Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DISCOVERING SAN JUAN


Good morning everyone! I hope you are doing well and that you enjoyed the weekend! As you know the past days we have spent in San Juan in Puerto Rico. This small Caribbean island has a lot to offer and this post I would like to tell you something more about our stay in San Juan, what we did there, what we have seen and of course I will tell you something about the hotel, where we stayed, too. 

Přeji krásné ráno všem! Doufám, že jste si užili víkend. Jak asi už víte z mého Instagramu, poslední pár dní jsme strávili v San Juanu, v Puertu Ricu. Na tomto karibském ostrově budeme až do pátku a v dnešním postu bych Vám chtěla ukázata první část fotek, které jsme tady fotili - a to konkrétně z již zmiňovaného hlavního města. Kromě fotek bych Vám také chtěla povyprávět něco o tom, co jsme všechno v Sanu Juanu dělali, co jsme viděli a také kde jsme byli ubytovaní!
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THE RITZ-CARLTON  SAN JUAN

As you might know what my Instagram, for our stay in the capital of Puerto Rico we decided to stay at the beautiful and luxurious Ritz-Carlton San Juan, which is a 5-star resort located directly at the beach. We chose this hotel for several reasons: 1) We have experienced the service of the Ritz-Carlton before and we always try to stick to this brand since we find their service really exceptional, 2) I believe that the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan offers one of the most beautiful beaches and views in the city, which is something I personally really enjoy and 3) the hotel has a to offer! We stayed at this hotel for a week and we enjoyed every moment of our stay. We had a beautiful Ocean-Front room with a balcony and Club Lounge Access. The room was very big, very spacious and very chic, yet made you feel like "home away from home". One of my favourite moments was ordering in-room breakfast and enjoying it on our balcony, while watching the unbelievably blue sea. The hotel is offering 416 rooms and suites. As mentioned our room was a part of the Club Lounge, which I already told you about: this is a special room, where you can relax, enjoy beverages and meals though the day, read newspaper and get some special services like complimentary pressing of clothes, private check-in and check-out and other concierge services. As mentioned before, I am a big fan of the lounge, especially when being on vacation. I think it's great that you get breakfast, small snacks, lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the day - I recommend this Lounge to anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot on extras! In the hotel you also find several restaurants:

The BLT Steak is a modern steak-house with several locations in the Caribbean, in the US and Asia. This was our first visit of the BLT, however we immediately fell in love with this place. First of all - don't get confused by the name. The restaurant has way more to offer than just meat. You can choose from a wide selection of seafood, fishes and vegetarian meals as well! I chose their signature Tuna Tartare, which tasted really amazing. The tartare came together with guacamole and soy sauce, which made a really tasty, yet unique combination. For my second course I chose the Lobster with grilled asparagus and potatoes on the side. I have had lobster before, however this one was one of the best ones I ever had. The meat was really soft, well marinated and well grilled. The BLT was definitely my favourite restaurant in the hotel and I would recommend this place to anyone, who is visiting San Juan. As a part of the restaurant you also have a bar, so you can stop by just for a drink too!

The second restaurant we go to try in the hotel is Il Mulino. This Italian place is located in the Casino area and offers traditional Italian and international cuisine. For the appetizer we chose shrimps with the cocktail sauce. The shrimps were served cold, which is not really my thing, however what I have to recommend is the Tuna Steak, which was unforgettable. The steak was soft, really well made and grilled. On the side I chose grilled asparagus, which was a great addition to the steak. I really enjoyed visit of this place, however I liked the atmosphere of BLT better, so that's why the steakhouse is my number one!

Jako náš "domov" jsme v San Juanu zvolili luxusní, 5-i hvězdičkový hotel Ritz-Carlton San Juan, který se nachází jen pár minut od mezinárodního letiště. Hotel jsme zvolili hlavně kvůli službám, se kterými jsme v Ritzu víc jak spokojení, a také kvůli nádherné pláži, u které je hotel postaven. Ubytovaní jsme byli v nádherném, prostorném pokoji s balkonem a výhledem na moře. Kdo mě zná, ví, že miluji snídaně, a tak mojí oblíběnou částí dne bylo objednání si snídaně na pokoj a užívání si jí společně s výhledem na moře na našem balkonu. Náš pokoj byl součástí Club Lounge, o které jsem Vám již několikrát psala. Jedná se o speciální místnost, kde si kromě speciálních služeb (jako například privátního check-inu a check-outu, novin zdarma nebo vyžehlení věcí), můežete vychutnat i jídlo a drinky během dne. Již jsem Vám psala, že tuto službu mám opravdu ráda a myslím, že obzlášť v karibských zemích se vyplatí. V hotelu najdete celkem 416 pokojů a suites. Kromě toho v hotelovém komplexu najdete i nespočet restaurací a barů.

Jako první jsme vyzkoušeli proslulý steakhouse The BLT Steak, který najdete také v USA, Asii a jiných karibských zemích. Musím říct, že BLT se stal mojí nejoblíbenější restaurací v hotelu a návštěvu doporučuji každému, kdo se do San Juanu chystá. Jako předkrmjsem zvolila jejich proslulý tartat z tuňáka s avokádovým krémem a sójovou omáčkou. Musím říct, že předkrm byl vynikající. Jako hlavní chod jsem si objednala humra s grilovaným chřestem a bramborami - humra jsem měla jen párkrát ve svém životě, ale musím říct, že tehle patřil k těm nejlepším, co jsem kdy jedla. Celá atmosféra restaurace byla skvělá a rozhodně bych se do ní vydala znovu. Doporučuji ji i těm, co nejí maso nebo preferují ryby - jejich menu je bohaté na všechno!

Naší druhou restaurací bylo Il Mulino, které se specializuje na italskou a mezinárodní kuchyni. Restauraci najdete v kasínu a přestože bylo jídlo opravdu vynikající, především hlavní chod (steak z tuňáka), musím říct, že se mi ve steakhousu líbilo víc.

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Besides these two, you can also enjoy meals in the Ocean Bar and Grill, which is opened throughout the day and located at the beach, so that you can enjoy a little snack when laying on the beach, or get a meal in their Mares restaurant.

In the hotel, as mentioned, you can also find a casino, which is opened 24/7. I am not a player, so I didn't get the chance to try it out, however I believe that if you enjoy gambling a little bit, you will also enjoy spending time in their Casino! In the hotel you, of course, find a pool, a jacuzzi and a beach, where you can relax, swim a little bit and just sip Piňa Coladas. If you are looking for a little bit more "private" space, you can rent a Cabana for the day, where you can relax without being interrupted and just enjoy drink from the Ocean Bar and Grill. I really loved our stay in San Juan and I was really surprised about the little surprises the hotel did for me - our stay was perfect and shall I come again to San Juan in the future, it will be definitely the Ritz-Carlton San Juan, where I will be staying!

Kromě těchto restaurací v hotelu najdete i jiné a také spoustu barů. Jak jsem již zmiňovala v hotelu najdete také kasíno, bazén a samozřejmě pláž. Pokud chete mít u bazénu trochu více soukromí a opravdu relaxovat, doporučuji si zarezervovat "pavillon" u bazénu. Celý pobyt v San Juanu jsem si opravdu užila a pokud se do něj ještě někdy vydám, bude to určitě Ritz-Carlton, kde se ubytuji! 

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THE CITY OF SAN JUAN


The capital of the island is San Juan, where you can also find the international airport. The city has many parts, yet the one that I really fell in love with, is the "Viejo San Juan", which is the Old City of the town. I was really surprised how cute the city looked like - small, colourful houses, a lot of balconies, many cafés and restaurants, small shops and a big promenade at the sea. If you are planning a trip to the city, I really recommend you to discover this part of the city as well, as this are is really beautiful. As you might, or might not know, Puerto Rico is a US territory, which makes you feel like you were in the US. You can find many US chains in the country, like Wallgreens, Starbucks, CVS, Wendy's, Chillis, etc. What we did and what I also highly recommend to do (bookable through the Ritz-Carlton's concierge) is the sunset cruise, from which you can see the whole coast and also the Old City of San Juan. Me and my boyfriend, we had a private boat, where we could enjoy a glass (or two), small bites and the beautfiul view over the city and the sea. I am a big view lover, so this trip was something I really enjoyed to do!

Hlavní městem Puerto Rica je San Juan, což je poměrně velké městečko. Jelikož patří Puerto Rico k USA, i tady najdete spoustu amerických značek, obchodů a fast-foodů. Ve městě nás zujala hlavně část "Viejo San Juan", nebo-li Starý San Juan, který je plný barevných domů, malých restaurací, místních barů, roztomilých obchodů a velké promenády u moře. My jsme měli tu šanci se na město podívat i z trochu jiné perspektivy - a to z lodě. Hotel nám zabookoval romantickou plavbu lodí při západu slunce, na které jsme si kromě výletu mohli vychutnat i šampaňské a něco malého k snědku. Já osobně mám západy slunce opravdu ráda, takže tento výlet byl pro mě "trefou do černého"!

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The weather in Puerto Rico is perfect, however as a person with sensitive skin I have to be very careful when facing strong sun. Luckily I have taken my Daylong family with me, which keeps me healthy, protected and at the same time is really sensitive to my skin. My best friends are especially "Daylong 50+ Aerosol", which is a news of the brand. What I really like about this one is the 360 degree application, which makes sure you don't miss an inch of your body! This is especially important for me, as a person, who is allergic to sun and gets burned even at legs and feet. I have suffered from sun allergy since I was a little kid and I am happy I found a product, that keeps me protected at every place. The factor is high enough to keep you protected even from high and strong sun, UV light and IR shine. Also added to that the product protect your skin from aging, which is a big plus for me! Another favourite product of mine is the "Sensitive Face", which is once again perfect for people with sun allergy, just like me. This cream has the same effect as the one mentioned before, however is suited for face application. I really think that a lot of people underestimate the sun-protection, so if you are looking for some good protection, definitely try these two or some other products from the brand, which might suit you more!

Celou dobu mi tu v San Juanu dělaly společnost krémy Daylong, které jsou vhodné pro všechny, kdo mají - stjeně jako já - citlivou pokožku nebo sluneční alergii. Obzvlášť jsem si zamilovala "Daylong 50+ Aerosol", který je speciální v tom, že se dá nanést na celé tělo v 360 stupních, takže Vám nevynechá ani "centimetr". To je pro mě důležité, protože občas se dokáži spálit i na prstech u nochou a k tomu mi ještě vyskočí alergie.. Krém Vás zároveň ochrání i před stárnutím pokožky, UV a IR zářením, což je samozřejmě další plus. Stejně tak jsem si zamilovala i "Sensitive Face", který má stejné účinky, jen je určen na obličej. Myslím, že většina z nás ochranu před sluncem podceňuje, takže pokud hledáte účinný přípravek, rozhodně vyzkoušejte značku Daylong...

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THE MALL OF SAN JUAN

Of course, as a fashion blogger, I would also like to tell you something about the Mall of San Juan, which is the newest and the most luxurious mall in the island. The Mall has about 100 stores and restaurants, and carries many local and international brands like Saks 5th Avenue, Tory Burch, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Stuart Weitzman, Nordstrom, etc. The Mall is opened everyday from 9 am till 10 am. I started my day in the Starbene Café, which is a small, Italian café, where you can enjoy breafast, a cup of coffee, cakes, gelato, ice cream and many many more. I was in the café for breakfast and the food tasted really amazing. I got to try the eggs, the bean-avocado salad, the pancakes and a lot of mimosas. The places is really nice and really relaxing, which is the perfect start into a shopping day! My day continued at Saks 5th Avenue, where I got a facial and had a make-up appointment. The specialist chose for me the brand Giorgio Armani, which was also my first time trying out this brand. I really enjoyed the whole procedure and it felt really nice to have my face cleansed after a long time. The store is really big and carries several designers including Dolce&Gabbana, YSL, Manolo Blahnik, Valentino, etc. Also as a part of the store you can experience a personal-stylist service, who will advice you what to wear and how to combine clothes and accessories. My last visit was of the Tory Burch store, which looked really luxurious and cozy. The store made me feel like I was at a luxurious 5th Avenue apartment. I left with a new scarf and I loved all three stores mentioned!

Jako módní bloggerka mám tu "povinnostů Vám zmínit i Mall of San Juan, které je nejluxusnějším nákuoním centrem na ostrově. Najdete v něm více jak 100 obchodů, včetně značek jako Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Gucci, Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo nebo Louis Vuitton. My jsme náš den začali snídaní v Starbene café, což je malá, útulná kavárna, kde si můžete vychutnat snídani, oběd i menší "snack" a něco sladkého. Dále jsem pokračovala do Saks 5th Avenue, kde jsem si nechala vyčistit obličej (po opravdu dlouhé době) a místní speciálisté mi pomohli s líčením. Poprvé jsem měla tu příležtost vyzkoušet produkty od Giorgio Armani, které mi sedly a hned jsem si jich pár odnesla. Kromě značek jako D&G, Valentino, YSL, Manolo Balhnik, etc. si v Saks můžete sjednat schůzku se stylistou, který Vám poradí co na sebe a jak kousky kombinovat, což mi přijde jako skvělá služba. Mojí poslední návštěvou byl butik Toryho Burche, ze kterého jsem si odnesla šátek, které se skvěle hodí sem do Puerto Rica!

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14 comments

  1. Vyzerá to tam fantasticky, veru aj tie raňanjky, ktorých milovníčkou si, vyzerali chutne a hneď by som si také zamilovala aj ja..hlavne, keď si ich nemusím robiť sama.. ach aj ja chcem ísť už niekde na dovču :)

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  2. How unbelievably incredible, Barbora. It looks as though you are having an incredible time!

    Arum Lilea

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  3. San Juan looks so beautiful!
    I´ve never been to central / south america and the architecture looks amazing.
    Love this post.

    xx Julia

    http://www.talesofjules.com/

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  4. Wauw, one big advertisement for Ritz and Daylong. I am sure you "chose this hotel for several reasons" (besides being sponsored).
    I really feel like I got to know San Juan and all its many attractions - or at least I got to see 6/7 instapics from a really expensive hotel that could have been located anywhere in the world. Oh the joys of being rich.

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  5. Love this photos!! It seems such a pretty place. Btw, I love your new layout, so fresh and simple

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  6. Jeeeee, uplne bozsky fotky, moc si to tam uzivej a ja jsem zvedava na dalsi clanek z tehle dovolene. To je uplnej raj!!! <3
    Sandra

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  7. Vyzerá to tam úplne nádherne a potichučky ti závidím. Uži si to tam poriadne! :)

    LEUSLIFESTYLE

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  8. Tory Burch je žena...

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    1. Dobře. Brala jsem Tory Burch jako značku - poradíš mi tedy se skloňováním?

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  9. Tory Burch je žena :)

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    1. Dobře. Brala jsem Tory Burch jako značku - poradíš mi tedy se skloňováním?

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  10. Beautiful!

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