Tis’ the season for whale watching
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the leader in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Spain, is celebrating the arrival of humpback whales to the crystalline waters of Samana, where the brand is home to four distinct properties. Nestled between the verdant jungles of the Dominican Republic and azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, the region is officially welcoming humpback whale season and the brand’s whale watching opportunities allow travelers to dive into nature-driven, ecofriendly experiences.
Every year, approximately 3,000 40-ton whales migrate from the cold waters of the north to mate in the warm waters of Samana. Travelers and locals alike are invited to join in the annual Whale Festival celebration that marks the start of whale season and aims to educate travelers on the mammals and the breathtaking environment that makes up Samana. Organized by the Center for the Conservation and Eco-Development of Samana Bay (CEBSE) and taking place at Bahia Principe Village from March 7-9, the event’s seventh edition will feature a variety of exhibitors, including local artists and will host educational presentations and film screenings on humpback whales, and learning activities on marine animals and conservation for kids.
“The arrival of the humpback whales is one of the most celebrated times of year in Samana,” said Antonia del Toro, director of corporate social responsibility at Grupo Piñero. “This unique spectacle of indescribable beauty is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guests. Samaná is an important community for us and collaborating with them to care for, preserve and build awareness of their culture and their natural spectacles is of high priority for our brand. “
For visitors, Bahia Principe’s four properties in the region are the ideal place to stay to experience the celebrations, explore the peninsula and encounter these majestic animals. For those who seek exclusivity and tranquility, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only hotel located on the idyllic island of Cayo Levantado. A journey to this property begins with a ferry ride from a private Bahia Principe dock in town and unfolds on a magical island of otherworldly beauty. Those looking for a unique stay can head to Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, a boutique property ranked by TripAdvisor as the No. 3 top all-inclusive in the Caribbean for 2018, due to its special charm and personalized service, paralleled with the gorgeous environment that surrounds the property.
On the other hand, travelers seeking to explore and discover everything that Samana and the Dominican Republic have to offer can choose Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, located in an authentic Dominican village and overlooking the region’s spectacular cays or Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, ideally situated on one of the country’s most popular beaches, Las Terrenas. Perfect for families escaping tourist hotspots, the property’s Family Junior Suite and Family Master Suite accommodations offer the opportunity to stay connected on vacation with extra amenities for younger travelers including kid-size bathrobes, bath kits and a specialized minibar with juices, shakes, milk and soft drinks.
About Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a Grupo Piñero brand under their Living Resorts business unit, owns 25 properties and 13,639 hotel rooms in Dominican Republic, where it is the market leader in terms of the number of hotel beds, as well as the Riviera Maya (Mexico), Jamaica and Spain (in the Canary and Balearic Islands). Year after year, Bahia Principe hotels, classified into distinct categories – Luxury, Grand, Sunlight and Fantasia – receive a large part of the most prestigious quality recognitions that are awarded in the vacation industry.