Take a look at the most romantic hotels in Samana Province.
The Dominican Tree House Village -- a two-pearl little gem -- sits high in Samana's jungle. The property includes zip-line tours, a pool, bar and restaurant, and a 20 cabins, all of which require clambering up winding wooden steps to sleep. The travelers who stay here are a self-selecting crowd. Not everyone can deal with the rustic accommodations (most rooms lack private bathrooms) and some might get bored without Wi-Fi or cell-phone service. However, sleeping high above the tree line in the depths of the Dominican jungle isn't a thing to be missed. Those wanting a bit more comfort could also consider the hand-built wooden villas at Chalet Tropical Village, which has more modern amenities but an equally eco-friendly focus.
The D.R.’s only luxury resort set on its own island, the Luxury Bahia Cayo Levantado offers a relaxing atmosphere for couples and families. There are scenic beaches, beautiful pools, and some of the best rooms in the country (each with private Jacuzzi tubs). The beauty is incredible, but the dining and service lag behind even less expensive resorts.
With three al fresco restaurants, a lovely lobby lounge, two infinity pools with ocean views, and a modern spa, the Bannister Hotel is an upscale boutique option. All of its 33 spacious suites come with full kitchens and private balconies. Set on a quiet, picturesque marina (sadly without a beachfront), the gated property feels worlds away from downtown Samana, but it’s only a 15-minute drive to the town’s dining, shopping, and nightlife scene. Guests looking for a beachfront alternative may want to consider the nearby Xeliter Vista Mare Samana.
Located on a remote stretch of one of the D.R.’s best beaches, this quiet all-inclusive is 90 minutes from the closest airport and nowhere near any attractions. But the hassle is worth it -- comfortable rooms, a luxury spa, excellent service, and a tranquil setting. Though the buffet is average, the a la carte dining is a cut above.
With two cliffside infinity pools, a pristine, white sand beach, and a hilltop restaurant with stunning views of Cayo Levantado, the three-and-a-half pearl Xeliter Vista Mare Samana ticks many of the must-have boxes for an essential beachfront getaway. 87 apartments are among the largest, most luxurious, and feature-rich accommodations in Samana province. The secure, gated property feels worlds away from the hustle of nearby Samana, though it’s only 20 minutes by car from the town’s dining, shopping, and nightlife scene. Families may want to check out the nearby Grand Paradise Samana, it has a kids' pool and calm beach.
The mid-range Grand Paradise Samana is an all-inclusive, beachfront hotel with three outdoor pools, multiple on-site restaurants and bars, evening entertainment, and fun extras like bikes and kayaks to borrow. Its 420 guest rooms are definitely dated with tube-style TV and ugly striped bedspreads. Some rooms have kitchenettes and beautiful ocean views from private balconies. It's a five-minute drive to the resort area of Las Galeras and a slew of restaurants. Wi-Fi is pricey and there's an extra charge for use of the in-room safe, though tips, buffet meals, alcohol, and access to the kids' club are included with the all-inclusive rate. This is a family-friendly resort with a raucous and party vibe. For a more luxurious beach resort, check out the nearby Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo.