In the ’50s, financier Laurance Rockefeller had a vision. His concept of the “luxury island resort” took shape as the famed RockResorts, with properties all over the Caribbean. Today, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. is perfecting that vision with its first Reserve property in the Americas, perched on Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach.
Dorado Beach was one of the original locations for RockResorts, discovered and developed by Rockefeller back in 1958. The original Dorado Beach Hotel & Golf Club is morphing into Dorado Beach Resort, whose centerpiece will be the Ritz-Carlton Reserve. It’s set to open December 2012.
Located on 1,400 acres and 3 miles of coastline, the property promises to be special. Capitalizing on Rockefeller’s original vision of conservation and eco-luxury, Dorado Beach will 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 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.
Stay tuned for more on this as construction progresses …
Rendering of the walkway leading to the beach
Guest suite concept