This Ritz-Carlton is the Perfect Beach Resort for the Wannabe Insta-Famous

May 26, 2017

If scrolling through a social media feed cluttered with perfectly “candid” shots in Morocco and selfies from the beaches of Bora Bora puts you in the #mood for an exotic getaway of your own, check out the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico.

The AAA 5-Diamond property has been a favorite retreat for generations of Hollywood stars, and after a $342 million renovation, welcomes the next crop of A-listers. Here’s why this Ritz-Carlton is our top pick as the envy-inducing hideaway for travelers trying to get noticed.

Go now, because … YOLO

U.S. citizens aren’t required to carry a passport when traveling to Puerto Rico, and many cities have direct flights to San Juan – some as short as two hours.


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Originally “It Girl” owned

A century ago, the estate belonged to an adventurous heiress known for protecting her land with a pistol and her two Great Danes when not piloting airplanes with her good friend Amelia Earhart.

No need to hide from the paparazzi

Ambassadors guarantee seclusion for privacy seekers, skipping the lobby for check-in and instead whisking guests directly to rooms via golf carts.


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Slip past the velvet rope

This is the only Caribbean resort to win the 2017 Forbes 5-Star Hotel and Spa award – talk about bragging rights.

Alternative workouts

“No days off” doesn’t mean being held hostage by the fitness center: Cruise jungle trails on loaner bicycles, hit the links on one of three golf courses or take an outdoor yoga class.


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Can you say #FitnessMotivation?

Sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing lessons are taught by a former Olympian.


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Squad Goals

Make Su Casa tu casa when traveling as a group – the 1920s Spanish-style hacienda sleeps 12, has two pools and regularly hosts weddings and parties.

I woke up like this

Every guest room is just steps from the sea, and many include patios with private plunge pools.

Get camera-ready

The Spa Botánico soothes with holistic treatments in the open-air treehouse treatment room that helps guests find Zen amid a fragrant pineapple garden (without losing their Wi-Fi signal).


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Up your Instagram game

Day or night, the palm-lined infinity pool is a backdrop guaranteed to garner likes. Cabanas fit nine guests, and rentals include fresh fruit and bar service.

The Royal Treatment

Start the morning with an extravagant breakfast served en suite … or in bed, if you prefer.

Perfectly Plated

Almost too pretty to eat, the locally caught seafood and farm-fresh Puerto Rican fare coming out of Jose Andres’s Mi Casa with leave your followers drooling – even before they catch a glimpse of the Caribbean coastline just beyond the plate.


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