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“Wow--glad we came to this beautiful place” 5 of 5 stars
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Xeliter Vista Mare Samana
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera Samana - Las Galeras Km. 12 | Samana, 00000, Dominican Republic   |  
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“Wow--glad we came to this beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We rented a 1 BR condo from the owner, very pleased with the rate. Incredible view of Samana Bay. Two private beaches for this community of about 100 units. Gorgeous beaches but a very steep paved walk up and down! Pools are lovely, food is great, good attentive service. Prices ok in restaurant but 28 percent service charge adds up. Not too full, was very peaceful, with other guests both Dominican and international. One US ex-pat said he prefers this to the all-inclusive resorts. Pretty isolated, local Dominican communities nearby, poor, few things to buy and no regular markets. A $20 taxi ride one way to Samana town, which is still pretty basic. We didn't have a car, so didn't get out much but we were very happy here. Did a fantastic tour with Terry 's Tours to national park and Cayo Levantado.

Internet in bar / restaurant makes it kind of a community center. Made some good friends. Feel very secure here, gated community, security guys always on beach. Great waves, which as a bodysurfer I love.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about this property. From the accomodations, to the staff, to the food, to the great facilties (pools, beaches, gym, spa). I tried them all and will absolutely be back.

Reading other reviews, let me clarify some of the negatives (that had me concerned before arriving). The big one is the "hill". Yup, it is a very steep climb - took me all week to be able to walk to the top without being left breathless, and I work out. But that is the price you pay to be in a secluded cove with two (!) private beaches. If mobility is an issue, please let the staff know when you book that you prefer an upper apartment.

The apartments are very comfortable, especially the beds. I agree that there are some minor issues with the quality of the furniture, but the staff is aware of this and are happy to fix/replace items when they know about them. Having a full kitchen to cook in and a washer/dryer is a HUGE plus in my books. Took full advantage of both. There is a small store that is in the pool/restaurant area that sells pretty much everything you need (including laudry soap). If you need dish soap, ask the maid and she will be happy to provide some. For bigger food purchases there is a large supermarket in Santa Barbara that can provide pretty much everything. Don't forget a cigar clip if you want to enjoy some local product.

The staff was wonderful and managed two difficult and stressful situations for me with grace and function. For that I am sincerely grateful. Like anywhere in the Dominican, you should learn some basic Spanish or carry a translation/dictionary app to communicate what you need. Work with them, and trust me, they will work with you.

The gym is a bit run down, but functional if a workout is part of your daily schedule. Free weights, two stationary bikes, a treadmill, and a universal machine are available, They are not up the standard of a North American fitness gym, but this is a rarity in the Dominican and I was easily able to adapt my workout with what was available.

The restaurant produced consistently good food and has a reasonable wine selection at every price point. Being able to dine al fresco while watching the sun go down each evening was a highlight and something I wll long remember. Thanks to Humberto, Miguel and Jose for the attentive and professional service.

Finally, do take the opportunity to use the spa. They offer basic treatments and mostly massage. The three massages I had with Freddy were incredible. He correctly identified existing stress and previous injuries on the first visit and adapted his techniques to help work out these areas. I was amazed. This man is a complete professional and a bargain for the prices for his excellent service. Cannot recommend this enough.

Of note, while this is a quiet time for the hotel, it was evident that the staff was working very hard to get everything ready for the busy season that starts with Christmas. Hot tubs were being tested and repaired, new paint everywhere, and inventories taken of all the units. This is a management team that cares about your time here and the impression they leave. Let them know that you appreciate it.

As a local told me "I dream of the day I can hold my wedding at Vista Mare". I hope for him that day comes soon and in the meantime, I will dream until my next trip back to this magic spot in Samana.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Located on a cliff in between two stunning coves Vista Mare is a good value option when visiting Samana' peninsula. Very close to amazing beaches the condos are brand new and with amazing views.The restaurant is ok , the pool is great , the water of the ocean has strong currents in this location , so be aware. The other problem is that the property is on a ripid cliff , so you need a car go around the resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

if you are in Samana i recommend to stay in a very quiet and confortable hotel. Amazing view of Samana bay, good service, roomy apartments. Located in the middle of interesting places.. A great scape that anone can afford..

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dominican Republic
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Where do I being? I visit this hotel with my girlfriend a couple of months ago and stayed a whole weekend on a one bedroom suite. The view you get from the room is simple amazing, you can easily spot the boats roaming around "Cayo Levantado" and view of the cayo itself is simply mind-blowing. The room itself was very clean, the furniture superb and the don't even get me started on the service, everyone was just so helpful and willing to help! The beach feels like a private and exclusive beach because it's hidden inside the complex and infinity pool is just great. The food on the restaurant was REALLY really good and cheap when you compare it to other hotels.

I would definitely stay here again anyday, I loved everything during my stay! I'd definitely recommend this hotel if you're visiting Samana.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

If you visit samaná, i recommend stay in Vista Mare. Great food, great place to spend an unforgettable weekend, amazing view, good service and the apartments are very nice, modern, spacious, equipped, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

BEAUTIFUL view. The place has a very simple, clean and modern design. Very quiet surroundings, great place to rest. When I first saw the view from the apartment i was just speechless.

It really is a great place and at a great value.

You have the option of bringing and preparing your own food in the fully-equipped kitchen each apartment has or you can go to the restaurant which is similarly priced to other restaurants in the area.

The private beach was clean, quiet, and had a comfortable resting area. The trip to the pool was long and a little steep so we had to go with our car, but I really didn't mind.

This is not your usual commercial and touristy hotel.

I looks come back and would recommend it in a heartbeat!!!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Carretera Samana - Las Galeras Km. 12 | Samana, 00000, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Samana Province
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Samana Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Xeliter Vista Mare Samana 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista Mare is a place where style and service converge in such a way that it will forever change the way you view the word vacation. The resort is located on Samana - Las Galeras Road (RD 5), just 55 minutes away from El Catey International Airport, and 30 minutes away from the soon to be opened golf course Las Terrenas Country Club. At Vista Mare you will enjoy of luxurious accommodation with spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, private terraces and many other amenities such as concierge services and personalized attention at the swimming pool area, to assure you have plenty of time to relax. Vista Mare is the best in modern hospitality. 87 ocean view residences, fully equipped, divided into 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments. Designed to be ideally located on a hill site of breathtaking views of the private beach, located in a secluded bay of turquoise waters. Amenities and facilities in the hotel: A la Carte Restaurant, Bar Lounge, Mini Market, Gym, Concierge, Swimming Pool, Two Beaches of Exclusive use, Cable TV, Internet, Beach Club, Kids Club, 24/7 Security, WIFI Internet available in common areas and mini bar in each accommodation. Vista Mare features an A la Carte menu with the best local and International meals prepared by our skilled chefs. Fresh from the ocean seafood and imported meats combined with our tropical atmosphere to make your dining an enjoyable and unforgettable experience while choosing your preferred dish from our varied menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at El Cayo Restaurant.The location is ideal for outdoor activities such as sailing, excursions, trekking, sightseeing and one of the most spectacular attractions in the Caribbean, the yearly whale watching season. ... more   less 
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