trujillo Castle

Construction time — IX-X century. According to legend, it was in it that Juana of Castile was hiding after a quarrel with Queen Isabel. The walls of the castle rise above the city, erected on the hill of Cabeza del Sorro, and the building itself consists of two parts — the weapons courtyard and the ancient Albacar.

Main Square (Plaza Mayor)

From here you need to start a gastronomic journey in search of the best restaurant in the city. Before lunch, it’s worth visiting the 16th-century Baroque church of San Martin and taking a look at the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Francisco Pizarro.

Church with the coat of arms of FC Athletic

The church of Santa Maria la Mayor, built in the 13th century in Trujillo, was demolished and rebuilt in the 19th century. And already in the 20th century, one of its towers underwent reconstruction, and the sculptor decided to sculpt on its spire the coat of arms of the then-existing Athletic football club in Bilbao. Perhaps this is the only religious building that reminds of another cult in Spain — football.

Folk holidays

There are two must-see holidays in Trujillo — Chiviri, synonymous with tradition, song, dance and excellent local cuisine. Chiviri is celebrated on the same day as Easter. The second day, which you will never forget, is the Cheese Fair, where you will want to try everything that is on sale.

Conquistador Road

Directly from Trujillo, you can head to two more places that the conquistadors passed on their way to America — the towns of Guadalupe and Medellin. Hernan Cortes himself was born in Medellin, and there is still a fortress built there before the legendary conquests — in the 14th century. And in Guadalupe you can see the monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is no coincidence — in the Middle Ages, Guadalupe was an important religious center in Spain.

Monfragüet National Park

In the triangle between Trujillo, Placencia and Navalmoral de la Mata, one of the most beautiful reserves of Spain is hidden, where vultures, black storks and the imperial eagle fly (which, by the way, is depicted on the coat of arms of Russia).

Berrocal

Berrocal surrounds Trujillo from all sides, and it is while walking in this area that you can look at the city from above and take photographs that will be difficult to distinguish from the most tempting advertising cards. If you prefer a mountain bike to a calm step, you can ride here for your pleasure.

And finally — a gourmet holiday!

Trujillo is the place where the tired traveler can rejuvenate and relax while enjoying the delights of the local cuisine. All the dishes of Extremadura — migas, moraga, roast lamb, «bishop’s soup» — are prepared really tasty here, and most importantly, leave room for sweets from the Santa Clara monastery.

Trujillo offers tourists an excellent choice of restaurants, as well as a wide network of hotels, from the most economical to the elite.

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