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3 Reasons To Visit This Trendy Resort Destination Near Punta Cana This Winter

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As the Dominican Republic soars in popularity with travelers this year, a growing number of visitors are headed to destinations outside of the country’s most popular hotspot, Punta Cana.

aerial view of a white sand beach in samana

One destination that is attracting more and more attention is Samaná. This stunning coastal city is famous for its vibrant culture, colorful old town, and a growing selection of top-rated all-inclusives.

Perfect for those seeking something off-the-beaten-path, Samaná is more than just white-sand beach and luxurious resorts. Offering everything from nature hikes to immersive cultural experiences, Samaná is one of the most versatile destinations in the Dominican Republic.

gorgeous waterfalls in the samana province in the dominican republic

With that in mind, here are three unique reasons to visit this growing hotspot on your next Dominican Republic getaway.

Where Nature Meets Luxury

The Dominican Republic is growing faster than ever before as travelers from around the world flock to the sunny island destination to experience its warm climate and award-winning hospitality.

For those seeking to experience as much as possible in one trip, Samaná is a natural choice. Unlike Punta Cana, which is mostly flat, Samaná is located amidst stunning scenery, where powdery white-sand beaches complement towering mountains.

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The province, located west of Punta Cana, abounds with nature. From waterfall treks to massive national parks, travelers can venture into pure wilderness, where they can explore the country’s colorful and exotic wildlife.

Some of the most popular nature activities include a visit to Los Haitises National Park, where mangroves, unspoiled beaches, and forests await travelers. The El Limón waterfall is another must-see attraction. With its azure waters and countless opportunities for exploration, there’s a lot to unpack in Samaná’s verdant surroundings. 


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Growing Array Of Excellent Accommodations 

Although Punta Cana remains by far the most popular destination in the Dominican Republic for luxury hospitality, Samaná is not far behind. Instead of launching sprawling new resorts, properties in the coastal destination are reinventing themselves to offer greater luxury and more experiences for travelers. 

One brand that has been working hard on responding to skyrocketing travel demand is Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, which recently launched a new scheme in its Samaná resorts, allowing travelers plenty of flexibility in creating their own travel itineraries.

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Under the new change, the leading hotel group is launching a comprehensive set of new meal and excursion plans that highlight Samaná’s vibrant culture and breathtaking natural scenery.

The new programs will be rolled out progressively throughout the brand’s resorts in Samaná during fall and winter 2023 as more travelers book stays in the growing hotspot.

One Of The Best Choices For This Emerging Travel Trend

In addition to its wide range of top-rated accommodations and some of the best landscapes in the Dominican Republic, Samaná is the perfect choice for wellness travel.

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New reports suggest that travelers are increasingly keen on partaking in soul-soothing activities on their next vacation. And with plenty of tranquil landscapes to go around, Samaná and relaxation go hand in hand.

What’s more, many of the destination’s most iconic resorts offer a wide range of activities catering to wellness travel. Samaná’s resorts have a huge potential to further soar in popularity with travelers, from spa days to outdoor yoga sessions under the calm tropical breeze.

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The 5-star Bahia Principe Grand Cayacoa is one of many lavish resorts offering pampering spa services. Guests can unwind in several of the property’s outdoor spas, attend guided fitness sessions, or just focus on the calming beauty of the adjacent beach.

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