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A Definitive List of the Best Samana Dominican Republic Hotels

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Dominican Republic Resorts

The Best All Inclusive Resorts & Boutique Hotels Reviewed

 

I recently returned from a blissful one week trip to Samana, in the Dominican Republic. What’s this you ask? Samaná peninsula is a small, relatively undiscovered strip in the northeastern section of the country. I like to refer to it as “Tulum before Tulum became over-discovered”.

There’s gorgeous powdery soft beaches lined with sky high palm trees (you might even stumble on an iguana or two), lip-smackingly good Dominican classics like tostones and mangú, colorful small towns and enough adventure to suit a lifetime.

This post will focus on where to stay in Samana and cover my personal choices for the best resorts in the Dominican Republic to suit every type of traveler. There’s the 5 star all inclusive luxury resort, the bohemian, sea side yoga retreat hotel, tree house style huts for traveling families with kids and green, eco-chic properties.

Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort or alternative accommodation, there’s a property for everyone in Samaná, the Dominican Republic!

 

Read on to discover the best resorts in the Dominican Republic!

 



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5 Unique Dominican Republic Resorts


 

If you’re looking for the best family friendly resort in the Dominican Republic:

 

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1. Paraiso Caño Hondo

Paraiso Caño Hondo is located within Samana penninsula’s Los Haitises National Park, a beautiful mangrove and island rainforest straight out of scenes from Jurassic Park. The Eco Lodge has multiple swimming pools with beautiful mini waterfalls and is the perfect escape for families with children.

Meanwhile, the on site restaurant offers classic Dominican fare like roasted chicken, grilled fish and rice and beans. The natural pools spill into one other creating a gorgeous layered effect while there’s lots of mini waterfalls for the kids to splash about it.

The best part is the slow boat ride you can opt to take to arrive to Paraiso Caño Hondo hotel – it takes you through Los Haitises’s twisty, sheltered mangrove waterways.

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If you’re ADVENTUROUS

 

 

2. The Dominican Tree House Village

Samana bay has SO many resorts to chose from, but I don’t think anything comes close to the uniqueness of the Dominican Tree House Village! First off – this incredible adventure hotel in Santa Barbara offers zip-lining above the forest (exhilarating – try going upside down!).

We tried 17 different zip lines throughout the afternoon, each going higher and higher above the canopies and daring ourselves to swing in precariously more thrilling poses. You can read about that adventure activity in more depth in this post.

Now about the Dominican Tree House Village! This specialty hotel in Samana features actual tree houses built directly in the forest. These aren’t bare bones, budget accommodation though. Various tree house options are available, from bunk bed styles to villas with views of the forest and gorgeous glamping interiors. Smaller tree hut rooms higher up in the forest canopy are perfect for kids while larger bedroom huts with ensuite bathrooms and colorful hammocks are great for honeymooning couples.

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If you want a relaxing yoga getaway

 

3. Villa Serena Hotel

Villa Serena in Las Galeras is the perfect hotel retreat – rooms with a view of the ocean, a calming on-site pool with optional water yoga classes and a private island just a short kayak away. Beginning and advanced yogi’s are welcome to take yoga classes in the circular rotunda each day.

If you’re looking for a complete holistic retreat, on-site Chef Darko can guide you through the key elements of a raw food diet and prepare complete three course raw food dinners.

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If you want EASY SIGHTSEEING ACCESS

 

 

4. The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club

The Bannister Hotel is a gorgeous property built like the interior of a ship with a beautiful indoor-outdoor lobby (you can pull up your yacht to dock right at the bar if you would like!) and a winding central circular staircase.

1 and 2 bedroom rooms are quite comfortable, or splurge on a suite with ocean views. The Bannister is ideally located close to both Los Haitises National Park (you can book a day trip with the on-site tour operator) as well as El Limon waterfall.

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If you’re looking for a LUXURY resort

 

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5. Sublime Samaná

 

One step onto the property and you’re greeted with fresh passion fruit juice and swept on to the oasis that is Sublime Samaná. The incredibly stunning Dominican Republic hotel is located in Las Terrenas, and features beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom suites as well as private villas available to rent for larger families or groups.

The rooms even come with jacuzzis on the balconies! Each Sublime Samana villa comes with a cabana and the hotel is located right on a stretch of the beach that makes for the perfect sunset. The luxury hotel restaurant is perfect for those looking for elevated Dominican classics like foie gras in Dominican dark chocolate.

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Do you prefer all inclusive luxury resorts or alternative eco-friendly lodging? Which Samaná resort would you pick?

 

 Read more: 

6 Unique Things to Do in Samana

The Best Dominican Republic Resorts for Your Vacation!

 

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For more inspiration, watch this Dominican Republic vlog for more travel insights. Or consider island hoping to St. Lucia? Take a day trip from a cruise liner or explore Northern St. Lucia in more depth.

ShannonSeptember 16, 2016 - 9:27 pm

All of these look absolutely beautiful! The pictures are stunning and I definitely wouldn’t mind staying in any one of them :)

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JaimeSeptember 17, 2016 - 12:19 pm

Oh, I love this post! You’ve covered it all!!! Also, the pics and layout of this post is perfect!! xo

Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High HeelsSeptember 17, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Wow these are stunning! I plan to do more traveling soon so thanks for sharing these great finds!

Ashley B.September 17, 2016 - 1:30 pm

All of these look amazing! The tree house is my favorite. I may put that on the list for my next trip to the DR.

Damien McGuiganSeptember 17, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Great hotel options but for me it has to be the tree house village!

Lavenda MemorySeptember 17, 2016 - 11:01 pm

Dang girl! You make it so enticing. I def want to visit all of these spots now!!

lindsaySeptember 18, 2016 - 1:41 am

what a great trip review. I need to start doing some reviews. They can take you places.

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Carmen's Luxury TravelSeptember 18, 2016 - 3:17 am

All of these hotels look so beautiful! I’ll definitely bookmark this. Thanks for sharing :)

LisaSeptember 18, 2016 - 11:41 am

Thanks for sharing this post…it is very timely, planning a trip next year there. Your pictures definitely captured the beauty of the Dominican Republic. Looks like I could find a few hiking spots to explore as well.

Adaleta AvdicSeptember 18, 2016 - 2:39 pm

I would love to visit the Dominican, and it’s definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing these properties because when you visit new places, part (if not a big part) of your trip is where you stay and how comfortable home base becomes! xx Adaleta Avdic

Anna EnglishSeptember 18, 2016 - 7:53 pm

This looks like an amazing trip!

Carolyna BauerSeptember 18, 2016 - 10:47 pm

So beautiful!! It would be so hard to choose. I prefer all inclusive resorts. XOXO, Carolyna

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ClaireSeptember 19, 2016 - 5:19 am

I love staying at more unique hotels! I think out of this list The Dominican Tree House Village is my fav :)

LaurenSeptember 19, 2016 - 6:32 am

I went to Punta Cana for my honeymoon, but I’d love to go back to the DR! The Tree Houses look awesome!

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Christine Maguire (@thetraveloguer)September 19, 2016 - 1:23 pm

These are all so beautiful, from the surroundings to the decor. I love them all. The Dominican Republic looks amazing!

TaraSeptember 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I’m with you, Sher. I never enjoy all-inclusive resorts. I would love to stay in the tree houses and try the ziplining course with my teenagers. That would be son much fun!

Jessica SheppardSeptember 19, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Wow! The Dominican Republic looks like paradise! The beauty of each lodging location is stunning.The Paradise Cano Hondo hotel is especially beautiful with the waterfalls and rainforests. Definitely reminds me of Jurassic Park!

ElisaSeptember 19, 2016 - 6:29 pm

Wow, all these hotels look like small paradises in a paradise-island! Need to reconsider going to D.R. after this

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLaurenSeptember 19, 2016 - 7:45 pm

These are all so beautiful, I wouldn’t be able to choose! Love hotel posts, thanks for sharing. Happy travels :)

Sridhar Salian @interlude journeySeptember 22, 2016 - 10:58 am

Wow those are absolutely stunning places to stay. I like the way you have described for every travelers to experience in their own interest. Hotel & yacht clubs looks interesting :)

Sridhar Salian @interlude journeySeptember 22, 2016 - 10:59 am

These properties are absolutely stunning places to stay. I like the way you have described for every travelers to experience in their own interest. Hotel & yacht clubs looks interesting :)

VyjaySeptember 26, 2016 - 3:07 am

All these places are incredibly beautiful. Each one has its own unique character and charm. It would be great to spend a day in each of them. Wishful thinking ! Ha Ha :)

NancySeptember 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

Amazing trip for my life. :)

CathySeptember 29, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Stunning photos, I love the beauty of the Dominican Republic. Nice there are so many great options for places to stay!

NicoleOctober 6, 2016 - 3:25 am

I stayed at the Tree House Village last year and was blown away! If you’re okay with sharing your morning coffee with a few lizards running up the wooden banisters then this is this place for you. Such a wonderful experience! That place stole my heart.

MariaOctober 13, 2016 - 8:53 am

The Dominican Republic looks amazing! These are all so beautiful, from the surroundings to the decor. I love them all.

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melody pittmanJuly 10, 2017 - 5:38 pm

Wow, these are all five so sensational! I love the swimming pools and the rustic designs but Paraiso Caño Hondo would be my top pick. ;)

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