The unique architectural style developed for Dorado Beach 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. Rockefeller’s iconic Surf Room has been meticulously replicated as an event space. 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.
This resort treads lightly on the land and, more often than not, floats above it. Structures float above the earth or appear to rise from the water. Rooftops and trellises seem to float on slender columns. The open-air lobby frames a direct view of the sea. The collection of buildings that forms the hotel arrival is linked by walkways raised 2 meters above the earth, turning the journey through the hotel into a walk through the tree-tops. Guest rooms are clustered in elegant, low-scale structures set directly on the beach. The Spa Botanico is designed as a collection of small structures woven into five acres of lush landscape. Every transition between indoor and outdoor environments is transparent and effortless.