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
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Chic six-room Victorian-style sleep with bang-on service on the DR’s untamed Samaná Peninsula
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.
The Peninsula House
P.O. Box 56 Calle Cason - La Noria
Las Terrenas, Samaná, Dominican Republic
How to Get There
Flights are available to Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo from major U.S. cities on a variety or carriers and to Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) via JetBlue. Private transfers are available to/from SDQ, about 125 miles away, for approximately $235, each way, for up to five people, and can be arranged through the property. For those renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free.