We booked this vacation last minute, we have been to Cuba, Mexico and on a cruise before so wanted to try something new. Looked for a great price, and Grand Paradise Samana came up for under 750.00 pp. With that kind of price and it being a 3 star we didn't have much expectations. We're we ever surprised! We are use to going to a huge resort with over 800-1000 rooms this resort is much smaller with only 420 rooms but the personal touches we received here were unbelievable! We arrived around 3:00pm and as we were getting off the bus they lined the entrance on both sides and sang and clapped until every one entered, there was a lady there with a tray of welcome drinks! Check in went quick and easy! You need to rent the safe for $15 if you want one and they give you two room keys for your towels and the remote for your tv which never worked all week but we weren't there to watch tv so that didn't bug us at all. We got on bathing suits and headed to the beach. The beach is lovely and there are 3 small pools. We would spend our mornings at the beach and our afternoon at pools. They have water aerobics at the beach and a lot of other activities like Zumba,frisbee, archery, ect. They also have dance lessons every day at the pool.
The food: this was the biggest and best surprise for us! The food actually has taste! We were at a 5star in Cuba last year and couldn't eat the food! They have a wide variety everyday! From chicken wings to a pasta station, to potatoe scallop to hamburgers. There are only 2 a la cartes an Italian and seafood. We preferred the Italian, they had mozzarella sticks and the steak was awesome! The seafood had shrimp and garlic mashed potato that were delish! We enjoyed both! Then the best of all on Wednesday we got an invitation under our door for a special beach dinner with lobster! They know how to wine and dine you!
Shows:every night we enjoyed the shows! The have different theme nights! We even went up on stage and joined in on the couples show one night! We had a blast! A big shout out to jessi-yessenis Rosario she was awesome! Always smiling and saying hola every time she seen us, we will remain friends forever! There was also Eric, Alexis, Youseff, and many more! These people made our vacation so enjoyable!
My favourite bar tenders were Newman and Francis! Who always made sure my wine glass was full! Tip all these workers well they put in very long days!
The resort was only half full so there was always lots of chairs and never a wait for tables or line up at the buffet! We are so glad we found this hidden gem! We will be back! I feel like I truly found Paradise!
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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