El Valle Eco-Lodge; Relaxing in the Jungle
Updated: Jan 22
El Valle Eco-Lodge offers eco-friendly, bungalow-style hotel accommodations in El Valle, Samana. Set inside the jungle and only a 5 min walk to one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic, Playa El Valle, this travel destination is perfect for family travel vacations to the Dominican Republic and for those looking to connect and be one with nature.
You can find the sleepy, laid-back beach town of El Valle outside the main town of Samaná. There are no bars, discos, shopping stores, or restaurants—only one colmado to pick up a cold beer along with some snacks and a couple of rustic seafood huts by the beach. It's the perfect setting for those looking to be isolated from the rest of the world.
I love finding hidden places every time I travel, and El Valle in Samaná was one of them!
Staying at El Valle Eco-Lodge
Upon arrival at El Valle Eco-Lodge, you feel the warm welcome the owner, Caro, gives. This Eco-lodge features individual houses that can accommodate up to 16 guests in total. It's the perfect place for family reunions, wellness retreats, and small corporate team-building events. The space provides an open area where everyone can simultaneously have their private secluded lodge with common areas to host meetings and gatherings.
One of my favorite things while lodging at El Valle Eco-Lodge was to walk around the premises and marvel at nature! Caro has an organic garden where she grows vegetables and uses them to cook some delicious meals at her in-house kitchen/restaurant, "Gitana." Wake up to the smell of fresh-baked bread and end your adventurous day by unwinding and indulging in the latest catch of the day; the seafood is so fresh!
Have ME time! Turning off your electronics is highly encouraged! Forgot your book? No, worries! Each room has a few titles to choose from. Take a day and master the art of doing nothing; clear your mind and meditate. Make unplugging your daily mantra!
And now let's have a room tour...
If You go
Contact Sun Sand Spirit DR. They can host your group and coordinate all activities during your stay. Traveling solo to Samaná can be more challenging than Santo Domingo (the capital) or Punta Cana. Remember that this is a legit jungle. There are barely any lights or signs in the streets, English is not commonly spoken in town, and the GPS/WIFI will not always work. We rented a GPS with our car at the airport, and it barely worked! Getting lost in a country with which you're not very familiar can be overwhelming. Sun Sand Spirit D.R. can help you plan your stay so you can relax stress-free! Zaira being Dominican herself and a true islander, can offer a locals insight with tips to maximize your time there. Give her a holler and say Hi for me :)
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