Ritz-Carlton Reserve Opens in Puerto Rico

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The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in the Americas has opened with Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico.

Situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, the Reserve has been created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture.

The Reserve offers 100 guestrooms and 14 one-bedroom suites that sit directly on the beach. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors entirely disappear onto seamless ocean views, while outdoor shower gardens, indoor showers with deep soaking tubs, individual infinity-edge pools, rooftop pools and cabanas create an incomparable luxury experience.

Su Casa

Originally erected in the 1920s for the plantation lands first owner, Clara Livingston, Su Casas storied grandeur now serves as a four-bedroom VIP villa overlooking the ocean.

Paired with towering palm trees, expansive gardens, a private infinity edge pool and a spacious cigar veranda, the hacienda has been fully restored and modernized following a multimillion dollar restoration while preserving its legendary heritage and serene beauty.

Spa Botnico

Tucked away amid lush flora is Spa Botnico, a five-acre botanical sanctuary of pampering offering a holistic yet modern approach to beauty and wellness incorporating Manos Santos practices, ancient local healers often referred to as Holy Hands.

Reflective of Dorado Beachs lush surroundings, Spa Botnico blends a soothing natural environment inspired by these ancient Puerto Rican healing traditions, modern therapies and the finest quality of local botanicals to indulge the body, mind and spirit.

Distinctive treatment facilities, warm and cool pools, waterfall showers, glass-walled treatment pavilions and open air Treehouse platforms create a relaxing state of well being among nature.

Mi Casa by Jos Andrs

For a world-class culinary experience, internationally acclaimed Chef Jos Andrs introduces his first restaurant outside the United States with Mi Casa.

Inspired by Puerto Ricos diverse culinary landscape, guests are treated to an artfully crafted menu of locally-caught seafood and avant-garde dishes.

The restaurants beverage selection mirrors its distinct cuisine showcasing an array of traditional and handcrafted cocktails.

In addition to Mi Casa, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers three dining venues, including Positivo Sand Bar, situated parallel to the ocean offering al fresco cuisine and cocktails; Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill, an open-air bistro with freshly grilled cuisine for lunch and Asian-style selections for dinner; and La Cocina Gourmet, an outpost providing Puerto Rican coffees, homemade gelatos and local delights.

Jean-Michel Cousteaus Ambassadors of the Environment

Designed for adults, families, and children, participants of Jean-Michel Cousteaus Ambassadors of the Environment can discover Puerto Ricos natural wonders both on land and sea, including coral reefs, a diversity of birds, wetlands, and traditional Taino culture through memorable adventures and activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and exploring an archaeological site directly on property.

Integrating the programs environmentally-conscious philosophy into the buildings infrastructure, the Ambassador House is designed to adhere to the highest standards of the U.S. Green Building Council, with a variety of sustainable efforts including regionally-sourced materials, renewable energy, organic and sustainable finishes and furniture, and monitoring systems to reduce the buildings overall energy usage.

As a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the philosophy behind Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is to immerse guests into Puerto Ricos rich history and extraordinary landscape while providing an unparalleled luxury travel experience unlike any other, said Herve Humler, president and COO for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Reflective of Laurance Rockefellers vision from more than 50 years ago of a natural sanctuary, the island is a combination of historical charm and metropolitan life blending serenity and a pristine backdrop a perfect location for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve experience.

High season rates at the resort start at US$1,499 per night.

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