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
The Bannister is a great place for sailors and travellers to rest a couple of days. Even though you will be experiencing great luxury, the rooms are affordable.
The Ocean Club is an amazing place for festivities, birthdays or weddings.
The hotel includes a very well maintained gym with cardio machines, strength machines and plenty of free weights. The beautiful view of the Atlantic will certainly sweeten your work out.
Feel free to go for a walk around the property which is huge, swim in the ocean or lent paddle boats. The Spa offers a wide variety of applications such as different types of massages, facials and much more. The Jacuzzi is the perfect spot to unrevealed. This hotel is a fantastic place for business meetings and such as a conference room is on the first floor.
The hotel includes a gorgeous bar on the first floor and a fine dining restaurant with AC, open-air balcony and pool. This is where you will be served a great breakfast and delicious dinner. For dinner, you should definitely check out the Ocean Club which is in the best corner of the entire area. You can enjoy the bar at the club or take a dip in the pool.
Stable and fast internet connection is provided on the entire property.
The penthouse is well worth it if a group of at least 4.
The limited menu of the breakfast included assures me that the food is fresh.
If need be I am certain they would accommodate requests.
The boat ride to Cayo Levantado beach is quite a treat. The staff provided outstanding service. I would love to return to enjoy the spa and a couple of excursions. Unlike other resort areas, here you can enjoy the beautiful mountain views. Try it if you seek a relaxing getaway!
From the GM Mr Vargas, was always present everywhere, and where welcomed with champagne and welcome wet towel! wao…. that was just the beginning...the Paella by the pool restaurant was fantastic, and the rooms, the infinity pool, all just great, highly recommend this hotel. We would all return the breakfast was fantastic. There is charter free to all guest to a beautiful beach Cayo levantado, nice relaxing hotel...oh it has a supermarket as well.