This is my first review on TripAdvisor. I felt compelled to write about my positive experience at the Sublime Samana after arriving back this evening.
My wife and I traveled with our 16 month old son to the Sublime Samana Hotel via El Catey airport from JFK, NYC. Jet Blue flys on Wednesday and Saturday directly to the El Catey Airport, making it an easy transfer from the airport to the hotel (20 mins if you take toll road for about 480 RD = $12 US), versus approx 45 min for scenic route.
The hotel is a very well maintained and manicured property set on the beach. The two main pools are connected by longer perpendicular wading lap pools. Looking south of the beach, the scenery is lush mountainous terrain. The contrast of mountains and beach give the hotel a very exotic feel and look.
The Beach: Do you like warm, turquoise colored water? The beach was one of the best I have seen. See attached pics.
The Rooms: Our room, was a comfortable 2BR with a large king bed, two massive bathrooms, huge showers, a great kitchen, spa and outdoor patio (with table and 6 chairs). Extra's like can-openers were available upon request. We shopped at the local "Linda" Supermarket for basics, so the kitchen was very useful for us. The room is restocked with coffee and bottled water each day.
Service: Where do I begin? Nothing was too much for the staff at the Sublime Samana. Our son became quite sick after our 3rd day and required medical assistance. Bruno, the General Manager drove us to and from the local town in Las Terrenas 3 times to see 2 doctors, 3 pharmacies and one pathologist. He was our private driver, translator during the doctor consultations (we speak zero Spanish), psychologist (for worried parents) and blood collection assistant (for our son). I have never had any other manager act in such a kind way.
Karina, Carlos and Jasmin at the front desk were extremely helpful with local and medical advice, phone calls, babysitter bookings. They went out of their way to make our experience very memorable.
Alberto and Raymond at the restaurants were very accommodating, friendly and professional.
Food: Two restaurants with a very international menu catering to all palates. I very much enjoyed the grilled Chillo (local fish), the burger and the cerviche. Raymond makes a mean Capiroska too.
Local Las Terrenas town: It has a very Dominican rustic feel. Like many underdeveloped, but becoming popular beach towns, I think it's only a matter of time before a Starbucks or 7/11 arrive. I give it 5-8 years. It will be a sad day when that happens, so visit before this occurs. Pueblo de los Pescadores has many tasty restaurants.
Hiring a car is essential.
"The Beach Restaurant" in Playa Coson had some of the best food I had eaten in Las Terrenas. The Beach Spaghetti, Tuna Carpaccio and Teriyaki Tuna Steak were melt in your mouth good.
I highly recommend the Sublime Samana.