This Spanish-style home, Su Casa VIP Villa—my favorite part of the insider's tour of the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach resort—was once the house of Clara Livingston from 1928-1955 and today you can now find all 1920s era furniture and art inside!
Ms. Livingston was a female pioneer: a pilot who managed her father's 1400 acre sugarcane and pineapple plantation after his death. Living here for two decades, she played host to famous guests including Amelia Earhart. After her death, she requested that no alterations be made to the estate until after the final Livingston had passed.
The property was purchased by visionary and conservationist, Laurance S. Rockefeller, who sought to create the first eco-luxury resort in Puerto Rico. The doors opened in 1958, then in 2012 the The Ritz-Carlton took over to create the incredible resort it is today. The hotel still resides on the original 1400 acre plantation and mixes Livingston's historic elegance with modern amenities.
I should also note this villa is dreamily perfect for weddings.