Luxury Defined in the Dominican Republic

Áman announces the launch of Amanera, scheduled to debut in the Dominican Republic during the fourth quarter of 2015. On a clifftop overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande beach, Amanera is surrounded by verdant jungle and framed by the island’s dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. The resort will become the first golf-integrated Áman, sited alongside the undulating fairways and challenging greens of the lauded Playa Grande Golf Course.RS2434_Amanera - Dramatic Cliffs - Golf on the Ocean-scr


The world-class Playa Grande Golf Course was originally designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. His son, Rees Jones, an acclaimed designer in his own right and known as the Open Doctor, for his role in sprucing up many recent U.S Open venues, has gloriously revived his father’s legacy with a full renovation of the course. With 10 holes playing directly on ocean cliffs, it stands as the course with the most holes on the ocean in the Western hemisphere. This 7,085-yard course stretches along the coastline and the multiple bays formed by rugged cliffs make each hole – and its views – unique. The magnificent canvas of towering cliffs, panoramic mountain-to-sea views and windswept plateaus next to the undulating coastline, will soon be joined by a new man Clubhouse. The Clubhouse will include a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the course’s ‘19th’ hole for post-golf refreshments. Other facilities will include a pro shop, fitness center, tennis courts and an Áman Spa.

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Vladislav Doronin, Chairman of the Board of Áman, said, “The launch of Amanera is a clear illustration of brand progression and represents a number of firsts for Áman; not only is this our first fully-integrated golf resort, but it is one that unusually presents ocean vistas from every hole. This, our first foray into the Dominican Republic, will provide our guests with access, the Áman way, to yet another unique location.”

The Dominican Republic is an idyllic destination for golfers; its great climate and abundance of coastline are perfect for days out on the course. Forest Travel creates and customizes amazing golf getaways. For more information and reservations, please contact a Forest Travel Expert today at:, 305.932.5560 or via email at

GBTA Convention 2015 News Release

Forest Travel will exhibit at

GBTA Convention 2015, July 25-29 in Orlando

The Business Travel Event of the Year®

AVENTURA, June 12, 2015 – Forest Travel will be exhibiting at GBTA Convention 2015 in Orlando. This event brings together thousands of business travel managers and industry suppliers to share insights, introduce products and discuss current trends.

This year, GBTA Convention has 400+ exhibitors and nearly 7,000 attendees from around the globe. With an exhibition floor of products and diverse educational opportunities including CEO panels, general sessions and professional development seminars, the event promotes small and large business growth in the travel industry.

Forest Travel is a global leader specializing in Business Travel Management located in Miami, recognized throughout Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our differentiator: we offer an elaborate robust VIP Luxury Travel Program catering to shareholders, C-level and each individual traveler. Providing the flexibility to be creative with our sister companies, and include partnership opportunities within Privé Jets, Privé Yachts, FlyExecutive, and Ultimate Jet Vacations with access to aircraft of all sizes for many of your company needs.

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24 Hour In-House Emergency Services

Robust Luxury VIP Program

Upgrades & Amenities

Global Network of Travel Agencies Worldwide

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“Exhibiting at GBTA Convention is the best way for us to meet one-on-one with our clients and showcase the innovative products our company is offering,” says Toni Denardo, Director of Corporate Travel for Forest Travel.

Our mission is to provide world class luxury travel management services and become one of the leading travel management companies globally.

Through partnerships with our customers, suppliers, sister companies, the community, and the integrity of our team at Forest Travel, allows us to be creative, and develop a program designed especially for you while understanding the needs of your organization.

“I encourage everyone in Business Travel Management to come share ideas, meet with other industry professionals and learn something new at GBTA Convention 2015,” says Denardo.


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Yellowstone National Park Offers New Lodging

The nation’s first national park offers new lodging.

Yellowstone National Park will get a major lodging upgrade with the $70 million redesign of the largest accommodation complex in the park, Canyon Lodge and Cabins with more than 500 rooms. Near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, five new sustainably built lodges, three of which will open in spring, will replace outdated cabins, and new canyon-cascade-lodge-02walking and biking paths will link the village with the park’s North Rim Drive. If you’re heading to the park this winter, before those open, you can explore the frosty, untrafficked landscape with the nonprofit Yellowstone Association, which is offering two-day/three-night cross-country ski and wildlife-watching trips. And for the first time since 2003, park managers will allow self-guided snowmobile tours, by permit only.

Original article by Elaine Glusac.

A Unesco candidate gets a redux and a renewed vigor.

Adieu Burgundy. Bonjour Bourgogne! The renowned wine region has ditched its musty Anglo moniker and reclaimed its French name in all official wine communications. With this rebrand come several changes and a new generation of winemakers and hoteliers. In 2014, the luxury conglomerate LVMH bought the Grand-Cru estate of Clos Des Lambrays near the village of Morey-St.-Denis, marking their entree to a region peppered with excellent vineyards. The picturesque hub of Beaune continues to draw interest with annual projects like Lumières de Beaune,

fete-des-lumiereslyon-600x355 light installations on the village’s half-timbered houses. Not to be outshone, Dijon is debuting a pair of projects this year: the new Vertigo, a Design Hotel opening in January; and a new beach on Lake Kir that’s made with 350 tons of imported sand. Bourgogne has also been nominated for Unesco’s 2015 World Heritage list, specifically for its 100 historic appellations that have deepened the collective understanding of the concept of terroir.


Article written by Adam H. Graham

Macedonia – the next Balkan destination

The next Balkan destination.

First came Croatia, then Montenegro — even Albania is gaining traction on the westernshar-mountain-serbia Balkan travel circuit. Macedonia is next. Known for its moody monasteries and sparkling Lake Ohrid, this former Yugoslav republic is making a play for adventure foodies, too. It makes sense.
Places like the Shar Mountains abound in Alp-like hiking while Macedonia’s wine industry — once responsible for the bulk of Yugoslavia’s supply — is enjoying a rebound with local producers. Scores of smaller hotels serving traditional soups and pastries like pastrmajlija, a meat pie, have opened to replace cold socialist haunts. Old establishments like the Hotel Montana Palace
in cheese-friendly Krusevo offer newly renovated settings at low Balkan prices. And Macedonia is one of the few places without a McDonald’s — they all closed in 2013.


Article written by Tim Neville

Explore Bolivia

Finally stable and opening up to the world.

Bolivia’s days of relentless transportation strikes and roadblocks are mostly behind it. And travelers who try out the now tourism-friendly infrastructure will be rewarded with new attractions once they arrive. Claus Meyer’s two-year-old fine-dining restaurant, Gustu,and the Melting Pot Foundation are helping set a new culinary tone around the country by starting Suma Phayata, an official street food tour in La Paz, and renewing interest in high-altitude wine routes in the Tarija region.Titicaca lake, Bolivia, Isla del Sol landscape Adventure excursions also abound, from luxe tent camp trips led by the Chilean operator Explora across the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, to community tourism projects on coffee farms in the Yungas region, where a new road to Caranavi, expected to open this year will cut the travel time drastically from La Paz.

Article written by Nicholas Gill

Hotels with stunning views

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland


Located right at the edge of wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea and just a mere stone’s throw to the Urho Kekkonen National Park is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in ImageGenFinland. From the inside of their unique glass igloos, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the Northern Lights and starry skies.






Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.


Guests can expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form remarkable platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.




Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

As you arrive at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, its elegant façade brings to mind its legacy as the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. eiffel-duplex-terraceAttentive staff and a pleasantly discreet check-in ensure that you receive the royal treatment right from the start.Commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine hold you transfixed. The old-world elegance of the room, lovingly adorned with the fine work of craftsmen, is mirrored in the city that lies just below.






Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis is a majestic 5 star Dubai hotel situated on the Palm, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. Unreservedly spacious, each room and suite is designed to immerse Atlantis guests in absolute comfort and unparalleled luxury complete with spectacular views. atlantis the palmFor the perfect romantic hideaway, guests will relish in breathtaking views of the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis in the Underwater Suites.





Alila VIllas Uluwatu, Bali

005359-02-villa-private-pool-lounge-areaAlila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of their properties and the reaction of their guests upon arrival and throughout their stays. Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean, the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing less than picture-perfect.




Plan your getaway to one of these unique destinations here

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A new airport and dive center await.

The largest development project ever undertaken in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the new $240 million Argyle International Airport will open this year, offering nonstop jet service from North America and Europe to the 32-island nation dotting the Lesser Antilles between St. Lucia and Grenada. Photo-credit-to-St-Vincent-and-the-Grenadines-Tourist-Board-Travelers customarily come to scuba dive or snorkel the island chain’s reefs, and the private island resort of Petit St. Vincent just added a new dive center run by the marine conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, with plans to petition for a marine preserve nearby.

Palm Island Resort manages to preserve the peace for which travelers come and serve social needs with a new weekly Silent Cinema night on the beach (guests watch a movie projected on a big screen while listening via wireless headphones) and a Silent Disco dance party held monthly on the shore.


Original article written by Elaine Glusac for The NY Times

The Urban transformation of Medellin, Colombia

Urban renewal with innovative architecture and design.

Medellín’s been receiving a lot of attention lately for its remarkable urban renewal efforts. Many of the once legendary slums have been transformed through some astonishing architectural gems, like the Biblioteca España, a hyper-modern public library and community space in the low-income Santo Domingo neighborhood.20110205-libraries3 The city’s Metrocables (aerial gondolas) and 1,300 feet of outdoor escalators, developed to integrate the poorer hillside neighborhoods with the city center, are global milestones in smart public transit. New schools and parks dot the city. And an ambitious contemporary expansion to the Museo de Arte Moderno, housed in a former steel mill in the up-and-coming. Ciudad del Rio neighborhood, is scheduled for completion this year.

Original article written by Nell McShane Wulfhart

Cuba, a destination in transition…

As relations warm, a Caribbean island is within reach.

20140305-cuba-exteriors-sl-1538_53ee39d1154ce422fc2278062244c068Cuba has long been the forbidden island, a tropical upholder of communism whose mystique was augmented by the fact it was largely off limits to Americans. Now, as part of the agreement between the United States and Cuba, Americans wishing to go there will face fewer limitations, provided their visit is “purposeful” (strictly sun-and-sand holidays are still forbidden). The opening comes as life on the island is slowly changing — not fast enough for many Cubans, but gradually enough that those wanting to glance at a collapsing socialist system, see the miles of undeveloped, scintillating coastline and strike up a conversation in the back of a beaten Oldsmobile still have time.

23972While the topic of travel there is still politically polarizing in the United States, the travel industry is accepting this potential new Caribbean destination with full force. The good news, for Cubans and their visitors, is that the economic reforms, however limited, have created a collection of privately-run restaurants and bars in Havana and provincial towns, many of them in beautiful, restored homes. An attempt by the government to inject life into Havana’s cultural scene has generated energetic new venues like the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, where the young, hip and better-off line up on weekends. Given the sharp rise expected in the number of Americans visiting, travelers should book early if they want somewhere to sleep during the 12th Havana Biennial, May 22 to June 22, an event that — as if to prove Cuba still functions at its own pace — rarely happens at two year intervals.

Original article written by Victoria Burnett