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El Pretexto Hotel Review

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Exclusive Culinary Farm Lodge Experience In The Mountains Of Puerto Rico

Are you ready for an exclusive, adults only getaway with pretty views, amazing food, and restful hammocks. On your next trip to Puerto Rico, you should consider a visit to the mountain town of Cayey and experience this culinary farm lodge. I was fortunate to be a guest at El Pretexto and have an opportunity to write about this incredible destination location.

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An Important Note About Ex Pretexto

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Sweet Resident Guard Dog

You must have a reservation to dine, stay, or even to visit. El Pretexto is the private residence of the owners and they do not receive visitors with a reservation.

El Pretexto is an adults only experiential agro-tourist destination

A Foodie Experience In Puerto Rico

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Onsite Outdoor Kitchen

The food at El Pretexto is the driving factor of this first culinary farm lodge in Puerto Rico. The beautiful property with the expansive outdoor kitchen is the ideal setting for an immersive food experience.

Their seven-day foodie cuisine centric vacation is a chance to slow down, explore this incredible island through local cuisine, rum, coffee, and many other of Puerto Rico’s treasures. If you love Puerto Rico’s cuisine, read my list of 20 Puerto Rican Foods You Should Try. Authentic Puerto Rican rum should be on your must-try list. I recommend visiting Ron del Barrilito for an amazing rum tasting & tour.

Where local farmers bring Puerto Rican traditional dishes with a modern twist

Come To Dinner In The Mountains

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Panzanella Inspired Salad

El Pretexto is not a restaurant! They are open only for registered guests and diners with reservations.

Discover the magical atmosphere of El Pretexto with their farm-to-table experience. On Tuesdays and Saturdays (reservations required) guests can tour the grounds, enjoy the gardens, and cavort with the chickens. Taste local ingredients expertly morphed by talented chefs into delicious dishes. As Puerto Rico’s first culinary farm, you can enjoy the fruits of the land while surrounded by nature and this amazing property.

Enjoy community dining with other guests at a fresco table. Converse in a relaxed atmosphere while artisanal chefs craft stunning dishes, some too pretty to eat. The chefs are committed to bringing Puerto Rican culture in every dish with a dash of their own added culinary point of view.

Accommodations At The Lodge

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Accommodations At The Lodge

Relax in one of the beautiful private villas with forest and mountain views. The peaceful countryside setting is perfect for guests looking for inspiration and reflection. The villas are surrounded by El Pretexto’s agroecological farming initiative; including their free-range organic chicken and duck coop.

The villas offer spacious rooms with a warm island decor perfect for a relaxing visit. In Villa 2M, from the second floor deck you feel directly connected with nature, the treehouse vibe offers panoramic views above the tree canopy. You’ll want to spend your day floating awaiting in the hammock with a good book and a glass of wine.

Pro Tip: If the coquis (local frogs) get too loud, pop in a pair of owner provided ear plugs.

El Pretexto offers luxurious rooms and amenities at their culinary farm lodge

Private Events At The Lodge

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The Table Is Set

The beautiful views of El Pretexto in Cayey, Puerto Rico and the Bed and Breakfast amenities are perfect for a private event or celebration. The staff will arrange everything you need to celebrate a family gathering, anniversary, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, and more. A stay in a rustic room on the farm, with meals included, is the perfect way to shake off city vibes in a relaxed manner.

Destination Wedding

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Flower Scape

El Pretexto offers small, intimate weddings and elopements for up to 36 guests. Their customizable wedding packages will take care of everything you need. With entire space for you and your guests, your wedding will be everything you dreamed of in this verdant countryside oasis.

El Pretexto is a stunning wedding venue less than an hour from San Juan

El Pretexto In Cayey, Puerto Rico

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Paradise Spaces

El Pretexto is a foodie paradise. The location invites you to enjoy a room with a view and a sumptous dinner with friends surrounded by the beautiful views in this special place. Cayey is less than an hours drive from San Juan up into the mountains. You are transported into another world as you leave the city and enter lush farm country.

Happy Bucket List Travels,



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PS Read Chef José Andrés story about hurricane Maria and feeding Puerto Rico in We Fed An Island (my book review). It’s an excellent read.

The information provided here is an overview of types of adventures available. Travel With Sandi does not endorse certain tours or adventures — each individual should choose based on their personal taste and physical abilities. As always, be safe, be aware of your surroundings, tread carefully, and keep your valuables hidden.

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