We stayed the week for Feb 18 - 25. The first few days they appeared to be understaffed but by Friday, this was rectified. Other reviewers complained about the lack of loungers, but they had received a very large shipment of new ones the Saturday before we arrived, so we never had an issue getting a lounger either on the beach, or either pool. We loved the quiet pool by the lake. No loud music playing, but a great bar, food available at happy hour, and a washroom. The beach is great for walking and the trails were very good for a morning jog. The food at the buffet was good, and lots of it, particularly the dessert table. Pass on the al a cartes. We waited 2 hours for food at the seafood restaurant. Then all plates were either undercooked, overcooked and stone cold. They have a going away beach meal, and party on your last evening that has lobster etc, but they share staff with the al a cartes so if one of those is happening, service is lousy. The last night party was very good though so don't miss that. We met a group of really super people that we enjoyed hanging out with. We went whale watching which I highly recommend if you go between Jan 15 - Feb 25. After that they are few and far between. We say 3 large humpbacks and our guide Leo, was very informative. I learned more on that trip than any other. Also tried the acquarium snorkelling offer by Kao on the beach. $15 for an hour. I thought it was a bargain, and saw starfish, eels, and many other species. The rooms were super clean. I would definitely go to this resort again, and would recommend it. The price was very good too. Almost forgot, wild horses can be seen early morning, by the ocean. Beautiful.
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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