Rich People, They’re Not Just Like Us: How the 1% Travel
Laurance Rockfeller’s former villa at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach, in Puerto Rico. (Courtesy: Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach)
If you haven’t figured it out by now, the ultra rich don’t like to associate with the hoi polloi. They don’t like to wait in line with the great unwashed, they don’t like to have to chitty chat with those of us who don’t know (or care) about the difference between Moët or malt liquor and they really don’t like to vacation with us. Which usually suits us just fine, as frankly, nothing will ruin a perfectly awesome trip than the snob sitting next to you at the bar complaining about thread counts or that lack of foie gras.
But then again, who amongst us wouldn’t swaddle ourselves in head-to-toe Frette while a team of butlers spoon-feeds us strawberries in bed? Especially if we flew there by private jet?
It may be travel porn, but indulging in some champagne wishes and caviar dreams never hurt anyone.
The infinity pool at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach. (Courtesy: Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach)
The 1% Hotel: Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
A year-old, the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach is once again king of Puerto Rico’s most lavish resorts—it was Laurance Rockfeller’s personal playground in ‘50s and ‘60s before falling out of favor. Now the resort fills its oceanfront rooms with the jet set at rates averaging $1,800 a night. (Unless you opt for the four-bedroom villa; that’s $25,000 a night.) The exclusive clientele typically drop up to $500k per visit. How? Let us count the ways … Mi Casa by José Andrés, set against the backdrop of crashing Caribbean waves, serves up locally caught seafood and farm-fresh Latin bites with avant-garde whimsy. Spa Botánico, a five-acre sanctuary, offers treatments with an apothecary-like focus and island ingredients. Sun-baked hours spent in a cabana by the infinity pool go for $250 per half day (not including drinks). Tee times on three golf courses. Not to mention the ample tips for your ever-doting “personal embajador”—or as we plebes call it, a butler.
Dorado Beach is about 40 minutes west of San Juan and set on three palm-fringed miles of white sandy beachfront.
The treehouse spa at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach. (Courtesy: Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach)