I travelled with my boyfriend, his teenage son as well as my brother. This was my boyfriends son’s first time ever going anywhere Caribbean. We stayed at the Grand Paradise resort from Feb 5’13 to Feb 12’13.
After our flight we received our luggage and our hotel voucher almost right away. We jumped on a bus which took over an hour and forty five minutes. Immediately we met the two friends (Brandon and Liam) we would party with for the week on the bus. We all had a couple of cold ones on the ride to the hotel. The drive there was dark so it was hard to see anything.
Upon arrival at the resort we checked in and got our two room numbers. The two boys got into their room, however we did not, our card didn’t work, and we could hear a man in the room. We knocked and this man stated this was his room. Reception actually came with us back to the room, knocked again, and the man in that room started to get real pissed off LOL. However, after that issue, they put us in a room next to the boys. The hotel rooms were average, but had a decent bed and a bar fridge, so we were happy. On the plus side, there was a small bottle of Dominican rum waiting in our room’s
The food at this resort is exceptionally good for the Dominican, I was impressed with all the different theme dinners each night. The desserts were just to die for!!! The drink’s were excellent, I never had a complaint. Remember, a tip goes a looooong way, with just a few bucks you can get great prompt bar service with many smiles! We did not try any of the A La Cartes though.
Yes, the locals show up every weekend, and this place gets a little packed. Just be sure and get to the buffet for meals early enough!
We caught a few of the nightly show’s and they were pretty entertaining, we enjoyed them. We really enjoyed the games room right beside the bar down by the beach, it was a great spot. There was a disco; however it was shut down by 1am. This is not a 24 hour club. They did have “snacks” being served at the buffet restaurant by the ocean around midnight each night though! Oh and on a side note, try to bring your own munchies, we bought a bag of Dorito’s and Cheesies and together these cost us almost $20!!!!
The pools were really nice, in good shape with volleyball net, so I was happy.
The beaches are gorgeous, be sure to walk the paths, both to the left and right by the ocean. Watch out for horse dung thou, there are even wild horses running along these paths at night time! Too cool. When you are standing looking out onto the ocean, turn left and follow this path to a small town which was an interesting walk to say the least. There are restaurants and bars in this town. The beaches along the way are just gorgeous. The “mountainous” views were incredible, I was in heaven!!!
Now for the downside.
In the morning of our third day at this resort my boyfriends son walked by a hotel room that had a maid cart out front of it. He happened to peek in and witnessed the maid rummaging through someone’s luggage. Boy was I soooo happy we had locks on all of our luggage’s! BRING LOCKS FOR YOUR LUGGAGE IF YOU GO TO THIS RESORT.
Our friends had a “bungalow” room (ROOM 3124). The front door to this room had at least a one inch gap between the door and the frame. On our very last night at the resort, one of our friends decided it was time to go to bed, while our other friend stayed to party with us. All of a sudden, hours later our friend comes running over to us stating that “someone broke into the room and was rummaging through the luggage’s, it was a staff member in uniform” while he was sleeping! They spoke with security right away who basically shook it off and refused to contact the police. We were told that it would be looked into in the morning…..WHAT??? this guy would be loooong gone by the morning!
Back to the airport.
We got very restless on the last day of the trip and decided that we did not want to take the bus back to the airport, so all 7 of us hired a cab! I’m so glad we did, because we left earlier than the bus and really enjoyed the scenery on our ride.
All in all, pretty resort, nice staff, great food/drinks and good entertainment. If it weren’t for the theft and breach of privacy, then I would have gone back to this resort. The Security/Management didn’t bat an eye about the break in. What if there were kids in this room???
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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