Escape to a wanderlust world in the Dominican Republic
By Meghan Chalfant
After celebrating the love between you and your significant other during the most incredible wedding, you’ll immediately want to be whisked away to a romantic honeymoon. After all, a vacation to paradise is well deserved after spending countless hours and months planning a magical soirée. Get swept away to a destination that’s home to stunning landscapes encompassing picture-perfect backdrops. A locale where infinite turquoise waters meet crystal-blue skies, and palms harmoniously sway side to side from gentle afternoon breezes. Between lying on pristine beaches and exploring island activities, you’re bound to fall in love with everything the Dominican Republic has to offer, whether you’re looking to host a destination wedding or escape to a honeymoon in paradise.
Two Tickets to Paradise
The Dominican Republic’s vibrant, sun-drenched, idyllic setting beckons couples with unparalleled relaxation, rich culture, intriguing history, and lush, tropical beauty. Located in the northeastern Caribbean—about 800 miles from Miami, Florida—you’ll find a free-spirited island boasting 1,000 miles of coastline with 250 miles of pristine beaches, offering the perfect blend of tropical splendor and cultural sophistication. Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the Dominican Republic is the second largest region in the West Indies, occupying the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti. This 18,000-mile-long island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the east and Cuba and Jamaica to the west.
The Dominican Republic’s tropical climate has near-perfect year-round weather, making this island a popular honeymoon choice for couples. During the summer, temperatures average 90 degrees and drop to a low of 65 degrees in the winter. Although rainstorms can happen any time of the year, precipitation usually only falls for short periods with warm sunshine quick to follow.
With over nine million citizens, the Dominican Republic is home to some of the most hospitable people you’ll ever meet. Although most residents speak Spanish, the official language of the country, those in the tourism industry are multilingual and speak English, as well as French, German, and Italian.
The Suite Life
Nestled within the Samaná Peninsula—one of the country’s most attractive and unexplored regions—is a beachfront resort where sultry romance meets island luxury in an all-inclusive setting. Catering to adults-only, the Viva Wyndham V Samaná is located just twenty minutes from El Catey International Airport on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic in Las Terrenas. This premier oceanfront resort boasts world-class accommodations, encompassing modern design and upscale amenities and featuring 144 stylish rooms. As guests, you can choose between two room categories, where you can select pillows and aromas to personalize your environment and comfort. V Rooms are comfortable accommodations with pool or ocean views, while the VIBE Rooms offer an upgraded private sanctuary including impressive ocean views and a private plunge pool located directly on your terrace. From 24-hour room service to unlimited drinks, meals, turndown service, and more, everything you need is included during your stay at V Samaná.
Whether you’re craving midday snacks or full-course meals, your palate is sure to be satisfied at any of the onsite restaurants. Dine at La Marche for market-style dining for breakfast and lunch or enjoy innovative à la carte dishes at the three on-site fine dining restaurants, serving Mediterranean, fusion, and seafood fare. Need a midday pick-me-up? Visit the oceanfront beach bar for libations and a variety of snacks, including brick oven pizza.
From relaxation to adventure, there are many things to explore by day while honeymooning in the Dominican Republic. At V Samaná, bask under the Caribbean sun on the secluded beach or at the resort’s infinity pool. Unwind at the all-natural-spa offering guests a full menu of healing and body treatments, including massages, exfoliation treatments, and body wraps, or enhance your skills in the kitchen through a cooking or mixology class. Zi- lining, kayaking, whale watching, hiking, and horseback riding to El Limon—a breathtaking 50-meter-high waterfall—are all exhilarating activities perfect for the thrill seeker. By night, begin your evening enjoying tropical cocktails as you watch the sun set, and dance the night away at El Hip, a bar and cocktail lounge with guest DJs and live entertainment to help get the party started.
Doesn’t the thought of oceanfront nuptials, along with dinner and dancing under the glistening Samaná stars, make your heart skip a few extra beats? For those couples who dream of saying “I do” in a romantic, intimate setting with spectacular backdrops and famed sunsets, V Samaná can set the stage for an unforgettable walk down the aisle. The resort offers three wedding packages to choose from, along with a wedding planner to bring your vision to life.
Pack Your Bags
The Dominican Republic is known for its casual island vibe and near-perfect tropical climate. When packing your bags, bring items you know you’ll use, such as swimwear, cover-ups, hats, sunglasses, shorts, T-shirts, cocktail attire for fine dining restaurants, and a pair of sandals that can easily be dressed up or down. Planning on going on an excursion or two? Don’t forget sneakers for off-road adventures, zip-lining, mountain biking, or any other exhilarating activities. If you’ll be traveling during the cooler season (December through February) you may need a light jacket or sweater. You’ll also need your travel documents (passport, boarding passes, photo I.D., and traveler’s insurance papers if purchased) basic toiletries, sunblock, and any medications or health supplements.
How to Get Here
Traveling to V Samaná in the Dominican Republic can be easy from most major cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Approximately a three-and-a-half-hour flight from the New York and New Jersey areas, most major US air carriers will fly into El Catey International Airport.
From miles of idyllic coastline to verdant rolling hills, endless activities, and diverse culture, it’s no wonder the Dominican Republic is becoming a popular travel location for couples. For more information about V Samaná or to book your honeymoon or destination wedding, visit www.vcollectionresorts.com.