by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 01, 2012

Puerto Rico

The 371-room JW Marriott Hotel & Resort at Coco Beach is set to debut in 2013. The property  will have approximately 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, seven meeting rooms, two boardrooms and five hospitality suites. The hotel also will offer a 36-hole, Tom Kite-designed championship golf course; a 17,775-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a 6,370-square-foot casino.

The 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach Resort & Spa will open late this year on the site of Laurance S. Rockefeller's former estate. Last fall, the site's East Course golf facility, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., reopened following an 18-month revamp, while the West Course is set for renovation this year.

According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also will open a Dorado Beach property. The 500-room hotel will open on the site of the former Hyatt Regency Cerromar.

The 450-room Condado Vanderbilt has reopened following a complete renovation. The property, in the heart of the Condado tourist district, features 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and four restaurants.

The 107-room Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar debuted this year. The property has 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, a fitness center and a casino.

The 112-room Rincón Beach Resort has completed a $4.2 million expansion, adding a 3,440-square-foot ballroom and a 1,200-square-foot reception hall.

JetBlue has increased its service to Puerto Rico, offering an average of 35 flights per day from the U.S. mainland. Recently the carrier launched service to San Juan from Hartford, Conn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

On the international front, new airlines serving Puerto Rico include British Airways, with service from London; Condor Airlines, offering flights from Frankfurt, Germany; and WestJet, serving the Canadian market from Toronto. Each of these international carriers offers twice-weekly flights to the island.

The 503-room Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino has a new eatery, Texas de Brazil, part of the steak house chain. The restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 250.

The 525-room San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has completed a $2.2 million redesign of its lobby.

The 139-room St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort opened just over a year ago in Rio Grande. The property has an 18-hole golf course, a Remede Spa and 16 meeting rooms. The resort is home to chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Fern restaurant.

The 107-room Four Points by Sheraton Palmas del Mar Resort has been reflagged as the Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar.

The Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort is undergoing a complete makeover, during which the hotel's 255 guest rooms will be upgraded and its 15 meeting areas updated.