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November 14, 2006
  • Paradisus Palma Real joins Leading Hotels of the World
  • Bayahibe publishes its diving guide
  • Gems of Dominican music
  • Play ball!
Paradisus Palma Real joins Leading Hotels of the World
Punta Cana-based Paradisus Palma Real is one of the newer properties now featured in the exclusive "Leading Hotels of the World" collection. The 554 all-suite luxury resort rooms all feature mahogany furniture, flat-screen TV, DVD and CD players, mini-bar, high-speed Internet access, and living areas with sofa bed and a private terrace or balcony. Guest bathrooms are equipped with European spa jet-showers and Jacuzzis for two. On site are a spa, health club, resort theater and casino. The resort has four meeting and conference rooms with banquet capacity for 500 persons. Unlimited green fees are included in the room packages. Tortuga Bay, on the East Coast of the DR, in the Punta Cana area is also featured in the Leading Hotels of the World collection.
See http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/paradisus_palma_real.shtml
Bayahibe publishes its diving guide
The Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association and the Ministry of Environment have sponsored the publication of the Bayahibe and National Park of the East scuba diving guide. The area is famous for having some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites in the Dominican Republic.
The publication was compiled by Adolfo Lopez Belando, with contributions by biologists Idelisa Bonelly, Francisco Geraldes, Enrique Pugivet, Monica Vega and Ruben Torres. Contributing photographers were Adolfo Lopez, Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Rodrigo Ardanaz, Osvaldo Vasquez, Mario Delgado and Jose Borrel. It is available in five languages: Spanish, English, Italian, German and French. The guide was published with educating the scuba diver and snorkeler in mind. "It could be described as an ecology-friendly scuba diving guide," explained Lisette Gil, director of the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association, during the book's launch. She explained that the book provides recommendations for enthusiasts to take into account when diving in the area. The content was compiled from several reports carried out by marine biologists living in the country, and is thus more than a description of the underground landscape, but also a valuable source of scientific information on the marine biodiversity of the area. The presentation was attended by Environment Minister Max Puig, and representatives of member hotels. The guide was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (Fomin), the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association, the Viva Wyndham Resorts and Coral by Hilton hotel chains, the Venta Club Gran Dominicus and Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus.
For information on how to buy a copy of the guide, write to Lisette Gil at [email protected]
Gems of Dominican music
The Ministry of Tourism has released "Caribbean Gems: Joyas Musicales Dominicanas," a CD that compiles 13 tracks (83 minutes) of music composed by the legends of Dominican music. The CD was produced by Maestro Jose Antonio Molina, and features boleros, bachata, merengue of some of the better known Dominican composers of all times. The tracks are: "Tu me haces falta", Armando Cabrera; "En la oscuridad", Rafael Solano; "Y", Mario De Jesus; "Evocacion", Papa Molina; "Cana Brava", Tono Abreu; "Amorosa", Salvador Sturla; "Antifaz", Manuel Troncoso; "Dilema", Juan Lockward; Al retorno", Bienvenido Brens; "Ella", Luis Rivera; "Pesar", Rafael "Bullumba" Landestoy; "Aunque me cueste la vida", Luis Kalaf and "Papa Boco", Manuel Sanchez Acosta. The CD is for sale at Carol pharmacies, Punto y Corcho bar, Musicalia and other music stores, hotel gift shops, and at the Las Americas and Puerto Plata international airports. Sales price is under RD$800.
Play ball!
Tourists visiting the Dominican Republic through January have the opportunity to attend Dominican style baseball games, with all the enthusiasm that local crowds bring to the game. The strongest rivalry is between the Tigres del Licey (tigers) and Aguilas Cibaenas (eagles), that play at Santo Domingo's Quisqueya Ball Park (capacity 25,000) or the Cibao ball park (capacity 18,000) in Santiago. The Santo Domingo Quisqueya park is home to the Escogido Lions and the Licey Tigers. Games start at 7:30 pm on weeknights and at 5 pm on Sundays and holidays. Games are also held in La Romana's Frank Micheli park (capacity 10,000), San Pedro de Macoris Tetelo Vargas park (capacity 8,000), and the San Francisco de Macoris Julian Javier stadium (capacity 12,000) that is home to the Gigantes (giants).
See the games regular season schedule at http://www.lidom.com/calendario.htm

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