Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve: Why Celebrities Are Flocking to This Boutique Hotel

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve - Pool
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Mariela Santos

Vacation like the stars – that’s the tempting opportunity that Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel in Dorado, Puerto Rico, offers its guests. Actors including Mariska Hargitay and Paul Rudd, television host Robin Roberts, and Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots football team, are among the celebrities that have been spotted at the boutique hotel. When it comes to aspirational travel, this stunning Puerto Rico hotel ticks all the boxes – the price tag probably won’t be cheap, but the experience will be priceless.

History of the area

The location of the hotel and reserve is an area full of history, with construction dating back to the early 1900s. At the time, Dr. Alfred T. Livingston bought 1,700 acres and upon his passing, his daughter Clara Livingston ran the property. One of the structures that Clara built is now used as a hacienda for guests called Su Casa. Then in the mid-1950s, Laurence Rockefeller converted the property to a natural sanctuary and resort that many millionaires visited. Over the next couple of years more of the surrounding area was acquired and Clara Livingston’s airstrip for planes was bought in the 1960s. The airstrip was closed in 1996.

Su Casa

The hotel

Hotel rooms either fall into the category of Ocean Reserve, Suites, or Residences. Many, if not all, have oceanfront views. There is also the option of staying in Su Casa.

There are many food options to delight the tastebuds, which include a beach bar and grill, the Mi Casa restaurant which is run by an experienced chef, and gourmet dishes. The Spa Botanico uses local natural resources with indigenous techniques for a relaxing experienced for guests. Men and women each have their own areas in the spa, whose treatments specialize in body scrubs. There’s virtually any activity for guests of all ages to enjoy, such as like kitesurfing and paddleboarding at the beach, a fitness and wellness center, pools and cabanas, and the 11-mile Rockefeller Nature Trail.

Guest room
Spa Botanico – tree house treatment room
Spa Botanico treatment room

Dorado Beach real estate

Extend the luxurious lifestyle by converting the vacation into a permanent living situation by buying real estate at Dorado Beach. There are a handful of residential options with varying costs which include Dorado Beach East with four- to six-bedroom homes for $1.6 million, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve East Beach Villas which are residencies that have five bedrooms and views of the beach and golf course for $9 million, and the $1 million condominiums along the golf course with three bedrooms. According to the real estate website, Dorado Beach East is “one of the most prestigious club neighborhoods in Caribbean real estate.”

Stellar amenities that are available for hotel guests are also accessible for home owners, so it’s almost like being on a vacation at all times. Lavishness at its finest.


Nearby attractions

All of the activities and high-end amenities make it so that it’s not necessary to leave the reserve to have a good time, but there are still some attractions close by that guests might want to consider. Vega Baja Beach, Isla de Cabras in San Juan, the shopping centers Plaza Las Americas and the Mall of San Juan, and Old San Juan are notable options.

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