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Ritz-Carlton Reserve Debuts in Puerto Rico

Dec 17, 2012

Situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve brings luxury to new heights in Puerto Rico. Created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture, the retreat features a minimal, modern aesthetic. Wilson Associates, SB Architects, and Bill Bensley are responsible for the design.


The arrival pavilion incorporates stylistic influences of contemporary soft structures and lush, indigenous landscape. Framed by striking ocean views, guests ascend the luxury hotel’s entryway to the arrival pavilion consisting of multiple small buildings separated to preserve the land’s original trees. Connected walkways raised above sunken gardens create a tropical forest floor punctuated by restful hanging beds, so every view is of both the land and sea and a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor environment.

At the iconic Surf Room, a newly designed reconstruction from the original Rockefeller era, beautifully appointed floor-to-ceiling glass windows enhance sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, which open out to an outside terrace set directly upon sand.

With 100 spacious guestrooms and 14 one-bedroom suites that sit directly onto the beach, guests can select from an exquisite collection of accommodations that allow the backdrop to take precedence through a complete indoor and outdoor experience. 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.

Originally erected in the 1920s for the plantation land’s first owner, Clara Livingston, Su Casa’s 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.
The ultra-luxe experience continues at the five-acre Spa Botánico, which blends a soothing natural environment inspired by 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. Additional features include Mi Casa restaurant by chef José Andrés (designed by Tihany Design) and three other dining venues.

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