Luxury Bahia Principe Samana
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The resort is beautiful and immaculate. Rooms, restaurants, lobby, beach, gardens, everything! The staff goes out of their way to please and we wanted for nothing! Special mention to Josemanuel, Jose, Felix, Annyelissa, Ingrid, Eugenio and Maria in the restaurants, Cristopher at the front desk, Niurton at door and Junior in entertainment. We stayed in the separate building, junior suite with a spectacular balcony view of the bay. Rooms are large, but we had such beautiful weather we didn't spend any time there. Food was really good, my friend was in heaven. It was a little repetitive for me, being a vegetarian I felt like I was eating the same thing each time I went to the buffet but it was all very good. We booked through Air Transat, so included in our package was the choice of having dinner every night at the a la carte restaurants instead of buffet, which isn't available with other packages. We did two nights at each a la carte and the last night at the buffet. The Don Pablo was our favourite. Small resort, most staff knew us by name by mid week. Beach is small, but perfect size for the number of guests, just don't expect to go for a really long walk. Lots of lounge chairs available and a good amount of shade if you want it. A few things to note, not necessarily negative but things to be aware of: beach bar closes at 5 and pool bar closes at 6 (except on the two nights that they had a beach party and a pool party). We were a bit surprised! Towel exchange was often closed by about 5:15. Not all the restaurants are open all the time. And only two of the three a la cartes are open each night. The shows are very small (kids who do the Michael Jackson show are great) and if you love nightlife and dancing all night this is not the place for you, as everything seems to go quiet by 11 most nights! We did have fun dancing the merengue with Junior a few nights! Lots of stairs, which didn't bother us in the least and made us feel like we were exercising some of our dinners away lol! But not the best place if you have any mobility issues. Also, not impressed by the people smoking. There were not many of them luckily, but those that did would light up at the shows and right next to non smokers at the lobby bar balcony and on balconies so it sometimes wafted in rooms if you left sliding doors open. So inconsiderate for the majority of guests that didn't smoke! We changed tables a couple of times due to this. Coming from Canada, we are not used to that but I'm sure is par for the course for any DR resort. No smoking in rooms or restaurants. We did two excursions, whale watching we booked ahead online on our own with Whale Samana with Kim Bedell that came highly recommended. Fantastic! Do this tour if you are there at the right time of year. And staff on board spoke English, Spanish, French, German... We just asked the hotel desk to call us a cab to take us to Samana and as the driver didn't speak English the lovely hotel staff explained where we were going and told him to give his phone number to the Whale Samana staff and have them call him when we got back to shore. The next excursion we booked through Franklin the Transat rep that came to the hotel each morning. They picked us up at the hotel and we did a boat tour of the National park/caverns with lunch and a stop at the public beach on Cayo Levantado island across the bay from our hotel. The boat tour was fun, beautiful scenery, but the caverns overly crowded as multiple tour groups stop at the same time. As for the public beach, we would have rather used the hotel beach. It was beautiful however very crowded, garbage, constant harassment by locals trying to sell you stuff.Overall we had a fantastic, relaxing stay and would highly recommend if you want a beautiful place to relax, be taken care of, unwind, with fantastic service, good food and without the large crowds at some other resorts.
Overall, enjoyed our 2 weeks. Immaculate building, light and airy, especially in the buffet seating area. Few menu items were a disappointment, but overall, the food was very good, and the extra special touches on Gala Seafood Night, were very festive. Could hear street noise, and the evening entertainment in our room, but not enough to bother us. Yes, to get shade on the beach, meant an early morning walk down steps, to reserve a space. Our main complaint, was the amount of cigarette and cigar smoke we had to endure. On the beach, around the pool, and worse of all, on our balcony, preventing us, several times, from sitting outside, and enjoying the beautiful view....after paying for a suite. We were moved to a higher room, with a corner balcony, which had just as much cigar smoke, amazing, considering it was fairly windy for the entire 2 weeks. Management must start having areas that are non smoking, 'no smoking in the rooms', is not sufficient.So, like almost all reviewers, we found this to be a smaller, relaxing, beautiful, property, with wonderful, polite, well groomed staff, but in a very poor part of the Dominican Republic. The amount of garbage seen on the roadway, and in front of the homes, on the bus ride from and to the airport, is tremendous. Hopefully, something will be done soon to correct this. Last year at Cayacoa, garbage was often washing in on the beach, this year, only a couple of items.All staff were appreciated, special mention to the dining staff, Maria, Felix(so quiet and charming), Jose, Jennifer, Wendy, Ingrid, Eugenio, and Joel (who after a week, I could pronounce his name properly). Thanks to Leonardo's suggestion, we had a special lobster lunch, and to Nell, who suggested we make good use of a cocoanut from his demonstration, I believe both meals, cooked by Chef Fernando. And to Francisco, and Isabel, who patiently tried to resolve the issue with smoking.
Won't be a long review. We had a great time, it was a clean resort, clean room, service and staff were great.We travelled with Air Canada Vacations and we booked the ecotour excursion to National Park through the Rep Joelle which we really enjoyed. We did request to move from the main building to another section, we found it a bit noisy at night from the lobby. They quickly accommodated the request and the second room was just as good as the 1st one.Food was decent and there was lots of choice. All around good time. Would like to highlight the great service we received from the following staff:Wendy - Service - Friendly, always smiling, helpfulJosee - Pool Bar - Friendly, always smiling accommodatingNell - Animation - Friendly, always smiling, entertainingJennifer - Animation - Friendly, always smiling, encouragingEstanislao - Butler - Checked in with us daily every time we met, very professionalMarcel - Butler - Checked in with us daily every time we met, very professional.Cheers.
great time had here the most helpful front desk staff. lobby bartenders are very good at their job fast even with out the tip. if i was to stay there again i would ask for a room away from the lobby. My only complaint for our stay was one night it rained and the entertainment moved into the lobby as its an open for three floors up very loud but if that's my only complaint not much of one. I will say that Victor from transat did an amazing job for us Mambo and super Mambo two very hard working and entertaining
We had booked three weeks in the Bahia Principe El Portillo in Las Terranas, but were asked to move here for a week due to over booking. And how glad we did! El Portillo is a very lovely hotel, but this hotel is clearly of a much higher standard, smaller, adult only, with the emphasis on customer service, comfort and quality. We were given a magnificent room overlooking the beach. The room itself was on the fourth floor, with a lift available. Huge, with a very large comfortable bed, good furnishings, filled fridge, safe, tv. Our butler, Carlos, explained all the services that were available to us, showed us the pillow menu, the candle menu, the ironing service, the jacuzzi bath. Having made sure we were happy with everything he left, giving us his number to call should we need anything at all. I must say, every member of staff was professional, courteous, helpful, but Carlos went the extra mile, constantly checking we were happy. The restaurants were excellent, the quality and selection of food being varied and consistently good. Bar service was also very quick and friendly. The animation team went to great lengths to entertain and amuse the guests, Thumbs up to Junior whose energy and enthusiasm knew no bounds. There is a comprehensive gym with lots of frightening looking equipment and a very lovely looking trainer. If you a nice quiet secluded place to sit, go by the spa, where you can take a dip in the jacuzzi and watch a magnificent sunset whilst overlooking Cayo Levantado island. The swimming pool is beautiful with good sunbeds surrounding, a bar a few steps away, and steps down to the beach. There are two little shops in the hotel, one inside the lobby and one outside. Hotel shops traditionally are overpriced but these are really ridiculously expensive. Should you need to go into samana town, you can get a local but which is cheap, or a taxi which costs $20 each way for a 10 minute ride. Beware hiring quads or motorbikes. If you do, check there is enough fuel inside before you pay. We hired a quad, which didn't have enough fuel to get to the nearest petrol station, and stranded, we had to pay a local chap $20 to fetch us some. Perhaps it's a scam? Anyway, no fault of the hotel. Evening entertainment was very good. To summarise, this is a very high quality, luxurious hotel, where customer service is prioritised. Unfortunately our tour company, Thomson, doesn't go here at the moment, but we hope they will do so soon, as I would love to return here. Enjoy!
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- 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 in lobby (1 hour per day per device)
- 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)
- Wi-Fi in lobby
- 1 king-size bed
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Satellite TV
- 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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