The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a 115-key oceanfront hotel and residences, will be the centerpiece of the renovation of the Dorado Beach Resort, which is set...

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is set to launch its first Reserve property in the Americas at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico.

Dorado Beach will be the second resort in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand.

More than 50 years ago, Laurance S. Rockefeller introduced the world to the ‘luxury island resort’ when he opened his eco-friendly RockResorts, which included Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Dorado Beach Resort now announce that the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a 115-key oceanfront hotel and residences, will be the centerpiece of the renovation of the Dorado Beach Resort, which is set to open in December 2012.

Dorado Beach, on the north shore of Puerto Rico 35 minutes' drive west of San Juan, is the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Americas and only the second in the world

The developers of the Dorado Beach Resort are also creating West Beach and East Beach, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve-branded residences. The initial phase of 13 beachfront condominiums at West Beach is already sold out and under construction. The developers are currently taking reservations for a second phase of 14 additional West Beach units, and for 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,” says Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “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.”

Situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline on 1,400 acres of seafront property, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will include 100 guestrooms and 14 one-bedroom suites, all directly on the beach. Su Casa, the original plantation hacienda renovated back to its original 1920s style, will serve as a five-bedroom beachfront VIP villa suitable 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 program to 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,” says Mark Lipschutz, principal and CEO, Caribbean Property Group, the developer of Dorado Beach Resort along with the PRISA Group.

“Dorado Beach today is already an amazing resort with 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,” adds Lipschutz. “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.”

The project secured construction financing one 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 is easily accessible from many major cities on the U.S. mainland by means of a flight to Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan. From there, it is a 35-minute drive to the gates of Dorado Beach. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. with no U.S. passport required, no customs and no currency exchange.

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