The calendar may say its November, but the troupe of tanned Tinseltown bodies that partied poolside at the relaunch of the El San Juan Hotel and Casino during the first weekend of the month brought back memories of summer. A fashion-forward femme fatale, “America’s Next Top Model” winner CariDee English wore a white and yellow two-piece for her outdoor appearance at the Puerto Rican retreat, while Gabrielle Union donned an ocean blue bikini in order to check out the hotel’s new “water lily” lounge pods, hammocks, and enclosed cabanas featuring WiFi, flat screen TVs, and mini bars. Cuddly couple Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo were spotted sitting on lounge chairs at the event, as was Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt-N-Pepa fame, who later celebrated her 43rd birthday with her new celebrity friends at Brava, the hotel’s nightclub.
As the thermometer rarely dips below 75 degrees in Puerto Rico, celebrities and snowbirds alike will book accommodations at the 382-guest room hotel this winter to try their luck at the 336 slot machines and 27 gaming tables inside the 13,000 sq. ft. casino, and be pampered with the array of rejuvenating treatments administered at the Edouard de Paris Day Spa.