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Beach: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

In the 1950’s, Laurance S. Rockefeller’s 1,400-acre retreat on Puerto Rico’s palm-fringed northern coast was a Caribbean hot spot for Hollywood’s elite (Ava Gardner, JFK, and Joan Crawford were all regulars). Now a $342 million renovation promises to bring Dorado Beach back to its glory days. Private embajadores are at the ready to whisk guests in golf carts on jungle-​lined paths to their two-story beachfront bungalows decorated in cream-colored fabrics with soothing sand-tinted walls. The colonial-style Su Casa villa has been meticulously restored (and can be all yours for a cool $30,000 a night). Adding to the wow factor is chef José Andrés’s Puerto Rican–inspired Mi Casa restaurant, his first outpost in the Caribbean. But the hotel’s shining star is the five-​acre Spa Botánico, where we indulged in an unforgettable tree-​house hammock massage that lulled us into a blissful slumber. ritzcarlton.com. $$$$$

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