Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico

Note: Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort closed several years ago and was remade into the​ Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton came in and leveled this popular resort in favor of a $342-million rebuild that kept the same close-to-the-ocean footprint and opened it in December 2012. All accommodations now are set directly on the beach. And the restaurant, designed to optimize sunset views, is steps from the water's edge. Sounds like it was just made for barefoot romance.

Once Upon a Time...

Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club was a low-rise, 1,000-acre tropical beach resort on the north coast of Puerto Rico, 22 miles west of San Juan. A lovely spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, it was a tranquil, spacious, secluded beach resort originally built by the Rockefeller family.

Lush landscaping augmented the property, including some 2,800 mature trees, wild orchids and 600 varieties of native foliage that provided year-round color.

Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort also attracted visitors with its seven sun-drenched beaches where crescent-shaped coves made swimming in warm turquoise waters a pleasure.

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Guest Room at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort
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Conceived by multi-millionaire Laurance Rockefeller, Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort opened in 1958 with a focus on quality and a respect for the natural setting. No building on the grounds stood taller than the highest coconut tree.

Structures were built for maximum views and cross ventilation, and 85 percent of guest quarters opened up onto the beach. The 262 rooms, available with king-size or double beds, were air-conditioned and featured tropical wood furniture and cool terracotta tile floors.

Spacious bathrooms featured good lighting and a make-up mirror. Every room had a minibar, cable TV, in-room safe, telephone, data port, and bathrobes.

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River Pool at the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach River Pool
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Water lovers delighted in the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort's sinuous, 1,776-foot-long freshwater River Pool.

In addition to this attraction, there's Atlantic Ocean swimming. The resort's Blue Dolphin watersports center facilitated water activities and maintained a cache of beach toys. This was the place to get started with windsurfing lessons, wave runners, catamaran rides, snorkeling, and other watery pursuits.

Prefer pool swimming? There was a total of four pools, including an 82-foot pool adjacent to the main building, which had five tournament lanes ideal for laps.

Looking for more adventure? The Hyatt Dorado Beach Adventure Concierge could arrange an adventurous excursion to the Tanama River that included hiking, rappelling and body rafting.

Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and trips to Old San Juan and other points of interest also could be arranged through the concierge.

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Waterfalls and Hot Tub at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort River Pool

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The Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort River Pool incorporated waterfalls and a hot tub.

Dorado Beach guests also could use the facilities of Spa del Sol, a full-service fitness center and spa that offered everything from seaweed wraps to exercise equipment.

Health risk​ appraisals and personal training sessions were also available through Spa del Sol.

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Golf Courses at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach Golf Course

Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort.

Hyatt Dorado Beach featured 72 holes of championship golf on site. All four 18-hole golf courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

The 4th hole on the East Course (6,665 yards) was ranked by Jack Nicklaus as one of the top 10 holes in the world. Both East and West (6,431 yards) seaside courses wound through tropical forests and citrus groves, along the Atlantic Ocean, past a chain of lakes, and a man-made lagoon.

Hyatt Dorado Beach also contained 13 all-weather tennis courts, some lit for night play, under the ​direction of Peter Burwash International. Full-time tennis pros were available for lessons, and the resort had a pro shop.

Additional land activities included a mini-putt golf course, three miles of paths for jogging and bicycling.

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Su Casa Restaurant at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach Restaurant
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Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort's Su Casa Restaurant was one of the resort’s eight restaurants and its most romantic.

The Spanish Colonial-style hacienda dated back to 1905 and was accented by a red tile roof, graceful staircases, and an interior courtyard. Guests may be seated on a balcony with a view of the ocean.

Other hotel eateries included El Catador wine cellar; Ocean Terrace, with three levels of water views; Zen Garden, rated the best Chinese restaurant in Puerto Rico; Johnny Rocket diner; Hacienda del Sol, serving up Southwestern/Tex-Mex fare; and the seafood-specialty Surf Room, surrounded on three sides by glass windows that provided unobstructed views of the beach and grounds.

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Evenings at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach Night Pool
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Take a romantic beach stroll at night, or laze by the side of the dramatically lit pool. You'll be serenaded by Puerto Rico’s most musical native, the coqui. These tiny, near-translucent tree frogs grow to be only an inch in size but provide a calming and melodious song.

Steeped in legend, the song of the coqui can only be heard in Puerto Rico. Coqui concerts at the Hyatt Dorado Beach begin every night at sundown.

Prefer to hear the melodious clinking of coins? There was also a casino at the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort.

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Seaside Gazebo at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort

Hyatt Dorado Beach Gazebo
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Many couples got married at the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort every year. This seaside gazebo was one of the resort's scenic and romantic settings where a couple could recite vows at their destination wedding.

The hotel's wedding coordinator could arrange all wedding details prior to the wedding party's arrival.

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More Information About Hyatt Dorado Beach Hotel

Hyatt Dorado Beach Aerial
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Former address:

Hyatt Dorado Beach
Highway 693
Dorado, Puerto Rico, USA

Note: Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort closed several years ago and was remade into the​ Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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