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 - Caribbean Developments

CASAS DEL XVI HOTEL PROJECT LAUNCHES NEW SPACE

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

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.

A Guide To Santo Domingo

When life hands you the opportunity to explore Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, you go. We recently sent our globetrotting friend and occasional collaborator Bianca Sotelo to experience one of the Caribbean’s oldest cities and this is what she came back with . . . 

In the middle of the Caribbean — a region perhaps us West-Coasters don’t get to often enough! — is a country rich in a quasi Latin, quasi Caribbean culture, and it is a place on the planet not to missed. Any guesses? The Dominican Republic! Discovered in 1492 by the man himself, Christopher Columbus, the DR was dubbed the first land of the “Americas”, making the country’s capital, Santo Domingo, the first city in The New Word and a pretty surreal place to explore. Beautiful Spanish style buildings that were built hundreds of years ago, colorfully painted houses with tropical plants adorning the old walls and streets oozing European charm are all found within the city’s stone walls, but more exciting is the incredible culture — deep rooted in dance, food and love. Without ever visiting before, I sure was in for a Carrib-Latin cultural awakening, and I walked away with a new found love for everything Dominican!

Santo Domingo, like other capital cities, has everything from a sprawling Downtown to a bustling China Town, but the most picturesque part of the city (besides the El Conde walkway that follows the edge of the crazy-turquoise Caribbean Sea) is Zona Colonial. This old colonial zone is home to charming homes, ancient ruins and an increasing number of boutique style hotels and acclaimed restaurants. AKA it’s a great place to plan your visit and here are some tips.

Let’s start with the food. You can’t visit a new place without experiencing the local fare. One traditional dish top of the list? Sancocho. Sancocho is a root vegetable based stew, mixed with a number of different meats and served over rice in a thick and buttery sauce, topped with fresh avocado. Yum. While hot soup might sound like the last thing you’d want to taste in the tropics, do it anyway. It might be the best meal of your entire trip. You’ll not only find yucca, a mainstay in the cuisine, in the stew, but also in a number of other local dishes, so make sure to get your fair share. Pop into a hole-in-the-wall and try a simple, yet beautiful, home-cooked style meal that usually consists of rice, plantains, yucca (boiled with onions or fried into fries!) and meat. Pair that plate with a cold Presidente beer or rum for a truly authentic experience!

SOURCE: http://honestlyyum.com/16325/a-guide-to-santo-domingo/

A Taste of Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic’s Culinary Capital

Sometimes the best part of traveling is the memories you bring home or the new foods you tried for the very first time in a foreign country. We’ve partnered with adventure, culture and smart-luxury traveler, Dr. Cacinda Maloney from the blog Points and Travel as she reflects on an unforgettable foodie tour through the colonial zone hotspot of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic: Old vs. New in Immersive Gastronomy

Santo Domingo may very well be home to the oldest city in the Americas with a plethora of historic sites from the 1500’s, but its fascinating culinary scene is emerging as a trendy hotspot for international tourists. As Dominican Republic’s most cosmopolitan city, I had a chance to see the marriage of the old versus the new food culture scene. The sultry streets are filled with unique colonial-Spanish architecture, the sounds of merengue and an ever-evolving foodie scene. While there, I was able to get lost in the all-encompassing cultural experiences that Santo Domingo has to offer.

From homemade sancocho, a local staple that you can learn to cook from a Dominican chef’s cooking workshops to foie gras with dark beer jam and risotto in squid ink at Pat’s Palo Brasserie. They also served a traditional Dominican spiced goat (chivo encendido) with a pumpkin risotto that was outstanding!

Where to Stay:

(the choices are amazing!)

Billini Hotel:  You won’t be disappointed in this boutique, up-scale hotel with a rooftop bar and the views, well, they are pretty amazing!

Casas del XVI: I can honestly say, there is nothing quite like it anywhere else, making Conde Nast’s 2015 Travelers Hot List! You will feel like you are in an oasis!

SOURCE: http://www.travelocity.com/inspire/a-taste-of-santo-domingo-dominican-republics-culinary-capital

A WEEKEND GUIDE TO SANTO DOMINGO

Are you looking for a city that offers up historic charm with a modern twist? Consider taking a weekend visit to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where you’ll be immersed in a unique world of Latin culture infused with international flair.  Santo Domingo is a city that is often overlooked by visitors for the likes of other D.R. beach destinations; but things are starting to heat up in this Caribbean city! International visitors from all around the world are starting to come to Santo Domingo to enjoy the “culture of old and new”, the Latin music, the upscale dining and international food, and the colorful 16th-century architecture that lines the cobblestone streets. Use this weekend guide as an inspiration to explore the lively city of Santo Domingo!

UNA GUÍA PARA PASAR UN FIN DE SEMANA EN SANTO DOMINGO

The food scene in Santo Domingo has recently been on the rise, which is great news for both locals and travelers alike. Popular chefs from all around the world are coming to this city to share their culinary expertise and knowledge, which makes for a delicious infusion of exotic and traditional flavors in the “new” Dominican cuisine. Make sure to check out some these restaurants when visiting Santo Domingo!

UNA GUÍA PARA PASAR UN FIN DE SEMANA EN SANTO DOMINGO

Casas del XVI: If you want to seriously live in the lap of luxury–i.e. 24hr butler/maid service, iPhones + iPads on loan, private swimming pools, exclusive in-room entertainment services, etc.–then look no further than the premier accommodations at Casas del XVI. This property is comprised of several houses that were bought, renovated, and redesigned to create the luxurious atmosphere that visitors can enjoy. The renovation process managed to keep the old charm of the infrastructure and marry it to the new, modern conveniences that guests are able to experience today.

SOURCE: http://www.thecitysidewalks.com/blog/a-weekend-guide-to-santo-domingo