On the heels of a $60 million renovation, the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club in Dorado, Puerto Rico continues its planned enhancement program with a second $6.5 million golf clubhouse, golf pavilion to host tournaments and special functions, and the complete renovation of two of its four signature Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses. All are scheduled for completion in the spring of 2004.
Following in its wake in 2006 on the resort’s 1000-acre estate will be a much anticipated Mediterranean Village with boutiques and restaurants and a ten-acre water sculpture park.
“When Laurence Rockefeller built this resort in 1958, he was an innovator and visionary, said Victor Lopez, divisional vice president of Hyatt Resorts Caribbean. “Dorado’s architecture and landscape design were planned with a sensitivity to the environment and choice setting, offering open air walkways and lobbies, and low rise accommodations that brush the beach,” said Lopez. “Dorado became an immediate classic, whose finest features and traditions we have preserved and will continue to enhance with our long term master plan,” continued Lopez. As called for in Rockefeller’s original plan, no resort building is taller than a palm tree.
The new 45,000 square foot Dorado Plantation golf clubhouse will be the second on Dorado Beach grounds, adjacent to a new golf pavilion. The pavilion will accommodate golf tournament groups, weddings and other food and beverage functions of up to 300 persons. In addition, two of the golf courses are undergoing a $3 million redo that will transform them with six new holes, four redesigned holes, a driving range, new lakes and rivers.
Other recent major additions have included 36 new beachfront Su Casa Cottages built at a cost of $5.8 million on famed Rockefeller Point. Located next to the famed Su Casa restaurant, which is housed in a Spanish colonial style hacienda, the oversize accommodations reflect the inherent beauty, style and exclusive yet low-key style of the entire resort.
In addition to the renowned golfing facilities, the 262-room Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club features an extensive array of entertainment activities. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Lisa Penfield Windsurfing School and Water Sports Center, five tennis courts and two swimming pools. One is an Olympic size pool at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club and the other is located at its sister property Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, the former Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Hotel. This is the famous “River Pool” that is 4.5 acres and 1776 feet long in size. It is one of the world’s longest freshwater swimming pools and it is longer than the Empire State Building is high.
For dining and nightlife, guests may choose from five different restaurants and two bars, or guests may wish to take the free shuttle service to Hyatt Hacienda del Mar to sample its Zen Garden restaurant, Beach Bohio Bar & Grill, Bacchus nightclub or casino. Dorado Beach guests also have signing privileges at Hyatt Hacienda del Mar’s Spa del Sol and Camp Hyatt program. And if guests are visiting on business, Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club has 13,288 square feet of meeting space to accommodate large groups and conventions.
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