Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
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.
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Neighborhood Vibe
There's an entire vacation village outside the Ritz-Carlton's plush confines, including hotels and golfer-filled condos. The resort is connected to an 11-mile nature trail originally created by Laurance S. Rockefeller. Reserved for bicycles, walkers, and golf carts, the trail is an attraction in itself and features the natural wonders of Dorado Beach’s Great Park. Nearby are more magnificent beaches, stretching off to the west. The town of Dorado has a picture-perfect old public square.
Need to Know
Rooms: 114 rooms and suites, plus one villa. From $800.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: All of the Ritz-Carlton's restaurants and bars are on the beach or have ocean views. At Mi Casa, star chef José Andrés infuses the menu with Spanish, Puerto Rican, and American flavors. Guests have first dibs on tables, which outsiders book well in advance. Positivo Sand Bar is right on the sand; Encanto Beach Club and Grill is also on the beach and serves grilled fare for lunch and Asian-influenced cuisine for dinner.
Spa and gym details: Spa Botánico is a five-acre botanical spa with warm and cool plunge pools. It also includes two freestanding tree house platforms. The large fitness center has all types of equipment.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Beach lovers who expect pampering.
Our favorite rooms: Live like a Rockefeller in Su Casa, a four-bedroom villa that dates to the estate's early days. Among the features is a wraparound porch with ocean views worthy of a baron.
For art lovers: The resort is partners with the First Art Foundation, which promotes art in nature and features works from notable Puerto Rican artists who explore how modern life relates to nature.
Amenities
  • Bath
    Indoor and outdoor rain forest showers with indoor deep soaking tub. Exclusive Spa Botánico bath amenities. Elchim hair dryers, diffusers and flat irons.

  • Bed
    Oversized King and Queen sized beds in rooms. All King rooms and Suites offer a pull-out sofa. All rooms equipped with a French Press offering Puerto Rican coffee and choice of teas. Suites also include espresso machine.
  • View/Terrace
    Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors showcasing ocean views, each with screened plantation shutters. Oversized terraces overlooking the ocean.
     
  • Tech
    Flat-screen TVs in all King, Queen and Suite bedrooms, in addition to all Suite living rooms and baths. iPhone docking station. Enhanced high speed internet access.
  • Gym
    State-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Center. Privileges at five tennis courts located at the Dorado Beach Resort Fitness & Wellness Center. Two oceanview pools on property.
  • Spa
    Spa Botánico ― A five-acre natural haven designed to inspire well-being and provide relaxation, including two open-air treehouse treatment platforms and 10 free-standing indoor and outdoor pavilions.
  • Restaurants
    Mi Casa ― signature restaurant by renowned chef José Andrés. Positivo Sand Bar ― casual beach and poolside dining. La Cocina Gourmet ― Puerto Rican coffees, homemade gelatos and gastronomic delights.
  • Bar
    Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill ― casual beach and poolside dining.
  • Miscellaneous
    Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment offers experiences in nature and cultural traditions of Puerto Rico. Ritz Kids resort activities show kids local culture and nature.
  • Concierge
    Exclusive Embajadores concierge service.
Room Types
  • West Beach Ocean Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a personal terrace with dining table and chaise lounge. The room has a beach front view and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • East Beach Ocean Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a personal terrace with dining table and chaise lounge. The room has a ocean front and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • West Beach Garden Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a personal terrace with dining table and chaise lounge. The room has a garden view and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • East Beach Garden Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a personal terrace with dining table and chaise lounge. The room has a garden and ocean view and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • West Beach Plunge Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a spacious terrace with personal infinity plunge pool, dining table and chaise lounge. The room has a beachfront view and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • East Beach Plunge Reserve
    This one bedroom suite can host up to 4 guests and features a spacious terrace with personal infinity plunge pool, dining table and chaise lounge. The room has an oceanfront view and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to showcase the spacious terrace and view. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • West Beach One Bedroom
    This one bedroom suite with a separate living room overlooks the beach and has space for four guests. Ground floor Suites overlook the beach with pool while Second Level Suits overlook the beach with an expansive rooftop terrace and infinity pool. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • East Beach One Bedroom
    This one bedroom suite with a separate living room has space for four guests. Ground floor Suites overlook the beach with pool while Second Level Suits overlook the beach with an expansive rooftop terrace and infinity pool. The bedroom has a king bed. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • West Beach Two Bedroom
    This two bedroom suite with a separate living room overlooks the beach and features space for 5 guests. Ground Floor Suites overlook the beach with pool while Second Level Suites overlook the beach with an expansive rooftop terrace and infinity pool. The master bedroom has a king bed while the second bedroom has two queen beds. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • East Beach Two Bedroom
    This two bedroom suite with a separate living room overlooks the ocean and features space for 5 guests. Ground Floor Suites overlook the beach with pool while Second Level Suites overlook the beach with an expansive rooftop terrace and infinity pool. The master bedroom has a king bed while the second bedroom has two queen beds. The spacious living quarters include an oversize marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • Two Bedroom Residences
    This oceanfront two bedroom residence easily accommodates 6 guests and features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dining/living room, laundry room, and direct access to West Beach from the ground floor. Second Floor Residence offer a balcony with plunge pool overlooking the ocean. Third Floor Residence have a rooftop terrace and infinity plunge pool overlooking the ocean. The master bedroom has an oversized king bed while the second guest suite has two oversize queen beds. The spacious living quarters include a marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, golf cart, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • Three Bedroom Residences
    This oceanfront three bedroom residence easily accommodates 8 guests and features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dining/living room, laundry room, and direct access to West Beach from the ground floor. Second Floor Residence offers a balcony with a plunge pool overlooking the ocean. Third Floor Residence have a rooftop terrace and infinity plunge pool overlooking the ocean. The master suite and 2nd guest suite have oversized king beds, and the 3rd guest suite has 2 oversize queen beds. The spacious living quarters include a marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, golf cart, and walk-in wardrobe. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • Four Bedroom Penthouse
    Ten guests can enjoy exquisite top floor quarters with a spacious rooftop terrace that showcases ocean views. The rooftop terrace and lounge area feature an infinity pool and ocean views while the ground floor has an expansive patio with a lounge area and infinity plunge pool. The master suite and 2nd guest room have oversized king beds, the 3rd guest room has an oversized queen bed, and the 4th guest room has 2 twin beds or one king. The spacious living quarters include a marble bath, separate indoor and outdoor rain-showers, golf cart, and walk-in wardrobe. The interior offers a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dining/living room, laundry room, and direct access to West Beach from the ground floor. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • Five Bedroom Villa
    The two-story, five-bedroom, and seven bath Villa easily accommodates 12 guests. The expansive patio offers an infinity pool with a Jacuzzi hot tub, outdoor dining space, and built-in grill. Directly access the beach or enjoy the oceanfront view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior offers a large living room/dining room overlooking the ocean, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and laundry room. Flat Screen TVs are located in rooms, living rooms and bathrooms. The full marble baths feature separate, oversize Jacuzzi and showers, and double sinks. The second floor master suite features a king bed, “His & Hers” indoor and outdoor showers, and a hot tub. The 2nd and 3rd guest suites have two oversize queen beds on the second floor. The 4th guest suite on the main floor has a king bed and the 5th guest suite has two twin beds. Dedicated Embajadores will attend to any request you may have.
  • Su Casa
    The Crown Jewel of Dorado Beach stretches 8,000 square feet along Puerto Rico’s northern coastline and accommodates up to 10 guests. Built in the 1920s, this fully renovated property retains its Spanish-style hacienda authenticity while offering modern luxuries. In the midst of expansive gardens and towering palm trees, the two story villa faces the East Beach. The spacious quarters have a living room/reading area, separate TV room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dining area, and laundry room. Includes an expansive wraparound veranda, plunge edge pool, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors showcasing ocean views. Inside you will find four bedrooms with 3 King beds and 2 Queen beds, connecting bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, and flat-screen TVs in each room. Separate maid and nanny quarters are included. A dedicated concierge will service your needs during your stay.
Special Offers
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Deals range from 25% savings on a four-night stay to 40% savings on a seven night stay

Valid through December 20, 2015. Blackout dates apply, minimum four night stay required.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Luxury Line Up
Can you imagine a more alluring spot to soak in the sun while sipping on an expertly crafted Mojito? Me neither.
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