President Leonel Fernandez was in Samana on 15 December to inaugurate Puerto Bahia, a US$100 million hotel and residential development. President of the project, Juan Bancalari said that the first phase calls for a dock with capacity for 107 yachts, an equestrian center, spa and gym, tennis courts, 185 luxury vacation homes, and The Bannister boutique hotel, affiliated to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain. Rates at the hotel start at US$86. Also speaking at the inaugural event were business partner Jose Garcia Armenteros, and Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia.
The project was designed by architect Nicola Fini, of Studio Fini Archittetura.
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