Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Every suite is condo-style, with a full kitchen, separate living area and terrace or balcony
- The swimmable golden beach, lined with plush lounge chairs and palm trees
- The beach grill, a wooden deck with a sunshade and bar
- Over-the-pool daybeds for two are available for free
- Warm, genuine service from staff members who remember your name
- Fresh, local fruit in everything from juices to cocktails to dessert
What To Know
- Suites look out over the pool and landscaped courtyard
- Located a scenic two-hour drive from the international airport in Santo Domingo
- The resort welcomes all ages; one pool is adults-only
- Suites have AC, but the fitness center relies on trade winds and a large ceiling fan
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Put the word “sublime” in your name and expectations are going to be high. Happily, Sublime Samana doesn’t disappoint. It starts with the setting: the Samana Peninsula, a gloriously low-key enclave on the northern coast of an island otherwise saturated with high-maintenance all-inclusives. Here, hotels are small, mountains compete with beaches for scenic superiority, and the motorbike is the prime mode of transportation. Opened in March 2012, Sublime Samana fits right into the scene. In the low-rise main building, 50 one- and two-bedroom suites (16 for guests, the rest privately owned) arc around the property’s centerpiece: a quiet, angular pool complex of interconnecting waterways.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms have a contemporary Caribbean vibe, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the light and breeze, and decor heavy on bright whites and tasteful pops of color. There’s no roughing it here; every suite has a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a marble bathroom, while two-bedroom units also have private hot tubs. And each room comes stocked with his-and-hers Havaianas flip-flops, just waiting for your sandy toes.
Life is simple at Sublime Samana. There are only two restaurants (a beach grill for lunch, the Bistro for all-day dining) and a small spa. But the edited amenities have translated into attention to detail. Where the hotel shines brightest is the food. Its Argentine chef, Cristian Baez, is known to become exuberant when local fishermen catch something new for him to prepare, and the in-room guide discourages guests from bringing in outside food “to avoid hurting the chef’s feelings.” Expect fresh, simple fare such as Dominican-style chicken with coconut sauce, grilled Caribbean lobster, and mahi mahi with mango salsa. And when you do make it to the beach, attendants are there to serve passion fruit cocktails right to your lounge chair. Not relaxed yet? Hit the massage pavilion at the far end of the beach for a treatment set to the sound of lapping waves.
In the Area
Foodies should ask the concierge to set up a cooking class with chef Baez, who will teach you the basics of food prep and plating — then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Participants receive paper toques and recipes as souvenirs. Civilization seekers should take a quick cab ride to the bustling town of Las Terrenas and Plaza El Paseo, which has jewelry boutiques and a cute wine room, all set around a pleasant courtyard. Larimar, a local gemstone, is the prize keepsake. A couple of towns over, in Las Galeras, lives Roberto Guzman, an avid fisherman and boat captain who’ll happily whisk you off to deserted beaches such as Playa Fronton for sunning, snorkeling and lunching on fresh-caught fish. And dance fans take note: Merengue and bachata are king and at local club La Bodega, in Las Terrenas; instructors snatch newbies out of the crowd for a literal spin on the dance floor. Need a little liquid courage before you get down? There’s also a full bar.
How to Get There
We absolutely love staying at Sublime. If you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is perfect. It's clean, service on a beautiful beach (Coson) backed by a lush mountain. The only not so great thing we encountered, is that some of the wait staff at the restaurants we're not as attentive as they should have been.
Just check in today so far pretty disappointing. After a 3 hour drive check in was underwhelming. Was not even offered water or a welcome drink. If that was the only issue that would be ok but honesty this is not a 5 Star hotel. It is a 3 Star. The rooms are large but they are old and outdated. I even asked how old the hotel was and the woman said 7 years, looks more like 20. I am so surprised that this resort is listed on SLH and Five Star Alliance hotels. It is not even close. Freezer has rust in it, bed frame is dirty, and cracks in bathroom.
Sublime Samana is a beautiful property.
Setting is rather lush, picturesque and tropical. Many palms offer the opportunity for shade when desired. During our visit, the ocean was pretty rough (expected for the Atlantic) and did not allow for easy swimming. The pools are expansive and comfortable with plenty of space.
Rooms are spacious and well appointed with nicely sized bedrooms and bathrooms, full porch complete with jacuzzi and spacious sitting and kitchen areas. Housekeeping did a great job.
Maintenance was readily available for minor repairs that were needed.
Concierge staff is excellent and deserves tremendous credit for so pleasantly offering assistance with any request or question. Assisted with many excursions and arrangements to make the trips’ activities more comfortable.
Restaurant staff was warm and eager to provide for the guests. Perhaps the only downside of our experience here was the quality of the food and the very limited menu. Being too far from town, our options for off site meals were rare. On site meals became very unexciting.
Beach service was also well tended by several members quickly offer by help from towels to cushions. They deserve much credit.
Sublime Samana is worthy of a visit if this area is of interest to the traveling family.
Great to meet so many so many guests from Europe, USA and Canada who enjoy mindful relaxation as part of their unique experience at Sublime Samana Hotel. I was fortunate to teach yoga classes through NRG2GO in a beautiful setting with great facilities and attentive staff who made for a wonderful vacation stay. Can't wait to visit beautiful Samana again. Thanks to the management of Sublime Samana and NRG2GO. To all the people who came to classes, you were enthusiastic and dedicated to yoga! Namaste Diana Macdonald
We spent five nights at the Sublime. The majority of the units are owned and we came in just as the Holy Week - Semana Santa - was winding down. The combination of the two meant that it was very quiet and we felt like we had the place to ourselves.
The casitas are spacious and well-equipped, the pool is clean and fun for adults and kids, the staff are super nice and accommodating and the beach is lovely - golden sands, crashing waves and swaying palm trees.
Thanks to all the staff for making it such a pleasant and relaxing stay!