Dominican Republic's Samana area ready to greet hotels, airport

El Catey International Airport, 20 minutes from the town of Samana on the Dominican Republic's Atlantic coast, is scheduled to open Nov. 1.

In anticipation of the new airport, which will be capable of handling jet aircraft, several five-star properties also will open their doors this fall.

Leading the pack is the Gran Bahia Principe hotel group with four all-inclusive resorts set to open in a six-week period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

These include:

" The 295-room Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa, opening Nov. 1 in Samana, will offer in-room Jacuzzis, four restaurants, four bars, a gym and a spa.

" The 396-room Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo, also opening Nov. 1, is in the town of Las Terranas, a 30-minute drive from El Catey International Airport. The resort has four restaurants, four bars, tennis courts, a gym and a spa.

" The 110-room Gran Bahia Principe Samana, opening Nov. 15, is a beachfront boutique resort located 15 minutes from the town of Samana facing Cayo Levantado island. Facilities include three restaurants, three bars, a small shopping area, tennis courts and a gym.

" The 195-room, villa-style Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, opening Dec. 15, is located on Cayo Levantado and offers four restaurants, four bars, a cigar bar, a jogging track, tennis courts, a gym and a spa.

For details, visit www.bahia-principe.com/bp/index.jsp.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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