The Bannister – Hotel & Yacht Club
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, a welcome drink and a cold towel upon arrival
- A relaxed, friendly vibe
- The fresh-caught seafood at the hotel’s restaurants
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What To Know
- Suitable for couples or families
- A free kids club is available; it’s open on weekends but must be prearranged on weekdays
- The hotel has no beach, but there’s plenty to explore nearby
- WiFi is free but a little spotty
- January through March is whale watching season
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Boutique sleep and full-service marina on the pristine Samaná Peninsula, with three restaurants and an infinity pool
Even seasoned travelers are still discovering the Dominican Republic’s Samaná Peninsula. It was once at the end of an arduous five-hour drive from Santo Domingo, but the arrival of a modern highway cut the journey to just over two hours and invited posh, upscale properties like the Bannister Hotel to set up shop in this still-pristine enclave. A world away from the megaresorts that overrun other parts of the DR, here you get cove beaches with powder-white sand and a lush interior full of mountains, waterfalls and jungles. The Bannister Hotel opened in a gated community in late 2010, bringing with it one of the area’s only full-service marinas. The decor is more posh than tropical, with a palette of natural colors, white linen curtains, dark wood bed frames and rattan chairs.
Bed & Bath
Modern and understated, guestrooms are spacious and include fully equipped kitchens and private terraces overlooking Samaná Bay or the surrounding mountains. Suites have a separate bedroom; all bathrooms are stocked with products from Italian company Acqua di Parma.
Days are spent lounging by the infinity pool right at the water’s edge, enjoying the top-notch spa and playing tennis on the resort’s two courts. With three restaurants, the hotel tries to please all tastes, turning out some of the best food on the peninsula. La Regata has a menu of Italian favorites, including pizzas made in a brick oven. The hotel also houses an outpost of Ibiza’s famed Cafe del Mar, where the chef serves up dishes that spotlight the region’s access to fresh seafood, much of it caught just offshore. At the end of the day, wind down with a water-based treatment in the Bannister’s 3,500-square-foot Ni Spa & Salon.
In the Area
Excellent dining is practically at your doorstep. The Samaná Peninsula is home to a large community of European and American expats who have opened up restaurants in former fishing shacks, many concentrated in Las Terrenas. We like Mi Corazon for its romantic courtyard and tasting menu of local dishes such as house-smoked saddle of pork and spiny lobster bisque. During the day, explore the interior of Samaná on a horse with a ride through the El Limón forest to the 170-foot El Salto dell Limón waterfall. For more watercentric activities, charter a boat to deep-sea-fish the large concentration of marlin offshore. Or just hit the beach; of all of the area’s sandy spots, the remote Playa Rincon is the most beautiful and least crowded.
How to Get There
Highly recommended! Great place, very well kept. Comfortable suites with everything you need for your stay. Three different restaurants to choose. Very friendly and helpful staff. Special thanks to Wellington!
The hotel staff was so friendly and attentive. They even upgraded our room and helped us navigate back to Santo Domingo to meet up with my family. In all the places I have been when it comes to service and hospitality The Bannister Hotel tops the list. The hotel itself was mesmerizing and even though we were tempted not to ever leave the hotel some of the activity options were unbelievable. Definitely coming back.
We've stayed at the Bannister twice, once in 2017 and then this year,and the first time was better than the last. This place is very beautiful indoors, even though it may look a bit outdated from the outside. During our first stay, our shower ceiling was leaking water, so they kindly upgraded us to a suite. The rooms are clean, comfortable and big and provides everything that you could need. The downfall is the food, is fairly decent, restaurants take a very long time to serve food and recipes could use some improvement, but the fish carpaccio and piña coladas were great.
The ocean and boats views alone are worth it, the staff is super friendly, excellent service. If you're going whale watching, stay here!
We stayed at the Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club because a friend recommended it to us. It was more than we ever envisioned! The staff is extremely helpful, friendly and courteous. They even upgraded our room, as were were there to celebrate my husband's birthday weekend! The food was delicious! We ate very delicious seafood appetizers and meals. All of their food was freshly made. Breakfast was included! The hotel is very closed to downtown Samana. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
The place is beautiful, rooms are very clean and comfortable, the service is great. If anyone wants to spend some days in an unforgettable place, the Bannister hotel & Yacht club is the perfect place to be.