Like others who have written reviews, this was our first trip to the Dominican and at an all exclusive resort. We were already of the mindset that we were travelling to a third world country and that sure helped upon our arrival. The resort held no surprises as we checked out many videos and pictures and have read several of the reviews and we felt very prepared for what we were in for. We were even prepared by our travel agent that the bus trip would be longer than would be indicated by the driver and guide on board. They said 1.5 hours and were were three. Mind you, there is alot of road construction en route to the resort.
Check in was very quick and so was their response to getting our t.v. repaired. That was done within an hour. The food was good and didn't vary a whole lot with the exception of the food the chef cooked right in front of you as every evening, they had a different theme. My two complaints about the food is that it was always cold and didn't vary a whole lot. Breakfast became a bore for me.
The entertainment was well worth watching and I don't know much about the activities put on by their staff and I actually thought it was only for the french tourists at the resort so we never participated in any. Even though we were met with rain for our first three days, we didn't mind as we used the days to explore the village for shopping and the hills which held a pleasant surprise. There was a gentlemen up there who opened up a bar and restaurant. He will drop down and pick you up at the resort, take you to the hill for dinner and drinks and drive you back.
The excursions were very expensive to purchase both through Air Canada and through the resort. After paying for one excursiion, we discovered that you could buy three at a time for a third of the price in the village. We were disappointed by that, however, live and learn is our theory.
When the sun finally showed itself, the beach area was definitely the place to be. There were plenty of loungers for every body to use and close to the lunch/snack bar. There were two bars ready to accomodate us Canadians who like to cool off with a nice cold beer or rum.
As for some of the reviews I have read, so what if the horses poop in the fields? Nobody goes there anyways.
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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