Located on the idyllic northern coast of Puerto Rico, the five star Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach Hotel is just 15 miles away from San Juan, to the west. It was officially opened on the 12th of December 2012 after a whopping investment of around $414 million courtesy of the fabled Ritz-Carlton brand.
Comprising a total of 14 one-bedroom suites and 100 guestrooms, all spread among 1,400 acres which used to be formerly known as the Laurance Rockefeller estate. The main aspect of this outstanding hotel is the level of luxury it meets guests with – these luxury accommodations sport outdoor shower gardens, deep soaking tubs, private balconies and walk-in wardrobes.
One of the most imposing facilities is the 4-bedroom VIP villa known as Su Casa, superbly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It was built back in the 1920s for the first owner of the plantation, Clara Livingston. In addition, the resort also boasts the Spa Botánico, a botanical wellness center that covers five acres and provides contemporary treatments embodying local Manos Santos practices – the Holy Hands, as referred to, ancient local healers.
Honored with the 2011 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, Chef José Andrés has his hands full with his first restaurant outside the continental US, Mi Casa. The guests of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be enticed by his exceptional expertise on regional flavors and haute cooking, perfectly fitting the Caribbean atmosphere.
In terms of amenities, there are ample opportunities for guests – the El Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill, a bistro, Positivo Sand Bar and La Cocina Gourmet, the Watermill Park, a gorgeous $12 million aquatic adventure park superbly modeled on the ruins of a Caribbean sugarcane estate, and 2 state of the art golf courses designed by the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones.
Furthermore, the surrounding reefs, the archaeological sites and the wetlands are extremely nice visiting sites for families and alike, as participants of a comprehensive outdoor activities program, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment.
The prices per room run between $1,200 and $1,600.
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