Best of the Best 2013: Vacation Homes: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (787.796.5620, www.doradobeach.com), opened last December on the site of Laurance S. Rockefeller’s original Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. Set on a pristine stretch of sand within the greater Dorado Beach community, the 50-acre property encompasses a 115-room hotel, a new beach club, an indoor-outdoor spa, and chef José Andrés’s first restaurant outside the continental United States. It also includes a limited number of private residences that offer perhaps the most exclusive ownership opportunities at this legendary Puerto Rican paradise.

Properties available at Dorado Beach—the first-ever residences from Ritz-Carlton’s ultrapremium Reserve brand—range from two- to four-bedroom beachfront condominiums to four- to six-bedroom villas with beach and golf course views. Master plans call for a total of 100 condos ($2.5 million to $7 million) and 12 villas ($4.5 million to about $8 million). Buyers can choose from a number of floor plans and interior styles—from Mediterranean to modern—or create a completely custom home with the community’s design team.

Standard to all homes at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve are floor-to-ceiling glass doors, private plunge pools, and Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen appliances. Home ownership also comes with VIP access to the resort’s amenities, as well as membership to the Dorado Beach community’s four Robert Trent Jones–designed golf courses.