Grand Paradise Samana
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Great time i had at grand paradise samana. is my second time here and everything was good .. good food .. besutiful beach .. good drinks .. thank you to ..MIKIKI. for enjoy with us .. for sure i will be back soon
First, we want to thank the Reservations Manager, Norris Silverio, for making our stay very enjoyable. This was our 5th time at this resort and we love it. We stayed for 2 weeks this year in February, travelling with Air Transat. Transat uses 737 planes on this route and we discovered that there is more leg room on the right side of the plane. It is a direct flight to Samana and a 90 minute bus ride to the resort in the town of Las Galeras. Transat supplies a luxury coach with air conditioning (no refreshments though, so have something with you to drink), and it is a picturesque drive. The resort underwent major renovations in 2016. The main pool, and the bar next to it are all new. Lots of new chaises at both pools and on the beach – no need to reserve. We have always stayed in Building 6 or 7 or 8, (not ocean view), which also have been newly renovated with lovely rain showers (no bathtub) and new furniture. The beds and pillows are very comfortable. Towels in the room were replenished daily; no shortage of towels. Also no shortage of beach towels which can be traded anytime during the day at the main pool. Note that the resort does not supply face cloths, so if you have to have them, then bring your own. There was a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, flat screen TV and bar fridge in the room. There are many TV channels; most are Spanish, but there are some English speaking channels, including ABC, CBS, CNN, and BBC, so you can keep abreast of world news; no Canadian TV channels. Bottled water, Sprite and Coke are supplied in the room daily. Air conditioning worked well, as did all the plumbing in the bathroom. There is a safe in the room; you need to pay for this - $15 USD per week. Our personal preference is a ground floor room; note if you do end up in a ground floor room, the locking system for the sliding glass doors to the balcony (in all the rooms we have stayed there), is problematic and is temperamental to lock – something I definitely want in a ground floor room. This annual problem is not easily fixed by maintenance. This year, we found some wood to use as door stopper. The resort has recently started the “Select Club” for those who choose to upgrade. We looked into upgrading to the Select Club, but chose not to. Select Club guests have a small part of the resort that is exclusively theirs to use. It includes a small infinity pool, with upgraded lounge chairs, (although most of the “regular” lounge chairs around the pools and the beach are new, comfortable and plentiful), larger beach towels (but the regular beach towels are just fine), an a la carte restaurant, which is apparently quite good, (“regular” guests can book there, but need to pay), premium liquor and waiter/waitress service at the Select Club area of the grounds. The rooms associated with the Select Club are in the newly built addition of Building 1, and in what the resort calls “villas”. The villas are larger than a regular hotel room, with a living room area, but it is not separate from the bedroom area. There is also a loft area with twin beds; these villas are popular with families. Some of the villas are ocean view. Note that “ocean view” rooms are just that – ocean view, (and limited ocean view), not ocean side.The buffet dining room has been newly renovated and we find the food there very good , lots of variety, and plentiful. It is regularly replenished. We prefer the buffet restaurant to the a la carte restaurants, as the portions are large at the a la carte restaurants and we generally prefer not to eat that much. We have eaten in the a la carte restaurants, (but not at the Select Club a la carte), and the food is fine, but nothing special. House wine is just fine – connoisseurs can purchase a selection of wine by the bottle, and local beer is good. Liquor is local brands – lots of selection. We love all the staff at this resort; they are all very friendly and accommodating. Not all speak English very well or at all (and some speak French and German as well). Our Spanish is rudimentary, but with the help of a Spanish / English dictionary, gesticulation, sometimes drawings and a smile, we manage to have our requests accommodated. We always start the conversation with “Hola como estas” (“Hello, how are you), which is appreciated. We feel very safe at this resort.Activities / Entertainment: there is a great “animation” team. Guests (adults and children) are encouraged to join in the various daily activities, such as volleyball, darts, water exercises, yoga etc. There are also nightly shows. Most of them are held in the theatre next to the buffet restaurant and feature music, choreographed dancing in beautiful costumes by the animation team. Sunday tends to be a beach party and Wednesday tends to be the “Pool Show” (choreographed dancing on and around the pool); it is the best show, in my opinion. There is at least one night a week where the “show” is audience participation ( ie: “make fun of the tourists), but it is good fun if you are into that. The grounds are very picturesque and beautifully maintained. The beach is lovely; you cross a large grassy area with shade to white sand beach. Water is very shallow for a long way out. The resort is situated on a bay, so the water is very calm. On the beach is the non-resort concession business that handles the resort-advertised “free” kayaks, catamaran and snorkeling equipment, which we have used in previous years. This year however they require a substantial deposit for each piece of equipment: $30 USD for mask / snorkel / flippers, $50 USD for a kayak and $100 USD for the catamaran. There is a well-qualified massage therapist located on the resort. Highly recommend him.During the day, make sure you walk into Las Galeras; it is about a 10 minute walk (west) along the beach. It is a small town, with a couple of grocery stores, some souvenir shops, tour offices, and some restaurants / bars. On the way to Las Galeras, just as you leave the resort, you will probably run into Juan, a small, wiry man (about 50 years of age). He speaks many languages and every year we ask him to arrange a lobster lunch for us on the beach. You tell him what day and he will have the lobsters caught for you that day. Delicious! Las Galeras is also the place to pick up the local “bus” (often small pick up trucks – you sit in the back on seats) to Samana. It is about $3 USD one way and quite an experience. (Taxi’s are about $50 USD round trip). Off the resort activities: 1. This year, we went in whale season for the first time. We did not book this expedition with Transat as we had heard about Kim Beddall’s whale watching tour and specifically wanted to be on that tour. Kim is Canadian and a scientist, so she is very knowledgeable about whales and their behavior. She also guarantees a whale sighting and she has a large steady boat, something that, in my opinion, is required when you have 40 foot, 40 ton whales breaching right next to the boat. I saw tourists out in small (~20-30’ fishing-style) boats that, in my opinion, would not be safe should a whale breach nearby. There are plenty of operators offering whale tours, so ask about the boat. We booked Kim’s tour through Terry’s Tours on-line from Canada, as Terry’s offered transportation to and from the resort. Now you can take a taxi from the resort, but I think it is more cost effective to use Terry’s. What a thrilling experience! The water was fairly calm when we went, and some people were sea sick, so if you tend to get motion sickness, (like I do) then take a Gravol / Dramamine before you get on the boat, (which I did), and I was fine. Tip: go online and find out when the cruise ships are anchored in Samana Bay and do not book a whale watching tour on those days. The boat traffic increases in the bay as cruise passengers are ferried to shore and the whales do not like the increase in boat traffic and sightings are not as common when the cruise ships are in port.2. El Limon waterfall. We have done this excursion twice in the past and I would recommend it. You go on horseback over rocky, hilly terrain – a guide come with each horse. The guides do not get paid by the ranch and work for tips; we gave $20 to each guide as they really worked hard for us, but most people do not give that much. After going most of the way by horseback, you then travel down about 170 steps to the waterfall. Take a bathing suit and swim in the pool under the waterfall, it is lovely. You then have to climb back up the 170 steps – this is where I needed help and the guide earned his tip. NOTE: if you have any kind of mobility issue, this excursion is not for you. 3. Snorkeling. Samana is not known for “fantastic” snorkeling (like Turks & Caicos or Roatan), but there are some nice spots. There is an “aquarium” on the beach at the resort (run by another business) and I would not recommend it. There is a “dive shop” on the beach at the resort, (again run by another business), and I would recommend that you use them. They will take you to Fronton Beach and / or Rincon Beach, which are nice spots to snorkel.4. Los Haitises National Park. This excursion is often paired with a side lunch trip to Cayo Levantado. We have done both and recommend both. We make it a point to go back to Cayo Levantado each year. Take your snorkel and mask to Cayo Levantado, as it is a nice place to snorkel. 5. El Cabito. This is a restaurant about 2 km from the resort. Ask the front desk to call the restaurant to make a reservation for you. The restaurant sits on a bluff and the view is fantastic. Go for lunch to see the view. You can take a taxi – there is a taxi stand at the resort (we use Ariel), or you can go by horseback. Use Rudy’s Rancho for the horses – there is a sign for Rudy’s at the east end of the beach at the resort; you can walk to Rudy’s – it’s about a 15 minute walk, or have the front desk call and he will meet you at the beach with the horses. We had a great time, as we always do and we will be back!
Nice beach, food is good. People is cery nice specjalny yousseff.margarita and jaki the beach is very beautifull the show arę Greta. The room is clean the food tatę very goo vere Nice pool People very nice always See you soon
This hotel its the best I love the animation specialy BOMBI, KAKI, YOUSSEFF. They are the best . I love the beach is beautiful , the food is good , the pool its grate cleaning . For sure ill come back. Kisses for all of you.
Every year my vacations are better because the people of the Grand Paradise Samana Hotel make me feel like at home. I loved the changes made on the areas, the beach is the best on the zone, the personal is very funny. I have spent my single vacations, my honey moon and also my wedding anniversary on there. The room manager is a great person. I`ll be back soon!!!!!
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- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining (some menu items with supplement, reservations required)
- Wine with meals
- Mini-bar (water and soft drinks)
- Unlimited local drinks
- Afternoon tea and snacks
- Midnight snacks
- Free admission to the disco (local drinks included)
- Daily activities program
- Nightly entertainment
- 1 hour/person/day: bicycling and non-motorized water sports
- Pool table
- Dance lessons
- Introductory scuba-diving lesson in pool
- 284 rooms in a 5-storey building and 50 bungalows
- 3 Restaurants including 2 a la carte (Seafood)
- 4 Bars
- 2 swimming pools and 1 children pool area
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
Other amenities (fee):
- Scuba-diving centre
- Snorkeling tour
- Horseback riding
- Deep-sea fishing
- Beauty salon
- Gift shop
- Internet access
- Laundry service
- Medical services
- 2 double beds
- Air conditioning
- Satellite TV
- Full bath
- Hair dryer
- Safety deposit box (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- Mini bar (soft drinks)
- Terrace or balcony
- Garden, pool or ocean view
- A Living and a Bedroom area with a Mezzanine
- Full bath
- 1 Queen size bed
- 2 Twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Mini bar (soft drinks)
- Walking closet
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer
- Safety deposit box (fee)
- Garden, pool or ocean view
For the Kids - Kids' Club for ages 4 to 12, Children's pool area, and Babysitting subject to availability (fee).
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Grand Paradise SamanaSamana,Dominican Republic
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Las Galeras Dominican Republic
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