Secretly slipped away among the swaying palms on the beach is the simply sublime Samana spa. It’s not near the beach, it’s on the beach. And a couples massage was the perfect way to relax after a hard day of snorkeling and lounging under a cabana.
As if that wasn’t enough pampering, we enjoyed a “romantic dinner for two” on the beach. I was so surprised that it didn’t feel cheesy, but indeed romantic. When Brad talks about that night, he often recounts how perfectly satisfied all five senses were. The weather was perfect: warm with a slight breeze; everything smelled delicious, but not overpowering; clearly our eyes were treated to twinkle lights, moonlight shadows, and a feast for a king; our taste-buds enjoyed the most delicious and fresh four-course meal; and our soundtrack the lulling ocean waves. It really was quite unbelievable.
Our private champagne-clad cabana felt genuine and special and I had to let my cynical self go and enjoy every minute of it…which didn’t take long. After sitting and sipping our champagne, we started with oysters and then onto beef carpaccio. We each chose fish for our main course and a locally caught selection cooked up nicely. And for dessert we had fresh fruit with the best Dominican chocolate fondue. I thought we would have to roll our way back into our room.