Dorado beach club puerto rico: Luxury Puerto Rico Resort — Dorado Beach Resort

Dorado Beach A Ritz-Carlton Reserve — The Encanto Beach Club Pool at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Pros

  • Luxury hotel hidden away in a beautiful, private beachfront setting
  • Huge, serene rooms with sea-view ocean terraces, plus pools in some
  • Bathrooms have big soaking tubs, Bose speakers, and outdoor showers
  • Butler service, minibars, espresso machines, and iPod docks come standard
  • Three beachfront restaurants and a gourmet market with cooking classes
  • Two lovely ocean-view pools and a water park with a lazy river
  • Stunning five-acre spa sanctuary featuring local botanicals and treehouse massages
  • Excellent kids’ program with fun daily activities
  • State-of-the-art fitness center with free classes
  • Lush 11-mile nature trail, plus water sports and tennis courts
  • Free-to-borrow bicycles and nearby golf course
  • Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout

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Cons

  • Hefty resort fees and taxes add up

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The 114-room Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a stunning luxury hotel combining elegant ocean-inspired style with extensive top-notch features. The private beach setting, lush grounds, and adjacent golf course makes for a stellar location, and the vibe is peaceful. Rooms are contemporary, serene, and huge, outfitted with bathrooms housing tubs and separate showers, furnished terraces with beach views, and espresso machines. Many come with plunge or infinity pools. Facilities include two ocean-view swimming pools, three restaurants serving tasty fare such as seafood and tapas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an exquisite spa, and plenty of recreation activities — there’s even a water park. Rates and resort fees make this an expensive stay, though most guests find the level of service and offerings worth it. For something similar with more to do nearby, consider the Ritz-Carlton San-Juan.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Private and exclusive beachfront haven with a barefoot luxury vibe

Hailed as one of the island’s most opulent resorts (it cost $342 million to build), Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve unfolds along three miles of white-sand beaches bordering the beautiful Dorado Beach Reserve — a former coconut and grapefruit plantation turned playground for Hollywood royalty. Laurance S. Rockefeller was a former owner, and Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, and Liz Taylor were all regulars in this property’s former heyday. Today, the 1,400-acre nature playground draws couples and families alike with its swish rooms, water park, and high-end spa. The resort did suffer some damage from Hurricane Maria, but after closing down for renovations, it reopened in October 2018. 

Past the security gate, a winding road through a forest of coconut palms and rainforest-like gardens transitions guests to a private world of exclusivity. Guests are greeted with mini homemade popsicles, and are guided up stairs past giant agaves and moat-like ponds to a grand open-air pavilion built entirely from sand-colored travertine. There’s an emphasis on luxury, but the design and materials complement the natural landscape. After check-in, a private «embajador» (ambassador) escorts guests to their oceanfront rooms via golf cart along boardwalks shaded overhead with canopies. 

The Ritz-Carlton is essentially split into two neighboring zones either side of the entrance. East Beach embraces most facilities, such as the lobby, Positivo Sand Bar, Signature Restaurant, and the fitness center. The main cabana pool is also located here — it’s a jewel-like expanse of emerald green, overlooking the beach. West Beach encompasses the Encanto Beach Club facilities. Spa Botanico in itself spans five-acres, housing both indoor and outdoor areas throughout a gorgeous pineapple garden. Getting around at the Ritz is done by foot, on a free-to-borrow bike, or by golf cart. 

This is not a cheap place, particularly with resort fees and pricey restaurants, but most guests find the superb service and amenities worth the high rate.

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Location

Private beach setting near golf courses

This Ritz-Carlton is located in Dorado, a beachside township on Puerto Rico’s central north coast. It’s a popular tourist destination with good surfing waves, around a 40-minute drive west of San Juan. Dorado is around 40 minutes to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and 35 to 40 minutes to Old San Juan. A number of golf courses reside in the Dorado area either within or surrounding the Ritz property; they include East Golf Course (six-minute drive), the Sugarcane Course (nine minutes), and the Pineapple Course (14 minutes). The Ritz resides on its own private stretch of beachfront. A number of fast-food joints such as Pizza Hut, along with a Walmart, Supermart, and Starbucks, are all about 10 minutes away. Other highlights include Cerro Gordo National Park (11 minutes by car), and Casa del Rey Museum (12 minutes). 

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Rooms

Huge, luxurious rooms with ocean-view terraces and impressive bathrooms

Occupying two-story, villa-style dwellings, rooms have either ground or second floor placements in theEast or West Beach zones. All categories are handsomely designed, with contemporary, ocean-inspired decor consisting of marble floors, wave-like wooden headboards, patterned linens, and wall hangings. Huge floor plans (the smallest room is 941 square feet) feature breezy high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to big terraces with dining tables, loveseats, and lovely water views. Upgrades include private pools, while those on the second floor have private rooftop terraces. 

Beds are comfy and rooms with king-size beds have sleeper sofas. A highlight here are the big marble bathrooms, which have separate indoor and outdoor rainfall showers, freestanding oval tubs, and dual vanities. Spa Botanico toiletries come in eco-friendly dispensers, plus there are hairdryers and straightening irons. In-room tech features consists of flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, Bose wireless speakers, and free Wi-Fi. Well-stocked minibars come with an assortment of wine and medium-sized liquor bottles, plus a range of sweet and savory snacks. Kettles and espresso machines are provided. Light-up, walk-in closets feature bathrobes, slippers, ironing facilities, safes, and bug spray.

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Features

Two ocean-view pools, beautiful beach, and wellness offerings 

There’s plenty to keep guests of all ages occupied here. First and foremost, the private beach is beautiful and lined with plenty of hammocks and umbrella-shaded sunbeds. Two spectacular pool areas include the Positivo pool, which is located between the lobby pavilion and the beach. Chair service comes with free ice buckets of bottled water, little bottles of sunscreen, and regular cooling towels to take the sunny edge off. The Encanto Beach Club pool caters more to families, with a large central pool and smaller splash pools for the kids. 

Spa Botanico is a destination in itself, with a range of treatment spaces unfolding through manicured gardens. An extensive range of treatments is conceived around aromatic ingredients native to Puerto Rico, and massages in a hammock, treehouse, or traditional room are available. The fitness center is state-of-the-art, located in a vast industrial warehouse-style space with an extensive range of modern cardio- and weight-training equipment. Free classes and personal training sessions are on offer.

Goodwinds Watersports offers a range of water activities (at extra cost) that include sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, surfing, and kitesurfing. There are five Har-Tru Clay Courts tennis courts available for day and night play free of charge. The Dorado Beach property is home to the Watermill waterpark, which has waterslides, a lazy river, and wave machine, but is only open on weekends. A great kids’ program is available for fun daily activities. There’s also an 11-mile nature trail that snakes its way through the lush Dorado Beach area. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

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Multiple tasty, albeit expensive, restaurants

Three restaurants are on offer here. Positivo Sand Bar specializes in sushi and ceviches alongside tapas-style dishes and yummy cocktails. Signature Restaurant is contemporary Spanish, and Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill offers open-air dining with a seafood focus. La Cocina Gourmet is a gourmet market featuring homemade gelato, local coffee, and plenty of other delicious fresh-made delights. Cooking classes are also available, as is 24-hour room service.  While food is well-regarded across the board, as is typical for luxury hotels, prices are sky-high. 

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Private and exclusive beachfront haven with a barefoot luxury vibe

Hailed as one of the island’s most opulent resorts (it cost $342 million to build), Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve unfolds along three miles of white-sand beaches bordering the beautiful Dorado Beach Reserve — a former coconut and grapefruit plantation turned playground for Hollywood royalty. Laurance S. Rockefeller was a former owner, and Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, and Liz Taylor were all regulars in this property’s former heyday. Today, the 1,400-acre nature playground draws couples and families alike with its swish rooms, water park, and high-end spa. The resort did suffer some damage from Hurricane Maria, but after closing down for renovations, it reopened in October 2018. 

Past the security gate, a winding road through a forest of coconut palms and rainforest-like gardens transitions guests to a private world of exclusivity. Guests are greeted with mini homemade popsicles, and are guided up stairs past giant agaves and moat-like ponds to a grand open-air pavilion built entirely from sand-colored travertine. There’s an emphasis on luxury, but the design and materials complement the natural landscape. After check-in, a private «embajador» (ambassador) escorts guests to their oceanfront rooms via golf cart along boardwalks shaded overhead with canopies. 

The Ritz-Carlton is essentially split into two neighboring zones either side of the entrance. East Beach embraces most facilities, such as the lobby, Positivo Sand Bar, Signature Restaurant, and the fitness center. The main cabana pool is also located here — it’s a jewel-like expanse of emerald green, overlooking the beach. West Beach encompasses the Encanto Beach Club facilities. Spa Botanico in itself spans five-acres, housing both indoor and outdoor areas throughout a gorgeous pineapple garden. Getting around at the Ritz is done by foot, on a free-to-borrow bike, or by golf cart.  

This is not a cheap place, particularly with resort fees and pricey restaurants, but most guests find the superb service and amenities worth the high rate.

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Location

Private beach setting near golf courses

This Ritz-Carlton is located in Dorado, a beachside township on Puerto Rico’s central north coast. It’s a popular tourist destination with good surfing waves, around a 40-minute drive west of San Juan. Dorado is around 40 minutes to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and 35 to 40 minutes to Old San Juan. A number of golf courses reside in the Dorado area either within or surrounding the Ritz property; they include East Golf Course (six-minute drive), the Sugarcane Course (nine minutes), and the Pineapple Course (14 minutes). The Ritz resides on its own private stretch of beachfront. A number of fast-food joints such as Pizza Hut, along with a Walmart, Supermart, and Starbucks, are all about 10 minutes away. Other highlights include Cerro Gordo National Park (11 minutes by car), and Casa del Rey Museum (12 minutes). 

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Rooms

Huge, luxurious rooms with ocean-view terraces and impressive bathrooms

Occupying two-story, villa-style dwellings, rooms have either ground or second floor placements in theEast or West Beach zones. All categories are handsomely designed, with contemporary, ocean-inspired decor consisting of marble floors, wave-like wooden headboards, patterned linens, and wall hangings. Huge floor plans (the smallest room is 941 square feet) feature breezy high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to big terraces with dining tables, loveseats, and lovely water views. Upgrades include private pools, while those on the second floor have private rooftop terraces. 

Beds are comfy and rooms with king-size beds have sleeper sofas. A highlight here are the big marble bathrooms, which have separate indoor and outdoor rainfall showers, freestanding oval tubs, and dual vanities. Spa Botanico toiletries come in eco-friendly dispensers, plus there are hairdryers and straightening irons. In-room tech features consists of flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, Bose wireless speakers, and free Wi-Fi. Well-stocked minibars come with an assortment of wine and medium-sized liquor bottles, plus a range of sweet and savory snacks. Kettles and espresso machines are provided. Light-up, walk-in closets feature bathrobes, slippers, ironing facilities, safes, and bug spray.

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Features

Two ocean-view pools, beautiful beach, and wellness offerings 

There’s plenty to keep guests of all ages occupied here. First and foremost, the private beach is beautiful and lined with plenty of hammocks and umbrella-shaded sunbeds. Two spectacular pool areas include the Positivo pool, which is located between the lobby pavilion and the beach. Chair service comes with free ice buckets of bottled water, little bottles of sunscreen, and regular cooling towels to take the sunny edge off. The Encanto Beach Club pool caters more to families, with a large central pool and smaller splash pools for the kids. 

Spa Botanico is a destination in itself, with a range of treatment spaces unfolding through manicured gardens. An extensive range of treatments is conceived around aromatic ingredients native to Puerto Rico, and massages in a hammock, treehouse, or traditional room are available. The fitness center is state-of-the-art, located in a vast industrial warehouse-style space with an extensive range of modern cardio- and weight-training equipment. Free classes and personal training sessions are on offer.

Goodwinds Watersports offers a range of water activities (at extra cost) that include sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, surfing, and kitesurfing. There are five Har-Tru Clay Courts tennis courts available for day and night play free of charge. The Dorado Beach property is home to the Watermill waterpark, which has waterslides, a lazy river, and wave machine, but is only open on weekends. A great kids’ program is available for fun daily activities. There’s also an 11-mile nature trail that snakes its way through the lush Dorado Beach area. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

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Features

All-Inclusive / Food

Multiple tasty, albeit expensive, restaurants

Three restaurants are on offer here. Positivo Sand Bar specializes in sushi and ceviches alongside tapas-style dishes and yummy cocktails. Signature Restaurant is contemporary Spanish, and Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill offers open-air dining with a seafood focus. La Cocina Gourmet is a gourmet market featuring homemade gelato, local coffee, and plenty of other delicious fresh-made delights. Cooking classes are also available, as is 24-hour room service. While food is well-regarded across the board, as is typical for luxury hotels, prices are sky-high. 

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Dorado Beach Resort | Puerto Rico Vacation Guide


Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a stunning and very exclusive gated resort located on an exquisitely beautiful stretch of Caribbean coast.   It was originally developed by Laurance Rockefeller in the 1950’s.  He had a vision of creating an exquisite eco friendly sanctuary which is still very much in evidence today.   The design and infrastructure of the secluded resort reflects the resorts remarkable surroundings with a myriad of natural elements incorporated throughout.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve provides true bare foot elegance together with a myriad of incredible facilities such as 3 incredible golf course, a tennis centre, one of the most beautiful spas in the Caribbean as well as  and multiple dining options all set in one of the most naturally beautiful locations on the planet.


Restaurants

When you stay in one of our vacation rentals in Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, you can enjoy the gourmet delights of four different restaurants.

MI CASA

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve ushers in a groundbreaking level of culinary excellence. Mi Casa is one of the most heralded Spanish restaurants in Puerto Rico overseen by world-acclaimed chef, José Andrés. Inspired by the luxury resort’s legendary location, Mi Casa provides discerning travellers with a new gourmet tapas dining experience.

In addition to impressive views of the Caribbean coastline, guests are treated to an artfully crafted menu of locally-caught seafood and avant-garde dishes. Tapas and featured meals focus on Puerto Rico farm-fresh ingredients, flavourful unions and a novel signature style.

ENCANTO

Encanto beach Club Bar and Grill offers guests a unique open-air experience with a modern vibe with freshly grilled seafood for lunch and dinner right with an incredible location right on the Beach.

POSITIVO

Positivo Sand Bar offers an impressive selection of fresh sushi and ceviches, as well as hand-crafted cocktails and tapas-style dishes. Enjoy small plates and delectable cuisine while enjoying the extraordinary sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

LA COCINA

La Cocina offers both a gourmet takeaway and in restaurant dining.  You can get everything from the best Puerto Rican coffees, homemade gelatos and gastronomic delights while the culinary center offers an array of cooking classes and demonstrations. La Cocina is a unique and unforgettable approach overseen by Chef Rory Dunaway in a contemporary recreational kitchen fusing the incredible gourmet food in an oceanfront classroom backdrop. La Cocina Gourmet Culinary Center can accommodate up to 10 guests. Reservations are required.

FRESH MARKET

Available every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

La Cocina presents The Fresh Market, a fresh vegetable market available every Sunday in The Culinary Center kitchen, that offers guests, residents and club members the chance to buy products not available in the stores around the island. These non-organic products are flown in daily from Miami and offer select quality produce, including fresh fruits, vegetables and bread.


The Spa

The Spa Botánico is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spas in the Caribbean.  It is tucked away amid lush flora and comprises of a five-acre botanical sanctuary of pampering offering a holistic yet modern approach to beauty and wellness. This relaxing area is spectacular and blends lush surroundings, a soothing natural environment and the finest quality of local botanicals and ingredients to enhance tranquillity and revitalize the senses.


Golf

There are three magnificent golf courses within the gates of  the resort and many more in the surrounding area.  Each of the courses were designed by renowned designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

EAST HOLE

Probably the most famous of the three courses, the East Hole was restored by Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s.  It comprises of 7,200 yards and is a wonderfully challenging course.    The views to the sea and surrounding scenery are absolutely spectacular.

PINEAPPLE COURSE

Designed to be friendlier to golfers!  This Dorado Beach golf course built in 1972 still provides a challenge for every handicap.

SUGARCANE COURSE

Built in 1972, the course is the more challenging of the Puerto Rico golf resort’s two Plantation courses although it boasts larger fairways and greens. This golf course demands you negotiate forced carries and deep bunkers.


CHILDRENS CLUB

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers children a unique club where they are introduced to the environment in a fun and exciting way.  With a diverse collection of vacation activities based on the four pillars of the program – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.


BEACH

Within the resort, there are several areas where you can enjoy the beautiful beach and coast line.


POOL

Extend your luxurious vacation rental stay at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve,  all the way out to the water’s edge with a pool- or beachside cabana that provides not only shelter from the sun but also an alfresco private sanctuary.


WATERSPORTS

There are many non-motorized water sports available at the resort, to truly enjoy the magnificent Caribbean Sea.


NATURE TRAIL

An open-air sanctuary from land to sea, the historic Rockefeller Trail, reserved for bicycles, pedestrians and golf carts, offers the opportunity for self-guided eco tours to reconnect with nature and explore its natural wonders.


TENNIS

Guests of the resort will have access to a tennis center located at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Fitness & Wellness Center. The tennis center boasts five courts and is a premier sporting facility offering world-class tennis programs year round. Services include private and group lessons as well as clinics for beginner to advanced players.


THE WATERMILL

  • Aquatic playground for children, families and adults
  • Water slides, lazy river and multiple pools
  • Refreshments available

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Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park is one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth, and it is no wonder that 3 million animals annually account for a hundred thousand tourists. In the most popular safari destination, the hotel brand Singita has already operated five lodges, and the appearance of the sixth lodge would not be such an event if it were not located blissfully away from the tourist routes on the northern bank of the Mara River. There are only six tents in it (two of them are family tents, for four), extremely integrated into nature. Author’s cuisine is combined with the famous wine list. To observe animals, forays into the savannah are not necessary. Mara River Tented Camp sits on the path of the great migrations, and you can watch the drama of life when herds of zebras and antelopes cross the crocodile-infested river right from your terrace and even from your bathroom. They tried to make the lodge as «green» as possible. To minimize the impact on the environment, any sources of electricity other than solar panels were excluded.

Crystalbrook Lodge, Australia

Australian lodges don’t have butlers and polished silverware, but are located in some of the most amazing and remote corners of the continent. Crystalbrook opened just a month ago on the shores of the lake of the same name, lost among the picturesque hills 180 km from the city of Cairns. From a helicopter, and it’s better to get here by air, the water surface seems black and motionless, unless a giant and tasty barramundi fish or a rare freshwater crocodile breaks its peace with a timid movement. Perhaps the most restless neighbors are flocks of merry parrots who constantly sort things out with each other. The lodge on the cliff in front of the lake is equipped with the utmost comfort possible in these places: king-size beds, excellent plumbing, terraces and an infinity pool with magnesium water. If you wish, a helicopter will take you to an Australian ranch, to ancient Aboriginal monuments, to fishing or to places where only a kangaroo’s paw has stepped. Yes, and a walk promises a lot of impressions from the wild. Crystalbrook can accommodate up to ten guests in five rooms.

The St. Regis Mauritius Resort, Mauritius Island

The first African resort in the St. Regis is located at the picturesque foothills of Le Morne. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is a kind of symbol of freedom. When Mauritius served as a staging post for slave traders, runaway slaves hid in its caves. Today, there is little that reminds of the past on the island. The more unusual is the architecture of the main building of the St. Regis, designed in a colonial style: with a covered gallery, in the shade of which it is pleasant to drink an aperitif in the setting sun, terraces and light wooden ceilings. This is what a Victorian sugar baron’s mansion might have looked like. Total in St. Regis 172 rooms, including spa suites and villas. Grand Suite with a large living room, dining room and terrace has its own access to the beach. The Manor House Suite in the main building seems like a separate property. Villas are ideal for large companies and families — they have four bedrooms, an infinity pool and a separate spa room where Iridium Spa specialists perform any treatment.

Taj Palace, Morocco

Taj Palace, which has just opened in the Palm Grove near Marrakech, would not seem poor even to Indian Maharajas. The silhouette of the terracotta palace against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains makes an impression. If from the outside it resembles a Berber fortress, then in the interior, the rich colors of India, creating a festive atmosphere, coexist with Middle Eastern ornaments. Behind the unobtrusive combination of the ceremonial styles of Asia and North Africa, there is great knowledge and work — the author of the project, Stuart Church, who lives in Morocco, is considered one of the main «orientalists» in architectural design. The hotel has 161 rooms, including 25 grand suites and a 500 sq. The Jiva Grande Spa is also not constrained in size, where you can find both Moroccan hammams and apartments for Ayurveda sessions. Three restaurants specialize in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Pan-Asian cuisine, while three bars offer a relaxed oriental setting with pillows and hookah and entertainment in the western rhythm of life: Villa Fandango opens only at 22:00 and operates in nightclub mode.

Amanzoe, Greece

Aman Resorts’ third Mediterranean hotel is a haven in every sense of the word. Here, surrounded by pine forests and olive groves, the main thing among all the sensations is a sense of peace, although the town of Porto Heli, the local St. Tropez, is only a 15-minute drive away, and from here noisy taverns, historical ruins and other attractions are within easy reach. Set in a vast natural amphitheater overlooking the Aegean Sea, 38 villas and private residences successfully combine Greek monumentality with modern design. Amanzoe combines the understated elegance of all Aman properties with impressive spaciousness: indoors with high ceilings and panoramic windows, and outdoors with huge terraces with a six- or twelve-meter pool. On the way to the beach club in a sheltered bay, where the butler will take you in five minutes in a Mercedes, sheep and horses of local farmers graze. You can visit them to see how cheese is made, and in the velvet season, take part in picking pomegranates or pressing olive oil.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

The second Ritz-Carlton Reserve project is unlike the first, just as Puerto Rico and Thailand are. They are united only by the principle: a small number of guests occupy the best territory of such size that they meet each other only in restaurants, on the golf course and in the spa. Everything else is subordinated to the «genius of the place». In the case of Dorado Beach, the key holders of 100 rooms and 14 suites are relaxing on the former property of Lawrence Rockefeller on 567 hectares of pristine beaches, fields and rainforests. Rockefeller was an ardent «green» and organizer of national parks, so Dorado Beach went to the new owners in perfect condition. The colonial chic here is reminiscent of Su Casa, a four-bedroom hacienda built in the 1920s. The space of modern rooms is thought out so that even staying inside, guests feel like in nature — this effect is achieved with the help of floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. Complete unity with nature comes to Spa Botánico: here they use herbs grown in the spa itself, one of the treatment rooms of which is located on a large tree.

K2, Courchevel

In just a year and a half of its existence, K2 has taken pride of place on the hotel Olympus of the French resort of Courchevel. The hotel, named after the Himalayan peak, offers a choice between 29 comfortable rooms and suites and the rental of one of five chalets ranging from 500 to 640 square meters. m with round-the-clock VIP service. Chalets, provided with everything you need, allow you to lead a completely autonomous existence. Each of them has 5-6 rooms, a spacious living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen equipped with the latest technology, a swimming pool, a hammam, a room for ski equipment. (Alpine «village» K2 is located next to the Cospillot ski slope.) However, the undoubted bonus for the guests of the chalet is the opportunity to use the entire infrastructure of the hotel. A real pleasure is to swim in the huge pool overlooking the snow-covered valley or visit the Goji Spa, where they work with La Prairie products. The restaurants Kintessence and Black Pyramid under the management of chef Nicolas Sal deserve special attention. In March, Kintessence received a Michelin star.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Mandarin Oriental, which opened on the waterfront of Pudong, has become a landmark in a city where there is no shortage of good hotels. Retaining its trademarks of avant-garde design combined with traditional Chinese style, the hotel has embraced the arts with nearly 4,000 pieces of art selected by the Art Front Gallery in its rooms and public areas. The number fund of 362 rooms includes 44 suites. Presidential Suite 788 sq. m, in addition to two bedrooms, it has an enoteca, a full kitchen, a dining room and a three-meter bar counter, as well as a meeting room and a spacious terrace with a garden on the 25th floor, next to which a 50-meter bathroom and such trifles as Frette linen and silk kimonos look matter of life. For long-term residents, there are 210 apartments, from studios to apartments with three bedrooms. The cuisine of the Fifty 8° Grill restaurant was entrusted to chef Richard Eckebus, who brought two Michelin stars to the Amber restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.

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Tourist areas | Go Dominicana

The Dominican Republic occupies 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola (Hispaniola or Haiti), on the remaining territory of which the Republic of Haiti is located. The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean, with an area of ​​48.442 km². The population of the country is over 10 million. human. Located in the heart of the Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the north, and the Caribbean Sea in the south. To the east, the Mona Strait separates the country from Puerto Rico, while the Jamaica Strait separates the country to the west from Cuba and Jamaica. In addition to the main territory, the Republic also owns three small islands: Beata, Catalina, Saona and Cayo Levantado.

The most popular tourist centers of the country are concentrated in the east of the country. Beaches, national parks, marine reserves, beautiful golf courses, ancient caves with Indian pictographs, raging rivers and typical villages surrounded by kilometers of sugarcane fields.

The beaches on the east coast, stretching for more than 40 kilometers, are considered among the best in the world. In terms of length, purity of waters and whiteness of sand, they have no equal. The most famous beaches are Punta Cana, Cabeza del Toro, Bavaro, Macao and Uvero Alto. Being a guest at the very nature, here you can find all the modern amenities and services that make it possible to carelessly enjoy your holiday under the shade of exotic palms. In Punta Cana and Bavaro there are the best hotels and tourist complexes recognized at the world level, where everything is done to ensure that guests of the country enjoy nature in the most informal and friendly atmosphere.

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean country with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches awarded by the International Foundation for Environmental Education with the participation of the Institute for the Environment of the Dominican Republic (IDARD).

Twenty-three beaches in the Dominican Republic were included in the list of the cleanest and safest beaches for the period 2019-2020:

1. Beach of the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Punta Cana
2. Beach of the Be Live Collection Canoa Hotel, La Romana
3. Be Live Collection Marien Hotel Beach, Puerto Plata
4. Be Live Collection Punta Cana Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
5. Casa de Campo Resort Beach, La Romana
6. Catalonia Gran Dominicus Hotel Beach, Bayahibe
7. Dreams Dominicus La Romana Hotel Beach, La Romana
8. Eden Roc at Cap Cana Hotel Beach, Cap Cana
9. Grand Palladium Punta Cana Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
10. Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Hotel Beach, Punta -Cana
11. Hilton La Romana Beach, La Romana
12. Beach at Iberostar Bavaro Resort, Punta Cana
13. Beach at Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata
14. Beach at Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Bayahibe
15. Beach at Impressive Resort, Punta Cana
16. Beach at Melia Resort ; Caribe Beach & Punta Cana Beach, Punta Cana
17. Natura Park Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
18. Occidental Caribe Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
19. Occidental Punta Cana Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
20. Paradisus Hotel Beach Palma Real, Punta Cana
21. Paradisus Punta Cana Hotel Beach, Punta Cana
22. Viva Wyndham Dominicus, Bayahibe
23. Oasis I Beach, Juan Dolio

SOUTH EAST COAST

Magical and enchanting discoveries await at every turn: beaches in the country, a wide range of quality hotels, excursions, sports and leisure activities.
In this part of the island there are the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world, highly rated by tourists and even by UNESCO. Plenty of options for excursions to fishing villages, caves, islands, Victorian towns, national parks, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the performance of various artists make the east coast the most visited part of the Dominican Republic by tourists. It can be reached from the airports of Santo Domingo, La Romana and Punta Cana.

Punta Cana
50 kilometers of the world’s best beaches, lapped by turquoise waters and dotted with palm trees swaying in the wind — this is Punta Cana, or «Coconut Island». This beach is the most popular holiday destination in the Dominican Republic. Calm sea, rich local vegetation, bright sun, where the entire coast is protected from big waves by a natural coral reef.

In the green of palm trees, high-class beaches and all-inclusive hotels offer a huge number of sports and recreational activities. It is this region that is famous for its magnificent golf courses, riding and diving schools, health centers, amusement parks and regular excursions on boats and jeeps.

Luxurious tourist complexes here coexist with small villages made of wooden huts covered with palm branches, in which the islanders themselves live, which gives a special charm and color to an already vibrant area.
What to see (excursions)

La Romana
This unforgettable city, the third largest and most important sugar producer in the Dominican Republic, is famous throughout the world for its beauty and infrastructure. According to UNESCO, some of the most wonderful beaches in the world are located here, and that is why you should go here for luxury tourism. In the city itself, it is worth taking a walk through the historical center, and in its environs you can play golf at one of the most luxurious resort complexes in the world — Casa de Campo.

NORTH COAST

The pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, places rich in history and treasures of the north coast, attract lovers of sun, sand, waves and outdoor activities. Trekking, golf, diving, surfing, canyoning — just a small part of what you can do in the north of the Dominican Republic!
This region is so diverse in climate and landscape because it is here that the Atlantic Ocean meets all the majesty of the Central Cordillera. Numerous rivers run down the slopes through sugar cane, tobacco and coffee plantations until they reach the coast, home to white sandy beaches and small palm trees. The most popular resorts and hotels are located here between Puerto Plata and Sosua Beach. Outside Puerto Plata, tourists most often travel as part of a day trip or on their own in a rented car, bus or boat to get to know the region better and discover untouched beauty. The tourist area of ​​Cabarete is especially popular among lovers of water sports. Most tourists arrive on the north coast at Puerto Plata 9 International Airport.0003

Puerto Plata
In 1493, Christopher Columbus moored on this coast and christened it Puerto Plata, which translates from Spanish as «Silver Port»! This name was given for the unique color in which the water of the luxurious beaches, stretching for 11 km, is painted. The city of Puerto Plata is also considered the center of the «Amber Coast», so named due to the abundance of this resin. Therefore, one of the symbols of the city is undoubtedly amber of all kinds. The local amber museum has very interesting specimens of this stone with various insects inside, for example, a mosquito that lived more than a million years ago. The city itself is also beautiful — Victorian wooden houses, designed in pastel colors, beautiful galleries and a lively Malecon (waterfront), along which there are numerous bars and restaurants.

Sosua
Approximately 15 km from Puerto Plata is the picturesque bay of Sosua. A city known for its hospitality, cozy hotels and vibrant nightlife. In the eastern part of the city is El Batey, a very popular place among tourists. It was here that about 800 Jews took refuge during the Second World War and left as a heritage of that period a synagogue, which still continues to perform its functions, and the Jewish Museum.
Between the western and eastern parts of Sosua there is a large number of shops selling leather, clay and wood crafts. A huge number of bars and restaurants are very popular among the local population along the kilometer-long Sosua beach. Sosua is also famous for hosting the International Jazz Festival every year right on the ocean!

Cabarete
Voted one of the top 10 windsurfing and kitesurfing coasts in the world. As soon as the wind begins to blow towards the Atlantic Ocean, the brilliant blue waters in the Cabarete area turn turquoise in an instant. The strongest trade winds provide excellent waves and, combined with the lack of underwater rocks, this place is a paradise for all water sports. In July, the World Windsurfing Championship is held here, attracting a huge number of visitors. Numerous kites soar against the backdrop of the endless sky, while surfboards are visible everywhere on the waves. A bewitching spectacle!

Cabarete is one of the most international places in the Dominican Republic, and therefore filled with an atmosphere of universal equality and brotherhood. Hotels, private apartments, restaurants and bars — everywhere you can equally enjoy relaxation or fun bustle. In addition, you can not limit yourself to water sports, but also paragliding, horseback riding or mountain biking along mountain trails.
From Cabarete you can go on hiking, horseback and car tours for every taste.

NORTH — EAST COAST

This coast of the Dominican Republic is famous for its virgin nature: white sandy beaches, secluded lagoons, beautiful bays in the shade of coconut trees. And at the same time, this area can fulfill many dreams of even the most demanding tourists: breathtaking snorkeling spots, swimming in waterfalls or the chance to see with your own eyes humpback whales that have come here to breed their offspring since time immemorial.
On the northeast coast, you can find a variety of hotels: from huge premium resorts to small hotels with very affordable prices. The region offers a wide range of excursions by bus or boat. And getting to the peninsula is easy — you can fly directly to one of the international airports located here or come by car from Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata.

Samana
This peninsula is widely known for its sparsely populated beaches washed by azure waves, picturesque nature and the fact that every winter thousands of humpback whales come here, which can be admired from a very close distance.

Río San Juan
This small, colorful fishermen’s village with a working port for fishing boats is known for the friendly and hospitable disposition of its inhabitants. It is here that the “Gri-Gri” lagoon is hidden — a real miracle of nature. This lagoon is fed by the crystal clear blue waters of an underground river. The waters of the lagoon flow through mangroves before emptying into the sea. During a boat tour on the waters of the lagoon, tourists have the opportunity to see huge flocks of various birds.

SOUTH COAST

Santo Domingo
For five centuries, the city of Santo Domingo has been the capital of the Dominican Republic, the heart and center of life of the country. The capital has large and small hotels, excellent restaurants offering a variety of dishes, shops, casinos, nightclubs and discos. But this ancient city is not only known for this.

Santo Domingo, like no other city in the Dominican Republic, is rightfully a city of world cultural heritage. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, containing the most ancient and historically valuable European heritage in the Americas. The monuments of the colonial city are not only shrouded in a veil of the past, but are also «sources» of vitality and energy.
When you walk along the ancient cobbled streets of Santo Domingo, you get the feeling that you live in the time of Christopher Columbus. The architecture of buildings, fortresses and churches remains intact.

Santo Domingo is a city where, on the one hand, a huge historical heritage is intertwined, and on the other, all the attributes of a modern capital. The first includes historical monuments, museums, small boutique hotels, including the Columbus Palace and the Cathedral. The second consists of modern buildings of large city hotels, a variety of cafes and restaurants, nightclubs and giant shopping centers. The waterfront of Santo Domingo — Malecón — is just the location of most of them.

Boca Chica
Boca Chica is located 30 km east of Santo Domingo and has a population of 7,000 people. There are small hotels and many restaurants and cafes. In the 50-60s, this village was very popular as a place where tourism began to develop. The first country hotel was built here. Boca Chica Beach is now very popular among residents of the capital.

Juan Dolio
56 kilometers east of Santo Domingo is the town of Juan Dolio with a population of 6,000 people. The town is famous for its beach, one of the most popular on the island, and its hotel. Due to the proximity to Santo Domingo, being in this place, it is quite possible to combine a beach holiday and a varied cultural program.

SOUTHWESTERN COAST

A breathtaking scenery beyond your eyes is the southwest of the Dominican Republic.
The region, which is famous for its national parks, richest mineral deposits, sugarcane plantations and amazing nature, is the most protected in the country. It is here, near the border with Haiti, at 44 meters below sea level, that the Enriquillo Salt Lake, the largest in the Caribbean, is located.

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