I stayed here from October 15-29, 2013, as part of a Sunwing vacation.
I am a very experienced Caribbean traveller, and have been to the DR over 10 times (PC, PP, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica and Sosua). This area is easily one of the most beautiful, but there is a downside to that: Las Galeras is a 4 hour bus ride from the Puerto Plata airport, which the charter companies use in the low season.
I was given an ocean view room right beside the lobby, and close to the main restaurant. The room was pleasant, had an electronic safe, electronic key entry, and was kept well-maintained and well-cleaned (do leave a daily tip, maybe one dollar, for the HK lady). DR cable tv is excellent...lots of good movie channels and some with Spanish subtitles to help you improve your "Espagnol".
The buffet restaurant provided excellent food...I was never bored during the 14 days. There were 2 specialty restaurants as well, by the beach. Several buffet dinners were offered in outdoor venues ( by the main pool and by the beach), and every dinner was theme-based.
There were three pools, several bars, a disco, a wide variety of activities (archery, aerobics, volleyball, etc). Snorkelling is pretty good in the reef-protected bay, and there is an onsite dive shop.
There was only one windsurfer available, and its sail was torn....the waterfront guys are more interested in selling you dives or instruction......this was the only annoying part of the resort.
The beach is rather narrow, but very pretty and about 400 metres long....there are local vendors, but they are not intrusive and learn to leave you alone if you aren't interested.
In January and February, humpback whales from Newfoundland winter here....their displays are spectacular and well worth a boat trip.
The little village of Las Galeras is a leisurely 15 minute walk away along the beach,and La Samana is about 25 minutes away by car.
The clientele was mostly German, with some French, and a few Canadian and Americans. There were non-smoking areas in the restuarants.
I experienced a very enjoyable, albeit very quiet vacation with temperatures in the low 30sC and only 3 days of cloud/rain.
The only negative was the long bus transfer.
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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