Top Tastemakers and Philanthropists Unite to Support the Resurgence of Puerto Rico at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

DORADO BEACH, Puerto Rico — November 12, 2018 — Having been deeply connected to the recovery of the island it calls home, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve this weekend hosted a star-studded celebration aimed at inspiring travelers to return to Puerto Rico. More than a year in the making, this capstone moment bought together influential celebrities and philanthropists, as well as those who have been instrumental in the island’s rebuilding efforts, including humanitarian chef and author of The New York Times bestselling “We Fed an Island”José Andrés.

From Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2018, socially-minded celebrities and tastemakers joined the magnificent resort in raising their voices to not only celebrate the recovery and resurgence of Puerto Rico, but to let travelers across the world know that the island is ready to welcome visitors with open arms.  Images from the weekend can be found here and video footage is available here.

“We are celebrating the resilience of the people of Puerto Rico, and the best way to help them now is for everyone to come visit again,” said Chef José Andrés. “The tourism industry is coming back stronger than before, and Dorado Beach is an amazing part of the island.”

Over the course of the weekend, high-profile guests enjoyed spectacular and exclusive performances by Questlove, Grammy and Tony Award Winner, Leslie Odom Jr. of the original cast of Hamilton, the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra and Tony Okungbowa, as well as a memorable Chefs of Puerto Rico event hosted by Chef José Andrés in collaboration with the island’s most elite culinary talent. Perhaps the most moving moment of the weekend occurred on Saturday evening when Tony Okungbowa invited guests to join him in a ceremonial blessing of the island. Hundreds of well-wishers tossed herb satchels into the flames of a beach bonfire as inspired by Puerto Rican tradition and with them their hopes for a bright future for the stunning island.

“The sound of Puerto Rico is universal, it’s the sound of right now.” said Questlove about the recovery of Puerto Rico. “I felt compelled to join the recovery efforts for the island because it’s the humane thing to do. To me, it’s more personal than just being an ambassador to represent the island, this is one of the places that was the most special to me as a child.”

“We are reopening Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve this weekend with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra and I am very excited to be performing with them,” said Leslie Odom Jr. “This was a great chance for me to do something that I love and help people in the process. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world and this is easily one of the top five places I’ve been.”

In addition to the headline performers, notable attendees of the weekend celebration included:

Uma Thurman, Neil Patrick Harris, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Stewart, Coco Rocha, Gayle King, Cynthia Rowley, Deborah Roberts, Helena Christensen, Jackie Cruz, Al Roker, Jane Krakowski, Marcia Gay Harden, Michele Hicks, Alex Lundqvist, Sophie Sumner, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Dree Hemingway, Erich Bergen and more.

“The reopening of Dorado Beach marks a pivotal moment in Puerto Rico’s journey of recovery,” said George Sotelo, General Manager of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. “This exciting weekend celebrated both the rebirth and resurgence of the island, as well as our treasured resort, which has just completed an exciting transformation and reopened more spectacular than ever.”

More information about Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve can be found at or by phone at +1(787)626-1100.

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