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October 27, 2009
  • New Casa de Campo Hotel ready for December
  • La Vega to be tourist hub
  • Jose Luis Perales at the National Theater
  • Julio Iglesias concerts
New Casa de Campo Hotel ready for December
Guests booking into Casa de Campo this winter season will be staying in totally new surroundings. Parent company Central Romana Corporation is investing US$25 million into the transformation of the main areas of the hotel and about a third of the rooms in time for high season.
Designers Mayra Gonzalez and Patricia Reid are working on the major changes with architect Rafael Selman of Selman & Asociados Arquitectura, reported in Casa de Campo News October-November issue. According to the publication, the new look blends in with the minimalist approach and use of Caribbean materials that Gonzalez has already used at Minitas Beach and at the Cygalle Spa. Natural materials such as marble, coral stone and oak wood are being used to create an impression of extreme simplicity.
Designer Gonzalez describes it as "bringing the Casa de Campo hotel up to date in a warm contemporary style."
The design involves dramatic changes, from the gardens near the entrance to the lobby, gym, pool area, restaurant and offices that are being relocated. The lobby is being doubled in size. The Tropicana Restaurant has been transformed into a terrace overlooking the pool. The new restaurant is being located at La Cana Bar's former site, with an indoor air-conditioned area, al fresco dining tables and a glassed-in show-kitchen.
The rooms located at the far end of the driving range are will all be new. Patricia Reid designed the rooms to luxury hotel standards in soft, neutral tones. Only remaining are the old mahogany doors to the terraces, which are being restored.
La Vega to be tourist hub
The Minister of Tourism says that the city of La Vega will become a prime destination for historical and cultural tourism through the "La Vega Action Plan 2010" designed to restore the main tourist attractions of the old city of La Vega, which was founded by the Spanish colonizers. Francisco Javier Garcia announced the plan during a meeting with the leading municipal and provincial authorities, church leaders and tourism ministry staff. Garcia said that the plan includes the Cathedral Museum, the restoration of the Museum of Medicine, the construction of a research and tourist information center, the repair and restoration of Old La Vega and signposting the pilgrimage trail, "The Route of Faith".
La Vega is also well known for its outstanding carnival celebrations. Every Sunday in February, thousands of local and foreign tourists travel to the centrally-located city to marvel at the lively carnival characters known as "diablos cojuelos" and their pranks as they parade down city streets.
Jose Luis Perales at the National Theater
Jose Luis Perales, one of the most famous Spanish songwriters of all time, is playing at the National Theater in Santo Domingo this coming weekend.
Perales, whose musical career spans 30 years, has 450 songs to his name, sales totaling more than 100 million and is best known for "Celos de mi guitarra", "Ella y el", "Amada mia" and "Por amor". He will be on stage on 30 and 31 October with a greatest hits concert featuring the best of his prolific repertoire.
Julio Iglesias concerts
Spanish singer Julio Iglesias has included two Dominican cities in his 2009 World Tour. The popular superstar will be performing at the Arena del Cibao in Santiago on 5 November and at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo on 7 November. Tickets for the Santiago show are on sale for RD$1,000, RD$3,500 and RD$6,000. For the Santo Domingo show, tickets are available for RD$800, RD$1,500 and RD$3,000.

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