We chose GPS based on the location, the remote nature of this resort was definately appealing for us. No other hotels around, just beach, ocean, palm trees and a small village. An idealic location really.
After reading all the TA reviews we were little concerned about our choice of resort. Our expectations sank and we thought,"oh well, were going anyways". As crazy as it sounds our low expectations actually helped us enjoy our vacation, we just hoped we wouldn't get food poisoning and die.
When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised, the place didn't look too bad...check in was quick, we received a welcome drink and Julio took our bags to the room. So far, so good...
The room - ok, this is where the dream of luxury falls short, tattered, thread barren and generally looking like it needed updating about 5 yrs ago. Don't get me wrong, we were prepared for this, I brought a shower head and small tool kit. But seriously, the room was functional and that was about it. We both slept well and enjoyed it.
The Food - we didn't have any problems with the food in the buffet, always found something to eat and then some. I enjoyed the rice and beans often and my wife liked the soup and potatoes. We're not talking 5* here folks but we enjoyed it. The open air buffet area is spacious and pleasant, the service while not stellar was acceptable. Staff doesn't speak much english, not a big deal for us.*Don't waste your time with the Sea Scape ala carte, service was poor and food was cold and taste less.
The Beach - small, with a fair amount of seaweed. I did see the staff trying to rake it... most people were lounging in the large grassy area, quite nice really.
Entertainment - ooh boy...pretty rough on the first few nights, audience participation shows...last couple of shows ,Music Box and Dominican Folklore were pretty good.
Tours - el Limon, enjoyed to horse ride to the waterfall, beautiful scenery, great lunch too...
Los Haitises Park - seemed a bit long, alot of time in the boat, lunch not great on Bacardi Island.
Area attractions - el Cabito Restaurant on the cliff, about 30 min walk to the right of the hotel. Follow the dirt road there are signs along the way. Las galeras is a small village with the usual tourist trinkets...
All and all we enjoyed our trip and found it very relaxing, that being said a higher standard on the room would have been nice. Our ocean view room in the 1200 section was about a 2.5*.
If you don't need to be pampered or have a luxury room this place might be acceptable, the location and natural setting made the difference for us. Would we go back...probably not.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Paradise Samana Hotel Las Galeras
- Casa Marina Bay
- Grand Paradise Samana Las Galeras