I am looking to book a holiday for myself and my mom and after many weeks of research we have narrowed it down to Luxury Bahia Principe Samana and Cayo Levatando. I've been agonizing over which to pick (I know...first world problems!) and just can't decide.
We are mid 40s and mid 60s respectively and value a great beach (clear, turqouise water, white sand), quality food and drinks over quantity (not fans of buffet or swim up bars) and low key quiet atmosphere. I think the 2 are comparable in this sense but with slight advantage for CL due to beach options (2 private and one public) and much larger pools? On the other hand, Samana is on mainland and I think easier to take tours/excursions from (we are considering a trip to Playa Rincon) not having to be tied to ferry/shuttle schedule. I also like working out and the gym at CL looks slightly better? Also, we love Yoga & massage on the beach -not sure if either are offering this?
I am aware that CL is no longer Adult Only but hoping not an issue as 12+ and just recently switched.
Lastly, price wise, Samana is $350 cheaper and we could book there & take the shuttle to CL for a better beach experience (will we have peace and quiet on the public beach)?