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
Parking on site
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Laid-back luxury, spacious suites and a private beach on the DR’s stunning Samana Peninsula
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.