Casa del XVI has introduced its fourth renovated house, Casa del Diseñador

Casa del XVI has introduced its fourth renovated house, Casa del Diseñador

Clad with brick flooring and thick white walls, each spacious room, including the chess lounge, is highlighted with vibrant colors, light fabrics, and images of the tropics interwoven into the décor.

Reid converted the structure’s original entry hall into the dining room with an elongated, rustic table complemented by antique-style mirrors, porcelain busts, and woven fish basket chandeliers.

Casa del XVI has introduced its fourth renovated house, Casa del Diseñador

An area housed between brick arches and the entrance hall now serves as an open-air hallway clad with a small seating nook and bar.

Neighboring the courtyard, an intimate terrace lounge references tropical West Indies décor with wicker furnishings, jewel-colored pillows, and bright blue cushions.

Casa del XVI has introduced its fourth renovated house, Casa del Diseñador

Bright, modern bathrooms are decorated with local artwork and claw foot tubs.

Casa del XVI has introduced its fourth renovated house, Casa del Diseñador

About Casas del XVI:

Casas del XVI (dee ess ee sayce) is a luxurious new concept in boutique hotels, located in the heart of Santo Domingo’s Colonial City, site of the first permanent European settlement in the New World.

About INICIA:

INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

Source: https://www.hospitalitydesign.com

THE OLD CITY OF SANTO DOMINGO IS AN INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE

THE OLD CITY OF SANTO DOMINGO IS AN INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE

The Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier García, issued a positive assessment this weekend on all works in progress to recover the historical landmarks and technology surveillance system installed by the Program for Tourist Promotion in the Old City of Santo Domingo.

García pointed out that the recovery process promoted by the MITUR and sponsored by the IDB, has been so successful that the Old City has become an international standard, recognized and admired in the tourist system.

García assured that with this successful process, the Old City received praises by Taleb Rifai, S.G to the WTO, during a meeting held amid the International Tourism Fair,- FITUR 2017- hosted in Madrid, Spain, and commented positively on the continued follow-up he’s done on the renovation process undergone by the Historical Landmark.

García remembered that Taleb Rifai visited the Dominican Republic and the Ruins of the Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in 2014. He expressed that during the initial intervention works in the Old City, many doubted the outcomes seen today would ever be accomplished.

García Fernández, whom spoke after concluding a vast tour of the area, joined by the coordinators of the Program Development Unit, headed by architect Maribel Villalona, said that this is the most in-depth intervention ever done, to achieve returning the originality, beauty and splendor of this historical heritage site.

García’s tour covered all streetways and the most emblematic landmarks of this urban core, as Calle Arzobispo Meriño, El Conde, Isabel La Católica, Las Damas, La Atarazana and calle Padre Billini. He also inspected the development of the Subaquatic Museum in the Museo de las Atarazanas Reales.

García Fernández strolled around the Ruins of St. Francis of Assisi, the Spanish Square, the Fortress of Santo Domingo, the Peña Defilló Museum, the Billini Hotel and the Couturier’s Manor.

He seized the moment to notice the new image shown by the ancient manors, whose façades have been restored, and he witnessed the joy felt by its residents for all renovation works done in their homes.

The Tourism Minister also shared time with some business owners that offer services to visitors and tourists alike, some of them which have set up shop taking advantage of all the facilities and boom the Old City offers, such as Zona Bici and Mamey Bookstore. Also, he visited the TIME Vegetarian Re4staurant, where he was greeted by the owner, Rafael Cabrera.

García Fernández also thanked the cooperation and efforts made for the program, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Monumental Heritage Department, the Santo Domingo Tourist Cluster, and Fundación Banreservas, the Town Council and business guilds, among others.

The stroll began by visiting a residential project currently under development on calle Luperón cornering with Arzobispo Meriño. Later, the Saviñon Lluberes building on El Conde, where the Tourism Promotion Program of the Old City is hosted, and issued an inspection visit to the technicians and professionals working in this facility.

Video Surveillance: Minister García also visited the Center for Oversight and Video Surveillance, designed by the Program, to ensure safety for all tourists, visitors and residents of the Old City. The network is linked to the 911 Emergency System.

The Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology, operated by the CESTUR. The system consists of cameras set up in 53 intersections.

SOURCE: http://hoy.com.do/1593988-2/

CASAS DEL XVI EXPANDS ITS HOTEL GROUNDS

CASAS DEL XVI EXPANDS ITS HOTEL GROUNDS

CASAS DEL XVI, a cluster of exclusive properties turned into the first multi-location luxury hotel, recently inaugurated the Casa del Diseñador (*The Couturier’s Residence).

This addition to the collection has been destined as the two-bedroom presidential suite, with spacious social areas and a poolside courtyard.

This corner manor, was developed within the grounds of the Convent of the Dominican Order orchard.

About INICIA:

INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

SOURCE: El Día

CASAS DEL XVI HOTEL PROJECT LAUNCHES NEW SPACE

CASAS DEL XVI HOTEL PROJECT LAUNCHES NEW SPACE - Caribbean Developments

CASAS DEL XVI, an exclusive collection of colonial manors turned into a multi-location luxury hotel concept, inaugurated the “Casa del Diseñador”  (*in English: The Couturier’s Residence); this addition to the collection of properties, has been destined as a two-bedroom presidential suite, featuring spacious social areas and courtyard with a pool.

This new hotel version is distinguished for its colonial charm and modern amenities, a balance with highlights the architecture of the Olde City and offers guests first-class accommodations and bespoke service.

Casa del Diseñador “features an alluring ambiance with transports guests back to the XVI Century. Upon entering, guests are met in an ample hall with brick floors and solid white walls, also featuring spacious rooms, decorated in joyful colors and light fabrics, with designs customized for this venue.

This corner residence was built within the orchard grounds of the Convent of the Order of the Dominicans, whose XVI Century walls served as grounds to modify the structure, eventually converting into a private estate.

The Hotel is managed by ProHotel International, through its branch in the Dominican Republic, HMS, and co-managed by Terra RD Partners, a partner of INICIA.

It features the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a network of boutique hotels, selected for its high standards of excellence and individuality.

About INICIA:

INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

SOURCE: El Nacional

The Couturier’s Estate is launched in the Olde City

The Couturier’s Estate is launched in the Olde City

Casas del XVI, a cluster of exclusive properties turned into the first multi-location luxury hotel, inaugurated Casa del Diseñador (The Couturier’s Estate). This addition to the collection has been destined for use as the Presidential Suite, featuring two-bedroom accommodations, spacious social areas and a courtyard with a pool.

Casas del XVI is distinguished for its combination of old world charm and modern amenities, a merger which highlights its magnificent colonial architecture, while it offers guests first-class accommodation with bespoke service.

All manors under this collection provide an oasis of luxury, featuring your own butler, chef and concierge.

Casa del Diseñador offers an alluring and cozy ambiance which takes us back in time to the XVI Century. Upon entering, guests are welcomed in an ample hall made of brick floors and solid white walls. The spacious rooms are decorated in joyful colors and soft fabrics, which merge in perfect elegance and harmony. The designs were made especially for this property alone.

One of its main features are its ample social areas, the perfect place to enjoy silence and the lush greenery of the courtyard. These surroundings offer a sense of privacy and tranquility, highlighted by the sound of church bells and the whisper of the pool water.

This corner manor was built within the grounds of the orchard of the Convent of the Order of the Dominicans, whose walls served as grounds to erect this structure which eventually became a private manor.

The first house, the Casa de los Mapas (*in English: The House of Charts) features ancient maps of the island of Hispaniola, and from the time of the arrival of Columbus and the Spaniards to the New World.

The second house, The Casas del Arbol (*Arbor Manor) is decorated under a pineapple theme, a symbol of hospitality. All details reflect Dominican culture, featuring works by local artists, carved furniture and tropical accents.

The third house, Casa Macorís (*Macorís Manor) offers an ambiance of contemporary influence, combined with timeless elegance, fit for our times.

About INICIA:

INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

SOURCE: Hoy.com.do

IMPULSA FORUM BY BANCO POPULAR GATHERS OVER 1,000 SMEs

EL NUEVO DIARIO, SANTO DOMINGO.- Businessmen Felipe Vicini, executive chairman of INICIA; Marcial Najri, EVP of Grupo Najri, and Manuel A. Grullón, chairman of Banco Popular and Grupo Popular, hosted a conference on the keys to leadership and the challenges the business world faces today, before an attending audience of 1500+ SMEs, during the 4th Edition of the IMPULSA Business Forum, hosted by Banco Popular Dominicano.

Created to serve as an annual rendezvous for the Dominican SME sector, on occasion of this new edition of the Impulsa Business Forum, the guest speakers presented their key principles in business management, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their long-term vision, elements that have allowed their corporations to transcend in time, and consolidate leader positions.

Passion for your work, the best team and business ethics

In this sense, during his dissertation, Mr. Manuel Grullón, exhorted the audience to work with love and passion, to ensure collaborator engagement, to surround themselves with the best teams, seek guidance from mentors and advisors, learn each day to analyze their environment and innovate, creating companies that are human, where its staff follows in the footsteps of ethics and values in both business and everyday life.

The Banco Popular and Grupo Popular chairman also stressed on the importance of making analysis-based decisions, with calculated risks, but at the same time making room for intuition. “If our intuition doesn’t tell us the same that our mind does, when we must delay the final decision until the two are in harmony. We need to be careful when making decisions, we need to put a safety belt on risk”, Grullón ensured

Sacrifice, perseverance and long-term goals

During his presentation, Marcial M. Najri, stressed to all SMEs, that the business and personal success are “the result of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, savings and family unity”, applied to “a long-term vision of reaching and surpassing goals”.

SOURCE: http://elnuevodiario.com.do/app/article.aspx?id=501282

About INICIA:
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

IMPULSA FORUM BY BANCO POPULAR GATHERS MORE THAN 1,000 SMEs

Santo Domingo, D.R.- Businessmen Felipe Vicini, executive chairman of INICIA; Marcial Najri, EVP of Grupo Najri, and Manuel A. Grullón, chairman of Banco Popular and Grupo Popular, hosted a conference on the keys to leadership and the challenges the business world faces today, before an attending audience of 1500+ SMEs, during the 4th Edition of the IMPULSA Business Forum, hosted by Banco Popular Dominicano.

Created to serve as an annual rendezvous for the Dominican SME sector, on occasion of this new edition of the Impulsa Business Forum, the guest speakers presented their key principles in business management, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their long-term vision, elements that have allowed their corporations to transcend in time, and consolidate leader positions.

In this sense, during his dissertation, Mr. Manuel Grullón, exhorted the audience to work with love and passion, to ensure collaborator engagement, to surround themselves with the best teams, seek guidance from mentors and advisors, learn each day to analyze their environment and innovate, creating companies that are human, where its staff follows in the footsteps of ethics and values in both business and everyday life.

The Banco Popular and Grupo Popular chairman also stressed on the importance of making analysis-based decisions, with calculated risks, but at the same time making room for intuition. “If our intuition doesn’t tell us the same that our mind does, when we must delay the final decision until the two are in harmony. We need to be careful when making decisions, we need to put a safety belt on risk”, Grullón ensured. During his presentation, Mr. Marcial Najri pointed to the SMEs that “the business and personal success of all SMEs  is the result of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, savings and family unity”, all of them applied to a “long-term vision to achieve goals”.

When speaking  about his family’s business development, Najri highlighted that a determining factor in their success has been the recruitment of skilled workers, all of them displaying ethics, honesty and integrity; at the same time, family unity in and outside the business settings, as well as a well-established corporate governance, which goes hand in hand with a family structure, which have been key to their permanence. Thus, the same values and principles which gave way to SMEs, remain sacred to this day”, Najri expressed.

Meanwhile, Felipe Vicini, INICIA chairman, highlighted the elements which to the best of his knowledge influence on the transcendence in time of a company, such as are “business redesign, long-term vision, faith in a nation’s progress, a low profile and family unity”.

SOURCE: http://www.cdn.com.do

About INICIA:
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

ISLAND ALLURE: WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

From the heritage charm of Santo Domingo to bohemian coastal hideouts in the north, the Dominican Republic has island allure in spades, writes Michelle Wranik-Hicks – and sybaritic design lovers will feel right at home too

In the cobbled laneways of Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo’s historic colonial town, life has not so much as slowed down as come to a complete stop. In the leafy square of Parque Colón, capitaleños (the city’s residents) are slouched on benches beneath the trees, fanning themselves with newspapers. The fortified walls of Dominican Republic’s historic city barely allow a wisp of breeze through the streets and I can do little but slump at a café cradling a melting gelato, tempted to order a bottle of ice-cold Presidente beer the way locals do: “vestida de novia” which, amusingly, translates to “dressed as a bride”.

At night, the colonial zone murmurs back to life. Couples stroll arm-in-arm to dine at open terrace-restaurants in the squares or along the oceanfront El Malecón promenade. Respite is also found behind the cool, stone walls of Casas del XVI. With aguayo-tiled floors and high-beamed ceilings, the gorgeously appointed boutique hotel is set across three Spanish Colonial-style mansions that date back to the 16th century, and for a bowerbird it’s a dream, with each filled with all manner of curios from horn-handled magnifying glasses and sculptures to antique exploration maps.

From the moment I arrive, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property strives to please. A majordomo (butler) appears and my luggage vanishes. No need to bother with the filling in of forms; that can be done tomorrow. Why not pause in the courtyard for a cocktail? Within moments, there’s a Cuba Libre in my hand. Another moment later, there’s a waiter laying out an impeccable dinner served beneath the mango trees and the stars.

That night, I fall asleep to the sound of rain thundering from the heavens, and wake to a brilliant Caribbean sky the following morning. I fling open the doors of my suite to the courtyard, where breakfast is served in three acts: El inicio (the beginning), primer paso (first step) and platos principales, the fresh eggs and tropical fruit arriving with the constant pouring of Dominican coffee. Ubiquitous throughout the country, Dominicans are serious about their brew, and many start to drink coffee before the age of 10 – a concept that would make most parents shudder.

SOURCE: http://www.dotwnews.com/

About INICIA:
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Chances are, if you’re thinking about booking a vacation to the Dominican Republic, you’ve got one word on the brain: beach. Followed by sun. Followed by relaxation. Indeed, this beautiful Caribbean nation—which occupies the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, and shares a border with Haiti—has risen in popularity over the past decade thanks to its numerous all-inclusive resorts. Many people choose to book a flight right into Punta Cana, a town with over 20 miles of beachfront and numerous hotels offering everything from golf to spas to world-class dining.

But there are other sides to the Dominican Republic, too. Up north, in the province of Puerto Plata, you’ll find the laid-back beach town of Cabarete. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and sports lovers, Cabarete is known for its standout kitesurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and surfing. About an hour to the east lies Playa Grande, a mile-long crescent-shaped beach that borders the beautiful Amanera, a resort that made Travel + Leisure’s It List of the best new hotels of the year. The property is set on 400 acres of a protected nature reserve laced with hiking and biking trails, and it is also the first Aman hotel to have a golf course: an 18-hole stunner designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. with magnificent ocean views.

And then there is the Samaná peninsula, a thin strip of land jutting out from the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. This bohemian enclave has a distinct European vibe thanks to the many French, Spanish, and Italian expats who have settled in the region and opened restaurants, hotels, and boutiques. If you visit this part of the country from January through March, you can do more then just work on your tan: you’ll likely be able to spot North Atlantic humpback whales on their migration route.

No matter the time of year, no matter your mood, there is a beach for you in this beautiful, varied country, which has nearly 1,000 miles of coast and nine distinct ecological zones. Here are Travel + Leisure’s favorite beaches in the Dominican Republic, from the windswept Atlantic shores of the north to the tranquil Caribbean stretches down south.

SOURCE: http://www.travelandleisure.com

About INICIA:
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.

Lantica Media Bolsters Exec Ranks with Joaquin Blaya, Fred Medina Appointments

Fast-growing Caribbean-based Lantica Media has appointed Joaquin Blaya as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Fred Medina as Chief Operating Officer. Lantica, which is the majority owner of Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, offers production and financing services for films and TV programs under its Lantica Pictures. That division recently set Gael Garcia Bernal as Zorro in Jonas Cuaron’s Z which it’s co-producing with Sobini Films. Lantica Media is financing the project.

Blaya, who is currently a Lantica board member, is a former President and CEO of both Univision and Telemundo. He also served for eight years as Chairman of the Middle East and Asia Committees for the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors, overseeing the renewed brand positioning of various BBG entities, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

Medina has held senior roles with MTV Latino, HBO Latin American Group, E! Entertainment, A&E Olé Networks, Univision and Ericsson Telecommunications. Prior to joining Lantica Media, he was EVP and Managing Director for BBC Worldwide, overseeing all commercial activities across Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. The newly-created Lantica COO role will see him manage day-to-day studio operations and production services.

Z starts production in the Dominican Republic this year, taking advantage of lucrative tax incentives which were established in 2010 to attract foreign productions. Pinewood Dominican Republic has recently hosted such upcoming titles as xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage and 47 Meters Down.

SOURCE: http://deadline.com

About INICIA:
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.