Hotels in Samaná Peninsula
The DR continues to move beyond the all-inclusive market with the help of the Peninsula House, which debuted early 2008 in a restored Victorian plantation house on the Samaná peninsula.
The hotel made its debut in 2011 on a protected, half-mile-long crescent of shore with 35 villas (botanical prints, Viking appliances, coral tiled bathrooms, and, yes, balconies galore).
The property epitomizes the area's wild charms, with five casitas surrounding a palm-shaded pool. Linger over an alfresco breakfast, then wander down to Playa Las Ballenas, where the snorkeling's best.