The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a 115-key oceanfront hotel and
residences, will be the centerpiece of the renovation of
the Dorado Beach Resort set to open in December 2012.
The developers of the Dorado Beach Resort are also
creating West Beach and East Beach, the first
Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded Residences showcasing a new
level of luxury and sustainability. The initial phase of
13 beachfront condominiums at West Beach is already sold
out and under construction. The developers are currently
accepting reservations for a second phase of 14
additional West Beach units, plus 18 villas and
townhomes at East Beach.
“With world-class golf, a lush forest environment, and
some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Dorado Beach
is the perfect setting to debut the first Reserve
experience in the Americas,” said Ritz-Carlton Hotel
President & COO Herve Humler.
“Blending serenity, a secluded landscape and a wealth of
recreational options, the resort will reflect the
original developer Laurance Rockefeller’s vision more
than 50 years ago of a natural sanctuary in one of the
Caribbean’s most pristine island locations,” he said.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve sits on 1,400 acres
that inlcudes three miles of Caribbean coastline. It
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 five-bedroom beachfront VIP villa,
perfect for weddings and private parties.
Dorado Beach will also include a five-acre, ‘botanical’
spa; a new Beach Club; and a Wind and Waves center
featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the
Environment, a celebrated program that will provide
innovative, hands-on eco-adventures for adults, teens
and children using Dorado Beach as a natural classroom.
The new Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel was ‘grandfathered’
to be built on the footprint of the original hotel, so
every guestroom, residence, and the restaurant is
directly on the beach, only steps from sea.
“Since 1958, Dorado Beach has lured generations of
discerning families, celebrities and dignitaries to its
rare tropical paradise, and we are thrilled to work
closely with The Ritz-Carlton to bring this legendary
resort back to the forefront of Caribbean destinations,”
said Mark Lipschutz, principal and CEO, Caribbean
Property Group, developer of Dorado Beach Resort along
with the PRISA Group.
Dorado Beach Resort boasts four Robert Trent Jones Sr.
golf courses, three miles of magnificent beaches, an
11-mile Rockefeller nature trail, The Watermill water
park, and a new 8,000-square-foot Dorado Beach Fitness
and Wellness Center.
“Now, with the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel and spa
and Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences, Dorado Beach will
again take its place as one of the finest resorts in the
world,” Lipschutz said.
The project secured construction financing a year ago
with a guarantee from the Tourism Development Fund of
the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. The
Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel and spa, and the Ritz-Carlton
Reserve Residences, are under construction and scheduled
to open in December 2012.
Dorado Beach’s contemporary design will incorporate many
historical influences and references from the property’s
long, rich history, creating a distinct sense of place
for guests and residents.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, based in Maryland,
currently operates 76 hotels in the Americas, Europe,
Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More
than 38 hotel and residential projects are under
development around the globe.
A departure for Ritz-Carlton in size and scope, The
Reserve brand extension features signature,
one-of-a-kind boutique resorts located in choice
settings around the world, each with a distinctive
personality and sense of place.
New York-based Caribbean Property Group LLC is a leading
property owner and management company in the Caribbean
and Central America with holdings that span the retail,
commercial, industrial and hospitality industries
throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
PRISA Group, a subsidiary of The Stubbe Organization, is
a family-owned Puerto Rico based developer and builder
of green residential communities and luxury hospitality
projects with over 6,000 units in various stages of
planning and construction, representing a value of over
$2 billion. These projects include developments in
Dorado, Vega Alta, Gurabo, San Lorenzo, Humacao, and
Dorado Beach Golf Course