Eva Luna. Las Terrenas, Samana. Dominican Republic
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published September 2010
The DR has some of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean, but sadly it’s better known for the slew of all-inclusive hotels in Puerta Plata and Punta Cana than it’s natural beauty.
Thankfully there is the Samana Peninsula, a slow moving, laid back coastal area on the northern coast of the island.
The area has become a favorite for Europeans visiting the Caribbean and has a strong French expat community. It’s also one of the last undeveloped beachfront areas in the country and constantly under threat by the big resort developers (the government is building a new highway from the airport to Samana). The two main towns are Las Terrenas and Playa Bonita where you can still find a few small, boutique hotels, food shacks and bars, and lots of empty beaches all to yourself.
The Eva Luna Villas is a five room hotel in Las Terrenas close to the beach. The rooms, or casitas, are decorated in a Mexican theme with bright colors and each one has it’s own kitchen, bathroom, seating area, bar, and private terrace to enjoy your breakfast. There is also a shared pool and beautifully landscaped grounds. Rates range between $90 for 2 people to $220 for 4 people per night (includes breakfast) depending on the season. The capacity at Eva Luna is only 16, so get a group of friends or family together, rent the whole place and have it to yourself!
It’s recommended to fly into Santo Domingo, then take a 30 min flight from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas. Alternatively, you can fly into Puerto Plata and drive 3 hours to Las Terrenas.