The Reserve occupies the space of the former Hyatt Dorado Beach and Cerromar Beach resorts that were conceived by multi-millionaire Laurance Rockefeller and opened in 1958 - but it's a whole new world of barefoot bliss now.
Newly built upon the footprint of the former resort at a cost of $342 million, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach contains just 115 exceptionally spacious guest rooms and suites in a low-rise structure. All accommodations are set directly on the beach with butlers on call.
There's a very special place on the premises that has been restored to its former glory... and then some. Su Casa was once a private Spanish Colonial-style hacienda owned by Clara Livingston, the world’s first female helicopter pilot (no wonder the jet set gathered here). Su Casa later served as a romantic restaurant. Millions were spent by Ritz-Carlton to transform it into a four-bedroom beachfront VIP villa ideal for weddings and private parties.
This new Dorado Beach resort will include the first restaurant outside the United States for chef José Andrés and Ambassadors of the Environment, a program conceived by Jean-Michel Cousteau that organizes innovative, hands-on eco-adventures using the beach as a natural classroom.
Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach is particularly proud of its five-acre Spa Botánico. An 80-year old ficus tree marks entry through the spa's Apothecary Portal, where walls are lined with botanicals, natural oils, aromas of fresh herbs and apothecary bottles to be hand-picked and blended.
The open-air spa features a dozen glass-walled treatment pavilions as well as Treehouse treatment platforms. It incorporates some of Puerto Rico's traditions of the Manos Santas, ancient healers who used local herbs and healing oils as natural remedies. Prior to each treatment, spa aficionados find a plush playground of Vichy gardens, warm and cool pools, waterfall showers and steam pavilions await.
Designed to optimize views of the sunset, the resort's beachfront restaurant is situated steps from the water's edge. The menu is a blend of classical cocina criolla cuisine with American cooking. Before or after, couples are welcome to repair to the Rum Bar.
In addition to the beach and spa, guests at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach have access to:
- Four Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses
- Pool cabanas with TVs and iPod docks
- Six tennis courts
- Hiking along the 11-mile-long, Rockefeller-built nature trail
- Bike path
- Coral reefs to explore snorkeling
- The Watermill water park
- New 8,000-square-foot Dorado Beach Fitness and Wellness Center
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach
100 Dorado Beach Drive
Dorado, Puerto Rico, USA 00646
How to Get Here
Fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there, it is a 35-minute drive to the gates of Dorado Beach. As Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., no U.S. passport is required, and there is no customs and immigration citizens must enter through and no currency exchange is required.
The Reserve concept is a Ritz-Carlton brand extension that selects one-of-a-kind boutique resorts in choice settings around the world, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place. As new Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are added to the collection, they will share certain characteristics: exotic, global "hideaway" locations; a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere; and a high level of individualized service.
Prefer to stay closer to San Juan? Consider the sister resort: The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan.
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