SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – May 23, 2017: El San Juan Hotel is pleased to announce the opening of El San Juan Beach Club, the newest and most sought after beach club in the Caribbean, which kicks off with a celebration this Memorial Day weekend and continues to enrich the iconic San Juan property’s long history of top-tier entertainment and experiences.
El San Juan Beach Club transforms the outdoor environment of the iconic El San Juan Hotel into a chic and sexy party atmosphere that sets the standard for outdoor entertainment in Puerto Rico. This Memorial Day kickoff weekend brings together the elements of music, fashion and design on Isla Verde Beach, recently voted the best urban beach in the United States, as the El San Juan Beach Club celebrates their kickoff event.
“We are thrilled to open the El San Juan Beach Club, an upscale and trend-setting beach club that allows both guests and locals to enjoy the best entertainment and culinary experiences in San Juan,” said Andro Nodarse-León of León Mayer & Co., one of the owners and asset manager of the resort. “Our opening events during Memorial Day weekend will set the tone for the continued celebrations at Beach Club to be a playfully elegant environment with year-round weekend festivities.”
Miami socialites and entertainment legends Michael Capponi and Eric Milon join as co-creators and partners with Puerto Rico nightlife king and Brava Nightclub owner, Shimmy Mchugh, to unveil El San Juan Beach Club. The weekend’s festivities will commence on Saturday May 27th with Bacardi cocktails in the Grand Lobby and music by El San Juan Big Band directed by two-time Latin Grammy nominee Charlie Sepulveda and Billboard Latin Music Award nominees La Tribu de Abrante. Following cocktails, the legendary Brava Nightclub will have its official unveiling, offering partygoers a first look into the Mark Lehmkul designed space.
On Sunday afternoon, setting the new standard for outdoor day club venues on the island, El San Juan Beach Club will debut with sounds by DJ Ivan Robles and DJ Arlette. Come sunset, the celebration will continue with a white and black party to unveil Aquarelle, the new French Caribbean restaurant at El San Juan Beach Club, by Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera, formerly with celebrity chef Michael Mina. Sunday evening will also include the music of DJ Elvin accompanied by musicians led by the highly accomplished saxophone player Kalani Trinidad.
“For years I have been coming to Puerto Rico to visit its incredible rainforests, enjoy the island’s heritage and culture and stay at El San Juan Hotel. With my nightlife background and the prominence of the El San Juan Hotel as a local icon, El San Juan Beach Club is a very exciting project,” said Michael Capponi, cocreator of El San Juan Beach Club. “The El San Juan Beach Club will surely become one of the major hotspots in the Caribbean. This is the perfect complement to the incredible renovation by Jeffrey Beers International of this iconic, one of a kind property.”
El San Juan Beach Club is open Monday to Thursday from 11AM to 7PM and Friday to Sunday from 11AM to 11PM. The Beach Club features 22 cabanas and over 20 day beds including an impressive 60-foot-long daybed with additional access to VIP cabanas that are bookable in advance or the day of the Beach Club events. Culinary offerings from the Beach Club menu include Peruvian-Style Wahoo Tiradito, Grilled Octopus and an abundant Chilled Seafood Platter to name a few. Specialty cocktails will also be available including the Strawberry Mint twist Bombay sapphire Gin, Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Mint and a Splash of Tonic; Grey Goose Mule Grey Goose Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Ginger Beer; and a Pomegranate Margarita Cazadores Silver Tequila, Chambord, Fresh Lime Juice, Pomegranate Juice.
Located within El San Juan Beach Club, the new Aquarelle oceanfront restaurant brings exquisite French-Caribbean coastal cuisine showcasing the talents of Chef Gonzalo Rivera, formerly with celebrity chef Michael Mina. Fresh from the sea, farm, and local gardens, Chef Rivera serves plates ranging from simple fare to sophisticated coastal gastronomy all with bright new flavors that complement the lively El San Juan Beach Club environment. This evocative destination has been developed with a breathtaking design elements that draw on the sensory experience of Puerto Rico’s beautiful sea. Colorful mosaics and contemporary furnishings are featured within the vision of award-winning designer Aaron Stewart to create a coastal luxe vibe. Aquarelle is open on Friday and Saturday from 11AM to midnight and on Sunday from 11AM to 11PM. Reservations can be secured with the El San Juan Hotel concierge.
El San Juan Beach Club and Aquarelle are both part of the recently completed multimillion dollar redesign of the iconic El San Juan Hotel.