I just stayed here during a week-long yoga retreat, and this was one of the best vacations I've ever taken. The resort is a 3 hour drive from Santo Domingo airport, or 5+ hours from Punta Cana. You are definitely not in the super-touristy resort areas, which was a plus for me. The views are amazing, the rooms are clean, and the food was terrific (most food grown locally). The staff is wonderful, and definitely helped to make it a great experience. All of the rooms are separate buildings, and there are enough stairs/space/trees/plants separating you that you don't necessarily see your neighbors! There is also a beautiful infinity pool to lounge by. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
I just spent 9 days at the Samana Ocean View in a New Years retreat. Rooms were like small cottages; cozy, clean, private with tremendous views. The yoga studio was like none I'd ever practiced in; it looked out over the bay. The food was good; they mixed local with some food my group had asked for (vegan and vegetarian requests). The people were accommodating, friendly and really made sure that we were always comfortable and happy.
There were several day trips organised to the Waterfall, nearby beaches...those were interesting and added to the positive experience of the trip
Larissa is a superstar - she manages the hotel with real style!
This 14 unit complex is primarily designed for groups but during our five day stay we had the place to ourselves. The pictures accurately reflect the beauty and tranquility of this place. A car is needed as SOV is isolated, but the charming village of Las Galeras is a short drive away. If you get the opportunity to stay at SOV, I would highly recommend staying here! The river tubing excursion is fun, wonderfully relaxing, and not to be missed.
Samana Ocean View is absolutely amazing - the view from the huge swimming pool and from each bungalow is spectacular! It was a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Our group of friends had a lot of fun. Michael (one of the owners) was very helpful giving us great excursion recommendations. We'll visit again!