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DORADO BEACH – February 23, 2017 Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is thrilled to announce it has received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel for the second consecutive year and for the first year, the resort’s Spa Botánico has received the coveted Five-Star rating. Dorado Beach is one of just 175 Five-Star hotels in the world and Spa Botánico is one of only 56 Five-Star spas, and the only Five-Star spa in the Caribbean. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Spa Botánico are showcased alongside all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

Located just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by acres of lush, tropical forest, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach was created as an open-air enclave, offering a magnificent, secluded location, intimate accommodations, numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés, and attentive yet discreet guest services. Its pristine location, discreet individualized service, and deep respect for the environment allow for extraordinary moments to unfold in the most unexpected ways.

“We are truly honored to be receiving this extraordinary recognition, both as a Forbes Five-Star resort and Forbes Five-Star spa,” said George Sotelo, General Manager of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. “As one of the hospitality industry’s highest accolades, we are thrilled at this accomplishment, it is a testament to our devoted and dedicated Ladies and Gentlemen who demonstrate their commitment to providing exceptional personalized service each day.”

Set within a fragrant pineapple garden, Spa Botánico at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is seamlessly integrated into the outdoors, with the natural world as an essential component. The five-acre spa sanctuary was designed to integrate into the gorgeous natural environment of Puerto Rico and utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Spa Botánico features a special apothecary portal filled with local botanicals upon arrival, 10 spacious treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and magnificent outdoor waterfall showers, all surrounded by the incredible scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass and ginger growing throughout the spa sanctuary.

"This year’s Star-Rated properties — the largest and most global group in the company’s history — achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as the individual hotel experience,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We are excited to recognize the 2017 Star Rating recipients, an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas with a strong culture of service. In an online environment of confusion and clutter, Forbes Travel Guide is the most trusted source of information to assist guests in making informed decisions,” Inzerillo said. “We are proud to congratulate everyone who showed dedication to their guests and employees.”

A detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings is available at: www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.

Vacationers are invited to enjoy Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve through its popular “Five Star Experience” offer; for details, click here.

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Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better- informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com.

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