Proyecto Amanera el gran ganador en Premios Cemex RD

El jurado del Premio Obras CEMEX 2016 estuvo integrado por los arquitectos Leopoldo Franco Barreras, Vencían Ben Gil, Marah Jiménez Mota, Eugenio Pérez Montás, Jesús D’ Alessandro, José E. Delmonte, Diana La Paix de Read, Bárbara Suncar y los ingenieros; Luis Abbot, Francisco Suero, Quilvio Cabral Achécar, Rafael Corominas Pepín y Mario Bergés.

El complejo hotelero Amanera (Aman Resort Playa Grande) construido por la firma Vanderhorst Vanderhorst & Asociados, se llevó tres estatuillas de los Premios Obras Cemex 2016 de República Dominicana para convertirse en el gran ganador de la noche.

Amanera recibió el primer lugar en la categoría Edificación y las menciones especiales de Innovación a la construcción y Valor Social, para constituirse en el gran ganador de la noche de premiación.

La empresa Cemex Dominicana reconocío las mejores obras de la arquitectura y la construcción nacional al celebrar sus 20 años en el mercado dominicano.

“Nos enorgullece ver la evolución positiva que ha tenido la industria de la construcción en el país, y poder reconocer mediante Premio Obras CEMEX a todos aquellos que ponen en práctica las mejores prácticas en la construcción al generar mejores espacios para la convivencia social”, expresó Carlos Emilio González, presidente de CEMEX Dominicana.

En esta décimo segunda edición de Premio Obras CEMEX participaron 48 proyectos que compitieron por llevarse el primer lugar en las categorías de Vivienda residencial, Vivienda económica y Edificación. Además, se otorgaron menciones especiales en las categorías Accesibilidad universal, Edificación sostenible, Innovación en la construcción y Valor social.

El primer lugar de la categoría Edificación fue otorgado a la constructora Vanderhorst, Vanderhorst & Asociados, por su proyecto Amanera (Aman Resort Playa Grande).

Los ganadores de los primeros lugares de Premio Obras CEMEX son invitados por CEMEX con todos los gastos cubiertos a México, para participar en la fase internacional. Allí competirán con constructores de más de 20 países y obras construidas en cuatro continentes, con la más alta calidad en su diseño y ejecución.

Durante sus 12 años de existencia, Premio Obras CEMEX República Dominicana ha dado cabida a 300 obras dominicanas que han tomado parte en este importante galardón, de las cuales 3 han sido galardonadas en la edición internacional del Premio que reúne las mejores obras a nivel mundial.

Fotos: Augusto Valdivia | Fuente: municipiosaldia.com


The Best Golf Course In The Caribbean – Plus An Awesome New Luxury Resort by Forbes

It has been nearly thirty years since one of the hospitality industry’s happiest accidents, when Adrian Zecha’s search for a beachfront vacation home in Phuket instead led him to open a small resort he called Amanpuri. Zecha’s response to large, impersonal hotels of the era was a small, escapist, luxury property – the term “boutique resort” had not yet gained popularity, and he is more than partly responsible for its current vogue. Averaging one new destination annually over the 28 years since, Aman Resorts has built one of the most loyal and devoted followings in the travel industry, “Aman junkies” who stay no place else whenever possible. Today the brand spans four continents, and has added urban properties, mountain properties, and even UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But one luxury travel niche Aman has lacked has been a golf property – until now.

With the highest ranked courses in the region lining its southeastern coastline, the Dominican Republic is the 800-pound gorilla of Caribbean golf. But its hidden gem has long been Playa Grande, a stunning clifftop design by the late Robert Trent Jones, Sr. on the much less visited north shore. Evocative of a tropical Pebble Beach (minus all the distracting houses), it opened two decades ago, anchored by a long defunct hotel whose absence left it rudderless for years. That changed in December, when the Amanera Resort opened, with Casa Grande, its main building, overlooking the 14th green, and in turn the turquoise waters of the Caribbean just beyond the putting surface.

Private Playa Grande golf course is solely for a handful of members and guests of the new Amanera resort, which has just 25 luxurious casitas.

Many top shelf luxury resorts have sub-par courses for the sheer sake of offering a golf option, and avoiding that misstep was one reason it has taken Aman so long to get into the game. “The situation had to be right,” Aman Resorts CEO Olivier Jolivet told me. “In this particular case, the destination and location provided us with the perfect opportunity where we could provide an experience on par with our brand. The foundation of this course already had a rich history which we wanted to bring back to life.” To do that, they hired the famed designer’s equally renowned son, Rees Jones for a re-design.

While Rees Jones’ renovation portfolio includes such famous names as Baltusrol, Congressional, Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines, most recreational golfers will likely have a much better time on Playa Grande than any of his other courses. It offers the rare mix of stunning beauty, forgiving playability, and dramatic daily personality changes based on wind. The original hotel, now completely vanished, stood in the middle of the course, adversely impacting the original routing. But with it gone, Rees Jones was able to replace the few less than thrilling holes, and most significantly, he moved the inland fourteenth to the edge of the sea. This now kicks off a truly stunning five-hole cliff-top finish unrivalled in a sport where three consecutive oceanfront holes is considered excessive. But that is just half the story, as Playa Grande is now the only course in the Western Hemisphere with ten coastal holes. The highest rated golf courses on earth are disproportionately located on the coast, and Amanera simply has more coast than any competitor.

Source: Forbes.com


Aman Resort and Tortuga Bay selected among the Best hotels in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a multitude of destinations. But the country is so large and diverse that you may think you know the Dominican Republic when, actually, you don’t. Sure, you may know about the traditional tourism hubs like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, but places like Cabarete, like the North Coast, like the wonderful city of Santo Domingo, remain very much under the radar for many travelers.

The best way to see the robust, varied soul of this beautiful country is in its EP hotels. So while you may be used to the everything-included vacations that have in many ways put the country on the tourist map, these are the hotels that offer you a real, authentic taste of the Dominican Republic. Here is our list of top-ranked places to stay in the country — the best hotels in the Dominican Republic.


Tortuga Bay

This is the best hotel in the Dominican Republic. The boutique gem has long been the best-kept secret in Punta Cana, and that’s because it’s a luxurious, incredibly thoughtful property. The interior of each of its villas was designed by the late Oscar de la Renta, and it’s that kind of effortless style that pervades the property, home to 50 suites across 15 direct beachfront villas.



The newest hotel in the Dominican Republic has quickly risen to the top of the pack. It’s got all of the classic style and amenities at an Aman resort, with a beachy DR twist. The story is the 36 superb “pavilion” rooms, each counting exquisite hillside views. Even better, it’s home to the Playa Grande Golf Club, which debuted in 2015 and is already among the region’s top courses.

By Caribbean Journal

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Gorgeous New Beach Resorts Around the World from Architectural Digest

Pristine white sand beaches, lush tropical forests and refined design can be found at these luxurious new getaways.

Amanera, Dominican Republic

The Aman brand’s second property in the Caribbean (adding to the existing Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos) opened on the still-wild north coast of the Dominican Republic in November. Set on a cliffside overlooking Playa Grande beach on the Atlantic, the property has just 25 modern casitas designed by architect John Heah. The minimal, clean-lined interiors are complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the ocean and (if you book one of the 13 casitas that have them) a 32-foot private pool. Golfers are in luck: there’s an 18-hole course set within the rainforest, as well as guided hiking and mountain bike outings, kayaking, kiteboarding, and nature walks through the resort’s 373 acres of jungle.

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Amanera is a placid Dominican Oasis, review from Travel Weekly

Arriving late in the afternoon at the Amanera resort on the verdant north coast of the Dominican Republic, I was handed an Amanera Sunrise, the resort’s signature welcoming drink of pineapple juice, lime juice, beetroot juice and soda water topped with passion-fruit seeds.

It was the first of many special touches during my stay at the newest Aman Resorts property that opened on Nov. 23, the 29th property in its global portfolio and second in the Caribbean, joining Amanyara in Turks and Caicos.

During the hourlong ride from the Puerto Plata airport, I passed sleepy beach villages and drove by Cabarete, the kiteboarding capital of the Dominican, according to my driver, Melville, who also told me that “drivers here are crazy, there is no speed limit” and warned me that “Amanera is not like any other place you’ve ever seen.”

He was right. Amanera is a tranquil, serene and intimate luxury resort, coupled with a food-and-beverage team that delivers a mix of haute cuisine and Dominican dishes straight from the sea and nearby farms.

The resort, which took three years to build, sits atop 60-foot-high cliffs, set between the crescent-shaped, mile-long Playa Grande beach and a golf course that was designed by Robert Trent Jones and recently renovated by his son, Rees.

The backdrop for the resort is the wild, untamed jungle of the Septentrional mountain range, which is laced with hiking trails, birdlife and dense foliage.


Amanera draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for “peace” and “era” and the word for “water” in Taino, a language spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean.

The dramatic, all-glass contemporary Casa Grande, the main building at the heart of the resort, appears to float above three levels of waterways with views of the ocean, jungle and golf course at every turn.

Water is as intrinsic to Amanera’s design as its sleek designs and open spaces. Infinity-edge waterways are the borders for the open-air bar and lounge in Casa Grande and spill onto a curved swimming pool next to the resort’s signature restaurant.


I dined at Amanera’s main restaurant for dinner, at the Beach Club for a casual lunch, ordered room service for breakfast of a Dominican egg souffle with mangu (mashed plantain) and cracked open a Presidente beer after a swim.

In between, I hiked, explored, took my first Pilates class, had a boat ride through the mangroves and enjoyed a family-style meal at a place called Babunuco, where the Dominican chef later showed me how to roll an Arturo Fuente cigar.

A perfecto trip.

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