My wife and I spent part of our 25 anniversary celebration at the Dorado Beach. Despite pre-arrival misgivings about whether the resort could possibly be worth the striking cost - which is well higher than other 5-star beach resorts - those doubts were utterly dispelled immediately upon arrival. The experience at Dorado Beach is phenomenal and worth it. The service and attention is highly personalized, beginning with the warm greeting of Alejandro, the property manager. Alejandro not only ushered us into the resort, but he checked up on us periodically to make sure our experiences were great. He even showed up at the conclusion of our anniversary dinner at Mi Casa with bespoke dessert platters proclaiming our special occasion. His thoughtful attention did not flag throughout our stay.
Anyway, what makes the resort fabulous is the property design and integration with the beach and ocean. The structures are all utterly top quality in construction and finish. Our room was the nicest we have ever enjoyed -- with a large balcony opening to the ocean, outdoor shower, airy spacious living space and extravagant bathroom. The two-story limit on each of the hotel villas, with each room directly facing the ocean, makes for an extremely luxurious, intimate experience. The beach is also particularly compelling because of the interest generated by the breaker rocks placed by Laurence Rockefeller for his original resort in the same location.
The various restaurants, pools, and available activities are all outstanding and charming. There is nothing "too big" about Dorado Beach. Everything is stylish rather than gaudy. The Dorado Beach is also part of a larger property catering to home owners and presumably affluent locals. This group can also use one of the hotel pools which adds a bit of (a very attractive) latin flavor to the hotel experience. The broader property offering adds pools, courts, more fitness options, a lazy river, lots of golf (there are multiple courses), all without diminishing the exclusive, intimate scale of the hotel. These other areas are accessible by golf cart (or a good walk). The quality of all of these other amenities seems to be at the same super-high level.
In sum, the Dorado Beach is spectacular and our experience was absolutely fabulous. We will return, with more of the family, and hope to do it often. Especially since Puerto Rico is now very easy to reach from our mid-Atlantic home town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somewhere between idyllic and perfection sits a Puerto Rico resort of such intimate luxury and rare character, it calls to those who believe every journey should be a voyage of discovery. Once a 1,400-acre sugar plantation owned by the Livingston family, Dorado Beach caught the eye of conservationist visionary Laurance S. Rockefeller, who in the 1950s transformed the lush landscape into one of Puerto Rico’s most exclusive luxury resorts. With its serene coastline, private residences, spa sanctuary, golf courses and a harmonious sense of place that blends masterfully into the natural surroundings, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve invites guests to arrive spellbound – and depart speechless. ... more less
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