We stayed for a week at Balcones del Atlantico and really enjoyed it. Las Terrenas is a great area and Balcones is perfectly located because it is about 10 minutes outside the bustling town. We were in a top floor villa which was super comfortable, decorated beautifully, with high end appliances etc. Very spacious and comfortable. The staff was kind but it is not a service oriented place like larger resorts though staff is genuine and always willing to help out if you ask. You usually can find at least one staff who speaks decent English and they were very patient with our attempts at Spanish.
Porto, the restaurant, is stunning and most of the food was quite good and the staff there was really nice.
The beach is narrow but gorgeous and the water is crystal clear most days. Some days were very windy which brought a mild surf and lots of wind surfers to observe but others were calm and created great, calm water for our two little kids. The one odd thing is they had lots of chaise lounges on the beach which should have cushions on them (uncomfortable without) but only a handful of cushions. My other minor complaint is they had a hot tub in our villa and 2 hot tubs by the really nice pools but none were warm-- why have hot tubs if they are going to be cool water?
If you are looking for a place that will entertain your kids for you this is not the place. My kids were perfectly happy swimming all day and playing in the sand but that is pretty much the extent of it.
Las Terrenas (10 min away) has a nice night life and some good restaurants but there are lots of motor bikes, trash, and bustle and I wouldn't have wanted to stay directly in town itself unless you want a lot of activity. I don't recommend walking back from town at night to Balcones which we did one night and it was totally pitch black on the road and the sidewalk is not level.
The other thing is taxis are ridiculously expensive and can take a long time to show up-- cost us $80 to the airport, $20 roundtrip to town (less than 10 min drive), $100 roundtrip to Samana etc. If you are a confident driver who doesn't mind driving on winding single lane, hilly roads you way want to consider renting a car.
I really hope Samana doesn't turn into another Punta Cana because the small resort vibe is a great alternative to the larger mega-resort feel of other parts of the DR.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Xeliter Balcones del Atlántico, the newest luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. Balcones features lavish one- two and three bedroom villa suites, Porto, a beachfront restaurant and bar, and a wide variety of Caribbean vacation activities including watersports, eco-tourism and more. Get the full luxury experience by staying at the Penthouse Villa where you will enjoy a rooftop deck offering incredible views, an impressive private plunge pool, and close to 4000 sq ft. of luxury space for 6 to 7 friends or family. Located on the Dominican Republic's Samaná Peninsula, Balcones del Atlántico is nestled in a lush tropical oasis on nearly a kilometer of Playa Las Terrenas. Discover some of the world's most pristine beaches, untouched landscapes and underwater splendors while enjoying world-class accommodations and amenities. Check out our current Caribbean vacation packages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balcones Del Atlantico, a Rock Hotel Las Terrenas
- Xeliter Balcones Del Atlantico Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic