This one-of-a-kind resort – the second Ritz-Carlton Reserve and the first Reserve property in the Western Hemisphere – opened in December 2012 on the site of the famed Dorado Beach Hotel originally developed by Laurance Rockefeller. The unique architectural style takes its cue from two important influences: the site itself and the rich, multi-layered history of both Puerto Rico and Dorado Beach. The architecture is contemporary, and draws heavily from the mid-century modern vernacular in a direct reference to the period that gave rise to the original Dorado Beach Resort. Yet the environment and structures are warm and inviting, infused with layers of references to the surrounding natural world and to the many cultures – both ancient and modern – that have influenced life on this unique island. In keeping with the Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand commitment to stewardship and Mr. Rockefeller’s legacy of conservation, the Reserve has been designed for LEED Certification.