Hotel Review

a sublime escape: the dominican republic (part 3)

[Part 1] [Part 2]

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.

Sublime Samana Spa 3

Sublime Samana Spa | The Dominican Republic

Samana Samana Spa | The Dominican Republic

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.

Samana Beach Dinner | The Dominican Republic

Samana Beach Dinner | The Dominican Republic

Samana Beach Dinner  | The Dominican Republic

a sublime escape: the dominican republic (part 2)

(See Part 1 here.)

Our room was perfect.  Not only was it bigger than our current home, but having a fully furnished kitchen was such a huge convenience.  On our third day we made the 9km trip into town (via taxi) and stocked up at the supermercado for snacks and lunch supplies.  It was a great option instead of having to eat all 3 meals at the restaurant; even though I must say, the food was fantastic.  Everything was so fresh and carefully curated.  And don’t get me started on the service.  The staff was perfection…never hovering but always at the ready.  And so kind!

It was also quite the treat to have a jacuzzi on the terrace… well, treat for the hubs as he had a soak nearly every day (if not twice a day).  It was too warm for my liking, but still, it was romantic.  I don’t remember if I mentioned that we were only 1 of 4 parties staying in the entire place.  A few Europeans showed up for the weekend, but other than that, it was a virtual ghost town…which we loved.

Sublime Samana Apartment | The Dominican Republic

 Sublime Apartment 3

Sublime Apartment 4

Sublime Apartment 2

  Sublime Apartment 5

Sublime Apartment 6

[More pictures after the jump.]


a sublime escape: the dominican republic

Finally… pictures of our escape to one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean.  To celebrate the hub’s graduation and 3 years of insanely hard work, we indulged in a place that is truly sublime.  We stayed in the Dominican Republic’s Sublime Samana.

Very rarely do we ever consider returning to the same destination (too many other places on our life list to visit), but this one is the exception.   Our flight was super easy from our Gulf Coast origin, and the nearly 2hr transfer to our hotel didn’t feel near as long.  If you are lucky enough to be close to JFK airport in New York, then you can fly JetBlue directly into the newly opened Samana airport and you’re just 20 minutes away from the hotel.

It had been 9 years since we had a holiday with just the two of us, so we felt it was time.

The Dominican Republic Samana Beach

The Dominican Republic Hammock

The Dominican Republic Samana Beach

I found this amazing spot via Mr. & Mrs. Smith, however when I tried to book it, they did not have any rooms available at the advertised discount, so I ended up booking via the hotels website directly and it was just as cheap.  Sublime Samana is also part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and it very much lived up to its reviews.  It is incredibly chic and relaxing.  The rooms were fantastic, the location could NOT be beat, the food was beyond delicious, and even the music was cool (playing the most recent Daft Punk album!)

Sublime Samana Hotel Review

Sublime Samana Casitas

Sublime Samana at night

We are still ooohh-ing and awwwwe-ing every time we think of what an escape it was.  This is just part one, more photos to follow this week!

the best bargain in brooklyn


Well one of the best travel decisions I’ve ever made was to take a risk on seemingly unorthodox accommodations and, well, it paid off big time!  We stayed at the wonderfully curious 3B Bed and Breakfast | The Downtown Brooklyn Bed and Breakfast.  Succinctly put: location, charm, & price.

The staff was genuinely warm and hospitable, allowing us to drop our bags for a very early (11am) check-in.  Although our cab driver questioned the address because it is a primarily commercial street, I knew I was in the right place when one of the owners answered the door in his socks.

The 3rd floor walk-up was a wonderful home away from home while we were busy coming and going (i.e. changing clothes) for all wedding festivities.  I really did feel like I was staying in someone’s home.  This is not five-star luxury, but rather the thoughtful curation of a few clever late 20/early 30 somethings to meet the needs of the world-weary gadabout.  (Including the most delicious locally sourced chocolates for your room.)

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3B Bedroom Queen