You may do a double-take when you arrive on Cayo Levantado. Dubbed Bacardi Island, this tiny green isle once starred in one of the drink’s adverts. With its coconut-white sands, turquoise-blue seas and nodding palm trees, it’s paradise.
The setting is romantic beyond belief. Serene, secluded and right on the beach, you can only get here by boat. Don’t worry, you’re not totally cut off, there are free shuttles back to the mainland, subject to availability. Though once you set eyes on the place it’s likely you’ll want to stay put. When you’re not sinking your toes into the sand, you’ve got two luxurious pools to pick from. Both sunk into spacious terraces, they’re flanked by comfy wicker sun loungers that sit under fluttering white drapes or palm shelters. And there’s also a whirlpool bath and pool bar on hand.
It’s not all about lounging here, though. An impressive list of activities reels off sports like tennis and there’s a state-of-the-art gym, too. You’ll also find plenty to keep you occupied in the water with windsurfing, sailing and kayaking just some of the offerings. And for romantic walks simply follow the sands hand-in-hand and do a circular tour of the beaches.
As for the hotel... from the sophisticated lobby with its polished floors to the sumptuous Moorish-style spa, it’s more like a roomy mansion. It’s the same story throughout. The bedrooms are big and stylish with a lounge area and 21st-century gadgets like a whirlpool bath or shower. And the four refined restaurants make the most of the scenery.
If you want to get starry-eyed and spoilt, let us whisk you away to this paradise isle. We can't think of a better place to get marooned.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-Hour All Inclusive. Buffet meals and an optional à la carte dinner. Snacks can be ordered 24 hours a day.
24-Hour All Inclusive. National and selected international alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, spirits and cocktails and soft drinks
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Including sunbeds and towels.
Don Pablo gourmet à la carte international restaurant
For exquisite international cuisine.
You can enjoy the non-motorised watersports for 1 hour a day free of charge.
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double room with garden view
Double room with garden view sleeps up to 4 - can be sold as a single. This room comes with bathrobes, slippers, 24-hour room service, flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, coffee-maker and a hydro-massage bath in the bathroom. You'll find this room located in the rear garden view buildings around the island.
beach villa with jacuzzi®
Beach villa with Jacuzzi® sleeps up to 3. This room comes with bathrobes, slippers, 24-hour room service, flatscreen TV, ceiling fan, coffee-maker and a Jacuzzi® on the terrace with a small porch facing.
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A Piece of Heaven
This resort exceeded our expectations and was well worth the money. We booked with Air Canada Vacation a Junior Suite Superior and were located on the second floor of Villa 13 with an amazing view. The buffet was excellent and with choices for all tastes. The upper pool felt relaxing and there were no issues with getting a spot or towel. We can`t wait to go back next year.More
Tony L, Mississauga, Canada
A little piece of heaven second time around
This was our second time here, and it was just as amazing as the first. This time around we stayed the first week of Mar. 2014. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Arriving from -32 in Canada to +32 was a welcome surprise! We flew out of Toronto through AirTransat vacations and everything came together like clockwork, from our flight, transfers, and ferry ride to heaven. We were in Villa 7, the upper floor, and had a great view of the ocean. We were even able to see a whale one morning from our balcony! The room itself was spacious and very clean. The food was great, lots of variety at the buffet, something for everyone. One night we tried the Don Pablo restaurant, enjoyed the food there as well, and the ambience was very romantic. In the mornings we usually started out at the upper pool, which was very clean and quiet, and in the afternoons we headed down to the beach, so my husband could take part in the beach volleyball and bingo games, and I could snorkel. He had a blast doing the activities with the animation team, found them all very friendly and energetic. And I enjoyed the snorkelling on the calm beach, saw all kinds of fish, even swordfish, starfish, and a water snake. You have to make it over to the public beach, as the snorkelling is even better over there. The fish were all the colours of the rainbow, right out of the movie Finding Nemo! You're allowed to use kayak's for free everyday for an hour, so we took one out and enjoyed paddling half way around the island, the water is so clear, and it was neat to watch the pelicans dive for their meals! At the scubaquatic centre, we tried scuba diving, which wasn't too bad, we got to hold a starfish. Unfortunately not far from where we went under was a boat of fishermen with nets, so there weren't many fish to see as I think they were scared off! We also got talked into swimming with the sea lions which was a hoot! We were taken out to the public beach where the sea lions are kept, and got a biology lesson about them, as well as got to touch them, feed them, and even get a kiss. Then we went out into the water, where the male joined us, and he splashed about and gave us kisses as well. The CD of pictures was well worth the money. They are such sweet, gentle creatures, kind of like giant aquatic pugs! There's something magical about being on your own island. I think our only complaints would be the mattress is hard, and the pillows we found kinda flat. But when you wake up and have coffee on your private ocean view balcony, you soon forget! You can not find a more perfect getaway. If you like peace, quiet and romance, this is the place for you. We will definitely return!!More
Dawner23, Guelph, Canada
A Grand SRMRM Convention for all of us.
It was fantastic, the food, place, rooms everything was a true 5 star stay. The only hicup for all of us was the internet which was horrible. You need to work with your supplier to ensure that business people can have good internet as this is premordial for us while away from our offices.More
mimiRepentigny_QC, Repentigny, QC
Loved this resort, everything about it was good, no great, 22 of us had a fantastic 14 days celebrating our daughters wedding, nobody wanted to leave. We held a hen and stag do on the beach which was so much fun, the wedding day was perfect, nothing but praise for this resort, one day we will return.More
redtoenail, hemel hempstead
We arrived at Samana airport and was met by our Westjet rep only to be told our hotel (Cayo Levantado) was overbooked ans we were to spend a night at a different Bahia Principe resort...at first I thought he was joking! i have never heard of a hotel being overbooked! we were taken to Cayo Lev next day and found out that this is a common practice with this resort. there were 3 other angry couples on our bus that had just spent 2 nights in another resort due to overbooking! we did enjoy our stay once we finally got to our planned destination.The food was excellent, as was the service and cleanliness. the beds and pillows are hard - equivalent to a 2 star hotel! would not recommend this experience if you're looking for a 5 star hotel.More
naptime61, Delta, Canada
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