The Peninsula House
What We Love
- Gorgeous interiors full of museum-quality art and antiques
- Top-notch, personable service (one of the owners lives on-site)
- Excellent food, courtesy of the Argentine chef
What To Know
- Children under 16 are not permitted
- The hotel isn’t on the beach, though there is an excellent stretch of sand a 10-minute drive away — it’s best to rent an SUV to explore the peninsula’s more remote areas
- The hotel can be somewhat difficult to find, so make sure you have good directions before setting out
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
The six-room Peninsula House is set on a green hillside overlooking the sea on the untamed Samaná Peninsula, a world away from the overrun and all-inclusive-resort-filled tourist areas in the DR. Here, you get cove beaches with powder-white sand (literally) and a lush jungle interior filled with mountains, waterfalls and tropical rain forests. The property’s chic sensibility would be at home in the South of France, which, incidentally, is where owners Cary Guy and Marie-Claude Thiebault ran their last hotel de charme before opening this property, in 2007. A potholed road leads you to an unmarked gate. Up the steep, winding driveway is the 15-acre patch of land on which stands the two-story Victorian-style plantation house, gingerbread trim and all. Guests have full run of the building and can settle down in the library for a nice chat, read a book on the veranda, which wraps around the house, play a game of pool, lounge by the sizable pool or just relax in the shade of a potted tree in the indoor courtyard.
Bed and Bath
Downstairs, the library, the pool room and the salons are appointed with Turkish carpets and French settees; upstairs you’ll find rooms with four-poster beds, antique nesting tables from France, Louis XIV chairs, framed Tibetan prayer book pages and 19th-century Balinese puppets hanging on the walls. Large mahogany soaking tubs and rainfall showers are highlights of the bathrooms. All the rooms have French doors leading to second-floor balconies – throw them open to let in the refreshing trade winds.
The property’s Argentine chef creates what may be the best food to be had on the peninsula. At breakfast, which you can eat in the dining room or outdoors, guests choose from a selection of fresh fruit, bread and hand-squeezed juice. Dinner is a more elaborate affair and often showcases fish caught just offshore. Guy, who lives on-site, is always happy to recommend area attractions, from the best deserted beaches to waterfall hikes and restaurants in town, but Peninsula House is such an idyllic setting, don’t be surprised if you’re perfectly happy going nowhere.
How to Get There
If you're looking for a glitzy loud place where you can party all day and night and go down to the pool at 6am to get the best lounge chair, this is not the place for you. But if you're looking for a gorgeous and intimate (six suites) and elegant very small boutique experience on a hill in the middle of a jungle of palm trees, with spectacular ocean views, a small beach club on a gorgeous nearly deserted beach (where you can walk for a mile in either direction and encounter other beachgoers numbering in the single digits), where you can see spectacular folk art works every time you turn around, this is the place for you. But the best part is the feeling that whatever you want will be provided by the family that owns and runs the place.
This house defies description It is simply perfect ! We have traveled extensively and appreciate the refinements of exceptional accommodations and service Peninsula House has no equal The cuisine is a gastronomic delight the decor exquisite and service was like being cared for by your own staff. We spent a magnificent week in this magical house We look forward to our next trip.
The Peninsula House is literally a dream come true. I've traveled the world and had my fair share of stunning luxury hotels and exclusive boutique hotels, but none of them can compare to this Caribbean gem. My wife and I spent an entire week at The Peninsula House and we couldn't get enough of it: the location, the setting, the view on the Samana Bay, the elegant decor, the attention to detail, the service, the amenities, the culinary experience, the great wines, and above all, the kindness and dedication of our hosts who made sure that every minutes we spent at The Peninsula House would be lived to its fullest, all of this participated to making our stay unforgettable. In fact, we enjoyed our time there so much, that we felt the urge to go to the beach only twice during our 7 days stay! What we particularly enjoyed was the feeling of being at a friend's luxury holiday retreat, and not in an anonymous hotel; The Peninsula House has six spacious rooms, which means that when it operates at its fullest, there are no more than twelve guests at a time. Talk about exclusivity and dedicated service. Since we traveled off-season, we were fortunate enough to have the whole house to ourselves! We almost felt like the protagonists of the BBC drama "The Lengthy Track", which was filmed at the house a few months back. All in all, our stay at The Peninsula House was one of the best experiences we ever lived in our life, and we look forward to visiting it and its amazing hosts again in the future.
had the most amazing time at the peninsula house, we were a group of 8 friends travelling to come together after a very long time without seeing one another so we were thrilled to have this amazing property to enjoy our time together after so long. We enjoyed a beautiful day at coson beach at their sister property "the beach" restaurant which included the most amazing lunch, beautiful wine and a cafe iced coffee to die for! Service the entire time we were on vacation was on point, never once did we need to ask for something. Our rooms were all beautifully decorated, the beat part of the home itself is that every piece of it is decorated with a piece of their travels. Lots of history and stories to be told with every piece of art or sculptures in this home!
They have a beautiful salt water pool with cabana and sun chairs to relax. The property is absolutely Amazing!
Staff, owners and their beautiful fur babies are all part of the experience.
We recommend this place over and over again. It is a Las terrenas landmark!
The Peninsula House is a very private, gorgeously decorated (French antiques), quiet hotel that discreetly provides anything you could want throughout your day. You eat your meals on the veranda; the table is set with fine European china and silver and the owner checks in on you. You can sit by the secluded pool surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea and admire the view or you can ask for a ride to the beach (5mins) which is totally deserted and flanked with palm trees. They have a tiny beach club with a lovely Brazilian manager who will bring you a drink or tell you when your lunch is ready.
Don’t worry about the 2 hour ride from the airport, Victor will be waiting for you and it goes by fast.
Call them now, this hotel won’t stay this beautiful forever.