A resort reopens in the D.R., and a villa debuts in the Grenadines: Travel Weekly

The Bahia Principe Grand Cayacoa in Samana, Dominican Republic, which has been closed since the start of the pandemic, will reopen to guests on Nov. 1.

The 284-room resort, part of Bahia’s all-inclusive collection in the Caribbean, Mexico and Spain, overlooks Samana Bay and features two pools, five restaurants, four bars, paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear. The resort also boasts of possible views of humpback whales between December and March.

Guests can select offsite excursions to a zipline, tour in safari-type trucks, trek through Los Haitises Nation Park, horseback ride through the jungle and explore caves and cays.

Starting rate for a double room is $69 per person, per night, although “prices may increase at any time,” according to a spokesperson.

New villa option in the Grenadines

In the Grenadines, meanwhile, Palm Island, the all-inclusive, adults-only private island resort, has opened Seahorse Villa, one of two villas set at either end of the 135-acre island resort.

The villas’ accommodations feature suites with beachfront or garden views and rustic Caribbean loft-style rooms.

The new two-bedroom villa includes ocean views, a private garden, a verandah, a private beach, a large walk-in shower, an outdoor shower and a laundry room.

Palm Island has two restaurants, cocktail areas, watersports and equipment and is reached by private launch from Union Island, a short flight from Barbados or St. Vincent.

The villa rate starts at $3,000 per night, plus a resort fee of $24 per night.

Palm Island is part of Elite Island Resorts, a collection of beachfront properties in Barbados and Antigua.

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