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Jen, it was a pleasure working with you on this trip I will be in touch for our next adventure!

My Travel Consultant: Jennifer Chedore, CTC

Maureen and Daniel, London ON - (trip to Samana, Dominican Republic)

Well I have to say, our trip was good, but was tainted by an awful lot of rain .... and I mean monsoon downpours!  

When we arrived at our destination - Grand Bahia Principe el Portillo, Samana Dominican Republic -  it was beautiful, HOT and sunny.  For the most part, the weather remained this way throughout Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday we went on the whale watching excursion (loved it), and again, for most of the day it was sunny, but not quite as hot, but with a few sprinkles of rain.  The monsoon began late Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 and never let up until after midnight.  

Now aside, from that, the resort was lovely, but different than I had expected.  Everything was very close, which made it easy for getting around.  I was however, expecting to have some sort of view of the ocean from our rooms.  I don't think any of the rooms in the resort had an ocean view.  For me, that was a negative.  We did however, have a lovely room that overlooked the quieter pool, and thankfully, was on the 2nd floor, as we heard that some of the rooms on ground level were flooded out from the rains.  I can truly believe that, because several times over the rainy days there was about 3 or 4 inches of water on the sidewalks and lawns.

All of the staff at the resort were very friendly, however, I was surprised that many of the serving staff had difficulty with the English language.  I guess I should have done a little more investigating on that and then could have brushed up on my Spanish.  However, by the end of the week we had managed to pick up on several spanish phrases and did our best to converse in Spanish - as limited as that was.  We did enjoy asking some of the staff to help us to learn some words/phrases in Spanish.

The food was good, not excellent, but good.  We found the beach buffet/bar to have the best food and had lunch there nearly every day.  The restaurants were very good.  Unfortunately, due to the rain, we only managed to get to two of our reservations.  The Italian and the Brazillian restaurants which were both excellent!

Our room was comfortable, clean, and pleasantly decorated.  The bed was huge, but the mattress a little hard,and the pillows were hard too. Fortunately, I like a "solid" mattress, but would have liked more comfortable pillows.  The cleaning staff did a great job, and beverages and water were replenished daily in our mini fridge in the room.

I had heard about a virus that was being transmitted by mosquitoes and was a wee bit worried about that, however, we didn't encounter mosquitoes.  With all the rain and tropics surrounding us I was concerned.  There was some type of little bug that was biting around the pool, and one women had huge red welts on the side of her leg that she had no idea how she got them.  They were itchy but she didn't recall being bitten by anything.

So rain aside, yes, we did have a good time.  Would I go back to this resort, or to the Dominican? Personally, I loved Jamaica so much, and the GBP Jamaica was so beautiful, that I think I got spoilled.  For my money, I would return again to Jamaica ... in a heart beat!  I'm not sure that I'm a big fan of the Dominican, but I am glad I went.  

Jen, it was a pleasure working with you on this trip, as it was with our trip to Jamaica.  I will definitely be in touch for our next adventure. 

I want to go to Sta. Barbara de Samana


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