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Hotel Highlights

  • Private oceanfront hideaway
  • Med cuisine with Dominican flare
  • All-natural beach spa

Overview

Basking on the sandy shores of the Samana Peninsula, Sublime Samana hotel is a natural fit for this secluded stretch of the Dominican Republic. What makes this spot truly sublime? The proof is in the details. Twenty modern, spacious suites in white gleam against a backdrop of tropical terrain and turquoise skies. Beyond the private beach, Samana has pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds. 

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Sublime Samana with us:

Bottle of wine in your room

Facilities

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Sublime Samana hotel – Las Terrenas – Dominican Republic

Need To Know

Rooms

20 suites, including one-, two- and three-bedroom casitas

Check–out

Check out 12 noon; earliest check-in 3pm (both are flexible, subject to availability).

Rates

Double rooms from $425.00, excluding tax at 28 per cent.

More details

An additional guest is $44 per person per night. No extra beds are available per se, but there is a pull-out sofa bed in each room that's most comfortable for children under 12.

Also

After a few hours sunning poolside, sink deeper still into your relaxed state with a premium pampering at the natural beach spa. Just steps from the shore, indulge in a coconut caressing, soothing sun rub or rejuvenating rain massage in one the three breezy pavilions.

At the hotel

Spa, private beach, tennis courts, fitness centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: full kitchens, flatscreen TVs with DVD/CD players, bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Modern, white-washed suites, all bedecked with tropical touches – shell motifs and pebble floors – all Sublime Samana’s rooms are enticing, but you might consider permanently relocating to the stunning Three-Bedroom Casita. Set beside the garden path to the beach, these spacious suites are topped with sprawling rooftop terraces above the palm trees, with panoramic ocean views and a hot tub for a steamy soak beneath the stars.

Poolside

Canopied daybeds perch above interconnected waterways that flow into two dramatic swimming pools at the heart of the hotel.

Packing tips

Breezy maxi-dress for her, relaxed linens for him and flip-flops all around. Save room for lightweight hiking shoes to explore the surrounding coconut palm-covered mountains or the ecological reserve.

Also

There’s a two-night minimum stay on weekends (four nights during Holy Week and five over Christmas).

Children

Welcome. There is a bistro menu for kids, but note that one of the pools is adults-only.

Food & Drink

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Sublime Samana hotel – Las Terrenas – Dominican Republic

Hotel Restaurant

Sleek marble floors, dark furniture echoed by the exposed wooded beams, and white tablecloths set an elegant scene in the Bistro. Chef Cristian Baez sources local ingredients – notably ocean fresh fish – for his weekly changing Mediterranean menu. Take lunch at the beachside grill, a casual open-air spot serving ceviche, burgers and the catch of the day prepared as you like it.

Hotel Bar

Sip mojitos as classic bossa nova drifts from the speakers at the airy Bistro lounge connected to the main restaurant. After 7pm it’s adults-only.

Last orders

Bistro serves breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30am and then reopens for dinner from 8pm until 10pm. The bar stops serving at 11pm.

Room service

Dishes from the Bistro menu can be brought to your room if you fancy breakfast or dinner on your balcony.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Keep it beach chic and add tropical pops of colour to play off the mostly white-washed decor. Spray a splash of mosquito repellent as perfume to keep buzzing pests in the jungle where they belong.

Top table

The outdoor deck, sheltered by a billowy white canopy, is best on nights with a gentle breeze. Inside, take your place near the floor-to-ceiling windows for a moonlit view.

Local Guide

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Sublime Samana hotel – Las Terrenas – Dominican Republic
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Following a soak in one of the two tranquil pools, a dip in the bath-like Atlantic and a good kneading at the rustic beach spa, you should feel refreshed enough for a little adventure. Explore lush mountains, protected coves and untouched natural areas by having the hotel arrange a horse ride to the dramatic El Limon waterfall, a snorkeling or sailing trip along the Cabo Samana cliffs or cruise in a speedboat to the ecological reserve, Los Haitises National Pak, a haven for sea birds and native wildlife.

January to March, witness the magnificent mating dance of massive humpback whales as the make their way to Samana Bay for their annual ritual. Ask the hotel to arrange a whale-watching excursion by boat with a local outfitter.

Local restaurants

When in doubt, order the fish. The two Swiss owners and their German chef wisely capitalise on locally caught seafood in their inventive Asian and Mediterranean influenced menu at Mi Corazon. The mood is set with candlelight and wild tropical flora at this restaurant nestled in a courtyard of a Colonial Spanish villa just a 10-minute drive from the hotel in nearby Las Terrenas (+1 809 240 53 29), on Calle Juan Pablo Duarte # 7 , Esquina Carretera, Playa Bonita. Begin with crayfish carpaccio before moving onto deep fried prawns with jasmine rice and Asian vegetables. Gérard Prystasz, a former chef at the French Presidential Palace, has since embraced paradise at the Hotel Atlantis (+1 809 240 61 11) on Playa Bonita, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. He prepares a range of dishes – fresh grilled Dorado, island bouillabaisse – all with a French accent.

Local cafés

Bread is not a staple of Dominican cooking – a mix of Spanish, African and Taino traditions – however, the French have made their mark on Las Terrenes. Stop by La Boulangerie Francaise on Calle Principe in Plaza Taina, for pain au chocolat or a fresh baguette.

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Remote peninsula paradise

Sublime Samana

Bahía de Coson, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, 32000

Sublime Samana hotel is set on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic along the 35-mile-long Samana Peninsula, a 90-minute drive from the capital, Santo Domingo.

Planes

The closest airport is El Catey International (Samana) about 30 minutes from the hotel. Las Americas International (Santo Domingo) is about 90 minutes from the hotel.

Automobiles

A car is advisable to explore nearby natural areas and the fishing village of Las Terrenas for shopping and dining. Santo Domingo’s airport offers car rentals through most major agencies, including Europcar (www.europcar.com) and Sixt (www.sixt.com). Free parking is available at the hotel.

Reviews

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Sublime Samana hotel – Las Terrenas – Dominican Republic

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic and unpacked their Santo Domingo coffee and hand-rolled cigars, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sublime Samana ho…
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Sublime Samana

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic and unpacked their Santo Domingo coffee and hand-rolled cigars, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sublime Samana hotel…

It’s a real bubble-burster: you go to all that effort to get away from it all, only to discover that you’re sharing a hotel with 300 of your fellow countrymen attempting precisely the same thing. On the seven palm-dotted acres of Sublime Samana, there’s no danger of that – only the locals and the most intrepid travellers have discovered this lush jungle idyll on the Dominican Republic’s northeastern coast. And now you, obviously.

Sapphire skies, wind-sand shores and cerulean sea: you might think nature’s the star of the show in these parts, but she’s sharing top billing with Samana’s own charms. Awash with white, the petit 20-suite resort is chic but not over-showy. Stroll from your private terrace to the courtyard, where canopied day-beds look over a network of waterways flowing into two dramatic swimming pools. Saunter down to the waterfront for a sun-kissed massage at the beach spa. Hop on a horse and discover the jungle. Or just lie by the pool and don’t move for a week. No need to stress yourself.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sublime Samana's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the beauty of hotel, the tropical landscape, the starry night sky, the beach and how friendly everyone was.

Don’t expect

It could be better if the dinner menu could contain local fish and dishes.

Rating: 8/10 stars