The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is taking its Reserve brand to the Americas with the launch the first Reserve property in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. The resort will be the second in the exclusive portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand. The resort opening also marks another milestone with the return of Dorado Beach, one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated destinations and the introduction of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 50 years ago, Laurance S. Rockefeller introduced the world to the ‘luxury island resort’ when he opened his eco-friendly RockResorts, including Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. When it opens doors in December 2012, the exquisite Ritz-Carlton Reserve will take center-stage with its 115-key oceanfront hotel and residences. This will include the Su Casa, an original plantation hacienda renovated back to its original 1920s style to serve as a five-bedroom beachfront VIP villa, perfect for weddings and private parties. As part of the new development, the Dorado Beach Resort will feature a West Beach and East Beach, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded Residences, taking luxury and sustainability to a whole new level. The initial phase of 13 beachfront condominiums at West Beach is already sold out and under construction. The developers are currently accepting reservations for a second phase of 14 additional West Beach units, plus 18 villas and town homes at East Beach.
Ideally situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline, with 1,400 acres of natural beauty, privacy and luxury, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will also feature. Dorado Beach will also include a five-acre, ’botanical’ spa; a new Beach Club; and a Wind and Waves center featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, a celebrated program that will provide innovative, hands-on eco-adventures for adults, teens and children using Dorado Beach as a natural classroom. The resort will also feature four Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses, three miles of magnificent beaches, an 11-mile Rockefeller nature trail, The Watermill Water Park, and a new 8,000-sq-ft Dorado Beach Fitness and Wellness Center.
The new Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel was ‘grandfathered’ to be built on the footprint of the original hotel, so every guestroom, residence, and the restaurant is directly on the beach, only steps from sea. Designed for those who seek to escape the stresses of everyday life and immerse themselves into a one-of-a-kind resort, Dorado Beach feels worlds away, yet it is a quick domestic flight from many major cities on the US mainland to Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital city of San Juan. From there, it is only a 35-minute drive to the gates of Dorado Beach.