Golf & Spa Resort of the Week⛳️🏖️: Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Dorado, Puerto Rico
An estate with a story.
The history of the resort, built in the 1950s, is found in unlikely places. It’s told in a 90-year-old tree that looks plucked from a fairytale. It’s weaved into artfully crafted bonbons filled with pineapple. It’s whispered among the lush trees that shade the Rockefeller Nature Trail. The story of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve should be heard, but it should also be experienced.
The Dorado Experience
A painting is not the stroke of only one brush; it bears the mark of many. So, too, does Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Breakfast paired with an ocean breeze. A chance to explore life under water while the outside world sleeps. A private session with the spa’s traditional healer. Your personal Embajador awaiting your arrival. Discover this, and more.
Your place in paradise.
Suites and Residences feature signatures tied to Puerto Rico: the ocean just outside your door; the personal attention of an Embajador; outdoor living space; an open-air shower and artwork capturing the colors of nature. The newly transformed Su Casa, built in the 1920s, offers a two-story, five-bedroom villa along the coastline.
Dining at Dorado Beach.
Food creates a connection among people and with places, an appreciation for what is familiar and new. At Dorado Beach, dining is a culmination of elements, an exploration of flavors and techniques from Puerto Rico and around the world. From every table, the ocean is a constant reminder that there is always more to experience.
Spa at Dorado Beach.
Nature plays a recurring role in the spa experience. An infinity pool overlooks a pineapple garden. Treatments are performed amid the treetops or in pavilions hidden off meandering paths. Body scrubs and poultices are crafted from indigenous ingredients. And apothecary-inspired interiors feature handmade illustrations of native plants.
Golf at Dorado Beach
The resort’s two courses present players with both the joy and challenge of the sport. Designed to capture the beauty of nature, the Tournament Players Club courses offer 18 holes each and use native sand, man-made rivers and contoured bunkers to test even the most seasoned golfer.
When developer Laurance S. Rockefeller opened his resort in the 1950s, he took care to preserve what made the former plantation, and Puerto Rico, special. Buildings were no taller than palm trees. Nature was left to unfurl beautifully. Access to the ocean remained unobstructed. Over the years, the Dorado Beach 50-acre retreat has carried on Rockefeller’s legacy of catering to those who value discretion, human connection and tailored luxury.
Credit: words and images above from Dorado Beach.
- Dorado Beach is open with new restrictions, rules and regulations. Here is their Stay Well page.
- How to Improve Your Golf Swing by Nationwide
Course Rating and Slope Database
GEO or OnCourse Certified for Sustainable Golf
- Ambassadors of the Environment program
Why Do We Recommend Dorado Beach?
The stunning views from nearly everywhere on the property, two TPC golf courses, the spa is truly transformative, and it’s Puerto Rico!
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