Casa el Paraiso was one of my favorite stays in all of Samaná. This Dominican-owned Airbnb is an experience in Las Galeras not to be missed! The Owners are travelers, and they've decorated and nicknamed each room after a country they have traveled to. When visiting, you can expect the best views overlooking Samana Bay, delicious meals made by an in-house Italian chef named Mirko, and epic-looking rooms immersed within nature.
Epic and affordable Airbnb's are rare to come by, so when we found this hidden gem nestled upon the jungle in Las Galeras, Samana, we quickly knew this would become a favorite destination to explore and re-visit in the Dominican Republic.
I love staying at Airbnb's around the world; they provide you a taste of everyday life and a glimpse at the culture of the country you're visiting.
Arriving at Casa el Paraiso, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic.
Casa el Paraiso is located in Las Galeras, Samaná. It's about a 3hr 30min drive from Santo Domingo or a 4hr 45min drive from Punta Cana. I highly recommend getting there before sunset, as the road turns to pitch dark with limited street lights and signs along the way. It's easy to get lost if not familiar with the area. If you need help arranging your transportation/stay there, contact @sunsandspiritdr; they can host and organize everything for you!
Waking-up in Casa el Paraiso, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic.
We stayed in room number two, surrounded by a marine decor representative of the humpback whales that from mid-December to late March congregate the area. Most bungalows are open-air and eco-friendly with epic views! There are seven rooms available, including one featuring closed doors/ ac and the newest addition, room #7 featuring an in-room jacuzzi. You can also rent the entire villa, which can accommodate a total of 16 guests.
This Airbnb has common areas shared with the owners (Santo Domingo Veterinarians Nora and José), a handful of playful dogs, parrots, and guests staying at the other bungalows. There's an open kitchen, so you can bring your groceries/ beverages to eat and drink. Or, if you'd prefer a more laid-back experience, they have an Italian gourmet chef (Mirko) who can cook you anything you'd like to eat. Chef Mirko makes delicious seafood platters featuring the local catch of the day and intertwining local and international flavor in every bite.
Nestled atop cliffs overlooking the Samaná Bay, surrounded by the never-ending jungle, you can find the infinity pool, jacuzzi, and human-made sand beach area for sunbathing.
My Favorite Rooms in Casa el Paraiso, Las Galeras.
Nicknamed "La Marina" and often called the most romantic room in this entire villa due to a massive-natural- raw- coral rock filled with cascading candles that have been lit over the years and now form a fairy-tale-like cascading veil. This room features a queen-size bed and sleeper sofa, accommodating three guests. I can't decide my favorite part of this room; The raw coral rock wall, the completely open bathroom with a rooted shower and toilet facing the jungle, or the hammocks overlooking the jungle and sea below.
Nicknamed "Africa", this room is exotic and wild. I truly felt I was on safari in Africa as I walked through and marveled at all the well-crafted furniture pieces. My favorite room in this entire villa; Featuring its own Koi fish pond and completely open double-walls, enclosing jungle, mountain, and sea in a one-of-a-kind stay. This room can accommodate two guests.
At the time of our visit, Room #7, Nicknamed "Morocco," was not yet finished. I'll have to return and give it a proper review, but I'm pretty confident it ranks in the top 3!
This hand-crafted Airbnb uses recycled objects repurposed and used as furniture and decoration pieces. Here are some of my favorites!
What are your thoughts? Would you stay here and which room would you choose?
Thanks for reading! I hope you get to experience this amazing Airbnb stay. Till next time!
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