Dorado, Puerto Rico
What it is
A legendary beachfront resort remade for modern tastes.
What it isn't
Close to San Juan: the city is about a 45-minute drive away.
What we think
In the late 1950's, Laurence Rockefeller turned this 50-acre coconut plantation on the north shore of Puerto Rico into the quintessence of a glamorous Caribbean resort. Amelia Earhart would fly her plane down for a visit; Joan Crawford had her room painted pink pre-arrival. Now, after a complete renovation, it's a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and once again attracting jet-setters. Along a solid mile of beach are 115 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that disappear into the walls so you can (almost) feel the spray of the ocean. The resort is surrounded by lush tropical forest and the site's natural assets are woven throughout the property and reflected in the design (Rockefeller was doing ecotourism before anyone called it that). Chef José Andrés runs the food and beverage program; golf legend Chi-Chi Rodriguez is the resident pro; and the indoor-outdoor spa is massive and stunning. It's enough pampering to make you feel like Cleopatra (yes, Liz Taylor was a regular) or like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who recently rented the resort's exquisite private villa.
You're here because
You crave the glamour of the Caribbean's Hollywood heyday—just a quick non-stop flight away.
As you walk along the Rockefeller Nature Trail, the jungle canopy dappling the sunlight onto the wooden walkway, your head swivels to catch the vibrant flash of parrot gliding through the trees.
Nestled along the secluded, jungly northern coast of Puerto Rico, an hour drive from San Juan International airport.
Mi Casa by Jose Andres - Spanish and American flavors
Encanto Beach Club Bar and Grill - Grill, Asian-Influenced fare
La Cocina Gourment - Groumet market
Positivo Sand Bar - Al fresco
Positivo Sand bar
Encanto Beach Club Bar
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment, Tennis, Golf, non-motorized water sports, Water Mills - Lazy Rivers