Hotel overview

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the second Reserve in an exclusive portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Thailand. Situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline with 1,400 acres of natural beauty, privacy and luxury on the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve includes guestrooms and suites, all directly on the beach, plus Su Casa, the 1920s plantation hacienda renovated back to its original style to serve as a four-bedroom beachfront villa. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve also features a five-acre botanical spa; a restaurant by chef José Andrés; and Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve features 100 spacious and luxurious guestrooms plus 14 one-bedroom suites, opening directly onto the beach and most with plunge pools.

Property information

Year Built: 2012
Last Renovation: 2013
Floors: 2
Nonsmoking rooms: 115
Suites: 15
Total rooms: 100
Total rooms and suites: 115

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General policies & fine print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee - A hotel-imposed resort fee is included in the hotel rate. Below are the resort fee inclusions:

Resort Fee Inclusions (valid for travel through 12/31/2019):
• In room coffee and tea presentation
• Beach and Pool services including beach umbrellas and daily fruits offering
• Golf course driving range
• Use of the golf course chipping and putting green
• Discounted Golf Rates
• Morning coffee and tea at Livingston Library
• Valet Parking
• Use of Business Center computers
• Children five (5) years of age and under eat free
• Use of Dorado Beach Reserve Fitness Center & fitness classes including Yoga, Zumba, & Pilates
• Use of water sport's snorkeling gear
• Watermill access - Two 30-foot water slides (Available Saturday & Sunday only)
• Rockefeller Trail - Whether walking, jogging, biking or riding a golf cart, there's no better way to immerse in the diversity of Dorado Beach
• Bicycles at your disposal for adults and children
• Toll free and local phone calls
The above list may not be comprehensive. Mandatory hotel-imposed fees may not include tax and are subject to change.

Resort Fee Inclusions (valid for travel as of 1/1/2020 and forward):
• Wine & Rum Tasting (twice per week)
• Art Classes (three times per week) by local artist
• Pool & Beach surprise and delight amenities throughout the day
• Morning Coffee and Tea at Livingston Library (Daily 7am –9am)
• Beverage and Snack at Livingston Library (Throughout the day)
• Valet Parking
• Use of Golf course driving range
• Use of the golf course chipping and putting green
• Discounted Golf Rates
• Use of Dorado Beach Reserve Fitness Center & fitness classes including Yoga, Zumba, & Pilates
• Use of non-motorized water sports
• Watermill Access – Two 30-foot water slides (Available Saturday & Sunday only)
• Bicycles at your disposal for adults and children
• Evening Reception @ Livingston Library (hors d'oeuvres & wine)
• Flip Flops/Beach Bag/Sandals
• Services & Gifts - Surprise & Delight
The above list may not be comprehensive. Mandatory hotel-imposed fees may not include tax and are subject to change.

Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0Maximum child age: 13

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 1055 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    10-Star Experience

    10 STARS! My fiance / wife and I stayed here in early August of 2020 and we just can't say enough about how amazing this resort experience was for us. The short version is that this hidden gem (1 of 4 in the world) was so over-the-top beautiful and romantic that my fiance and I decided to extend our stay and get married here!! The longer version is below... About the resort itself, much of it is open air from the reception area to the restaurants to the rooms themselves. During our stay we took advantage of the boutique shops, library, Spa (where we got married), the outdoor restaurant "Positivo" (the nicest people you will ever meet), the beach, and the complimentary bikes for exploring the property. The pools looked absolutely refreshing and inviting, but sadly were closed to guests because of COVID. This wasn't an issue however as our room came with its own private pool. We stayed in one of the ground floor suites (approx ~1200 sq ft) which included 1.5 baths, dual vanity sink, a large soaking tub, and an indoor and outdoor shower. The oversized living room included an L-Shaped couch, a personal desk space, a wet bar w/mini fridge, and a dining room table. The bedroom itself was very large with a corner sitting area, a walk-in closet, and a separate dressing area. Both the living room and bedroom came equipped with plenty of storage and oversized pocket doors leading right out to the covered outdoor patio. The patio included a large dining table and a couple of lounge chairs. From the patio is the private in ground infinity pool measuring the entire width of the unit making it perfect for two people to swim laps and float around without bumping into each other. From the pool was a large green space for lounging and laying out. From the green space was our sandy pathway leading directly out to the beach and beautiful blue ocean water (no more than 20 steps). In all honesty, we rarely felt the need to leave our "mini-apt" as everything you'd expect or want was right there for us (private pool, beach, view, etc.). Plus, each guest is assigned an Embajador who makes it their mission to ensure everything you need is taken care of. Even if you haven't thought about something, he or she will take care of it for you!! We want to give a HUGE shout out to the resort staff who, without question, went above and beyond to make our stay and impromptu wedding ceremony extremely effortless and special. Tara was our wedding coordinator who facilitated all of the logistics and details from scouting locations on property, finding our professional photographer and officiant, and was even gracious enough to record our ceremony live at the Spa Botanico so we could stream it to all of our close family and friends back on the mainland. If you're looking to plan an event on property, seek out Tara! She is the best! Miguel was our Embajador who just stood out to us and was extremely professional, warm, and thorough. His attentiveness to us throughout our stay made us feel like we had absolutely nothing to worry about. If you can, request Miguel and I guarantee you won't regret it. And last, but not least, Marlon, Arelis, and Pepe are THE MOST INCREDIBLE people you will ever meet. They are part of the incredible Positivo restaurant team who showed us every day what a 10 star Ritz-Carlton-Reserve experience is all about. We can not thank them enough for everything they did to go out of their way to ensure we were taken care of and for going above and beyond is making our wedding ceremony (before, during, and after) just so incredibly unforgettable. We are truly grateful for their warm and generous hospitality. PLEASE ask for them during your dining experience at the restaurant! We cannot wait to get back and visit the property and see everyone again. We LOVE IT HERE!

    Aug 23, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Safest Vacation Ever

    We arrived on July 14 - the day before the original "official" reopening of the island and stayed for 5 nights. We were initially a little worried about safety, but as soon as we arrived, we realized we had worried too much. The resort has the HIGHEST safety standard I've ever seen. Temperature checks upon entry, masks worn by ALL employee and guests (enforced), extra disinfecting of rooms daily, and half-capacity meant that if you don't want to be near others, you will not be. Everything was open (beach, pool, restaurants except COA) for the first 4 days, before a last-minute governor order closed the pool again. Words cannot describe the beauty of the resort. From the rooms, the pools, food, and service, everything was impeccable. Due to the capacity restriction, many times we found ourselves to be the only ones in the resort, which was fantastic and truly a once-in-lifetime opportunity. One person who made our experiences extra special was Marlow at Positivo. Not only was his warm and friendly presence comforting, but he went above and beyond EVERY morning making sure our breakfast experience was positive. Marlow is the person who made this experience 6-stars, and the same quality can be found in many other resort staff. We want to thank everyone from Dorado Beach for the opportunity to stay at the resort in this unique and challenging time. For those of you who are thinking about it, book now. The experience will last a lifetime.

    Jul 28, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Gorgeous Property

    Dorado Beach is breathtaking and every bit of this resort is top notch. Unfortunately we were only able to enjoy 2 nights of our scheduled stay before Puerto Rico shut down for the pandemic. Despite this the staff and hotel were beyond accommodating in helping us get back home quickly and fully refunding the days we chose not to stay. During our quick stay we enjoyed each of the restaurants and our kids spent several hours in a cooking activity at the kids club which had them making organic pizzas using a solar oven. We rode our bikes all over the resort which was one of our favorite things to do. The restaurants, beaches and spa have me dreaming of the day we can return to enjoy the resort more fully.

    Jul 21, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely hotel with high quality service

    We went here with our family post-COVID. The rooms are very spacious, overlooking the beach, nicely appointed. The grounds are lovely, there is some nice golf and a small water park in an adjacent area, accessible to hotel guests, for free. The service is very good, always prompt, everyone is extremely accommodating and friendly. As guests, we had the use of a “butler” who you text. I found this service very helpful and efficient. The two beaches are nice, and even though they are artificially created, the sand is lovely and the water blue. However, these are not typical Caribbean coral reef beaches and there is really no snorkeling. There is good service at the beach with free water bottles and drinks and snacks. The food is excellent and reasonably priced compared to the pricing of the resort. However, there is only one restaurant open Mon-Wed and the service at the restaurants is slow and disorganized. The two pools get crowded over the weekends with a lot of local people coming from San Juan.

    Jul 18, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Life is but a box of experiences!

    This Reserve Resort, one of four in the world, lives by its reputation and surpasses it on all aspects. From the gorgeous setting with its rich history, simple, tasteful and modern architecture that is appropriately detailed, meticulously kept landscape and grounds, unique relationship between beach and room (about 100 steps), exquisite food and last but not least, the dazzling sunsets. All these plus the friendly staff that makes sure everything is set just perfect, create the ideal setting to unplug and recharge. All around our vacation experience was exceptional. Gracias! If 10 stars existed, I would not hesitate to give them that. PS One minor suggestion: have a falcon ‘on staff’ to take care of the changos in and around the pool area...

    Jul 13, 2020