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Weddings & Honeymoons at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


By: Five Star Alliance

This article about having the perfect destination wedding or honeymoon at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Nanci McArdle.

Once a plantation, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, located in Puerto Rico, gives couples an option to celebrate their big day a quick plane-ride away. The private estate resort offers a variety of venues to exchange vows, including the Surf Room, a 4,558-square-foot luxury ballroom streaming with natural daylight provided by floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an outside terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; Su Casa, an 8,000-square-foot private waterfront Spanish-Colonial hacienda; and several outdoor venues that highlight the lush grounds and ocean views. (Note: Su Casa, referred to as "the crown jewel of Dorado Beach," is a historic seaside home that was once owned by Clara Livingston and comes with five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, vast outdoor space, wraparound verandas with oceanfront views and its own private pool, perfect for families and friends looking to share accommodations.)

After the last toast is given and the final dance takes place, honeymooners can retreat to the popular Tranquility Suite, which has a rooftop lounge area with a private plunge pool. Each room is designed to cater to the bride and groom's individual wishes, so they can choose which accommodation suits them best.

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Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


Cool Pools: Dorado Beach


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Enjoy beautiful ocean front views of the Atlantic Ocean from the infinity edge Positivo pool and cabanas, located steps from Dorado Beach's main arrival pavilion. Here guests can enjoy sunsets over a palm-fringed coast while they rest their feet in the golden sand or al fresco bites and great selection of hand crafted specialty cocktails and refreshments from the adjacent Positivo Sand Bar.

Dorado Beach

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Dining al Fresco: Dorado Beach


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Once a plantation, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is now a private estate resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy and memorable vacation experiences of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller.

Dorado Beach

Positivo Sand Bar is an al fresco bar that offers a trendy yet elegant dining atmosphere. Enjoy from a selection of sharing plates and refreshing specialty cocktails under the decorative sun shade while nestling your feet in the warm sand.

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Dining al Fresco: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Rediscover the pleasures of exquisite food and drink - the freshest, most flavorful ingredients expertly paired with the finest cocktails and wines - within the restaurants at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. As a celebration of its captivating oceanfront setting, this legendary San Juan Puerto Rico hotel blends exceptional cuisine with breathtaking ambiance.

Condado Vanderbilt

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Try a Solar Powered Cookie at Dorado Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Guests at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve enoy 1,400 acres of luxury, accommodations set directly on the beach, and world-class cuisine by Jose Andres. According to Bon Appetit, they also enoy cookies baked right on the beach. A solar oven set directly on the beach does the honors, and takes only 15 minutes to heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also be used to cook pizza. 

That might be the best use of solar power we've heard of in a long time. 


Cool Pools: Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa


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Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers guests two oceanfront pools. There is an adult pool and an activity pool with waterslide and children's wading pool.

Rio Mar Beach Resort 

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Did You Know? Hotel El Convento


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel El Convento
A landmark monument to the Conquistador Age, Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico showcases a timeless aura of Old World charm and splendor. As the first Carmelite Convent in the Americas, it housed nuns for 252 years until closing a few days before Christmas in 1903. Vacant for a decade, the abandoned building served as a retail store, a dance hall, and, for the next 40 years, a flophouse without running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity.

Opened on Jan. 27, 1962 as El Convento Hotel, it offered a tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado strip. 

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Image of the Day: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoying the sea breeze at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Located in the romantic setting of a Caribbean coconut plantation, nestled between a lush national forest and the sparkling sea, the resort combines elegant tropical luxury and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service.

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort 

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Image of the Day: Olive Boutique Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Dinner is in ship-shape at San Juan's Olive Boutique Hotel.

Posted in: San Juan, PR

Cool New Addition: The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach is now accepting reservations for stays beginning January 2, 2013.

The resort blends Laurence Rockefeller's environmental design philosophies with modern minimalist decor. 

 


 

Situated along three miles of coastline, the resort is 1,400 acres of natural beauty, privacy and luxury.