La Samana, Dominican Republic!

October 11, 2017

My latest trip was at La Samana, Dominican Republic and it was so relaxing. This vacation was filled with bronzing, beaches, bikinis and bliss.

We stayed at the Grand Paradise Samana hotel for 7 days, however for an extra escape we booked an airbnb villa for 3 days at the very top of a cliff with a private infinity pool during that same week.

June was the perfect time to travel to this destination as it was quiet and not packed with tourists. Because it was down season, not all merchants were open, however we didn't mind, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. If you like peace and quiet, travel to the DR in June, there are great deals with Air Transat.

For this week long trip, I packed around 12 bikinis, some from Brazilian Bikini CN and other various brands. I never know what bikini mood I will be in so I tend to just bring a bunch. I'm now feeling the itch to shop for new swimsuits to add to my beach wardrobe. Right now, i'm contemplating to buy from By Cassandre and Snorkelbear Swim.

La Samana is absolutely gorgeous and located in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic, it is primarily known as a popular whale watching destination during the months of January-April.

I discovered this gem of a hotel called Villa Serena. It's a boutique style hotel that offers fresh healthy meal options. They also host yoga/detox retreats which is something I also want to try. After connecting with the manager via Instagram, I got to meet Maria and took some fabulous pictures of their landscape. I was so worried for them during Hurricane Irma, however they had minimal damage luckily! 

The best smoothie I've ever had, ordered it twice! I also had the "bikini" smoothie.

We spent 3 days at this gorgeous airbnb villa admiring this view, day &  night! 

That feeling when you made your own bikini! I made myself a birthday bikini out of the cutest pink confetti fabric and I got this matching pink visor at Forever 21.

I got this swan floatie at Wal-Mart for 25$ and lugged it all the way to the DR. I'm so obsessed and want to start collecting pool floaties, the next one I want is the butterfly.

La Samana is home to many virtuous beaches that must be seen. We spent a day soaking in the beauty of the white sand beach, La Playita. Another beach to visit is Playa Rincon.

This trip was a birthday gift from my boyfriend and it was surprise! I'm planning my next trip as we speak. Follow me on Instagram or twitter: @thebikinifashionista

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