Best Places to Spend Christmas
Courtesy of W Hotels
Why Go: “Jingle Bells” set to a salsa beat will get you dancing and caroling. Palm trees basking in sunlight and exotic flora in the El Yunque rainforest replace your typical snowcapped pines. Wrap up your Caribbean days with an evening stroll through a 500-year-old Spanish colonial city on the Atlantic.
Where to Stay: Hotel El Convento, a converted 354-year-old Carmelite convent, has 72 rooms with handcrafted colonial furniture. The Water Club boutique hotel has 78 rooms overlooking the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Holiday Dinner: The Parrot Club offers Nuevo Latino cuisine—tamarind-glazed salmon, chicken in a mango barbecue sauce—accompanied by a jazz band. Also try Ajili Mójili for the terrific asopaos (stews) and mofongos (mashed plantains with pork rinds).