A new era of luxury travel experiences in the Western Hemisphere has been ushered in with the opening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico — the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in the Americas.

Situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate and spread across 50 acres and one mile of beachfront, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve includes 100 guestrooms and 14 one-bedroom suites, all directly on the beach, plus Su Casa, the original plantation hacienda renovated back to its original 1920s style to serve as a four-bedroom beachfront VIP villa, complete with a private infinity edge pool.

This serenely gorgeous stretch of sea and land has long been a cherished destination among international jet setters seeking luxury, culture and unrivaled natural beauty. Hollywood’s elite, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner, and even U.S. presidents, such as John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower, were among those who escaped to Dorado Beach in the late 50s and 1960s when Rockefeller opened his first luxury eco-resort here.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton embraces its rich history with a sense of barefoot elegance, blending Rockefeller’s novel environmental design philosophies and modern yet minimal décor. Created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture, Dorado Beach is a true luxury sanctuary designed to allure the world’s most discerning travelers.

Offering guests a world-class culinary experience, the resort’s premier restaurant is Mi Casa, led by internationally acclaimed Chef José Andrés. Inspired by indigenous recipes, local ingredients, and the exquisite flavors of the Caribbean, this is Andrés’ first restaurant outside the U.S.

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A five-acre botanical sanctuary of pampering at the resort’s Spa Botánico offers guests a holistic yet modern approach to beauty and wellness incorporating Manos Santos practices, ancient local healers often referred to as ‘Holy Hands’. Warm and cool pools, waterfall showers, glass-walled treatment pavilions and open air Treehouse platforms create a relaxing state of well being among nature.

Fundamental to Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a passionate environmental philosophy originally instilled by Rockefeller, and the resort brings this to life through the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment programme, which features a number of adventures and activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking, that allow guests to discover Puerto Rico’s natural wonders both on land and sea, including coral reefs, a diversity of birds, wetlands, and traditional Taino culture.

RCDORAD_00022_960x540High season rates at the resort start at $1,499 per night, setting a new luxury benchmark for the Caribbean. Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-241-3333. For more information Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, go here.