I am a backpacker and rarely feel so inspired by a hostel to write a review online, but as I sit here overlooking the bay and watching this sunset, preparing for a starry night watered down with delicious Dominican-rum Cuba Libres, I truly feel compelled to let others know how exceptional this place is. The restaurant is famous (and by reservation only) with good reason - its views are evocative of and second only in my travels to watching the sunrise from a Greek whitewashed roof on Santorini in Greece, and the food (the seafood in particular) is out of this world fresh and delectable.. I arrived sight unseen to this place a good ways from the town of Las Galeras - a 30min walk or 10 minute motoconcho ride - and they only had a hammock available (300 pesos, about $7.50) but the next day they moved me into the treehouse (queen bed, very rustic and intimate, 750 pesos, about $18) and both hammock and treehouse exceeded this backpacker's expectations (although I would recommend calling ahead for availability and/or making a reservation). The Bulgarian owners have literally treated me like a son since I arrived, and they are perhaps two of the nicest hotel/hostel owners I have ever met in my travels. Coming off a breakup, and traveling solo, this place has in three days done what little else could to help me enjoy my stay. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, for its views, its ridiculously affordable prices, its remote location away from the rest of Samana's tourism but very close to some of its most prized beaches, its food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and even drinks), and the warm and intimate service offered by these incredibly friendly people. In all of my travels, this place is a clear "10" with absolutely no hesitation or reservation whatsoever.
Pros: Views, service, food, hiking, isolation, intimacy
Cons: far from town (would not be ideal for those without their own transport, those who don't enjoy walking, or those unwilling to pay 100 pesos/$2.50 each time they need to go into town)