Luxury Bahia Principe Samana
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Enjoy a world of privilege while you bask in the sun and enjoy that extra pampering that can truly transform a vacation. Ideal for couples, this small, adults-only boutique resort offers a spectacular view in a romantic ambiance. It brings together all the ingredients for an unforgettable and peaceful experience!
Location: Overlooking the splendid Samana peninsula, opposite the island of Cayo Levantado. Approximately 75 minutes from the new Samana airport.
We where upgraded to the Luxury Bahia Princepe from Jan. 27 to Feb.6 2018. We had an ocean view junior suite that had spectacular views of the ocean and various parts of the resort. This resort offers a wide variety of services many of which we did not take advantage of and probably never would so for that part we find it to be pricey. we found the beach area very small and with the road just above it could be noisy at times. They do have elevators but you are somewhat restricted in where you can go if you are not fairly healthy as there is a lot of stairs. I found the food to be average, the drinks above average and the entertainment the same as other resorts. It is a smaller resort with limited area to walk other than down the road. the resort is also quite quiet and by 11 everything is pretty well shut down. Staff are friendly and willing to assist. The resort has lots to offer if you just want to lay by the pool or beach but if you like lots of activity this is not for you
We booked this hotel for a one-week much awaited vacation end of January 2017. We were traveling with another couple and had reserved 2 junior suites with ocean view. Drive from Samana airport to hotel is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, arrived at hotel at about 4 pm. After filling out the paperwork we were informed that our room was not ready, when we asked how long it would be we were told “I don’t know”. Our luggage was left in the lobby and we patiently waited to be called. We returned around 6 pm to find that our room was still not ready and still didn’t know when it would be. Only at that point were we then informed that they did not have any junior suites available and we would be downgraded to regular rooms for at least 2 days. I think there is something quintessentially wrong with a hotel that does not respect their guests’ reservations. We ended up getting 2 (standard) rooms at past 7pm and a promise of (hopefully) getting the rooms we had reserved the next day. We finally got our rooms around noon the next day, but this only after much arguing with the unfortunate employees at the front desk and the manager. We found this to be a very unpleasant experience as this was not how we had planned to begin our vacation.The information we pieced together was that many people were shipped to this hotel from nearby overbooked Bahia hotels and as an incentive were offered room upgrades. Was this done in an effort to fill up a hotel that (from several reviews I had read) was often only half-full? I guess there is nothing wrong with that, unless of course by doing so you are punishing the people who actually chose to stay in your hotel in the first place. After this unpleasant experience we won’t be choosing this hotel again.WHAT WE LIKED MORE:-The hotel/rooms are very clean-The view is awesome, and it’s the nicest thing about this hotel-The employees in all areas of the hotel who work very hard and very long hours-The food at the buffet was quite good and in our opinion the buffet was the best restaurant option on the site-The 4 evening shows they had during our 7-day stay were very niceWHAT WE LIKED LESS:-The beach is extremely small and the waters are very, very rough. The first day-and-a-half (and every night) access to the beach was closed off altogether and every day of our 7-day stay was a red flag day. I believe there is a free daily shuttle to a public beach on Cayo Levantado, we did not go as we did not see the point of paying for a resort and then having to go get hassled at a public beach.-There is only 1 pool (not a very large one) and most of it is deep-Smoking is allowed pretty much everywhere on the site, except inside your room (allowed on room balconies), the lobby and within the restaurants. There seemed to be a lot of smokers on the site and we found this to be a problem, especially the cigar smoking around the pool, which literally drove us away one day as we couldn’t take it anymore (the day the guy selling cigars set up his table right next to our loungers and then proceeded to smoke his products non-stop). This has never been an issue for me at any other resort, but perhaps it’s because this resort is very small.-Another day it was the very loud music at the pool bar which forced us to move (I understand that it’s so everyone around the pool can hear it, but maybe place another speaker at the other end of the pool so the people closest to the bar don’t get their ears blasted off).-The à la carte restaurants were not worth the bother you needed to go to in order to get reservations. Rodizio was ok, the food at Bella Italia was seriously over-salted and Don Pablo seriously over-rated.-There isn’t much in terms of activities and although the activities we took part in were fairly enjoyable, we found them to be very short (yoga, pool aerobics only lasted about 20-30 minutes)-There’s a jacuzzi but when we used it we found the water to be unpleasantly cold So if you’re thinking of going to this resort: -Go for the view, go for the people, and for the decent buffet food and clean surroundings, if you don’t mind the smoking and have no specific room requirements-Don’t go for the beach, the water, the activities, nor if you prefer a (mostly) smoke-free environment and expect your room reservations to be respected
I was so very pleased with my stay at the Luxury Bahia Principe Samana. The facilities were great (perhaps the gym could use a little bit of upgrading, but honestly the gym is the last place I want to spend my time). The food was excellent, far exceeded my expectations, and I didn't even try the resorts. The staff was very accommodating from beginning to end. Pool great. The beach itself not the best beach in DR or Samana area, but good enough, and it's pretty easy to access the hotel's sister property's beach on Cayo Levantado. The ocean view room was totally worth it. I also love that the resort was compact, everything you need but not walking ten minutes to get from point A to point B. Last I thought the price was very fair for the caliber of food, drink, accommodation and service. I look forward to staying here again.
The first night was not that great. We booked a Junior suite and was given a room that was built in the attic with no balcony. Apparently they did a lot of overbooking for the junior suites. After talking to the manager, we got relocated to our room the next day at 14h00. They offered us a 25 mins massage but had to sign a discharge. We refused and dealt a late checkout instead.JUNIOR SUITE ROOMWe were in building F, nice room overlooking the ocean. We had good free WIFI everywhere. Large room, balcony with 2 chairs, a table and an ashtray. Our only complaint was the street noise at night when we forgot to close the second door.AC and ceiling fan works great but somewhat noisy, I had to use earplugs.There is a coffee maker but no milk or cream in the minibar, only Coffee mate.Apparently there was a Butler service, but we never saw, heard or talk to him/her.We did all our dinner reservation our self.BEACHVery small beach, we had the red flag everyday with lots of waves. Dark sand.The water temperature was very nice. Could not find a single chair after 10am.No watersports.POOLSmall pool but clean. Some days we had a hard time to find a chair, other days was fine. You can find some shade at the pool area. There is also a deck overlooking the sea. Very quiet. Excellent beverage service everywhere.A LA CARTE RESTAURANTS (3)We tried them all. We enjoyed the Rodizio (Brazilian Churrascaria style), we went twice.The Don Pablo was also good, must try.We did not care much about the Bella Italia restaurant. You could probably skip that one.BUFFETGood selection of food, nice white table cloths on the tables with very good service.The house wine red and white is ok. You can bring your own bottles from home if you want because for example a simple Chianti Ruffino was 24$ + 28% tax.One night we had some langosta, king crab and shrimps. Very good.------The lobby bar on the second floor is great, you can see some of the good quality shows at night around the pool area.Overall very quiet hotel (18+), nothing to do outside the vicinity of the hotel.There are steps everywhere, definately not for disabled people.Recommended if you want a relaxing vacation.
My husband and I stayed here from Jan 7-14. We are both in our mid 30's and were probably one of only a few couples around the same age which is fine but if you are looking for a younger crowd and a bit more lively atmosphere, this may not be the resort for you. Our room was fantastic, overlooked the ocean and was very quiet. We had large sized balcony located on the 3rd floor. We had the butler service included but did utilize it. We ordered room service one evening and asked for a glass of wine and beer but was told that alcohol was not included in room service and we would have to go to the bar, I found that very odd as all resorts I've stayed at with 24 all inclusive will provide alcoholic beverages. Somewhat disappointed with that and the hotel's website makes no mention of it.The restaurants were fantastic and the a la carte was probably the best we've eaten at a resort. There was always a variety of food and different theme nights. Service was top notch!Jose at the pool bar was always smiling and in a great mood. He gets to know what you like to drink and will top you up without you asking which was always welcomed.The beach is small but is perfect for the resort. It is private so there isn't anybody trying to sell you anything, it's clean and the water was warm.The night time entertainment was also very good. The employees really do want everyone to have a fun time. The unfortunate part is that everything shuts down at 11pm so you can' really hang out and have a drink after the shows are done. We took the boat to the public beach at Cayo Laventado but to me it wasn't worth it. The beach is a lot bigger but you have to pay for a beach chair! Mine as well stay at your resort and save the $5. There are a bunch of vendors there so if you're into that you may like it.I can't say enough about the staff, all day they are making sure you are enjoying yourself and have a lot of fun games at the pool such as mini-golf, bowling, painting and basket weaving. Nell was great, thanks for the lesson on coconuts!!All in all we had a very nice time and I'm sure you will too!
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner daily
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included
- Daily activities program
- Tennis (one hour per day per guest)
- Boogie boards
- Dance lessons
- Nightly entertainment
- Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
- Boat shuttle service to Cayo Levantado Beach (4 times/week)
- 149 rooms in several 3-storey buildings
- 1 Buffet and 2 a la carte restaurants
- Fitness centre
- Spa (fee)
- Gift shop (fee)
- Laundry services (fee)
- Medical services (fee)
- 1 king-size bed
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Satellite TV
- Free Wi-Fi (2 devices in room, unlimited devices in lobby)
- In-room safe
- Balcony or terrace
- Pillow menu
- Butler service
- Evening turn down service
- 24-hour room service
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Luxury Bahia Principe SamanaSamana,Dominican Republic
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Carretera Samana - Las Galeras, s/n, Los Cacaos Dominican Republic
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