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Grand Paradise Samana
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Las Galeras
Ottawa, Canada
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“Beautiful relaxing vacation!”
Reviewed April 13, 2011

(sorry, long review :-) )

First of all, you should be aware that this is a 3 star resort in the Dominican, not a 5 star resort in the USA, and is in a rural area. If you’re looking for a high class resort or a super clubby area, or somewhere the staff won’t look you in the eye, don’t go here.

However, if you’re looking for beautiful relaxing scenery, staff who are conversational and friendly, luscious greenery and lots of nature excursions close by, a gorgeous beach and calm waters, this is the place for you.

My friend and I went from Apr. 1-8, and had a blast. The white sand beach was beautiful, palm trees everywhere, and calm turquoise water. There was often seaweed on the beach, but that wasn’t a big deal to us. I’d only recommend snorkelling there if you aren’t an experienced snorkeler- I saw 3 different types of fish around the beach area. They were pretty!

The food was good – buffet style, and it’s not the Ritz, but always a healthy and hearty selection, something for everyone. The chicken at the snack bar by the beach was especially tasty. The water they leave in your rooms daily tastes kind of nasty from the treatment process, so if you want water to bring with you anywhere or to your room, bring an empty water bottle to a meal and get it filled up. There’s always fresh water available at all the bars/restaurants as long as their open. Our drinks were also always strong and tasty, and the bartenders are happy to make it how you like. We didn’t get sick and were careful to brush our teeth with the water in our fridge, but it’s always best to play it safe, so bring immodium just in case.

The area is great for taking excursions – we booked before leaving with Razor tours, and were pleased with the trips. El Limon waterfalls were beautiful (be sure to bring tipping money for your horse guide!!), and Los Haitises is great for nature lovers but keep in mind it’s a boat trip. I hear the ATV excursion is awesome as well. We would have loved to make it to Playa Rincon but never had the time.

People have complained about the staff and the language, but we were pleasantly surprised – most of the front desk staff, travel reps, entertainment staff and bar workers spoke Spanish, English, and sometimes French/German. Don’t expect your maids and other lower-paid employees to speak your language though, obviously. Our Sunwing rep Luis was often available, and we ran into him a lot. The entertainment staff was always friendly and outgoing, and very pleasant. They are all multilingual, and can readily communicate in Spanish, English, French, and I believe German as well. We loved them!! Check out their shows by the main buffet area every night, they are always so creative! The photographers were great, and take your pictures regardless of whether you are going to buy them or not. Definitely let them do it!! The nightlife isn’t amazing, since it’s strictly the people on the resort – some nights its busy and some not. We went dancing there every night though and had lots of fun. I highly recommend letting the Entertainment Staff take you for a dance or two though, it’s super fun!!

Our room was always cleaned well every day. It wasn’t a brand new room, but we had no real complaints. We didn’t travel to the Dominican to sit in our rooms all day. We also barely saw any insects, so maybe that’s seasonal. The air conditioning is controlled by your one room key, which I thought was good and efficient for a 3rd world country. Internet wasn’t too bad, 3$ for a half hour (one-time use though). Considering the location, I can’t complain. Phone calls were expensive, so avoid those if possible.

One thing I would stress is tipping – it means a lot to the workers there, and ensures even better service. We left our maid 2$ / day, and generally tipped ~4$ a day in singles to various bartenders (we drank a bunch). A dollar here or there is much appreciated. I’d recommend about 50$ in American singles to be safe for a week’s stay. You can use American money to pay for things in most areas of DR that get tourists, so we didn’t even bother bringing pesos.

All in all, we had a fantastic time!!
We will definitely try to come back someday!!
-Kim from Canada

Room Tip: Rural area, 3 star, beautiful location
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

Amazing, beautiful area this was. The resort was fine, and well maintained. There was always lots to do be it relaxing on the beach, by the pool or taking in the excursions that SAMANA has to offer. The sights and sounds give you the best feeling of gratitude for this area. I travelled with my two children and mother and there were no complaints from them about this place. My 15 yr old had a great time and my 11yr old had a great time with the kids club especially at the Mini Disco with Jessi. She even participated in a Mini Fashion show for evening entertainment. The Animation team performed wonderfully, always energetic, always smiling and full of laughs. This team, worked all day and into the evening to entertain everyone. The buffets were good, food was kept hot, always a selection of traditional and regular meals. The rooms were good, stayed cool throughout the day while we were away. Our room was always clean. The pools were cleaned everyday, morning, and afternoon. The beach was combed early morning and kept clean. Lots of activities at the beach which include, water sizes, archery, mini olympics which were funny to watch. We did three excursions while we were there. EL LIMON - Amazing waterfall. This is a must see but be prepared to hike down a steep portion of the mountain to get to the waterfall. Take water with you to drink for your tour to the waterfall, wether it's hiking, or by horse. Very hot. There is a little place to purchase water and pop before you go down the mountain. Bring a little extra money to tip your horse leader as they walk the whole way with you. Once we returned to the top, we were treated to a buffet lunch which was provided. Take Running shoes, they do provide rubber boots and helmets for you. LOS HAITAS National Park - All day excursion, This is a must if you are interested in Nature, birds and scenery. CATAMARAN/SNORKEL ADVENTURE - This was an exciting excursion to end our busy days. Well worth your money, our crew enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs. Snorkelling was great experience for first timers. We had lunch on the local beach, spent a few hours there, then back on the catamaran for more enjoyment with waves splashing and dips the kids really enjoyed this. The Photographers at the resort are really good. I was leary of them at first snapping pictures as i wasn't expecting this at all, but after getting to know them and seeing their work i have taken home alot of memories of photos they took of my family on our vacation. Amazing experience and sure hope to go back in the future so i can really enjoy the tranquility and realxation.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Amherstburg, Canada
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

After reading the reviews, i didnt expect much, but was pleasantly surprised how great of value and nice this place was. The food was EXCELLENT, the beaches are just awesome crystal clear blue, shallow which is perfect for walking out far, great for kids ( although didnt travel with them) the entertainment was fun, beach water aerobics was fun, the staff are great, they seem to go the extra for you, the drink menu / list you can pretty much get anything you want, they have a very cool kids club that i want to come back and take my kids.
The rooms were spacious, clean, somewhat updated, although I really missed my own bed, the beds are a bit too firm for my taste. I barely seen any bugs at all, which i seen others complain about. So if you are going to have a great tie and make the best of your trip for you dollar, this place is great!!! I also read about the locals " invading" the hotel on weekends, and that is so not the case, sure a few families PAID to come enjoy the day poolside and dress up for a nice dinner, SO WHAT, its not like it was an invasion!
So if you are one who likes to complain, you might just find it terrible,,, but if you decide to go.. enjoy!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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woodstock, ontario
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

This is not a 5 star resort and all the frills that go with it. It's better. Unspoiled, lush, peaceful, a true Adam & Eve garden.

The beds are hard, you have to pour your own coffee and ladies don't wear shoes with heels and other than that, it is fabulous!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

This was our first trip to an all-inclusive, but not to a developing country. The Grand Paradise Samana is a very good place to stay. The staff is friendly and helpful, and staff who speak English are easily found. The food was very, very good. Simple dishes but unique, flavorful, and well prepared. Desserts were amazing. Breakfast was my favorite meal because of the wide assortment of rolls and breads along with heartier fare of meats & eggs, and healthy fare of yogurts, cereals, and fruits. Our room was always clean (much cleaner than the hotel we stayed at in Santo Domingo), and the grounds of the resort were very well kept. Pools were clean and in an area with a party/picnic atmosphere. We particularly appreciated that one of the pools was shallow with zero-depth entry and various nets for water sports, while the other main pool was at a depth of adult chest-level. This resulted in the kids staying in one and the adults in the other. The shows at night varied wildly. The song & dance reviews were very well done and highly enjoyable. The game show-type shows were not to our liking, but many others enjoyed them. A great surprise was that hotel services, such as laundry and gift shop items, were more than reasonably priced; there was no American-style hotel price gouging. A short walk along the beach takes you right into Las Galeras, which is definitely worth a visit.

This is a resort for relaxation. There are several activities available, but they are mostly low-impact and individual. We went kayaking several times, played badminton and ping pong. Also available were putt-putt, archery, volleyball, water aerobics, and stretching (free); and scuba, horseback riding, and snorkeling ($). Boat trips and excursions are also available.

A few things we disliked about the resort: drinks were in tiny plastic cups except at meals; Wifi was available in one location only and cost $3 for 30 minutes; there could be better in-room information on the laundry service, meal seating, and scheduled activities; more of the beach front should be cleared of sea grass each day; vendors along the beach front were annoying, frequent, and came every single day.

The trip from Santo Domingo to Samana is 2 hours by coach, at a price of about US $8. Very smooth, clean drive; highly recommend. The taxi from S.D. airport to the Caribe Tours bus station is about US $35. Taxi from Samana bus station to resort is about 30 minutes, and should cost US $40 according to hotel rates (4/2011). There is an airport at Samana. Save time & $$ and try to fly in there.

Bring a stack of $1 bills with you to hand out in tips. This was one of the best pieces of advice I picked up online before going, and it is worth repeating. Taxi drivers, porters, bartenders, maids...they all stay happy and eager to please for those extra couple dollars.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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saskatchewan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2011

we stayed at the grand paradise samana from march 22-29 and all i can say is it was fantastic, not sure what all the complaining is about. my saying when taking a vacation is its only as good as u make it. For those who complain all the time there is just no pleasing them even 5 star resorts have something wrong so always be cautious when reading reviews since some people will just never be pleased and always remeber u get what u pay for.

with that said this is how i felt about my stay at grand paradise samana:

Staff: were amazing, the front desk was very quick at checking everyone in, the cleaning ladys did awesome jobs, the staff who waitressed in the buffet were awesome always there to get drinks and take away dirty plates. The animation team were amazing, i dont think some people understand just how hard they work they are there from early hours in the morning till atleast 2 am working there butts off, and id just like to say they did an amazing job, the shows were great specially the jukebox show Micheal Jackson was fantastic and i would like to thank blondie for the butt shaking lessons but thanks to every one else for the entertainment...Watch Out was also great company, always entertaining us.
Beach/pool: the beach was beautiful and there was never a lack of chairs or space. the beach was well kept and always had workers walking up and down the beach raking.. there was always some kind of activie to do by the beach to entertain. The pool was always clean, some people didnt appreciate the noise at the main pool but thats why there was a quite pool back by buildings 6 and 7.
Food and Drinks: We ate at the buffet and the beach snack bar only and they were both awesome. I have a sea food allergy and even on seafood nights i still found plenty to eat. no one from our group was ever sick. the drinks were great and the bar staff at the pool bar were really good to use. Juan who worked at the sports bar every night was so great always very happy, we really enjoyed his service. The disco was amazing best disco i have had on a resort they played a variety of music and people of all ages enjoyed the disco till closing at 2 am.
Rooms: ours was great we were in building 8 and it was awesome. always clean no bugs, beds were comfortable and there was never a lack of water pressure or hot water. and the hotel is older so yes there is probably a need for some maitenece in some rooms and around the hotel but honestly who lets that ruin there vacation.

The resort was a 5 min walk from town which was not a big deal and the town was small but the people were friendly. the bus ride from samana was an hour and a half but we lucked out and arrived and departed during day light and the senery was beautiful.
All i know is i loved this resort and the people were amazing, i find dominican people to be the friendleliest hardest working people in the world and that is why over everywhere i have travelled the dominican is my favourite place to travel to.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

Staff was great. Seafood and chicken dishes were awesome but beef dishes were like leather. Drinks were good but selection could be better. Rooms were clean but out dated. Matress could have been better and there was no iron in the room. Water pressure was very low and never any hot water in the shower. Staff was really friendly and helpful. Amazing location and locals are not pushy. Never had to reserve a beach chair. Scenery and hospitality outweigh the negatives.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Property: Grand Paradise Samana
Address: Las Galeras, Dominican Republic (Formerly Casa Marina Bay)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Las Galeras
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Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Paradise Samana 3*
Number of rooms: 420
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