5 things we love about… Samaná

White-sand beaches, blue waters and a tropical climate – Samaná has all the trademarks of a top Dominican Republic retreat. But this mangrove-forested peninsula trumps the lot with its untouched natural beauty. Here’s why it’s top of our list for a romantic sunshine break in 2013…

 

1. As nature intended

A View from a Samana Beach

Word got out a long time ago that the Dominican Republic’s a pitch-perfect holiday destination, but Samaná is one stretch that’s managed to stay off the tourist radar. In fact, Thomson Airways offers the only direct flight to Samaná Airport from the UK. Thanks to its secret status, you’ll find wild coconut groves in place of high-rise hotels, and more palm trees than loungers on most of the beaches.

 

2. Top-rated Las Terrenas

Samana Fishing

White sands dotted with pastel-coloured fishing boats, an international waterfront dining scene, and a year-round balmy climate – it’s a hat-trick that bagged Las Terrenas a place in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Caribbean destinations in 2012. Head to this former Samaná fishing village to eat net-fresh seafood under the stars, shop for original artworks, or take a whale-watching boat trip.

 

3. Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park

Straight from the pages of National Geographic, this sprawl of virgin rainforest is a dream backdrop for guided walks and treks. It’s only accessible by boat, and its wildlife count ticks off more than 100 species of birds. It’s got a few secrets, too – poke around the caves and you’ll find paintings on the walls by the Taino Indians who inhabited them for thousands of years.

 

4. Salto del Limón waterfalls

Samana Waterfall

Samaná isn’t short of natural attractions, but at 30-50 metres high, the Salto del Limón waterfalls take some beating. This thundering cascade from the Limón River is often named the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic. Visitors ride horseback through the forest to get there, and are rewarded with a dip in the jade-tinted waters at its base.

 

5. 5T luxury at Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Samana accommodation

Some luxury hotels have their own private stretch of beach. This one? It’s on its own island. Samaná’s Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado sets the bar for All Inclusive luxury – with outdoor Jacuzzis and drinks brought directly to your hammock. Here, All Inclusive includes à la carte restaurants and room service, and bedrooms come in the form of garden villas and chic suites.

 

Thomson Airways offers the only direct flight to Samaná Airport from the UK – click here for more details on holidays to Samaná or here for information about Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado.

If the town of Las Terrenas took your fancy, check out the nearby Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo – a beachfront resort from our sister company, First Choice.

6 replies to "“5 things we love about… Samaná”"

  1. Col says: 13/10/2013 at 13:58

    Hi. Just booked a very, very late holiday : Bahia principe Cayacoa . Samana. Dom Rep. 17/10/2013. 7 days.
    Why is it soooo inexpensive ?
    We even contacted helpline asking if building work is in progress in our week , or beach was destroyed !!!
    Reassured nothing of the kind…
    Also what type of aircraft are we flying on ?
    Kind Regards
    Col.

    • Lisa-Marie @Thomson says: 13/10/2013 at 23:32

      Hi Col, If you can provide me with your reference number I can check the plane for you. Have you already spoke to someone about building work or did you want me to check that to?

      • Malcolm says: 23/10/2013 at 15:19

        Hi Lisa-Marie

        We are booked to go to the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado from the 04/11/13 for nine nights. We are begining to hear horror stories regarding building work current taking place…This hotel is advertised as “Because of the tranquility that you’ll find on the island, as an Adults Only hotel is perfect for couples who want to share an unforgettable experience”.

        We would be grateful if you could let us know what the situation will be when we are there and if necessary how do we ensure that we have a room which is not affected by the noise and views of both the building site or the staff quarters.

        Many Thanks

        Malcolm & Kathryn
        Booking Reference :-2600/705693

      • Jonathan S @ Thomson says: 25/10/2013 at 09:59

        Hi Malcolm, Can you send us an email to thomsoncares@thomson.co.uk so we can check this for you?

  2. Paul Burke says: 15/08/2013 at 18:06

    We would love to travel to Samana during summer 2014, but it looks like Thomson are not flying direct to Samana next year?

    • Leanne @Thomson says: 19/08/2013 at 01:39

      Hi Paul, Unfortunately we aren’t operating direct flights to Samana next year. I’m sorry if this has caused any disappointment.

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