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“Incredible Resort and Staff!” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Paradise Samana
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Las Galeras, Samana, Dominican Republic, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic (Formerly Casa Marina Bay)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Las Galeras
Tillsonburg, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Incredible Resort and Staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

My family and I thought this resort was excellent! We travelled february 19th-26th and the weather was amazing. Everything was very clean and well kept, the rooms were very nice, but if there ever was a problem, Sam the rooms division manager was always smiley, friendly and happy to help make sure everything was working properly in your room. The food was very good and the disco was always a blast thanks to three of the workers carlos, johanse and robinson, they know how to make some delicious drinks! The beach, as well as the scenery was absolutely beautiful! Beside the resort is a small village, where there is lots of shopping and a few nice restaurants to enjoy. Its only about a ten minute walk through a path along the beach. The main town Samana is only about a 30 minute drive (theres taxi services at the resort), there is more shopping there and definitely worth the drive. Since we loved the resort so much, my mom and I have purchased tickets to go back for march 24th, we are overloaded with excitement! I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Milton, Ontario, Canada
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Thank you to all the Staff Members of the Grand Paradise Samana for making my first vacation such an incredible one! Everyone was very friendly, and helpful. The Photo Staff were a lot of fun, The animation team was absolutely amazing, in particular Yessi, Zapata, Daniel, and Frank! They definitely made the vacation!!!! The Buffet was always changing, and the food was good, sometimes a little cold, but overall not too bad. I recommend the fish! We didn't get a chance to try the A la carte's, however we didn't hear the greatest about them, the buffet however never seased to amaze us. The evening shows were a lot of fun! Don't miss them! You'll have loads of fun! Overall the Grand Paradise Samana was a wonderful resort. The beauty surrounding the hotel gave it a homey feel, and not like you were in some fancy hotel, it was compareable to being at a nice cottage! The landscaping was phenomenal. Other then Gecko's there weren't really bugs around either.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is NOT a 4 star resort but is a nice place to just kick back and enjoy a relaxing vacation. The grounds are quite picturesque however, the beach has a lot of seaweed and is quite eroded in many places. For the most part the staff is friendly and efficient. The maid service is somewhat unreliable however, towels removed and not replaced, bathroom not cleaned in 7 days, soap not replaced, etc. The food is pretty good although the buffet lacks variety, different themes each day but pretty much the same food every day. If you plan on visiting this resort make sure your carrier flies into the Samana airport which is only a 90 minute drive away. If you fly into Puerto Plata be ready for a minimum 4 hour drive. Beware of the excursions some of them are quite treacherous, particularly the horse ride to the falls.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Travelled Feb 26/13 to Mar 5/13 as a family.

The resort itself is dated and in need of much refurbishment. The rooms are very old and our toilet backed up the second day. The maintenance personnell do not speak English at all. Tips to bartenders do not matter if you are a young girl as all they want to do is to 'bed' you. The disco fills up on Sunday when the locals leave. The alcohol is generic but they do make the drinks strong.

The beach is full of seaweed. I would reccomend if you like to snorkel to go with the natural Acquarium on the beach for 15$ you get almost 2 hours. We saw tons of fish and other sea creatures.

Overall, I believe the brand Amhsa Marina who manages the Grand Paradise brand needs to retire as it is the same thing no matter if you go to Samana or Puerto Plata.

A tip for those travelling with teens and young people, you will not go off the resort to go clubbing nor will the animation team take you off the resort at night. Your only entertainment past the night time show which ends at 10:30 pm is to get drunk with your new found friends by the beach bar.

Room Tip: Block 1000 is close to buffet and far away from disco.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The staff and the animation make the hotel. In particular, Leocalina Trinidad at the buffet restaurant, and the sweet girl at the kids club were just amazing...the cleaning staff was also very kind. The hotel is not a 4 star. The beach is eroding. Sad to see. The a la carte restaurants are not worth it. The seafood is not fresh and you are better off sticking to the buffet. All in all, the weather was great, the vacation was pleasant, and we enjoyed our stay. The shows at night are hillarious! Great job animators! The kids had a blast. Avoid the drive from Puerto Plata if you can. If you find a great price, then it is worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for the newer rooms. Buildings 5 to 7. 2nd floors have better working toilets.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrie, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Thank-you to the all the staff at Grand Paradise Samana for a wonderful vacation over March break. This resort may not be a 5 star resort but has everything you would expect and more at an all inclusive resort. We travelled with kids age 7 and 9 they loved the kids club, mini disco and games room.The main buffet was always hot,fresh and tasty. Like any buffet at any resort I've travelled after day 4 or 5 it gets a little repetitive. The beach buffet could use a little improvement, dishes were not kept hot but served fries at lunch time. The beach was not as nice as ones in Punta Cana or Cuba little beach front and lots of plant life in the water. From the front desk staff to the bar staff were exceptional, friendly and helpful. The pools were clean and chairs plentiful. The resort was close to capacity when we were there but you would not know it this resort is small, the perfect size for a little R&R. The rooms were adequate, linens could use updating and not being allowed to flush toilet paper bothered our 9 year old. We were pleasantly surprised after reading some of the previous reviews. Over all a great vacation and a great resort price vs value.

Room Tip: We were in a building on the third floor close to the disco, we had no problem with noise at night.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday at the Grand Paradise Samana 28.2.-11.3.2013! I was here last year before and had to return here! Was a beautiful moment and a lot of wonderful experiences! Beautiful place! Very friendly and welcoming staff! A lot of dancing! Everything was perfect! I'd go back now!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Las Galeras, Samana, Dominican Republic, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic (Formerly Casa Marina Bay)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Las Galeras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Paradise Samana 3*
Number of rooms: 420
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Also Known As:
Grand Paradise Samana Hotel Las Galeras
Casa Marina Bay
Grand Paradise Samana Las Galeras
Grand Paradise Samana Dominican Republic

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