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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Photo: Courtesy Dorado Beach

100 Dorado Beach Dr.
Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
TEL: (787) 626-1100
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.

Room to Book:

All rooms and suites face the ocean, but the Plunge Reserve rooms on the ground floor come with private infinity plunge pools.

Insider Tip:

Make use of the bicycle given to each guest on check-in and ride the Rockefeller Nature Trail. Weaving 6 miles (it will extend to 11 miles after a neighboring resort completes a renovation) through the lush property, the path showcases Dorado Beach's wild side. Look for iguanas and Haitian parrots while riding through the dense forests and wetlands.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Beach Resort
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Golf
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Kids' Programs
  • Laundry Service
  • Maid Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Available
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • Valet Parking
  • Water Sports
  • WiFi

Number of Bars: 2

Year Opened: 2012

Other:

Number of Suites: 14 suites and 1 villa

Number of Restaurants: 2

Number of Rooms: 100

Number of Pools: 2

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