The fashion and entertainment world hooked up over the weekend for the trip of all trips to celebrate the reopening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico. The 1,400 acre property, once owned by Laurance S. Rockefeller and a playground for JFK and Joan Crawford back in the day, has been meticulously restored since damage from last year’s Hurricane Maria.
The new generation of VIPs getting a first look at the stunning property included Martha Stewart, Uma Thurman, Helena Christensen, Dree Hemingway, Cynthia Rowley, Gayle King, Jane Krakowski, Avril Graham, Al Roker, Cory Bond, Tobias Sorenson, Jackie Cruz, Sophie Sumner, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Marcia Gay Harden, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, Alex Lundqvist, Erich Bergen, and Neil Patrick Harris.
The weekend kicked off with a poolside dinner party where world renowned chef and Puerto Rico’s guardian angel Jose Andres and other notable chefs from the area served dishes from the islands culinary heritage, followed by a DJ set by Questlove.
The next day VIPs enjoyed cocktails at the pool, planted trees on the golf course, checked out The Watermill (a $12 million aquatic playground fashioned after a traditional Puerto Rican sugar mill), golfed on one of the three courses on the property, or hit the completely remodeled and epic Spa Botánico, the Caribbean’s only 2017 Forbes five-star hotel and spa award winner. A spa treatment in an open-air treehouse? Sure!
Later in the day guests headed to the Surf Room for cocktails and a sit-down dinner before an unforgettable performance by Tony Award winner and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.
After the performance DJ Tony Okungbowa braved some light ran to get everybody on the dance floor and toast the Island of Enchantment’s welcome return. Puerto Rico has never looked better.