The north coast fishing village of “Las Terrenas” was virtually unknown a decade ago. Situated in Samana Province, in the country’s northeast coast, the province was known for its incredibly pristine beauty. Today, the beauty and new dynamism of Las Terrenas has caught the attention of important tourism publications such as Conde Nast Traveller and Fodors. Both publications highlight the region’s hotels, which range from small apartments to luxury villas and first-class hotels. AccessDR has prepared an updated list of the region’s finest hotels.
After international media outlets began to write about the region’s incredible beauty, Las Terrenas has attracted the attention of international travelers. Today, Las Terrenas has become a magnet for international tourists looking for beautiful beaches, comfortable and safe accommodations, delicious cuisine and exciting nightlife.
Before the tourism industry began to dominate the region, Las Terrenas was a quiet fishing village surrounded by rich farmland. Today, this northeast village is now dotted with small and large hotels, luxury villas and condos. An example is The Peninsula House or the Sublime Samana. All hotel facilities have been designed to provide guests with fine Dominican hospitality and a host of sports-related activities.
AccessDR has prepared a detailed list of some of the region’s finest destinations. Those looking to escape to a piece of unspoiled paradise should stop and read the list.
Hotels Ready to Fit Individual Tastes and Budgets
“Residencia del Paseo”:
This apartment complex features 80 units (with air conditioning, hot water, cable TV and kitchen) and is situated just steps from downtown “Las Terrenas.” The complex also features a swimming pool, bar, massage center, and a la carte restaurant. Breakfast may be included in the package. Rates range from US$65 to US$95 per day. Telephone: 809 240-6778. For more information: www.residenciadelpaseo.com.
Situated in Playa Bonita, the hotel has been around for 34 years. It is a favorite destination for artists and writes looking for peace and quiet. The 18-room facility features a rustic décor. Its restaurant, run by Chef Gerard Prystasz, who was once the personal chef of French President Francois Mitterrand is a major attraction. Everything in the hotel has an air of antiquity. An important detail: pets are allowed. Rates average US$110 to US$190, depending on the season and include breakfast. For details: www.hotel- atlantis- lasterrenas.com.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the hotel features 26 one/two/three bedroom apartments. Although the hotel is known for its luxury details, it manages to provide guests with a home away from home feeling. Each unit features a terrace with a private Jacuzzi. The hotel’s spa and main restaurant, run by Chef Cristian Baez, are situated right on the beach. Telephone: 809 240-5050. Information: www.sublimesamana.com.
The hotel is situated in the town’s Fishing Village, a complex featuring various restaurants and shops just steps from a beautiful beach. The 31 one/two bedroom apartments also feature an outdoor balcony, fully equipped kitchen and air conditioning. The building’s rooftop pool overlooks the nearby beach. There’s also a children’s play area. Rates: US$85 to US$285, breakfast not included. Please visit www.caribey.net for more information.
Balcones del Atlántico:
Once you step into the complex, you will be surrounded by a true luxury setting. The complex features 30 villas (one/two/three bedrooms), each with its own private bath, flat-screen TV, fully equipped kitchen and large terraces with Jacuzzi. Also: two large swimming pools, an oceanfront bar, a children’s play area, spa and its popular Porto Restaurant. Rates begin at US$250 a day, including breakfast. More information available: www.balconesdelatlantico.com.do.
Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo:
The beauty of this complex is that it has various areas, depending on the needs and likes of the guests. The 462-room facility provides areas for those who like on-going activities and specific areas for those who prefer a peaceful stay. It even features a “Relaxation” swimming pool. There are five bars and restaurants to choose from, a water park, kids club, shopping area, disco and spa. Telephone: 809 240-6100. Please visit: www.bahia – principe.com for more information.
The 54 apartment facility (featuring fully furnished one and two bedroom units), also provides guests with comfortable balconies, telephone and Wi Fi services. Also: a swimming pool, spa with jacuzzi, plus one of the finest restaurants in the area. Rates range from US$125 to US$420, and include breakfast. Please visit: www.aliseihotelspa.com.
The Peninsula House:
In 2013 this boutique hotel was included on the list of the top 100 hotels and resorts in the world, and on the exclusive list of the best resorts in the Caribbean. The selection was made by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. According to the publication, the hotel was “simply perfect.” Situated in a six-bedroom 18th century Victorian house, the hotel is elegant and romantic, surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and just steps away from the beach. The facility was designed by French architect Serge Robi. For more details: www.thepeninsulahouse.com.