We spent 8 nights in mid June at this spectacular resort. I stayed with my husband and son in a west beach ocean reserve room on the second floor. Room is spacious and view is amazing. I almost changed our reservation last minute to a first floor room with a plunge pool- but am glad I didn't do so as the first floor rooms offer little privacy with people walking by your room throughout the day . The plunge pools are a nice novelty- but not what we were looking for. We enjoyed lounging on our spacious balcony which was very private. The outdoor rainshower is heavenly- it was so nice to shower after dark and listen to the coqui frogs singing. The resort layout is well planned- never felt congested or crowded- we never had a problem getting chairs by the pool or on the beach- many times it felt like we had the beach all to ourselves. The swimming lagoon that is protected by natural rock was a nice feature- the surf would otherwise have been too rough for out son. We have visited many caribbean islands and stayed at many high-end resorts- this one definitely competes for first place.
Our 7 year old son enjoyed meeting and playing with many other children who were vacationing at the resort. The complimentary bikes were an awesome perk- we would ride the 7 mile trail along the beach and through the forrest to the clay tennis courts each morning. The Waterpark which is a quick golfcart ride away was also a nice feature for children- but its only open on weekends. Kids club offers many activities for children of all ages. Our son really enjoyed "creatures of the night" . Complimentary snorkel gear was also great- no need to pack extra swimming gear for the kids.
Resort staff were friendly and attentive. Nate was wonderful and always seemed to be there to help us when needed. We did not use the embajadores for much-but that was our choice - they did recommend some good restaurants off site which we enjoyed- Grappa and Greenhouse. We had no problem with the poolside service that other reviewers have claimed was spotty or needed improvement.
Encanto, Positivo and Mi Casa were all great restaurants. Mi Casa was our favorite- a must for dinner- service and food was impecable. Loved the daily ceviche at Positivo and Encanto. Lunch at Barlovento by the watersports was also delicious- the location is just a bit windy.
My son is begging us to return for another vacation at the end of summer- we all enjoyed it so much I think we may just return for another stay ! If not then- definitely again in the near future.
- 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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