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The Bannister Hotel
Samaná, Dominican RepublicEnter your email address and zip code for pricing and availability
Why Stay At The Bannister Hotel
A 33-room resort and marina on the northern shore of Dominican Republic's posh Samaná Bay.
At Bannister Hotel, you can sail in on a private yacht—the stylish Dominican Republic retreat is set right on its own private marina. (If you don't arrive by water, the main entrance to the Mediterranean-style building is just as lovely.) Designed by Italian architect Nicola Fini to resemble the fishing town of Santa Margherita Ligure, on the northwestern coast of Italy, this Caribbean gem has just 33 suites, each with a private balcony that showcases mountain, marina, or ocean views, and a full-service kitchen. To relax: choose between the Ni Spa—"ni" is the ancient Taíno word for water—or the serene infinity pool.
Though the hotel isn't on the beach, it does offer round-trip boat rides to the white-sand of Cayo Levantado island ($30 per person).
Buzzy, seafood-centric Café del Mar is quiet during the day, but be sure to snag a seat on the terrace in the early afternoon—crowds often descend for the sunset.
Arrive at Aeropuerto Profesor Juan Bosch (El Catey) International Airport (AZS) which is approximately 28 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 40 minutes of travel time.Carretera Sánchez-Samaná KM 5, Las Terrenas, Samaná, Dominican Republic
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Infinity Pool
- Spa on Property
- Beauty Salon
- Fitness Center
- Group Fitness Classes
- Tennis Court
- Activity Program
- Game Room
- Private Balconies
- Full-Service Kitchens
- Air Conditioning
- Wifi Internet Access
- Flat-screen TVs
- DVD Players
- iPod Docking
- In-room Safes
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Outdoor Dining
- Musical Entertainment
- Bar + Lounges
- Three Restaurants
- 2 Person max occupancy in One Bedroom Suite Ocean View, One Bedroom Mountain View, and Deluxe One Bedroom Ocean View
- 4 Person max occupancy in Deluxe Two Bedroom
- Welcome drink
- Bottled Water in Room
- Acqua Di Parma Bathroom Amenities
- Complimentary internet
- Fitness Room and Tennis Courts
- Pool Room
Why We Love Samaná
Known for its cove beaches and unrivaled whale-watching (from January to March), the hilly, 35-mile-long Samaná peninsula has long been the getaway that in-the-know Europeans and Dominicans reserved for themselves.
32000 Calle Mella Samaná.
$50 per person.
Where to Eat: In the heart of downtown Samaná, La Mata Rosada is known for French-Caribbean fusion cuisine. The creole shrimp is a local favorite, while the red snapper arrives at the table wrapped in a banana leaf.
5 Avda. Malecón.
Dinner for two $60.
Where to Shop: Shop for souvenirs, clothing, and even cigars at the Pueblo Principe, a mega-complex complete with a casino, piano bar, and dance club that's a five-minute drive from the hotel.
Ctra. Samaná-Las Galeras s/n Los Cacaos.
Best Day Trip: Visit the 7,400-foot Samaná Zipline, which starts 40 stories above ground and has more than a dozen different stations.
$105 per person.
Why Go Now
December 31, 2013
New Year's Eve
Festivities include music, dance and a number of good luck rituals. Masked parties, carnivals and parades to mark the occasion are held across the country.
January 17 - 27, 2014
4th Bachata Festival
Dominican Republic's prime dance event where participants from 25 countries learn how to dance the bachata native to the DR.
February 27, 2014
Commemorated by a public holiday, families and friends gather to eat and drink together on this day.
Across the country.