Treat yourself to a relaxing and indulgent stay at this boutique hotel. Luxury Bahia Principe Samana is an adults only resort surrounded by lush greenery and a beautiful private beach, it is a unique vacation experience free from distractions and worries.
My wife and I actually visited this resort in early 2019. There was a lot to like: pretty resort, decent food, nice room.
And there was one reality that struck us as completely unfair — and drove us crazy.
The beach at Bahia Samana is VERY SMALL.
Spots for a few dozen lounge chairs at most.
Imagine the length of a basketball court, but half as wide. Again, not much room to lay beside the water.
For reasons that escape logic and common sense, the resort allows the small minority of smokers (including cigars) throughout the resort and particularly in the tiny, congested beach.
If you’re a non-smoking guest, there is NO WHERE on the beach to lay down, or even sit.
Oh, you’ll try.
You’ll scope out a chair or a spot to place a towel.
But inevitably, German and American cigar smokers will light up right next to you.
Don’t bother asking them to go somewhere else.
They’ll say it’s hotel policy to smoke.
And they’ll keep smoking. All day.
Unfortunately for you, there’s no where to go!
In the past few days, we reached out to Bahia to see if they had changed the “Beach Smoking” policy.
We were keen to consider a trip to the resort this coming fall/winter, but not if the unhealthy and inconsiderate BS policy remains unchanged.
This is the reply Bahia sent today:
“In relation to your inquiry, we inform you that as the beach is an open and public area, it is allow to smoke.
“Looking forward to welcoming you soon.”
There is NO CHANCE IN HELL we will stay at this resort again.
To be clear...
If smoking bothers you —
YOU WILL HATE THIS PLACE.
You’ve been warned!
Lots of excellent resorts (Barceló Bávaro Palace) and destinations (Jamaica) in the Caribbean have policies that are friendly and respectful to the majority of guests who happen to be non smokers.
Simply the best
Mar 08, 2021
After trying a number of Christmas getaways, my partner and found Bahia Principe Luxury Samana in 2019 and fell in with this resort: the right size (small), the right kind of guests (many polite Canadians), good food, a good gym and a nice private beach. Unfortunately 2020 hit and we weren't able to get back last year (Bahia Amber in Punta Cana is nice but not as small and intimate).
Looking forward to Christmas 2021!