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October 30, 2007
  • Tono Rosario in Punta Cana
  • The sun is back out
  • Agua Resort in Punta Cana
  • Apple Vacations celebrates million tourists
Tono Rosario in Punta Cana
Monte Cristo Cafe at the Palma Real Shopping Village has scheduled merengue star Tono Rosario for a blast on Sunday, 4 November in Punta Cana. This is a long weekend, with Monday being off for most Dominicans.
The sun is back out
The sun is again shining in the Dominican Republic, as the last remnants of the tropical wave that piggy-backed on Tropical Storm Noel leave the country. The storm primarily flooded areas near large river beds, in the southwest and northeastern parts of the country. With the exception of cancelled excursions due to the downpours, tourism in the destinations of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, La Romana-Bayahibe, and others was not affected. An area feeling the brunt was Barahona-Pedernales, where relief brigades are at work restoring road communication. The sun was already shining in the East on Wednesday, and this weekend hotels are expected to be booked with domestic tourism for the Constitution Day long weekend.
Agua Resort in Punta Cana
Agua Resort & Spa rightly promotes itself as an oasis of seclusion and serenity in the Uvero Alto section of Punta Cana coast. The boutique small hotel opened in May and is revving up for its first winter season. The hotel was designed by leading Dominican architect Antonio Segundo Imbert, seconded by also prestigious Dominican decorator Patricia Reid. Their touches show in the original details such as walkways that weave throughout the property, and touches of Caribbean color and details amid basic decorating in whites. There are only 53 spacious villas and guest rooms and each come with amenities such as Frette linens, Korres bath products, pillow menu, spacious bathrooms with separate showers, and wi-fi service. There is 24-hour room service and twice-daily maid service. On site are three restaurants, commanded by executive chef Edgar Gonzalez Barrado from the three-Michelin star Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain. There are two freshwater swimming pools, a beachfront infinity pool, fitness room. Spa facilities include an indoor water circuirt with Finnish steam rooms and saunas, bubble inox beds, cervical waterfall, sensations shower and ice fountain and more. There are local treatments using coconut, pineapple and sugarcane.
For more information, http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/agua.shtml
Apple Vacations celebrates million tourists
Apple Vacations and their Dominican partnerAmstar DMC and USA3000 celebrated the arrival of their millionth tourist to Punta Cana last week. The 168 tourists on board Friday, 25 October flight were honored for breaking the one million mark. Tim Mullen, executive vice president of Apple Vacations traveled to Punta Cana for the celebration. Apple Vacations has become the tour operator to bring the most travelers to the Dominican Republic. Mullen pointed out that Apple Vacations is more than a tour operator. He highlighted company investments in hotels, offices, and new service technology. Apple Vacations began their Punta Cana operations in 1997 with two flights a week. Today, the company handles 32 flights a week, with over 5,000 passengers from 13 US cities. In 2006, Apple Vacations was named Best Caribbean Tour Operator by Recommend Magazine and Best Tour Operator to Mexico by Travel Weekly.

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