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Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is currently accepting reservations for dates following its reopening in October 2018. 

It may be only 22 miles west of San Juan, but Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve feels a world away. The resort has a spectacular location on a three-mile stretch of beach on Puerto Rico's north shore. Several generations of the Rockefeller clan made Dorado Beach their exclusive winter retreat, and in the 1950s, Laurance S. Rockefeller created the first of his legendary Rock Resorts. His strong green streak meant that the first hotel here (a haven for A-listers) was designed to respect the local beauty, which meant no building was taller than a palm tree.

Today the Ritz-Carlton, which opened in 2012, pays homage to that original vision. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that disappear into ocean views, with deep soaking tubs, individual infinity-edge pools, rooftop pools, and outdoor showers shaded by gardens.

The verdant 1,400-acre grounds are home to five 18-hole championship golf courses. The biggest challenge is pulling yourself away from the luxury of the resort to tee up a shot.

Paradise Found in Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve opened its doors in late 2012, but the lush tropical property has been around for decades. The 1,400 acre plantation was once the home of female pilot, Clara Livingston, and her family who cultivated the land into a once thriving pineapple and sugarcane plantation in 1928. After her death, conservationist and visionary Laurance S. Rockefeller bought the property and transformed it into the eco-resort we have today. There are 150 rooms, all ocean front views and some with their own private plunge pools. The exclusive "Embajador" service provides you a personal butler for the duration of your stay. This unique, well designed resort offers you complete seclusion even when at full capacity. You'll never feel crowded; you will always feel welcomed. I love that everyone smiled, waved and greeted me every time I encountered a staff member or fellow guest. The best time to come is February to April. You can enjoy three miles of secluded beaches accessible only to Dorado Beach Resort guests. You can reserve bikes to tour the property at your leisure. But to truly take advantage of all the Ritz-Carlton has to offer, plan your stay for at least five days. This is a hidden paradise within a paradise. I did not think Puerto Rico could be more beautiful until I stepped inside the Dorado Beach Resort. Now I don't want to leave.

Su Casa: History & Beauty at Dorado Beach
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.

The Secret Spot
One of many unique aspects of your experience at the Ritz-Carlton's Dorado Beach is the Embajador ("butler") service. Upon checking in, you are assigned an embajador to your room to assist you with any and all needs from making dinner reservations to renting bikes for the duration of your stay. When I and my fiancé arrived to the Ritz-Carlton, we were quite a bit early. Our room was not yet ready, which was not a problem at all. The front desk offered me use of several amenities to accommodate me while I waited, but I was more interested in a tour of the resort. My request was met with a genuine and enthusiastic man acting as my embajador for the next two hours. He indulged my every question, providing historical details and cultural facts about the plantation on which the resort was built. Then we asked,"What is your favorite spot on the resort". He pondered this for a moment, driving us around in the golf cart while the breeze whipped through our hair. His face lit up as he was able to decide on just one thing: the secret spot behind suite buildings 9 and 10. So he took us straight there. A little gazebo highlighted the landscape, perched on an outcropping of land and surrounded by the blue ocean and toffee colored sands on both sides. He told us this is the best view on the resort, and they often times will set up special dinners for honeymooners or couples to enjoy a quiet and intimate evening alone by the water. We loved it.

Golf in the Tropics
Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, the Ritz-Carlton's Dorado Beach resort creates the most luxurious golf experience in the Caribbean. Their four 18-hole golf courses (East, West, Pineapple, and Sugarcane) play host to PGA tours, celebrities, and legendary golf pros. The Ritz-Carlton offers Stay & Play packages to accommodate your golf vacation. Take in the breathtaking views as you make your away through the beautifully manicured greens and around the resort property.

Luxury Line Up
Can you imagine a more alluring spot to soak in the sun while sipping on an expertly crafted Mojito? Me neither.

100 Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
+1 787-626-1100