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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Tropical foliage sways in the warm breezes, a shuffle of palm fronds and lush vegetation all around. At the entrance, a reflecting pool full of water lilies is lined with blossoming trees at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The sense of arrival sets the stage for the premier luxury stay at the resort, from start to finish this location has something special in store for guests.

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From the open-air welcoming lobby, guests can walk on elevated boardwalks to a variety of exciting options; a signature restaurant, library and activity center, down to the infinity pool overlooking the ocean complete with bubbling relaxation lounge, and Positivo Sand Bar, the beachside dining option and bar where you can wiggle your toes in the sand while enjoying specialty cocktails and locally-inspired cuisine. Swaying day beds suspended from the overhanging ceiling line part of the walkway, an afternoon of reading a book from the library sounds like an ideal respite.

As I walk to my room along lazily meandering pathways, golf carts with cheery staff smile with a “buenas tardes!” The exclusive Embajdores service means having someone on-hand or a text away for any needs for each guest room. My room has a private plunge pool and outdoor shower with rain feature; I’m in heaven. The beach and ocean are steps from my private terrace, where the warm waters beckon from beyond.

Developed by Laurance S Rockerfeller, the remote location is an oasis for guests of today to enjoy. With the caveat of no building can be higher than a palm tree at the hotel, the resort melts into the surrounding landscape, allowing for visitors to experience the Puerto Rican paradise like no other. From chirping coqui frogs at night to the crashing surf against the rock barrier Rockerfeller had constructed to allow for swimmable shores, there is so much to enjoy on the grounds of what previously was a large plantation.

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For those looking for an even more elevated stay, the private 5-bedroom Su Casa was the previous residence of Clara Livingston. Complete with its own infinity pool and lawn looking to the ocean, the picturesque villa is an ideal spot for special celebration or ultimate luxury stay.

Home to the only 5-star, 5-diamond spa on Puerto Rico, the Spa Botanico is not to be missed. Steeped in tradition and botanicals, the treatments are enjoyed in stunning private studio alcoves or in the treehouse. Walking amongst the pineapple meditation garden or listening to the water features is a perfect way to relax away an afternoon on property. The 90-year-old fichus tree is a centerpiece of the acreage, welcoming spa-goers under its outstretched branches. 

The water park and fitness facility are a short golf cart ride away. Built to resemble aspects of sugar plantation edifices, the water park is something both parents and children will enjoy. Complete with lazy river and a variety of aquatic fun, the $12 million Watermill playground is a destination unto itself.

Ritz-Carlton is widely known for its luxury offerings, but Dorado Beach is truly exceptional, even within the brand. From the staff and accommodations, to special touches and stunning location, even the most Marriott-savvy travelers will find something extraordinary about this property.  Whether enjoying the largest wine cellar in Puerto Rico or sipping a tropical cocktail at one of the pools, building sand castles on the golden-sand beach or swinging away on the golf course, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will leave an indelible mark on your memory and heart.

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An impressive bathroom with outdoor shower.

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All rooms at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve look out to the ocean.

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A unique palm tree over the pool grew amongst the groves that used to be a plantation on the property.

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The infinity Pool at Su Casa is the ultimate private luxury escape on property.

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Vibrant rainforest on property.

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One of the pools on property; guests can enjoy freshly prepared coconuts poolside.

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Stunning blue waters are a playground for guests.

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Golf courses on property.

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A bubble lounge in the pool is a popular spot to enjoy the warm waters.

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The entrance to the Spa Botanico.

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Spa Botanico's treatment rooms.

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The treehouse treatment space at Spa Botanico.

Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit www.creationize.com ...(Read More)

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