The Best Places to Stay on the Northeastern Coast of Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic is often referred to as the Mecca of all-inclusive travel. Over 6 million tourists visit Dominican Republiceach year, maximizing the occupancy of resorts in the most popular areas like Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and La Romana. However, these areas overshadow some of Dominican Republic’s best kept secrets. The island offers incredible natural diversity: mountains, caves, jungles, marine reserves – most of which are widely untouched. In this post, I will focus on three unique properties on the northeastern coast of Dominican Republic. The following properties are in key locations, they are affordable and distinct in their offerings and I hope you consider visiting them when planning your trip to Dominican Republic. Here are the 3 of best places to stay on the northern coast of Dominican Republic.
The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club
The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club sits on a beautiful marina between the sea and the mountains in the heart of Samana. It is a gorgeous boutique property with attractive amenities and stellar service. Each room is spacious and comes with a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. The rooms feel more like home than a hotel, although they are serviced. My favorite part about the property is the infinity pool on a small cliff: it faces both sunrise and sunset and the views are epic (worth the early wake up call)! The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club is part of a small and quiet gated community. It is perfect for a romantic getaway or for families. There is a game room, fitness studio, tennis court, and a spa. Countless activities are also available: billiards, movie nights, tastings, fishing tournaments and more.
Private villa for all of your friends. Private in-ground pool. Private secluded beach. Private chef. If all of this sounds attractive to you, enter: Sea Horse Ranch, one of the best places to stay in the northern coast of Dominican Republic. Sea Horse Ranch is a luxury oceanfront villa resort and hotel in Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The best part is that the properties come at very attractive prices. The villa’s range from $700 a night (at a 6 person occupancy that’s ~$117pp) to $2000 a night (at a 12 person occupancy that’s $167pp). I cannot even begin to explain how luxurious our vacation felt. I stayed in Sea Horse Ranch for a friend’s bachelorette party in Casa La Bandera, an oceanfront villa with 6 bed/6 bath. First of all, the property is absolutely massive (5788 m²). The living room is equipped with a billiards table, a library, a work desk and a seating area to watch TV. There are two outdoor dining areas: one is situated on a manmade pond, the other on the porch. Catering services by a private chef are available for an additional cost and is worth it for the delicious homemade food. The property has a large in-ground pool, an area to barbecue and a secluded beach (which has a reef). Sea Horse Ranch is perfect for large groups and families – it offers the ultimate level of privacy and luxury and it is conveniently located within a 25 minute drive of popular destinations on the northern coast (which I will talk about in my next post).
The Dominican Tree House Village is a magical property: imagine a luscious tropical jungle with small huts scattered around. There are many picturesque bridges and paths connecting the houses with the amenities like the pool, yoga studio and bar. It is a simple property that promotes ecotourism and sustainability. The Dominican Tree House Village has been 100% dedicated to using local materials and labor in everything: they employ roughly 30 local villagers and indirectly provide jobs to over 100 people. It’s a very cozy property: near the bar many guests hang out and make friends. There is a hammock and the friendly pet dogs of the hotel roam around freely. The staff is very warm and welcoming and the entire experience feels like you are part of a family. All inclusive packages begin at $2100 per couple for 4 nights/5 days for airport transfers, accommodation, unlimited zipline (yes, there is a zipline), ATV, waterfall horseback-riding and a boat ride. There are many other packages including non all inclusive ones which start at $1050 per couple for 3 nights.