Haute Getaway Dallas: Four Hours to Paradise

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Dorado Beach Resort, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, was once a sugar plantation.
Dorado Beach Resort, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, was once a sugar plantation.

Photo Credit: Dorado Beach Resort

The best thing about the holidays being over? It’s resort season! Now is the time to shake off the winter blues, put the automatic response message on your email account, and head somewhere that promises adventure, excitement, or at least good cocktails.

Haute Living has the perfect spot.

San Juan, more specifically Dorado Beach Resort, is a mere four hours on a non-stop flight from DFW Airport. Four hours? That’s nothing to anyone who has driven in Dallas-Fort Worth! It takes almost that long to get from Bishop Arts to McKinney in rush hour traffic! Once you land in San Juan you can either be chauffeured or arrange to drive yourself to the resort. Either way you’ll have breathtaking views of the lush landscape that Puerto Rico offers.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, was once a plantation but has been turned into a private estate resort. It was inspired by the memorable vacation experiences of Laurance S. Rockefeller, the original developer. The resort is remote with discreet, individualized service. If you need to relax without interruption this would be the spot to do it.

Acclaimed Chef José Andrés offers a delectable blend of traditional cuisine and the vibrant flavors of Spain.
Acclaimed Chef José Andrés offers a delectable blend of traditional cuisine and the vibrant flavors of Spain.

Photo Credit: Dorado Beach Resort

There are three 18-hole golf courses, pools, a nature trail, five tennis courts, and acres and acres of some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. Spa Botánico is a five-acre natural haven designed to inspire well-being and provide pure relaxation, including two open-air treehouse treatment platforms and ten free-standing indoor and outdoor pavilions. There’s nothing quite like getting a massage surrounded by branches and leaves. It’s the ultimate communing-with-nature experience.

The most difficult thing about dining is know which restaurant to choose. Mi Casa is a signature restaurant owned by Chef José Andrés. Here  you’ll find Tapas and other Spanish dishes redefined by Chef Andrés expertise. If you are up for a more casual dining experience then Encanto Beach Club Bar and Grill offers an open air experience with fresh seafood grilled right on the beach.  Positivo Sand Bar is also a casual choice for those that prefer tapas and sushi.

Of course there’s also concierge services and the other amenities you’d expect from an exclusive resort.

This 1920's era Spanish style home was originally built for Clara Livingston, the original owner and heiress of the property but is now an 8,000 square foot villa for guests.
This 1920’s era Spanish style home was originally built for Clara Livingston, the original owner and heiress of the property but is now an 8,000 square foot villa for guests.

Photo Credit: Dorado Beach Resort

There are several types of accommodations. The rooms are spacious and have gorgeous ocean and beachfront views. Suites allow you to walk out to the beach and enjoy a personal pool. Residences give you a luxury condo experience with lounge areas and luxury quarters. The real crown jewel of the Dorado Beach Resort is Su Casa, 8,000 square feet of luxury which includes five bedrooms and a separate maid’s quarters. This 1920’s era Spanish style home was originally built for Clara Livingston, the original owner and heiress of the property.

Sounds like the perfect spot to relax, doesn’t it?

 

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