We arrived in Samana just before lunch and were greeted warmly by our Sunwing Rep, Rapmone. He gave us our welcome pkgs from the resort which included our keys. He also gave us the basic information we would need to get our vacation started ie/ towels in rooms, buffet open until 2:00 so that when we got to the resort and were greeted by the staff and given a cocktail we could go directly to our rooms, change, have some lunch and get to a pool or beach.
Our room was very nice, the beds really comfortable with lots of pillows and the shower always had plenty of hot water. Our fridge was restocked daily with Coke, Sprite and lots of water.
The grounds are spectacular and beautiful to wander around and enjoy. There is also a path from the resort to the nearest town, Galeras that runs right beside the sea. I would not go there alone but in a group as there are many vendors that try to get you to buy, just like any other resort area. The view from the beach is incredible.
The beach area is mainly grass with palm trees. You have to move around a bit to find shade throughout the day but there are ample lawn chairs, they are just old and need replacing. Not a big fan of the water as there were a lot of weeds but even then there were places to walk without weeds. The breakers further out take the brunt of the waves so that the area we swam in was pretty calm and great for floating.
The pools are small and there is definitely a "kids" pool and an "adult" pool. Very rarely did we have trouble finding a lounger and some shade. Both areas have bars very close.
If you are going for the food, you will be disappointed as the selection is not great but there was always something to eat.
They need to work on the evening entertainment although their Music Box night was hysterical.
There is just something about Grand Paradise that makes you feel welcomed. We met some really great people on the bus on the way in and spent many a great meal with them.
The only problem we had was that the air conditioner leaked into our shower. But at least it worked great!
Elvido, in the buffet treated us like royalty! Thanks!
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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