Key selling points: A meticulous, multimillion-dollar renovation respectfully restored this once privately owned estate home to the grandeur of its Hollywood heyday.
Colonial charm pairs with modern creature comforts across four bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and library, while outdoors, a grand balcony, manicured grounds, towering palms, and an infinity pool and whirlpool set the scene for blissful seaside relaxation.
Standout service: A guest mentioned needing more privacy to take a bath on the veranda, so staff spent three hours setting up curtains to elegantly shield the al fresco bathtub.
Style: Haute hacienda, by Otto Octavio Reyes Casanova and Wilson Associates, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Historical Society, 2012
Special amenities: A bottle of Dom Pérignon upon arrival, on-site personal butler, an evening of complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Fili d’Oro linens, 46- and 55-inch Samsung flat-screen TVs, Spa Botánico toiletries, Wolf kitchen appliances
Square footage: 6,000, plus 2,000 outdoors
Number of bedrooms in suite: Four
Number of bathrooms: Four and one half-bath
Number of rooms and suites in hotel: 115, including 14 suites and Su Casa
Who’s slept here?: Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Joe DiMaggio, Dwight D. Eisenhower, JFK
Nightly rate: From $20,000 (low season); from $30,000 (high season)
Location: 100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado