The San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel has received Travelocity’s 2012 Excellence Award in recognition for its focus on providing visitors with an outstanding customer experience and the performance of the hotel and its staff.
“We are very proud to receive this recognition,” Betsy Mujica, director of sales and marketing for the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel property, says. “While the Water Club embodies all that is trendy and stylish, it’s the experience we create for our guests—the comfort, the amenities and the personalized service delivered with trademark Puerto Rican charm—that makes them feel at home… Only better!”
Travelocity’s 2012 Excellence Award is an annual award recognizing the very best hotels, the very best hotels based on sales/bookings and customer experience on the site. Only the top 500 hotels offered on Travelocity receive a Travelocity Excellence Award.
Chef Raúl Correa of Zest Restaurant in the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel Nominated for the “People’s Best New Chef” By Food & Wine® Magazine
Today FOOD & WINE® magazine invites the dining public to select The People’s Best New Chef®, a program now in its third year, so we are encouraging Puerto Rico’s many haute cuisine aficionados to vote for Executive Chef Raúl Correa, creator of Zest restaurant in the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel.
The award, an extension of the FOOD & WINE® Best New Chefs program, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer. Restaurants’ devotees will determine The People’s Best New Chef® winner via online vote on http://www.foodandwine.com/peoples-best-new-chef/gulf-coast beginning today and continuing through March 18.
The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef® award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America, including Puerto Rico. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist and the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef®. The People’s Best New Chef® finalists and winner will be revealed on March 19 online at www.foodandwine.com; the winner will also be featured in the July 2013 issue of FOOD & WINE®, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs. (Note: Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef® award remain eligible for a Best New Chef award.)
Recently, Chef Correa, the Water Club and Zest restaurant were featured in an article published on the FOOD & WINE® website called “Puerto Rico’s New Promise,” written by journalist Josh Eells; the piece served as the inspiration for this important nomination.
About FOOD & WINE®
FOOD & WINE® is the modern, stylish, trend-spotting, talent-seeking epicurean brand. Created by American Express Publishing, the luxury lifestyle authority, FOOD & WINE® includes a monthly magazine with a circulation of 925,000; digital editions on the iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color; a books division; and a website, www.foodandwine.com, with updates on Twitter (@fandw) and Facebook reaching over 500,000 followers and fans.
About Executive Chef Raúl Correa
Raúl Correa Soto has literally been in the kitchen for 17 years. He began his culinary journey as Kitchen Supervisor at the Marriott Hotel and Casino, working his way up quickly through the ranks to Executive Chef at some of the finest hotels in Puerto Rico, including the legendary Normandie Hotel, thanks to his strong leadership skills and excellent ability to work as part of a team. His knowledge of local and international cuisine as well as every aspect of kitchen operation and restaurant management made him a top consultant at Boutique Cuisine Catering and Kitchen Management from 2009-2011. Correa was also the 2008 Cattlemen’s Chef Challenge Champion. In 2011, he became Chef-Instructor at Puerto Rico’s renowned Escuela Hotelera, until taking over at the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel’s culinary operations as Executive Chef. In 2013, Chef Raúl Correa was among the 100 nominees nationwide for FOOD & WINE® magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef® award.
About the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel
Also known as the Water Club, the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel on Isla Verde Beach is the ultimate playground for grownups and the local Mecca of hip, with music designed by international DJs and celebrity stopovers. The hotel takes its cues from the sapphire-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and incorporates them into its swanky décor. Renowned as the hot spot for local residents and tourists, Mist offers comfortable seating areas for rooftop relaxation, swimming pool, and signature cocktails. Created by Executive Chef Raúl Correa, Zest offers an eclectic menu combining local flavor and haute cuisine, the precise definition of Puerto Rico’s new culinary era. For business travelers and small groups, the hotel offers an ocean front business center, a variety of meeting and a 24-hour front desk service. The hotel is the latest addition to Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality’s growing resort division. www.waterbeachhotel.com
San Juan, Puerto Rico (January 11, 2012) — It’s the hottest address with the coolest look: with a $2.5M renovation well underway, the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel is ready to take its rightful place as the ultimate playground for grownups and the local Mecca of hip, with music designed by international DJs, lively parties and celebrity stopovers. Located on the exclusive corner of famous Isla Verde beach, the hotel takes its cues from the sapphire-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and incorporates them into its swanky décor. Along with its friendly, personalized service, the “Water Club” is set to raise the bar for boutique hotels once again in Puerto Rico.
According to the new General Manager, José Torres, “The Water Club has all the right stuff to take the Metropolitan Area’s luxury boutique hotel experience to the next level and we’re having just as much fun with our new concept as our guests are.” With 15 years of experience, Mr. Torres is well positioned to help the resort retain its leadership position as one of Puerto Rico’s top hotels. His youthful enthusiasm paired with his proven ability and knowledge of the inner workings of resort properties give him invaluable insight into what makes a unique property like the Water Club tick—and what to do to make it a success.
The perfect combination of comfort and luxury, 80 guest rooms including stunning suites feature ocean front views, partial ocean views, and city views. Plush beds dominate the space, with new pillow-top king sized mattresses made up with pristine, high-thread-count linens. Enhancing the guest experience, new creative touches include the “Tu Deseo” (My Wish List) wish board mounted in each guest room. From extra towels, a sunrise aqua yoga session, to local fruit with their room service breakfast, “Tu Deseo” will allow guests to express themselves and make their stay more enjoyable. A boutique gym and ocean front business center round out the offering.
Renowned as the hot spot for local residents and tourists, Mist offers comfortable seating areas for rooftop relaxation, swimming pool, signature cocktails and a decadent Island-Italian-Spanish-fusion menu featuring Socializers—small plates you can share—prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients.
The new restaurant Zest on the ground floor welcomes guests with a unique subaquatic atmosphere and a modern experiential cuisine menu featuring sustainability-sourced ingredients, each dish infused with a unique scent meant to stimulate every sense. The Water Club’s entire culinary operation is under the careful watch of new Executive Chef, local celebrity Raul Correa Soto, the 2008 Cattlemen’s Chef Challenge Champion, and collaborator for El Nuevo Día’s “Por Dentro” Food Section and Primera Hora.
Even the Beach Experience has been re-engineered. Electronically connected to the hotel and restaurant, the Water Girls offer fast and unique service with a Beach Party menu built on user-friendly foods.
Room rates for The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel range from $199 to $359 per night, based on double occupancy. Stay tuned for more at http://waterbeachhotel.com/.
About the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel.
Also known as the Water Club,the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel is located in the city’s stylish Isla Verde, five minutes from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, and just 15 minutes away from the cruise docks, business district and the famous Old San Juan. Amenities include a rooftop sundeck and pool, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and a boutique gym. For business travelers and small groups they offer an intimate venue for up to 120 guests reception style, an elegant boardroom, an ocean front business center, and a 24-hour front desk service. In addition, the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel boasts some of San Juan’s most beautiful beachfront and newest dining options. The Water Club was recently voted #4 on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the Caribbean. The hotel is the latest addition to Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality’s growing resort division.