Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

100 Dorado Beach Drive | Dorado 00646  [SEE MAP]Dorado  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Delectable cuisine at all three restaurants
A stay here is pricey
This elegant Ritz-Carlton property sits on an eco-friendly reserve on Puerto Rico's northern shore and offers access to a mile of sandy shoreline and an 11-mile nature trail. While adults are teeing off on the three stunning 18-hole golf courses or indulging in a spa treatment amid the leafy canopy, kids can get acquainted with fellow resortgoers while participating in supervised Ambassadors of the Environment activities. Meanwhile, each of the resort's opulent guest rooms and suites boasts a balcony, a deep soaking tub and an outdoor shower. And the buck doesn't stop there. The waterfront COA restaurant offers locally inspired cuisine, including various dishes made in a custom wood-burning oven. Or, visitors can savor grilled meats and seafood at Encanto Beach Club Bar and Grill or fresh sushi, ceviche and tapas at Positivo Sand Bar. Overall, past guests praised the resort's cuisine and accommodations, although several warned that everything, from the dishes to the spa treatments to the room rates, is expensive. However, the property's daily resort fee covers perks like in-room Wi-Fi access and valet parking. Keep in mind that Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by choosing to stay here.
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Location
Dorado
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort, 114 rooms
Primary View
Mountain(s), Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Modern
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

Frommer's

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Dorado Beach is a truly remarkable piece of paradise, with a primordial beauty to the landscape, despite the fact that the resort's just 35 minutes from San Juan. The 1,400 acres of grounds include impressive nature trails, and all the rooms, including the restaurants, are close to the fabulous 3-mile coastline.

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In the '60s, the Dorado Beach Hotel – a 1,400-acre resort on a former citrus and coconut plantation on Puerto Rico's north coast, 30 miles west of San Juan – was a tropical playground for Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford (not to mention an occasional getaway for John F. Kennedy). This was another modernist hideaway conceived by Laurance Rockefeller, who saw Puerto Rico as a fitting alternative to post-Castro Cuba and was one of the first to bring a mid-century design aesthetic to the region, which was dominated by a more traditional, colonial-inspired look.

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The level of luxury at the Dorado Beach resort sets a new standard for Puerto Rico, from the delicate shell designs reflecting on the sand at the outdoor Positivo Sand Bar to the spacious suites and low-lying bungalows extending out to private plunge pools and terraces. ... An 80-year-old ficus tree marks the entrance to the spa, which is like a mini-resort in itself with a pineapple garden, soaking pools, a lily pond, and two tree-house treatment platforms.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 956 have reviewed the Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 956 reviews 4.5 (based on 956 reviews)

Guest Rooms

All of Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve's guest rooms and suites are beachfront and offer spectacular ocean views. Ocean Reserve guest rooms offer at least 941 square feet of space and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with screened plantation shutters and large balconies furnished with a dining table and a sofa. All accommodations include indoor and outdoor rain showers, deep soaking tubs, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and French presses with Puerto Rican coffee and teas.
  • Daily resort fee of $104.98 covers in-room Wi-Fi access
  • Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels do not participate in the Marriott Rewards program
  • Select accommodations have private plunge pools

Standard room size941 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

This plantation-turned-resort is located on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, right on Dorado Beach and about 20 miles west of San Juan. The resort is intended to be secluded, so there is not much within walking distance. Guests can rent a car to get to Plaza Dorada and Paseo del Plata Shopping Center – both are 2 miles southeast of the property – if they seek extra dining, shopping or entertainment options.
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airportis sits about 25 miles southeast
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

Dorado Beach's main dining establishment, COA, serves various grilled dishes and 650-plus kinds of wines from a dining room and terrace that overlook the ocean. Many of the eatery's dishes are made in a custom wood-burning oven. The casual Encanto Beach Club Bar and Grill is an open-air restaurant by the beach that specializes in grilled fare for lunch and dinner, and Positivo Sand Bar offers tapas, ceviche and sushi by the Positivo Pool. La Cocina Gourmet, the on-site market, sells Puerto Rican coffees, homemade gelato and other snacks.
  • Fee-based cooking classes and wine dinners at La Cocina Gourmet Culinary Center
  • Room service available during restaurant hours

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAsian, Italian, American, Spanish

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

Located near the resort's main pavilion, the infinity-edge Positivo Pool offers views of the Atlantic Ocean. The pool is furnished with chaise lounges and luxurious cabanas that offer loads of amenities and refreshments. The Encanto Beach Club Pool features both an adults-only pool and splash pools for kids. On weekends, the aquatic playground called The Watermill offers hours of fun with waterslides, a lazy river and multiple pools. Guests who prefer the sand can choose to lounge on the beach.
  • Some accommodations come with private plunge pools
  • Fees apply for cabana rentals
  • Two poolside eateries
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The 5-acre Spa Botánico is set in the middle of a pineapple garden and lush tropical landscaping. The facility welcomes guests through an Apothecary Portal filled with local botanicals and lavender scents. The grounds feature outdoor showers and plunge pools, as well as two treehouse-style treatment rooms. Treatments like massages, facials and body scrubs and wraps combine local ingredients with traditional practices.
  • Salon with hair and nail care
  • Spa open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

There are tons of amenities and activities for children at this resort. In addition to offering kids splash pools, the resort features The Watermill, an aquatic playground that is open on Saturdays and Sundays for family fun. The park features two 30-foot waterslides, a lazy river with a wave machine, multiple pools and a snack bar. The resort also offers eco-themed activities through its Ambassadors of the Environment program. The program welcomes children ages 4 through 16 to participate in various activities inspired by the area, such as snorkeling, hiking and Taino arts and crafts projects. Older children can take advantage of the property's tennis courts and nature trails.
  • Meals for the kids program cost $30 per child
  • Free loaner paddleboards, surfboards, sailboats and kitesurfing boards
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

Dorado Beach houses a fitness center equipped with an array of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. The property's Goodwinds water sports center also offers water sports equipment, such as paddleboards and surfboards. What's more, guests have access to five clay tennis courts. Group and private lessons are available, as are clinics for all levels of players. Additionally, there's the 11-mile Rockefeller Nature Trail that snakes along the beach, forests, coves and golf courses. The trail is ideal for walking, jogging and biking.
  • Daily resort fee covers use of tennis courts and rackets, water sports equipment and fitness center
  • Tennis court reservations made less than 24 hours in advance incur a $50 fee
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

Dorado Beach's meeting venues include an executive boardroom and a ballroom. The boardroom can seat up to 15 guests, while the Surf Room Ballroom can accommodate large groups with up to 500 attendees. The latter features floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. An array of audiovisual and business equipment rentals are on hand, and conference concierges and meeting planners can arrange for additional services, including shipping and receiving or group activities.
  • Private dining (fees apply)
  • Resort only hosts one group at a time

Number of meeting rooms2

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Golf

      • Golf carts
      • Golf packages
      • Club rentals
      • Club house
      • Refreshment stand or restaurant
      • Caddie service
      • Pro shop

      Wedding

      On-site wedding venues range from the sands of the beach to the property's landscaped lawns to an intimate gazebo to a grand oceanfront ballroom. The Surf Room Ballroom, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an adjacent terrace, can accommodate up to 470 guests for a reception, while the historical Su Casa plantation house provides a stunning venue for an elopement or small wedding.
      • Wedding packages
      • Bridal spa and salon services

      Maximum wedding guest capacity470

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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