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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Perfect if you want a quiet and relaxed holiday!
Me and my boyfriend (both 21) visited this hotel and after a long flight, slightly crazy transfer and excited boat ride, we arrived at the hotel! The pictures really don't do it justice... The rooms are so beautiful and so spacious. The views from the villas are all incredible as they all face out onto the blue oceans. The beds are amazing and the bathrooms are just as amazing! Everything was so clean and the cleaners were so thoughtful every single day when they visited our room. when they say all inclusive, it literally is all inclusive. Your mini bar is topped up every day and the a la carte restaurants are free too. You do need to book, but this is no problem at all because they don't fill up very fast! The pools are so relaxing, both of them. And also great sizes. What I loved most was that there was never a rush to get a decent bed. There were always spares. And always a bar near to the bed you got! Because it is an island on its own, there is never any sense of being crowded or rushed so you can literally do what ever you like at any time! The food was incredible, there was three a la carte restaurants, all amazing. Even the main buffet was excellent! Lots of choice and high quality, not typical british all you can eat food. It was high quality stuff! The only comment I could make to criticise this place is that the evening atmosphere and entertainment was lacking. There is a beach bar but when we were there, it was only a few people around it so the atmosphere was pretty dull. However, this might have been because we are 21 and use to a bit more lively place or because we went in September when it is out of season. However the weather wasn't too bad,.. A few showers but not enough to ruin it! Once you remember where you are and look around at how beautiful the place is, then it really is a very little issue.More
fayew21, Manchester, United Kingdom
OFF THE SEASON (late September/early October), is it different from early May? Or “excellent resort if you are pool love
On September 15 2013 we shared our experience (please, see for more details “excellent resort if you are pool lovers and some observations”) about this resort based on our one week stay (May 4-11 2013). Since then we spent two weeks (September 22 – October 6, 2013) and would like to share our feelings about this resort off the season. We strongly believe that many people are looking for details and details are most important for 5 star resorts and for people who choose 5 star resorts. Since it was off the season we had many concerns. Our previous experience told us that the issue not only the weather, but common practice to cut whatever is possible during off the season to cut expenses. However, we very pleasantly surprised, we didn’t find any significant difference (compare with early May) in services, food or drinks selections etc. The weather was even better than in early May. We had very rare rain and predominantly nice, sunny weather. In the previous review we shared our concerns about ocean. This time, due to the absence of rains and calm weather the ocean water was relatively calm and as result clean. We still would not grade as 5 score, but 4 score would be reasonable. Unfortunately after rain and wind for a few hours you can see floating object products of human civilization. And it is difficult to blame resort; they clean as mush as they could. In our opinion, local people and “5 star customers” should be blamed. We didn’t have any health issues. Even it was off the season you can barely find mosquitoes or sandflies. After second stay we feel that the most important about this resort is quality of the service. The management does everything to make you feel unique, important etc. Everything was always, anytime, anywhere available for you. What we found that contrary to our first visit 90% or more of the visitors were first time comers (off the season, more affordable prices) and they bring new culture to this place. It is 5 star resort, but during dinner you could see many males, who choose not to see signs “no shorts, no open shoes… etc”. Unfortunately many of those male were Canadian. So may be it is a new trend: female - long dress, open shoulder and partner wearing shorts? Other unfortunate areas were beach and pools. When you come in the morning you can see already many beach chairs covered by towels. As a rule people don’t show up until 10.30 am. It is common cultures in the many low end resorts and it is sad that first time visitors try to bring this culture to this resort. There is no reason to do it. There is enough space, chairs, tables, drinks, food and you can continue on and on, just relax and feel and be a 5 star customer. It is main feature of this resort and main advantage of this resort to make you feel 5 star customer. One more point, it is little bit unpleasant, when you sit down during lunch and a chair is wet. Solution is simple, remove wet swimming suit. Conclusion: It is excellent place, excellent service and food, good drinks and beach. Everybody makes everything possible to feel you unique (5 star customer). Our goal (as customers) is to be 5 star customers. We didn’t want to leave after 2 weeks. In our opinion, this resort can’t be success story without Victor Lopez, Manager of this resort. We are looking forward to come back .More
val100, Toronto, Canada
Paradise on earth
This location is perfect for the quiet and relaxing Holiday. The hotel and location is beautifully maintained and clean. The restaurant and bar staff are excellent. The amount of times I heard my wife and other Holiday makers state " this is paradise on earth" we have traveled all over the world and stayed at many different standards of hotels, We would list this hotel and location as one of the best. Normally around a few day before the end of any holiday I am ready to go home, if I could I would have stayed even longer. One important thing you must take into consideration, (TRANSFER TIME Thomson travel) leaving the at puerto plata airport - to walking into the Hotel reception. 4 and half hours.More
Jackie H, Reading, United Kingdom
This hotel is stunning, we have stayed in many 5* hotels in many countries and this is the best. The various types of accomadation are all beautiful. We stayed in a sea view Superior Deluxe suite, which is basically an almost detached villa, with privacy & in a very quiet location with a jaquizi on one terrace, a seperate living room, a large bedroom with another terrace and fantastic bathroom with yet another jaquizi. Mini bar free & stocked daily. The 3 beaches are all nice. The staff are faultless. The food is amazing with choice of 3 al a carte & 1 buffet, all serving superb food. Drink qaulity if good, with all named brand spirits & nice wines. The gardens are stunning with beautiful plants. In all faultless.More
david b, Pwllheli, United Kingdom
Relaxing! quiet! Amazing!
My husband and I have looked at this resort for a couple of years and finally made the decision this year. The location is outstanding - being on the island is perfect for a quiet and relaxing vacation. The grounds are beautiful and there were always cleaning, trimming and clearing the grounds. The rooms were spectacular - we had an ocean view villa - we upgraded once we arrived and it was worth the $100. We even saw a whale from our balcony. The food was very good and service was great. We were off island once for an atv tour arranged before we arrived through your Samana with terry. (Great excursion). We visited the public beach twice - once on a cruise ship day and another non- cruise ship day. Both great experiences - if you buy anything make sure they know you're from the resort, it's cheaper. Can't wait to return! More
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