We spent 10 glorious days at the fabulous Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve. From the minute you arrive until you leave, they go out of their way with wonderful service-one of the best we have experienced anywhere in the word! Everyone greats you with a smile, most by name. They give you little coconut popsicles at check-in, which is fast and you are zipped to your room in a golf cart.
We were in a regular king room-very spacious with a balcony and great views of the beach. The accommodation's were fantastic-big bedroom, nice king bed, indoor and outdoor shower(we used the entire time) nice big dressing area. The beach attendant was great- he set up our chairs, umbrella's towels and brought us a cooler with water. The pools are fabulous too-great service with water, drinks and treats in the afternoon. A guy rides around and gives out free coconuts to drink every afternoon between 1 and 2.
The restaurant's are wonderful-you start each day at Mi Casa with wonderful ladies greeting you by name- to the excellent breakfast table buffet. The buffet is great, lots of choices or you can order off of the menu. We also had great dinner's here-staff are well trained, food great and views to die for-especially at sunset. Our children loved the dessert's!
We also had great lunches and dinner's at Encanto- a lovely open air restaurant overlooking the beach. Wonderful and very friendly staff-Roland was especially nice! We did a wish candle one night-a fun thing to look into. There is also a nice pool and beach.
Positivo- another favorite- is nice for lunch but a little slow for dinner. The tables to get are right in the sand-worth the wait!! Great bar with wonderful drinks-love the Mango Daiquiri"s with fresh mango and the Frozen Moijito! The staff here are great - they greet you by name and go out of their way to accommodate you. Fabulous chips and guacamole!
I went to the spa-one of the prettiest I have ever seen! Great manicure and fabulous foot treatment-I could have stayed all day! Thanks Giovanna!
The hotel also gives you bikes to ride-a nice way to see the very extensive property. There is a fun water park and another beach to go paddleboarding, surfing or just to walk. It is nice and flat. There is also a small snack bar/bar to have lunch.
There is another restaurant called Zafra-up at the golf club. The hotel takes and picks you up in a golf cart. It is a nice alternative one night for a change of venue-we had a wondertul waiter! I wish I could remember his name.
We left the property one day for a tour of Old San Juan and the Bacardi Factory. A nice day with a very informative guide named Orlando. We had a nice lunch in the courtyard of El Convento Hotel.
We had a fabulous time at this property-one of the best we have ever stayed-up there with Sugar Beach in St. Lucia, Four Seasons Nevis, Sandy Lane in Barbados, Cap Juluca in Anguilla and Jumby Bay in Antigua! the grounds are beautiful-very lush and tropical. I miss hearing the coqui at night! They are the tree frogs that chirp at sundown. Highly recommend!! We were sad to leave but will be back!
- 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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