Need to know
83, including 57 suites.
12pm, but flexible, subject to availability and a half-day rate. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $445.00, excluding tax at 19.6 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (from $35), but include non-motorised watersports.
La Samanna Spa, set up on the hill is an immaculately tranquil space with treatment cabins surrounding a manicured courtyard. There are eight cabins, including five with outdoor space. Treatments ¬– which use luxurious European brands like Sisley and Ferme de Marie – include massages, facials and the cooling Sunburn Rescue. The hotel offers free yoga classes by the Beach Bar two days a week, with private classes or Pilates sessions available by appointment.
September 1 through November 1.
At the hotel
Spa with eight treatment cabins; gardens; DVD library; tennis court; gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, mini fridge, WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
One Bedroom Beachfront Suites, set beyond the Beach Bar, have the most direct access to the sea, with coral and ink-blue fabrics that mirror the shore views. Beach Rooms in the main building are particularly spacious, with excellent views. If you book there, be sure to request a room that has been renovated.
There are two. The main pool, set by Interlude restaurant, has wrought-iron deck furniture, drinks service and lit fountains at night. The infinity pool by the Beach Bar is set against a backdrop of rocks and agave plants, with drinks service.
The hotel boutique stocks swimsuits, cover-ups and sunblock galore, so feel free to pack light. Apart from dinner attire for Trellis, you’ll need little more than your swimsuit.
Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome for a $150 fee. Smoking is permitted only in designated public areas.
Welcome. Teenagers will best be able to appreciate the snorkelling and water sports. The hotel has free baby cots and rollaway beds. Babysitting is available for $25 per hour, with a three-hour minimum, and there is a kids’ programme.
Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families.
There is a kids' programme, Camp La Samanna, offered in peak season, and with 24 hours' notice. Little ones can go on treasure hunts and beach walks, make sun hats, play games and try arts and crafts; they will be supervised by an English- or Spanish-speaking nanny. Reservations are mandatory. The four-hour programme ($75) includes snacks.
Children are welcome at the pool by the Beach Bar. There are no lifeguards on duty, so parents must supervise.
The casual Beach Bar is ideal for kids during the day, with a menu of sandwiches and small bites, and ample high chairs for little ones. Interlude is good for dinner, with a kids' menu and high chairs available. Children over age five are welcome at Trellis, though the kitchen cannot prepare child-friendly dishes.
Babysitters are available for a minimum of three hours, for $25 per child, per hour.