Luxury Bahia Principe Samana
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OverallWe spent 6 days and 7 nights there. Were in Building F ( the one overlooking the beach ), that has 4 floors, all available by elevator. For quietness's sake, Buildings C or D would be better. Now, this is not a place for people with knee issues as, sitting on a cliff with a reduced space, this hotel is all about going up and down stairs all the time. Contrary to most of the Riviera Maya places, this is built in height, not in spread. And for non-smokers like us, smoking - including cigars - is absolutely not restricted anywhere except in the rooms : it is permitted on each balcony, on the beach, next to the pool ( where clients are packed like sardines ) and on all the terraces.FoodOne of the big Pluses of this place : The everyday buffet is extremely varied and of high quality ( the fish, grilled right in front of you, is to die for ) : you can have there your breakfast, lunch and diner if you wish. For diners, however, you can also go to one the 3 thematic restaurants : the French ( excellent ), the Italian ( not very Italian at all !! ) and the Brazilian ( very good ) : you have to reserve a day or two in advance for these, and they included in the all-inclusive concept. Good-quality drinks are generously poured ( the wine comes from Spain, country of origin of this hotel chain ).StaffAnother big Plus : the friendliness and efficiency of the service is really top class : from the eateries, where Wendy, Anyelisa, and Maria - Jimenez - are truly exceptional, to the Gym, where the personal trainer, Nell, goes well above and beyond what would be expected of a $ 30 an hour personal trainer cost, without forgetting Francisco, the concierge, who enjoys solving every situation with a smile, and Adeudi, the friendly bartender, who knows his liquors and is the cappuccino king. I recommend bringing from home a collection of US $ 1 and 50 Dominican Pesos bills for tipping ( although it is not expected ), as it will make your wonderful hosts even happier.BeachThis is one of the issues : the quality of the sand is great, the water is quite transparent ( at least until the end of the afternoon, when the tide tends to bring some residues which makes swimming there not too appetizing ), and the waves very soft, but the issue is the huts and the chairs : if you do not accept to get up at 7 am and go down a huge number of stairs to bring in your towel and thereby mark your territory for the rest of the day, the odds are that you won't be protected from the sun at any time and you may not even find a spot where to sit when you don't swim : it was that way when we were there as the hotel was full ... and management could really add some stray huts, given what you pay per night. And the situation is exactly the same along the only, over-crowded, pool.RoomNot overly large, but well furnished. A strange miss : there is no guide to the TV channels, so you have to go through the 70 odd channels to check what interests you and remember the numbers you prefer ... There is a nice possibility to change the towels at night if you used them a lot during the day, without having to wait for the morning's very efficient room cleaning. The main problem we encountered is that the balcony - which adds about $ 300 to a week's stay, should you wish to add one to your choice of rooms - is not that useful when you are surrounded by smokers and loud talkers ... and the way the partitions are built, they don't give you much privacy either ... All rooms have a wonderful view, and the higher the better. ( the lift works very smoothly ).SouvenirsIf you want to bring back rum ( which the Dominican Republic produces a lot of wonderful types ), be aware that the so-called airport duty-free will cost you 20% less than the hotel's boutique , but double what you'd pay " in town" : meaning , in Samana village, which you can reach two ways : either taking a taxi from the hotel ( cost : $ 40 round trip ), or take a " guagua " off the road right in front of the hotel ( cost : $ 2.50 round trip ) - a half hour trip to town -. I recommend a supermarket, outside painted in recognizable green, called Chito, right on the town market place, where you can pay in pesos, US $, or a combination of both for all the rum your country of origin will allow you to bring back.
We are experienced travellers and have been to the Dominican 12 times(1st time in Samana). We stayed at the luxuryBahi Principe during Valentines week 2017I will try to give you an honest review with the pros and cons We can't say enough good about the food, some of the best we have experienced.The resort is kept extremely clean and the rooms are beautiful. The cleaning staff are outstanding.The animation team were fantastic and worked hard to keep everyone active and involved. Super Mambo and Junior (bingo-bongo) went "above and beyond". They work really hard keeping the fun going. They have high energy and are a lot of fun. I don't think I've ever seen an animation team with that much energy. The team went as far as having Dominican painting classes on the pool deck. Each participant walked away with lots of laughter and a canvas they painted.The bar staff are fun and upbeat for the most part. I do think they were short staffed at the lobby bar during peak hours(During and after evening shows).The Michael Jackson show was really good with lots of choreographing and a great deal of effort put into the show. Definitely the best Michael Jackson show I've seen at a resort.Beach is nice but small. In order to get a seat on the beach one would have to wake up at 6:00 AM. We were not able to sit on the beach at all.A couple of things that can be improved... The theatre is outdoors with no cover. When it rained the audience was brought into the main lobby. There was not enough seating nor space to facilitate and most people went back to their room. There is a stunning covered veranda but has limited seating. There really was no where to sit if you wanted to get out of the rain or sun. I overheard a few couples say they might as well go back to their room when they couldn't find a place to sit. This can be fixed with a covered theatre.All in all outstanding food, Great staff, beautiful property with stunning views and good solid management.If it were not for the lack of covered seating we would give it a five star. We will be returning this year with friends during a less busy season.
Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo is an intimate, cozy hotel that shines with its greatest attributes, even as it stumbles at times to live up to its luxurious label.My girlfriend and I stayed in a junior suite ocean-front view from February 12 - 19, 2017. Our first impressions were marred by a torrential downpour, forcing us inside for most of the first two days. The lobby is small - a definite departure from other Don Pablo stays we've had over the years - and lacks the open-air feel of other resorts. It offers cozy, beautiful views of the water and the poolside, though these seats are near impossible to get when it rains as most patrons don't have anywhere to go beyond their respective rooms.Not a problem for us, though! Our room's balcony overlooked the water and acted as the perfect remedy to stay comfortable and dry, while still enjoying the beautiful view. The room has a mini-bar stocked daily with a couple of El-Presidente's (local beer), mini-shots of rum, whisky and vodka, and assorted Pepsi products. The king size bed is comfortable and stacked with fluffy pillows. If required, we could contact concierge and have a variety of different pillows brought up at no additional charge (we didn't feel the need to). At night we were treated to different scents, offered to us by our butler Ramon when he came to visit us throughout the week by the pool.Overall the room is super cozy. The view is extraordinary. Can't recommend the upgrade enough.The next five days the sun came out in full force and we spent most of our time by the pool or on the beach.The battle for the pool-side chairs is always active, so we had to secure our chairs no later than 9am to ensure a spot. Different from the other luxury resorts we've enjoyed, the pool is quite deep - 7 feet at it's best - and made for some great afternoon swimming. There's no swim-up bar, but the pool-side bar is only a few feet off to the side anyways.The bar service by the pool isn't as frequent as we're used to from other resorts. A few servers come by, but if you enjoy regular drinks throughout the day you'll need to be prepared to get them yourself at the bar. The beach is nice, though the far end sits up against a somewhat busy road that pollutes the vacation with some city noise. It's easy to avoid though, since the beach is quite long. The sand is slightly darker than expected, but soft and easy on the feet. Yes, we saw some garbage in the water. The majority of the time there was no garbage in the ocean. We think the storm we endured over the first few days brought in a heavy tide that collected the garbage, but by morning it had disappeared. People swam regularly, and without complaint. The ocean floor is sandy and soft, and the water is surprisingly clear. Beach-side bar service isn't great, but again - there's a small bar that anyone can walk up to and get their own drinks.Overall the amenities of Luxury Bahia Principe Samana are extrodinary. Everything is well maintained, clean and comfortable. Most corners of the resort offer incredible views of the ocean (we saw humpback whales from poolside at one point) and relaxing chairs to read or converse. The buffet isn't great.Of the three Don Pabo locations we've been (Bouganville, Sian Ka'an) Samana has the worst buffet. Much of the food is tasteless and stale. Because there's less people at the resort (150 rooms? maybe less?) a lot of food sits out longer than I'd like, causing luke-warm temperatures or stale flavours. There's also a lot of repetitious food - chicken, breaded chicken, skewered chicken, etc - so there's not much room for variety. The breakfast buffet isn't much different, though i didn't worry so much as i took advantage of the fresh omelette station each morning.The restaurants are a different story. We ate twice at the Rodizzio (Brazillian Steak House) and Don Pablo Gourmet, and once at the Italian restaurant. Each time our meals were full of flavour and flare. Certainly the restaurants fall into the too-familiar all-inclusive resort trap of not having exceptional service, and i didn't always receive my meat cooked at the precise desired temperature i had requested, but overall the meals were filling and tasted great. A step above other Don Pablo resort's restaurants, for sure.Finally, the staff was tremendous across the board. English is sometimes a struggle, but sometimes it's good for a guest to work on their Spanish a little to help converse with those serving you. Ramon was our assigned butler and he went out of his way daily to ensure we were comfortable and pampered. Overall Luxury Bahia Principe Samana is a fantastic resort. It's small, quiet, cozy, etc. etc. but also welcoming and familiar. My girlfriend and I wanted to escape busy schedules and snow falls, and Samana - more than any other resort we've been to - gave us this escape. The buffet needs some work, but that's a personal taste on my part.We're extremely happy to have experienced this part of the Dominican, separated from the party of Punta Cana and Peurto Plata. And yes, the ride in from Samana airport is quite an experience, but I won't spoil that surprise.
If you're looking for a private resort to spend with your significant other, this is the perfect place! Although the resort is smaller compared to other Bahia Principes, the service is absolutely amazing! The beach is clean, the sand is brown but the water is clear blue. If you swim near the gazebo by the water, you can snorkel with lots of tiny fishes. Moreover, there are a lot of relaxation spots around the resort that face the ocean. Also, there is a wide selection of great quality food. You will never get bored cause there is always something new to try. All of the a la carte restaurants are very well done. And to top it off, if you want to surprise your significant other with a little romantic gesture, the resort offers special services (jacuzzi arrangements, roses and candles all around the bedroom). On the other hand, if you're tired of staying in the resort, they also offer a free boat ride that leads you to their other Luxury Bahia Principe Resort, Cayo De Laventado, and you can explore their public beach with white sand and blue water!
Vacationed with 6 family members and we all loved it. Were concerned about the beach after reading bad reports on it but it was great! There was absolutely no garbage whatsoever on the beach....ever. The staff was out there raking it every morning. The beach was smallish, but it was a short bus ride to the ferry which took you over to the very close island beach & markets. We did this once and enjoyed it, but we liked the beach at Bahia Principe even better. The animation team was excellent. Junior & Luis made our stay so much fun. Thank you!! The food was so good every day. The room was very, very nice. This was the rest of the family's first 'all inclusive'. They're cruise people so they were a little apprehensive but every one of them said they'd go back. We did the zip lining excursion and it was our best zip lining experience ever.
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- 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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