The legendary Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico was the first resort to include the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve residences. With almost two miles of beachfront, and the service of Ritz-Carlton Reserve, these contemporary homes offer owners a limited opportunity to become part of the history of Dorado Beach.
West Beach includes 2- to 4-bedroom condominiums located directly on the beach first selected by Laurance Rockefeller 50 years ago as the location for the original Dorado Beach hotel. East Beach residences include 5-bedroom beachfront villas and 2- and 3-bedroom Botanical villas fronting the famed East and West Courses of Dorado Beach.
Owners also receive membership in the Dorado Beach Club. Membership includes access to four Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf courses, the 8,000 sq foot Fitness and Wellness Center, several dining venues, and The Watermill, a $12 million aquatic park.
“With world-class golf, a lush forest environment, and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Dorado Beach is the perfect setting to debut the first Reserve experience in the Americas,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “Blending serenity, a secluded landscape and a wealth of recreational options, the resort reflects the original developer Laurance Rockefeller’s vision more than 50 years ago of a natural sanctuary in one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island locations,” Humler added.
Ideally situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline, with 1,400 acres of natural beauty, privacy and luxury, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, includes 100 guest-rooms and 14 one-bedroom suites, all directly on the beach, plus Su Casa, the original plantation hacienda renovated back to its original 1920s style to serve as a five-bedroom beachfront VIP villa, perfect for weddings and private parties.
Dorado Beach also includes a five-acre, ‘botanical’ spa; a new Beach Club; and a Wind and Waves center featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, a celebrated program that provides innovative, hands-on eco-adventures for adults, teens and children using Dorado Beach as a natural classroom. The new Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel was ‘grandfathered’ to be built on the footprint of the original hotel, so every guestroom, residence, and the restaurant is directly on the beach, only steps from sea.
With its serene coastline and palm-fringed beaches, Dorado Beach feels worlds away, yet it is a quick domestic flight from many major cities on the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital city of San Juan. From there, it is only a 35-minute drive to the gates of Dorado Beach. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. with no U.S. passport required, no customs and no currency exchange. Hotel guests and homeowners have both the convenience of a U.S. location and the exotic luxury of a legendary Caribbean resort.
A departure for Ritz-Carlton in size and scope, The Reserve brand extension features signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts located in choice settings around the world, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place. A refuge from the expected, The Reserve is for travelers seeking to discover a singular location and peerless resort that, through its design and services, has a distinctive personality that blends together the culture, history and heritage of its setting.
The Reserve brand extension is distinguished from other award-winning Ritz-Carlton resorts by offering guests’ exotic, hand-selected “hideaway” destinations globally; a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere; and an even greater level of individualized service through a higher staff to guest ratio.
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