The opening of this resort, along with the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Río Grande, set a new standard for hotels in Puerto Rico. Both properties have been developed to be in tune with the surrounding environment, so they’re more low-key than the nightclub and casino centered atmosphere at most other Puerto Rican resorts. Dorado Beach is a truly remarkable piece of paradise, with a primordial beauty to the landscape, despite the fact that the resort’s just 35 minutes from San Juan. The 1,400 acres of grounds include impressive nature trails, and all the rooms, including the restaurants, are close to the fabulous 3-mile coastline. Consider a room with a private plunge pool and outdoor shower, if you want to get especially close to nature. The rooms have all the comfort, style, and amenities you would expect from this chain, with awesome ocean views to boot. At the center of the complex is 1920s restored plantation house Su Casa, which is available for rent as a five-bedroom villa. The 5-acre Spa Botánico is a lush enclave within the resort. Tip: While the west rooms are more conveniently located, the east side has less traffic.