The Bannister Hotel - Puerto Bahia

$395 for a Two-Night Stay for Two in Admiral Suite at The Bannister Hotel in the Dominican Republic (Up to $1,065 Value)

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Luxury Retreat in a Tropical Paradise

In the late 1600s, sea captain Joseph Bannister defeated British warships near the Caribbean island of Cayo Levantado. Where battleships once roamed, yachts now glide peacefully into Puerto Bahia's marina docks, skirting past The Bannister Hotel, named in honor of the legendary mariner. Private terraces overlook the marina and Samaná Bay, where humpback whales complete their migratory journey each winter.

Beneath the hotel's thatched rooftops, bayside charm fills the 1,200-square-foot Admiral suite through gauzy curtains, ivory tones, and sleek marble floors. As the sun sets, music reverberates through the Café del Mar, the hotel's seaside restaurant where mai tais (RD $280) share table space with grilled octopus (RD $360) from a tapas-heavy menu.

Come morning, hearty American-style breakfasts await those looking for a bite before spending the day lounging on the shore or taking a dip in one of the resort's tranquil infinity pools. Past the lobby's regal columns, a winding staircase leads to the Ni Spa, which spans two levels and soothes tense limbs with 15 minute holistic hydrotherapy sessions. For aquatic recreation, water taxis and GPS-navigated dolphins provide transportation to nearby fishing and snorkeling sites.

Samaná Peninsula: Natural Wonder and Caribbean Tradition

Jutting out about 35 miles east from the Dominican Republican mainland, the Samaná Peninsula attracts tourists for its coconut-tree-lined beaches and exotic wildlife. Between January and March, scores of humpback whales migrate thousands of miles to the Samaná Bay's warm waters to mate, give birth, and nurse their offspring. These majestic endangered creatures and other sea life can be seen up close during diving, snorkeling or boating excursions along the bay. On land, tourists hike or ride horseback past banana plantations near the cascading waters of El Salto del Limón waterfall. Merengue beats can be heard in the town of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, where diners sample Caribbean fare at seaside cafés or browse boutiques draped with traditional garb.

What You Get

  • Two-night stay for two in an Admiral suite
  • One American breakfast per day, per person
  • Two Spanish appetizers and drinks
  • One 15-minute hydrotherapy session per person

Amenities

  • Two restaurants onsite
  • Breakfast lounge onsite
  • Two infinity pools
  • Two tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • Free WiFi
  • Onsite tour agency

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 3/25/12
  • Not valid 12/24/11-1/2/12
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or minimum fee of 1/2 Groupon price applies; cancellations with less than 2-day notice will result in fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol
  • Valid only for 1-bedroom Admiral ocean-view suite
  • 10% service charge and 16% tax not included.

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How To Book

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  2. Call The Bannister Hotel or visit website.
  3. Choose a date prior to 3/25/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Three; third person on a rollaway bed in the living room.
  • Adding occupants above standard: An additional occupant 13 or older may be added for $50 USD plus taxes per night; an additional child age 2–12 may be added for $30 USD plus taxes per night.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Valet and self-parking free
  • Rollaways: Included with additional-occupant fee
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • Two-night stay for two in an Admiral suite (up to $953 USD value)
  • One American breakfast per day, per person ($52 USD value)
  • Two Spanish appetizers and drinks ($30 USD value)
  • One 15-minute hydrotherapy session per person ($30 USD value)
    Total value: up to $1,065 USD

Getting There

  • By plane: About 5 miles (8 km) from Arroyo Barril International Airport (EPS)
  • By cab: About $40 USD from EPS
  • By cab: About $210 USD from SDQ

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