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December 1, 2015
  • Amanera Resort opens
  • The Caribbean World Series 1-7 February 2016
  • World Polo Tour at Casa de Campo
  • Queen Mary 2 arrives in Puerto Plata
  • Barcelo Group buys Hotel Embajador
Amanera Resort opens
Amanera Resort, the country's most luxurious boutique hotel, is now open at Playa Grande on the north coast. The hotel includes the fully renovated Playa Grande Golf Course.
As the centerpiece of the new resort, the exclusive 18-hole, par-72 course will make Amanera the first fully integrated Aman resort - with both golf and residences - in the world. Rees Jones, son of late golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. renovated the course. In 1995, it was the last golf course Jones Sr. created outside the US before his passing in 2000.
Play at the golf course is for the time being open to golf club members and guests at Amanera Resort.
The golf course overlooks the crescent-shaped Playa Grande Beach. It is characterized by long vistas, cliff-side fairways and meticulously contoured greens. Ten holes play directly on the ocean, the most on any golf course in the Western Hemisphere.
Amanera, designed by award-winning architect John Heah, covers more than 810 hectares of virtually untouched land and Atlantic coastline, comprising verdant peaks and a lush jungle terrain with centuries-old trees and royal palms.
The Caribbean World Series 1-7 February 2016
Some of the best baseball in the world will be played in Santo Domingo next year, when the Caribbean Series takes place at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium. The championship matches the best baseball teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
The regular round will be played from 1-5 February 2016 with the semi-finals and playoffs on 6 and 7 February.
The schedule for the games is:
1 February:
Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela 3pm
Mexico vs. Cuba 7:50pm
2 February:
Cuba vs. Mexico 3:50pm
DR vs. Venezuela 7:50pm
3 February:
Venezuela vs. Mexico 3:50pm
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba 7:50pm
4 February:
Venezuela vs. Cuba 3:50pm
Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico 7:50pm
5 February:
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico 3:50pm?
Cuba vs. Dominican Republic 7:50pm
6 February:
Semifinal 1 3:50pm
Semifinal 2 7:50pm
7 February:
Playoffs 3:50pm
World Polo Tour at Casa de Campo
The Casa de Campo polo grounds will host top-ranked international players from the World Polo Tour for the Polo Challenge 2016 in La Romana.
Top players like Adolfo Cambiaso, Juan Martin Nero, and David Sterling playing in the World Polo Tour are expected to take part.
Four consecutive tournaments will be held from January through April 2016. The event puts the Dominican Republic on the polo world map for the first time.
The event sponsors are Casa de Campo, Los Establos at Cap Cana and the Lechuza Club from Venezuela.
The schedule for the event is:
Bronze Cup: 7-23 January 2016
Best of the Best Polo Day: 30 January 2016
Silver Cup: 28 January-13 February 2016
Gold Cup: 26 February-19 March 2016
Caribbean Open: 24 March-2 April 2016
Queen Mary 2 arrives in Puerto Plata
Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 made her inaugural visit to Amber Cove in Puerto Plata on Tuesday 24 November 2015, arriving from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This was the first time that the Queen Mary 2 has been to the country.
The ship's arrival was celebrated with a traditional maritime ceremony aboard, during which port officials and dignitaries exchanged decorative plaques with Captain Kevin Oprey to commemorate the maiden visit. Local executives who welcomed the ship included Vice Minister of Tourism Julio Almonte, Director of National Police, Colonel Jose Isaias Santana Morillo and Commander of the Air Force, General Richard Vazquez.
The ship is also due to return in January 2015 as part of her round the world-cruise.
Barcelo Group buys Hotel Embajador
The Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is completing the purchase of the Hotel El Embajador Santo Domingo and Grand Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana. These properties are owned by Spanish hotel chain Occidental.

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