Spas in Santa Bárbara de Samaná
Bahía Spa. Run by the Grand Bahía Príncipe Cayacoa resort, this spa is across from the hotel's entrance in a separate building. Bahía Spa offers 50-minute "Caribbean Relaxing" massages for $70, 30 minutes for $55. Although not a glamour spa, it does offers a wide range of other body treatments, including waxing, facials, and hot stone therapy at moderate prices. English speakers are limited on staff, but the spa doesn't close until 8 pm, which is a plus. Nonguests are cordially invited. Grand Bahía Príncipe Cayacoa, Carretera Camino Playa, Santa Bárbara de Samaná, 32000. 809/538–3131 Ext. 1298. www.bahia-principe.com.
La Hacienda. Karin Chez, an equestrian and environmentalist from Belgium, conducts horseback treks through the hills and onto the beaches in Las Galeras. She just may have the most exceptional trail horses in the area (if not the country). Along the way she tells riders about the flora and fauna of the region and what they can do to be environmentally conscious while there. A healthful, cold European lunch is put out at break time. Check the website for information on her hostel, an inexpensive safe haven in the area. Las Galeras, 32000. 829/939–8285.
NI Spa & Salon. Walk up the steel, spiral staircase to a haven of peace, with New Age music, a professional staff dressed in white, and a chic, sparkling clean environment. Still moderately priced for the quality of the treatments, NI is one of the island's best spa values. Within its 3,500 sq. feet is a couples' treament room and a boutique fitness center.When you're finished with your therapeutic and pleasurable treatments, head to the full-service beauty salon to get ready for that special night out. The Bannister Hotel, Puerto Bahia Marina, Carretera Sanchez Km. 5, Santa Bárbara de Samaná, 32000. 809/503–6363.
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