Five Star Spa Spotlight: Spa Botanico at Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is an intimate refuge offering a true sense of barefoot elegance, tucked away on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate on Puerto Rico’s Caribbean coast.

The Spa Botánico at Dorado Beach is a five-acre sanctuary set within a fragrant pineapple garden with lush natural landscaping, and a recent recipient of a coveted 5-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.

Spa Botánico honors Puerto Rico’s genuine botanical and healing traditions that embrace the aesthetic, cosmetic and medicinal importance of local plants.


This integration with the natural world is reflected in treatments offered outdoors in the private garden setting. The Outdoor Purification Gardens feature warm and cool plunge pools, a beautifully tiled steam room, as well as an Herb Garden that serves as a beautiful backdrop through the glass windows of the Relaxation Room. There are two dedicated gardens; one for men and one for women. The spa also has two tree house treatment rooms.


Body scrubs are blended in the spa’s kitchen and combine Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and healing ingredients indigenous to Puerto Rico.Spa Botánico has created a special line of products for its spa incorporating ingredients grown in its herb garden such as lemongrass and ginger. This product line also serves as the property’s in-room amenity.

The spa offers a variety of packages from manicures and pedicures to facials, open-air tree house massages and Spa Botánico Rituals.


Signature treatments include The Coffee & Clove Scrub: “A revitalizing treatment using caffeine, sugar and the essential oils found in cloves to exfoliate, remove impurities and leave the skin feeling soft, refined and moisturized.”

And the Tobacco & Nutmeg Scrub, “A detoxifying blend which helps to draw impurities out of the skin, boost immunity and includes anti-aging properties. Sea salt exfoliates the skin and purifies assisting in elimination of toxins.”



  1. Hmmm – strange because the Ritz Carlton has one standard massage for ALL of their spas. It is the base for all treatments at all spas everywhere – like McDonalds. And that is what Forbes considers 5 Star? That’s like 3 star at best. You cant tell me the location/ambience is only 25% if the masage is generic.

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