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DAY TRIP TO SAONA ISLAND, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Saona Island

Spending a week in the Dominican Republic was the rest I needed away from a cold summer in Denmark. Staying at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa meant that we were incredible close to Saona Island.

Even before I left I have heard great things about this day trip. I knew I did not want to venture a lot away from the resort as the point for this trip was to relax doing nothing but I couldn’t lose the opportunity to visit such a beautiful and unspoiled island of the Dominican Republic.

WHY VISIT SAONA ISLAND?

Located on the south east part of the Dominican Republic on a short distance from the mainland, Saona Island is a government protected nature reserve, part of the Eastern National Park.

Saona Island is the largest of the Dominican Republic’s islands and very popular along visitors who visit on a day trip.

Saona Island

It’s what I would have dreamed of a desert island with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters with colourful fish swimming in it and lots of coconuts lying around.

When walking away from the main part where people gather around for lunch and swimming activities, a tropical paradise of palm trees and untouched beaches can be seen. A lush for the eyes!

Saona Island

HOW TO GET THERE?

The easiest way is to travel by boat as part of an organized excursion from the mainland. Catamarans and speedboats are the usual way of transportation to and from the island.



THE DAY TRIP TO SAONA ISLAND

I booked my trip in the resort as soon as I arrived but there are several companies with all kinds of offers.

From the beach of La Romana we took the catamaran with our guide and the rest of the group early in the morning. It was super sunny already and we went straight to the nets, feeling the breeze and the sun on the way to the island.

All kinds of drinks and snacks were available on board and tropical juices were a treat for the heat.

NATURAL POOL

Our first stop was ‘La Piscina Natural’, a natural pool in a sandbar that forms a pool in the middle of the ocean just of the shore.

Saona Island

Saona Island

We had the opportunity to snorkel there and see all the starfish around, so colorful and beautiful. There also lots of fish and it’s easy to get lost snorkeling after them.

Saona Island

Saona Island
Saona Island

SAONA ISLAND

We got to Saona Island by lunch time and went straight to the covered restaurant they had set, just as you arrive.

Lots of palm trees and white sand everywhere – couldn’t think of a better place to have a delicious lobster. A mixed buffet of pasta, rice, vegetables and fruits was served with the lobster and also beef, pork and chicken.  We got to talk with other people from the group and the time went quick!

Saona Island

After lunch was time to relax and enjoy the island. Lots of swimming, snorkeling and an hour exploring the palm trees paradise!

Saona Island

Saona Island

Saona Island

Later we left the island, this time on a speedboat which made the way back much shorter but we were back in time for cocktails by the pool.

I totally recommend this day trip if you’re visiting Dominican Republic, it’s a fun and relaxing day that you will cherish on your holiday memories forever.

Have you been to Dominican Republic and visit Saona Island? How was your experience?

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STAYING AT DREAMS LA ROMANA RESORT & SPA

Dominican Republic

The islands of the Caribbean are one of those dreamy places with white sandy beaches and turquoise water and Dream La Romana Resort & Spa  is part of this paradise. For me, if you’re looking for relaxing holidays without any worries and a break away from the daily routine these islands are easy options.

This was exactly what I and my husband needed back in September. After a disappointing summer in Copenhagen with rain and cold temperatures most of the days, I felt like I wanted a treat for my birthday. My husband seemed to have read my mind and organize a surprise trip to the Dominican Republic. He booked Dream La Romana Resort & Spa on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic for a week and we had a great time!

THE RESORT

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa is a luxury resort located Bayahibe about one hour drive from Punta Cana airport.

For someone who wants to relax without any concerns this is the place! Numerous pools, beautiful white sandy beach, all-inclusive food and drinks, where everyone is smiling. The resort it’s full of green spaces and numerous palm trees, all very well looked after.

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The only decisions you will have to do will be which restaurants/cocktails you’re going to try that day.

As soon as we arrived I felt like ‘a million dollars’. Everything was pristine and very tropical with the sun shining, just what we needed! We were received by amazing staff and our care just continued to be perfect throughout our stay there.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

THE ROOMS AT DREAMS LA ROMANA RESORT & SPA

The rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated in shades of blue and brown wood. The bathroom was large with a walk-in-shower that I loved!

They are well stocked with a TV, air conditioned, coffee machine and a mini-fridge with beer, water and juices which were all free.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

We had a balcony just in front of the to the Preferred Club pool where the sun would shine all day, perfect for the first coffee of the day.

For all types of rooms available in Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa check more here.

THE PREFERRED CLUB

When my husband booked he reserved a room on an adult-only area not knowing that would give us access to the Preferred Club adults-only section in the Resort (there is another one for families).

We then realized when we arrived to check in, that being on this Preferred Club category would give us some extra privileges during our stay.

We booked the Preferred Club mostly because of the adult-only area. But there were other things that were really nice:  private check-in in the Preferred Club lounge, an exclusive pool for adults and even a private beach area.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

In the Preferred Club lounge there were pastries and snacks all day and we were allowed to have breakfast and lunch there as well as in the Olio restaurant on top of the normal World Café (the international buffet area).

Our favourite thing was the fact that our room was right in the front of the preferred pool which gave us the rest we needed by moving as less as possible!

Overall if you’re thinking to book this extra or not, it did not make much difference. But it was nice to have access to the exclusive pool because it was much more calm and the bar less crowded that the main infinity pool.



POOL AREA

The resort has four pools in four distinct areas. The main pool is massive with a hot tub, volleyball net, and an inflatable for kids to climb on. There are numerous activities during the day here, from sports to dancing, you name it!

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

The infinity pool overlooks the beach and it’s easy to go for a quick swim in the sea and come back to the pool to enjoy some cocktails as they have a swim up bar here. Plenty of chairs around the pool and you can drag them a bit inside the water which is nice to cool down as the temperatures were reaching 32°C some days.

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The other two pools are reserved for Preferred Club guests. One for families and the other for adults only where there is a swim up bar.

The one we used most was the Preferred Club pool for adults only and it was just the perfect size for the amount of people going there with plenty of space to swim around and a swim up bar with two really nice staff members there all day. There was also a Jacuzzi perfect to have some mimosas!

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

THE BEACH AT DREAMS LA ROMANA RESORT & SPA

The beach at the Resort is just like a dreamy paradise with soft white sand and clear blue water. The sea it’s very calm for swim and because of that was perfect to snorkel.  It was possible to see lots of fish and I was really impressed to see sting rays just on the shore.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

During the day there are loads of activities around the beach. My favourite were the Zumba classes and the towel decoration, where they teach you how to do all kinds of objects with towels.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

DELICIOUS FOOD AND DRINKS

You probably got it by now that I love food! This Resort was something like heaven for me. So many options and everything deliciously cooked.

Not to mention that everything is absolutely all-inclusive and the a la carte restaurants do not require reservations which just goes with the philosophy of the Resort of having no worries.

There was the usual international buffet which was a really large space and very well organized with plenty of staff looking after everyone and a lot of a la carte restaurants most of them just for dinner. We loved the world Café, the international buffet restaurant. Sometimes we were going there after the other meals just for the desert! Heaven on heart!!

Our favourite ones for dinner were the Japanese restaurant with a spectacular mini-show of the chef cooking for us; the Seaside Grill with a big variety of fresh seafood and the Mediterranean restaurant Olio.

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa
Olio Restaurant
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa
Seaside Grill
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa
Japanese Restaurant

At any time of the day is possible to have snacks across the many bars in the Resort.

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN THE RESORT

This resort is specialized in Spa treatments and they offer a large variety of massages and treatments you can do on the outdoor rooms and private pools like whirlpool or hydro massage. They even have a full service for beauty treatments for hair, nails and others.

Also in the same area there is a fitness center and games room.  At night the entertainment is incredible with every night carefully thought from circus to dance shows, we really loved it!

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

After these shows you can check out the Casino and the Disco which we did went and they were really nice where we had great fun.

For families with Kids the Explorer’s Club is a good option, fully supervised and with lots of entertainment. I kept seeing the kids doing lots of activities.

AROUND DREAMS LA ROMANA RESORT & SPA

The proximity of the Resort to Saona Island makes it one the easiest trips out of the Resort.

There are a lot of excursions and they have really nice staff that can help you booking these activities. We only booked our trip to the Saona Island once settled in the resort and it was just what we expected. I will be talking more about this trip on my next post.

Saona Island

OVERALL OPINION

The Staff at the Resort were really nice and they took care of us in every way. During our stay Hurricane Irma passed through the island and they went over the top to make sure we still had an amazing stay and were comfortable. Food was good in all restaurants with everything you could imagine. Everything was clean, well maintained and organized.

I really recommend this Resort either you go as a couple, group of friends or as a family because it will be an amazing time, they definitely put a bug on us to go back to the Dominican Republic.

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I was not sponsored by Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa for this review. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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