Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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

Delectable cuisine, beautiful setting and plenty of amenities
A stay here is pricey, plus there's a $125 nightly resort fee on top of the room rate
Reopened in 2019 after an extensive renovation following damages from Hurricane Maria in 2017, this elegant Ritz-Carlton property sits on an eco-friendly reserve on Puerto Rico's northern shore and features amenities galore. The resort offers access to a mile of sandy shoreline and numerous nature trails. While adults are teeing off on the two impressive 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. Many accommodation options even include private plunge pools. 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, snorkeling gear and bikes.
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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

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  • 5.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

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.

Condé Nast Traveler

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The linear palms and manicured golf greens signal that the enclave of Dorado is different from others on the island. And indeed, it is: This is a luxury gated community where crypto-millionaires spend their downtime. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve here feels removed, yet the property is actually more plugged-in than it appears. Wood-planked walkways, a lily pond, and curated greenery welcome guests upon arrival, while ocean views and a stunning two-mile stretch of sand immediately instill a sense of tranquility.

Forbes

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For the ultimate in luxury, spend your holidays at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. This sprawling property was originally a plantation and it has been recreated keeping in mind the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The property is remote, but once you arrive there is almost no reason to leave. The rooms are stunning, the beach is spacious, the pools are heavenly, the spa has locally inspired treatments and the five restaurants have superb and varied menus.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1046 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 1046 reviews 4.5 (based on 1046 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, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and 24-hour room service.
  • Daily resort fee of $125 covers in-room Wi-Fi access
  • Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels do not participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • Select accommodations have private plunge pools
Nightly resort fee$125

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 Airport sits about 25 miles east
  • 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 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. 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

Spa Botánico is set in the middle of a pineapple garden and lush tropical landscaping. 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 daily

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.
  • 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 also offers water sports equipment for use, such as paddleboards and surfboards. What's more, guests have access to five lighted 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
  • 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 weighing up to 30 pounds are welcome in the property's suites. A one-time fee of $250 applies per room.
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    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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