Viva Wyndham V Samana
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Iâ€™m writing this review to make potential future guests aware of the pros and cons of this resort. I am NOT writing this review to inform the hotel of their opportunities for improvement (I will address this further at the end of this review).POSITIVES- STAFF: Extremely friendly and focused on delivering a superior guest experience. The â€śAnimationâ€ť staff is aware enough to leave you alone if you wish to stay low key and avoid the group activities. However, the language barrier is an issue and a basic knowledge of Spanish is tremendously helpful. Having a Spanish-English translator app on your phone will help â€“ I used it to clarify conversations with Miguel at the Gym. The staff do their best to accommodate your needs, but of course, tipping helps as well! Santo, Francis and Juan should be on your get-to-know list to resolve any issues that may arise. - RESORT LAYOUT: Gorgeous grounds, trees and lots of space to relax and destress.- DECK CHAIRS/TOWELS: Plenty to go around. No issues with finding a spot to sun yourself.- BEACH: My favorite part of this trip. Next to Kiawah Island, this is the best expanse of sand I have experienced. Facing the water, you have a 2.5 mile beach stretching to the left across 3 coves and about 1.75 miles heading to the right across 2 coves. For runners, this is an amazing benefit and with the pure white sand (except for having to navigate a couple of minor scrubby, rocky sections), barefoot running is definitely the way to go! Long walks are also very enjoyable. Make sure you watch out for the tides to time your run so that you are running during the low tide periods. - SUNSETS: Are out of this world. The sunlight reflects off clouds which seem to build up from the water lighting up the horizon and across the skies with spectacular shades of orange. Took some amazing shots on my phone, but if you are a photographer, I would suggest you bring your equipment to capture these moments. - WATER: Temperature was perfect and they have a number of water sport options at your disposal for free including paddle boarding, kayaking and even a catamaran. - GYM: Solid gym with 2 ellipticals, 2 bikes (not spinners) and 2 treadmills and your usual assortment of weights and a couple other machines. Pretty basic but gets the job done. - SPA MASSAGE: Similar fees to American resorts but the treatments were fabulous. Nice venue and friendly staff.- VALUE: Vacations at this resort are very competitively priced and the whole experience ranks pretty high on the value equation (Experience/Value)OPPORTUNITIES- FOOD: Spotty - sometimes great but not excellent. There is 1 buffet option for breakfast and lunch and there are 3 restaurants PLUS 1 buffet option for dinner. However it is important to note that for dinner, usually only 2 of the options are available on any given night. Also, the menu does not change. Here are my tips to improve your experience:o Breakfast â€“ eggs made to order. My omelettes were always cooked perfectly. Go with the fresh fruit juices â€“ all natural and delicious!o Lunch â€“ Ask for your pasta to be made to order at the pasta bar. A lot of guests donâ€™t realize that this option is available. o Dinner â€“ Get there early â€“ around 7pm â€“ and you will smoothly move through your dinner courses. Late arrivals will be waiting a long time for their food. o Fresh fruit was always available.o The chicken was fantastic â€“ they make it in many different ways through the course of the week but each variation was better than the last one! - VIBE ROOM UPGRADE â€“ All Vibe rooms are on the ground floor and come with a plunge pool. We never used the plunge pool and so I am not sure if there is a value to paying the additional charge for this room category beyond the fact that you donâ€™t have to use the stairs.- NIGHT LIFE/SHOWS â€“ Since I was looking for a restful vacation, this destination was perfect for me. Do not visit if you are looking for an exciting late night destination. You would be better off at Punta Cana. They have a different lounge singer most evenings and they are not much better than a karaoke session â€“ they sing while accompanied by the music streaming from their laptops. There is also a small lounge/disco for those who want to stretch out their late nights and I guess that experience will depend on the crowd at the resort during that particular week. I will mention that there was a Michael Jackson show during my stay which screamed â€ścheesyâ€ť but significantly exceeded expectations! The lead dancer had obviously spent years at his craft and replicated the master in detail. However, that show was an exception.- MOSQUITOS â€“ I was told that this was an especially bad period due to the heavy rains and the time of the year (July). You could tell the folks that had been here for a few days due to the countless bumps and blotches on their arms and legs. Not much the resort can do about this so bring your sprays and douse yourself when you are out and about.Finally, I would like to address my initial comment that this review is targeted to potential future guests and not the hotel management. The reason for this â€“ as explained to me by a fellow guest who has been in the tourism business his entire career â€“ is that this hotel is targeting guests at a certain price point. To improve on some of the opportunities would cost more (eg. hiring a top class executive chef, etc.) thus causing their business model to unravel. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and this is a fine choice for a relaxing, recharging vacation.
My daughters, husband and I had a beautiful family vacation at the Viva Wyndham in Samana, DR. Don't believe any of the negative comments, this place, because it is a smaller resort (actually, the right size), was great. You felt like a family. Beautiful spot on the beach, with a long stretch to walk along. Beautiful pool, clean resort, good service (one thing, the alla carte restaurant service was slow) but the food was good. The Animation team was amazing, Efrem, Chocolate, Carlos, Nikki, Jennifer and the others were a lot of fun. I give them a lot of credit for making this resort a fun one, with daily yoga, acquagym, darts, step, dance lessons, volleyball. You make it as busy or as relaxing as you like. We never visit the same resort twice, but we like the idea of possibly returning next year.
Being our first time in the Dominican and an all inclusive, we were unsure how things were going to go.The staff were amazing and kept us laughing all the time, From their theme nights to just walking around.Food was great, Although it could use a bit more variety and a bit more spice.The beach is amazing and you can walk it for miles.I would totally go there again in a heartbeat, not just for the beaches but to hang out with the staff.
The Viva Wyndham Samana hotel has a great location with nice facilities and pleasant staff.Unfortunately, the food quality is far from being the same level. Hardly anything is fresh, lacking the real taste it is suppose to have. Food at the buffets is laying there for hours, crab is replaced by surimi,... lack of taste is wrongly tried to be compensated by salt. Even when ordering room service, you get fries that have been fried 30 min in advance, being cold and tasting like cardboard... This is really a pity when you see the potential of the place and the price you pay. Maybe it would be good to have a stay-only or half-board arrangements.
Where to start... My spouse and I traveled here in early May as a relaxing couples retreat. It was my first time to the Dominican, but not his. I have been to Cuba once, Mexico three times, & I must say this is my favourite resort BY FAR, as well as his. I do not have any negative things to say about this spot. The grounds were phenomenal, it is a very small and secluded resort. Firstly, you have to travel through the mountains to get there, it is so scenic and this in itself is an incredible experience. Everything is incredibly well kept and contrary to other reviews the tiles around the pool are not slippery at all (unless you're very intoxicated or running around, which you shouldn't be). The pool has plenty of seating and cabanas for everyone. It's a smaller pool built perfectly for lounging and enjoying the scenery. You can see the ocean right from the pool as well. This is a very small resort with a boutique vibe. It is easy to get to where ever you need to go without a long walk. The rooms were beautiful. They had a modern feel and were in great condition. When traveling to Samana, you are entering one of the most tropical and humid places in the DR. If you shut your AC off or leave your windows open, yes it will give your clothes a dewey feel. This is completely normal when traveling. However, if you leave your AC on, everything will be perfectly fine. The beds were comfortable, as well as the very soft/fresh sheets. Because this resort is so small, most of the rooms have a semi ocean view as it is. We had a view overlooking the pool and the beach. A safe is included at no extra cost. We had an issues locking ourselves out of it one day and when we called front desk it took all of 5 minutes for a young woman to come up and quickly fix it. We also asked for a later check out the day of and because it wasn't busy they had no problem doing this for us. Great customer service in my opinion. The restaurants were AMAZING. I have no idea how anyone would not like the food here. I travel to 5 star resorts in Mexico and this food beat some of those resorts, easily. We tried every restaurant and enjoyed every single one. Our favourite was Mar Y Fuego! It is seafood and it is absolutely delicious. Every a la carte here has unique and amazing options to try and create a wonderful experience for yourself. The fusion was our second favourite with a delicious beef and chicken dish. Our food usually came out very fast, sometimes more spread out, which we were actually happy about. Seeing as it is a la carte and 3-4 courses, you need the time to digest and truly enjoy the food. This also gave us a lot of time to chat, drink wine (which they aren't shy in giving) and have a romantic evening! SANTOS the restaurant manager made us feel so welcome and special every single day. He even went out of his way to speak with us when we ran into him at other parts of the resort and greeted us every single evening as well. He is always smiling and this makes you feel like you're right at home. JUAN the beach bartender is another great one to mention. He work's hard and gave us a wave and a smile even when we weren't going to the bar to grab a drink. Jose & Alberto were also very sweet to us. The staff here honestly made us feel as though we were friends. I have been in the service industry personally for years, so I know what the workers must go through here. Yet every one of them made the effort to make you feel special and welcome. I wish I could remember all the names because I would love to mention them all! Tipping is always "included" when you buy an all inclusive package yes... however this does NOT mean you shouldn't tip. We did not tip every single time, but we did the majority of the time. Just a dollar here or there can make all the difference and it means so much to them. They truly appreciate it.. Just like servers in your own country who do not make a livable wage do. The buffet was very good. They had plenty of options for breakfast and lunch. All of it was fresh. Yes sometimes the food was warm instead of hot. The only reason for this I could notice was because of the fact that it is such a small resort, that sometimes we were the only people in the buffet! it would be a huge waste and morally wrong to just throw out trays and trays of food every five minutes simply because it isn't "burning hot" anymore. Nothing ever tasted bad and my food was never cold. They have freshly blended juice as well at the buffet which is a healthy and yummy option in the mornings. I really enjoyed it, and once again.. the staff always welcomed us. There is a small beach buffet during lunch time every day and I must say, we loved it. It was so good. It had pizza, hot dogs, burgers, & little desserts. It was great after a long morning of being out in the ocean. Now THE BEACH. I can almost guarantee you, that you will not find a better beach. I dream about this beach still. Because the resort is in such a secluded area, it was quiet and had pretty much no one at all besides the people staying at the resort. You could walk for miles and miles either way and not see anyone. The sand is a beautiful gold, and was super soft. You could also walk super far out into the ocean and it is only sand, barely any weeds AT ALL. The ocean was wavy and gorgeous which made for great water activity. They have water-sports included (does not cost extra $) which made for a great time! My spouse and I enjoyed taking the paddle boards out and sitting way out to get a look at the mountains. The boogie boards are fun to ride the waves with as well. Highly recommend. Nightly entertainment exists but it isn't nothing crazy. They have a woman who sings lots of nights and I must say she has the most beautiful voice and I loved listening to her sing in their language. We spent so much time doing activities and relaxing in the sun, that by the time we finished dinner we would listen to a little bit of singing, but then go to our room and either watch a little tv or listen to the vocal entertainment from our balcony. That being said, we were RIGHT beside the lobby/entertainment and with our door shut you could barely hear a thing, which made it easy to sleep as well. They had day trips and activities you could do and leave the resort if you wanted to, we did not try this. But people we met had went and said they were fantastic. Maybe next time ;) There were a couple vendors selling jewellery and such some days on the resort, but they were not a bother and had some lovely things. The cigar shop at the resort as well was a nice treat. This resort was pure romance and bliss for us. The scenery and beach alone were beautiful enough to make this my favourite resort. It was everything we were looking for and well worth the price. I could go on and on but this review is already very long. So I'll just finish with telling you that you should go here !
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Unlimited a la carte dinners
- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Waiter service at the pool and beach
- Room service
- Non-motorized water sports
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 144 rooms
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (Italian, Mexian, Asian)
- 2 bars including Snack bar, Beach bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- Golf nearby
- 1 tennis court (1 lit) on-site
- Jogging court
- Hiking trails
- Gift shop
- Spa (fee)
- Fitness facilities
- 1 king or 2 queen beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Pillow menu
Resort Location Map
Viva Wyndham V SamanaSamana,Dominican Republic
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Boulevard Turistico, Bahia de Coson, Las Terrenas 32000 Dominican Republic
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