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Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA  

Playas Uvero Alto, Provincia La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

A great place to go - healthy food, good beach, staff and nice room
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Get away from it all with Unlimited-Fun in the sun at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa. Has it all, and it’s all included. Sunny beaches. Shady palm groves. Wild water sports. Awesome entertainment. Clubs and activities for kids of all ages. Spectacular dining… and best of all, no worries, no reservations, no wristbands!

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Perfect Wedding, Perfect Vacation
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Becky  on Mar 14, 2011  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Oct, 2010 | Wedding | With Group
872 people found this review helpful

This resort was by far the best vacation experience I've had so far. I've been to the Dominican before, but Punta Cana is incredible. I went there for my wedding in October. Surprised to find that I had the best weather that time of year than I've ever had before. It was beautiful every single day of the week. Dreams is a whole other world. The photos are a clear indicator of what you're getting. Out of 16 travelers, not one of us had a complaint and would gladly return.

Room Number:
3108

Arrival:
The bus ride was approximately 45 minutes, which actually wasn't too bad with great company and taking the time to enjoy the sights along the way. Check-in didn't take long, considering how many people we had to check-in. The staff were helpful and pleasant at all times. We tried tipping as much as we could. They work so hard to please you!

Rooms:
I decided to choose a standard room, even being the bride and all. We were on the pool front and I thought the room was fabulous. I could go out the patio door and hop in the pool or relax in the hammock seat with a beer while others swam. I can't imagine how impressive the upgrades must be. It was clean and we honestly didn't spend a lot of time there - what a vacation is all about!

Restaurants and Bars:
The bars were great... spent most of the time at the swim-up, pool or lobby bar, but also enjoyed the disco later in the evening. Always entertainment you can join in up on stage, such as a bellydance competition, or just dance with your friends. We loved the music and even made our own requests. Ladies, please do yourself a favour and drink a "Banana Mama"!

The buffet was always delicious. There are so many options that you can be sure to always find something that you like. Also ate at Oceana, which was good, but had some people in the group that weren't big seafood fans (not me - I did like it). The Seaside Grill was my favorite. I come from an island of fishermen and actually had the best salmon of my life at this restaurant! Highly recommend you eat there! We chose only the casual restaurants, just for personal preferences.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The grounds were well-kept. Our wedding took place at the gazebo. Everything is so beautiful that there is a photo opportunity literally everywhere. We never had a problem finding enough beach chairs for everyone. The water was great. I personally loved the pool better... swim-up bar & so refreshing! And it's huge so you can always find a spot for you and your friends.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Lots of activities and off-resort excursions that some in the group went on and enjoyed (such as swimming with the sting rays or horseback riding). I wasn't on an excursion, but we took the opportunity to have fun in the sand with the resort photographers that you can find walking along the beach area. We had a couples photoshoot for free, and were able to view and pick any that we wanted to purchase from the front of the hotel later that day. I loved them all! You can do this with iguanas, snakes, parrots, or whatever creature is featured on the grounds that day.

Other Comments:
Anyone with a bad review on this resort has lost their mind in my opinion! I know that the culture and lifestyle in the Dominican is not the same as my own, but the resort exceeded all expectations. Dreams Punta Cana is beautiful!

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My hubby and i said we would love to come back.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Carissa  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Your first name: Carissa Where are you from?: Ontario, Canada Do you want your email address included in your review?: No

Arrival: January 8th-15th 2009
We left toronto at 620am with sunwing for our honeymoon. The flight was great. At checkin were given welcome champagne. Check in was super fast and our room was ready right away.(normally checkin is at 3pm but we had our room at 1)

Rooms:
Our room was amazing. We stayed in room 1215. It had one king sized bed, nice bathroom and a partial oceanveiw. The rooms seemed to be in great shape, we heard from others some rooms were a little rough but also heard they are working on fixing any rooms that a little rough

Restaurants and Bars:
All the bars we amazing. The bar in the middle of the resort by the pool was our fav but they we all good.

Restaurants
We didnt do them all but the ones we did do here are our reveiws World Cafe- Was our favorite. we ate there everyday for breakfast and lunch and had supper there a couple of times. It was always a buffet style

Oceana- Was another favorite, It looks out over the ocean. The food was really great as well just not used to the small portians.

Seaside Grill- We ate here the first night. the food was ok. we didnt feel the greatest after the eating here but it could have been the flight food that made us not feel great. We also heard near the end of our trip that this resturant was closed for the week before we came because too many people had to visit the doctors after eating here.

Mexican- This was my Hubbys favorite. I dont care for spicy food as much, but it was still good. Italian- They made amazing pastas here, Both my hubby and I really liked the food here

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Pool- Its one big long pool that goes from the lobby all the way down to the beach. There was never any problems finding a chair near the pool or a spot in the pool.

Beach- It was very clean and it was beautiful. If you go the the left of the beach its much nicer than right in front and for some reason there is less people. Never a problem finding a chair here either. Lots of water activities to do, only had a red flag one day and it was cleared by noon.

The Grounds-
AMAZING, they work so hard to make it beautiful. There are soo many gardens, and birds around. Along with a few small lizards running around. The Grounds are kinda big tho. We were right near the beach and it was a 10 min plus walk to the lobby, but its a beautiful walk.

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Amazing Wedding !!
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Chantelle  on May 6, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2011 | Wedding | With Group
952 people found this review helpful

I just got back from my wedding at Dreams Punta Cana and had an amazing wedding and vacation!!!! If anyone is considering this resort for a wedding do not listen to negative reviews because it is a wonderful choice. I travelled with 24 guests and all enjoyed the vacation.

This resort was great for couples, families with children and singles. The staff is sooo great and make you smile throughout your stay.

Our wedding was at the Gazbo and it was beautiful, however if you have Jennifer as your wedding coordinator be sure to make clear plans of your day. She was not helpful throughout the wedding day, and for the most part was absent!!!!! However I had many of friends and family to step in and make the day run smooth!!

Restaurants and Bars:
The food is excellent! The resturants were great.....you must try the Seaside Grill and Himistiu!!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
I love beaches and this one was beautiful. My advice to enjoy swimming without any rocks stick to the left side of the beach area. We always found chairs for our large group.

The pool is huge and the staff their is sooo great!! We got to know them all by name and had many fun afternoons playing games and dancing!

Other Comments:
We had our photos taking by an outside photographer whihc was HDC Photos in Punta Cana. Their website is hdcphoto.com.......the pictures we soooooo beautiful and you get alot for your money! I was sooo pleased with their work and professionalism!! If you are in need of a photographer in Punta Cana I personally recommend them!!! If you are considering to hire them and want some sample photos you can email me and I would be pleased to send some to you!

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Awesome all the way! 2nd time visiting
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Darlene  on Oct 5, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Sep, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
820 people found this review helpful

I really don't understand why there are so many negative comments.???? The place is beautiful, clean, great food and employees so polite. Helps to know some Spanish. We stayed from Friday to Friday and cost approx $2400 from NY. ..with upgraded swim out room.

Arrival:
No problems. 1 hour drive from airport in air conditioned van/bus. Goes quickly. Roads improved from our 2008 visit. Pass through towns of their culture and poverty.

Rooms:
Stayed both times in Unit 1 with the swim out pool upgrade. Room has own patio with table and 2 chairs, 2 lounge chairs few feet away from patio and right in front of wonderful pool. Rooms have king size bed, 2 night stands, desk, small love seat, TV armoir, large closet. Had no problems with any bugs, or non working items. Air conditioning worked great. Rooms were clean and maid visits daily. Floors are slipper when wet, but ask maid for floor mats to avoid slipping.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food always available. World Cafe is extra large buffet with everything, including carving stations, pizza, pasta stations, etc. But our favorite for dinner is the French restaurant-- it has the best appetizers and entrees...from shrimp, snails, lobster, steaks, lamb chops. We ate there 4 nights. Each restaurant, except for the World Cafe, is not open every night, so plan ahead. The French is never open for lunch and does require dress code- pants for men. Also, it is upstairs- no elevator. Great view and there is a bar upstairs too.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Well maintained and clean. Love their pool. It flows through out the whole facility. Swim up bar right near Unit 1.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Spent the week lounging and laughing. Swim up bar right near Unit 1. Bring your own blow up rafts if you are a pool person, like us.

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Beautiful hotel, the BEST Staff
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Edna  on Apr 18, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) IRELAND
Visited on: Apr, 2011 | Leisure | With friend
914 people found this review helpful

I stayed 1 week with friends at this hotel. After reading one of the reviews I couldn't believe what I have read. There are no security guards with guns, I saw no spiders of any sort and the staff were more than friendly and helpful. I had the pleasure of meeting the manager Randolf Decena and he was very helpful, professional and friendly. The night club within the hotel was safe and played great music of all types. you could also give the DJ requests. Once a week there are guys on the resort offering to sell you things but a quick no thanks and they leave you be. about a 10 min walk up the beach there is another market that sell jewellery and paintings as well. We booked 2 day trips - the boat ride on the catamarang and the Safari were both excellent. They have like 9 restaurants and we did not need a reservation at any time - and we were booking for groups of 4 - 15 people. You can even go into the world Cafe before 2am and get pizza which was the best pizza ever. We didn't get sick at all and the food was excellent, especially the Chinese and the Steak house. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis and sometimes with little pretty touches such as flowers on the bed, or around the sink in the bathroom. You were also given Slippers and full size bath robe, the room had Plenty of towels, and a nice basket filled with Shampoo, toothbrushes, soaps, razors, toothpaste etc. etc. The mini bar was always stocked and the maid would drop back chocolates to us in the evening. The hotel is very very clean and bug free. They are even certified to be Bed Bug free. It is about a 30 - 45 min drive from the airport which means you couldn't go for a stroll into a town or village. The staff work very hard there to make your stay most enjoyable. In our rooms we often left out Cash and jewellery (forgot to lock the safe) and none of it was touched. They provide a free safe for your valuables. They have entertainment everynight I enjoyed watching the Salsa dancing, and the lady gaga, madonna, beyonce etc. impersonations. the costumes they wore were brilliant and very creative. The have a wide selection of spirits and beer, I don't even drink beer but their Presidente beer is excellent! The pools were always cleaned and very spacious. The beach is beautiful, and there were all sorts of BBQs within a few meters to get burgers. There was always a waitress going around offering to get you drinks. There are plenty of sun beds. They even have a Towel center and someone went around and collected then at the end of the day. Overall it was a relaxing comfortable experience with good food, good drinks & cocktails and the most friendliest hospitable people ever. You literally don't have to lift a finger while you are there.

Rooms:
beautiful, clean, comfortable. Bug free.

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It was excellent!!!!
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  jordan  on Mar 14, 2012  >  2 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Mar, 2012 | Leisure | Family and Kids
1772 people found this review helpful

This was our second time at Dreams and we absolutely loved it just like the first time. I was a fantastic experience! If you have children, this is the place to go!!!

Arrival:
mar 6, 2012

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Dreams Punta Cana - Paradise!
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Ken  on Sep 2, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We just returned from our 7th visit to Dreams Punta Cana. We have previously been to Superclubs Breezes Puerto Plata, Beaches Negril (Jamaica), Victoria Resort (Puerto Plata), Occidental Allegra Playa Dorada (Puerto Plata), Gran Bahia Principe Samana, Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Punta Cana, GBP Punta Cana, Sol Rio de Luna y Mares (Cuba) and a number of others. Dreams is the only resort we have come back to even once - let alone 6 return visits!

Arrival:
I put the names of some of our resorts above because I find reviews where people criticize a resort mercilessly and yet fail to name a better resort frustrating. If you've been to better people, tell us! We're dying to know!!! In this case though, I can only say the best of things about Dreams.

Drive to the resort
Roads get better every visit. Freshly paved. They are getting very similar to typical North American highways. It used to be a common complaint about the distance to the resort, but with the improved highways, the trip isn't bad at all. The drive itself is a form of adventure / entertainment as tailgating and beeping are normal behavior in the DR. We notice that the entire region looks better every time we visit - less overt poverty, more cattle in the fields, constant construction - just better all around.

I read a reviewer who said "Dreams just gets it". That sums it up really. All the DR resorts offer excellent service in my opinion, but Dreams out does every other one we've been to.

Upon arrival we discovered we had received a fantastic upgrade as a reward for our many return visits. Thanks Aida and Mr. Marcus Castillo! A great way to start our vacation. We arrived at our room and there was a banner strung across the door identifying us as return guests! How great is this resort?

Some of the many features we love at Dreams:
1. No wristbands
2. No reservations for a la cartes dinners.
3. No limit to a la carte dinners
4. Free electronic in room safe
5. No towel cards - if you need a towel just ask

People if you think about the above 5 points, how many resorts offer those features in this price range? We haven't found one and we've looked at a lot.

Rooms:
We stayed in a Preferred Club Honeymoon and it was terrific! The rooms are generally smaller at Dreams PC than many resorts, so if you like a spacious feeling, definitely upgrade to a Honeymoon Suite or Junior Suite. The standard rooms at GBP Ambar Punta Cana or GBP Cayacoa are all quite a bit larger than Dreams for example. However, the rooms at Dreams - even the smallest, are still fine.

The room was spotless; the fridge regularly restocked without requesting it, maid service was great.

Dated rooms?
How is it that people sometimes complain about this resort that their rooms were dated when this place is just a few years old? We went when it was a month old just a few years back and I think people said it was dated before it was finished construction! We think Dreams PC is wonderful, but will concede that there are resorts such as Gran Bahia Principe Ambar and Cayacoa that have nicer rooms. However, these ones do just fine, and if you upgrade to a Honeymoon Suite, your room will have two TV's, a couch, a loveseat, walk in shower, jacuzzi tub on the balcony, double vanity, walk in closet, hall closet, two ceiling fans, 4 poster king bed, etc. If you can't make do with that on vacation, you need an attitude adjustment. By the way, these people who say rooms are musty? Well, 7 visits and we haven't found a musty room yet. . . I wonder if people are just vying for free upgrades when they switch because a room is allegedly musty. . .


People ask if it is worth it to upgrade to the Preferred Club. You will have a great time with or without it. If you like the little extras (daily newspaper, separate club house, private area of beach, etc. - go for it!). If money is tight, skip it, and you will still have a great time.

Margolis in the Preferred Lounge was great, and truly did everything she could to make the stay enjoyable. The bonuses from the Preferred Club included a private area of the beach; and a private bartender in the lounge that was always ready to make a nice drink and we never had to wait except for the time it took him to mix it. They have free DVD borrowing as well as free internet access in the Preferred Club area (for the Preferred members) so you don't need to bring your laptop.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food
The food was excellent with plenty of variety. The steaks were significantly improved over previous visits. We had nice steaks at the Bordeaux during two visits there and a nice tender loin at the "Tex Mex" as I call it. (I forget their proper name). We had another steak at the Tex Mex but that one wasn't a tender loin and wasn't good. One thing about Dreams we have noticed over these visits is that if you don't like it this visit, it will almost certainly be better next visit. Every trip we find little improvements to an already great experience. Steaks before weren't very good, but this time 3 of 4 were very good to excellent.

We had skipped the Mexican restaurant (El Patio) on a previous vacation, and this time we visited and the menu had improved, and we loved a tightly wrapped chicken in a soft shell served with melted cheese. They always serve a nice platter of nachos which if you ask for sour cream is definitely enjoyable!

Menus for the a la cartes are on display at the main buffet entrance area. I think this is new. We looked at the menus and noticed they had changed (even better) from previous visits for every restaurant. This place just keeps getting better!

Our First Dinner!
Rather than describing every restaurant, let's just say we arrived late our first day, went straight to dinner at the Oceana since NO RESERVATION IS REQUIRED! (overlooking the beach and ocean) and had wine, beer, mamajuana, frozen mango daiquiris, a basket of multi flavored fresh buns, delicious salads, grilled chicken and vegetables with beautiful presentation, cheese cake and peach and other deserts, coffee, and a live music trio (Trio los Alegres) who played requests as they toured the restaurant. (We bought their CD from them - and we had to ask if they had one, they weren’t trying to sell anything). Oceana offers a flaming coffee which is a fantastic form of live entertainment as "Mr. Coffee Time" dances and entertains as he mixes and pours flaming coffee. The service from beginning to end was outstanding - as always. Glass waters refilled constantly. Candle light dinner with an ocean breeze. The friendliest staff on earth. The bill came to NOTTA. Not a dollar. In Canada that dinner would have been $100 plus including taxes and gratuities. We gave them a tip of course, but what a deal! That was our first meal, and we almost felt like our vacation should be over, so great an experience that single meal was.

Luis (El Capitan Mamajuana), Carlos, Humberto, Sanchez, Happy Nestor, etc at Oceana were all great! Jubelkis at the World Buffet and Yosida and Cristo and everyone else are superb too. Part of the greatness of this resort is the charming friendliness the Domincan staff exude. Their joyfulness is truly infectious, and there is staff everywhere.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Beach
The beach has rocks in the water, so wear foot protection!

Palapas, Loungers, Sunbeds & Floaties
The resort has a lot of loungers and palapas and even sunbeds but still there are problems at this resort as with any, with people reserving loungers and palapas etc. that they don't use. I met one couple who proudly mentioned they had loungers reserved at another location of the pool so they could go back and forth. Why? Overall, this resort has more and better loungers and palapas than most - in spite of those people who are so discourteous to others. We bring our own floatie so we have no stress over that anymore.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Service
A quick example of service at this resort. At the buffet one evening for dinner I was looking to have a vegetarian pizza and the pizzeria section was sort of in a different area. I asked a server at the counter if it was open to the buffet area people or just for the al a cartes section at that time. He told me it was for the a la carte people so I said okay and started to leave. A manager (Cristo) overhead the conversation and immediately jumped in. He insisted I go sit down at my area (a fair distance away) and he would bring me the pizza personally. He came by smiling with the pizza a few minutes later. Where do you get service like that?

At the Oceana I asked about steak as there wasn't one on the menu, but there had been on previous visits. The waiter told me if I wanted steak he would get me one - no problem! I decided to stick with the menu rather than make his life harder but again, where do you get service like that?

Vendors on the Sidewalk
The vendors are almost all too pushy and ask ridiculous amounts of money for the smallest of trinkets. I believe they were there two nights. I do wish the resort would do something about this, as my wife always hates this part of the experience and dreads running the gauntlet of sales people.

Drinks
If you ask for your drink frozen will get a nice frozen ice drink of whatever you order, which goes a long way in the heat. Pool side and beach drink delivery service was top notch. You don't have to give tips to get great service, but tips are naturally appreciated by the staff. I actually had to call back one server 3 times on different occasions to give her a tip - it was almost like she was so focused on her job the idea of a tip never entered her head.

Excursions
My son one year did the Outback Safari and absolutely loved it. He was exhausted when he got back, but definitely recommended it, and noted the truck though it looks like a rough ride, was quite gentle on the back. If you want to be extra safe, sit behind the cab where the ride is a little smoother. "Sammy Davis" was the tour guide and a very capable stand-up comic as well.

CoreZone
They have a batting cage, mechanical bull, archery, billiards, fooseball, and an endless list of stuff for the athletic types and teens. They had a nicely lit basketball court too, as well as a dance floor area.

Rooms have MP3 players with FM radio and White Noise settings, so you can turn on the ocean wave sound, a gentle rainfall, etc. to sleep to. We bring our own IPOD and docking station and just leave it out all day on a bachata / salsa playlist for the maid to listen to. People complain about theft at every resort but we just introduce ourselves to the maid, show her how to operate the volume on the docking station, and we never have a problem.

Other Comments:
When I do see a negative review for this resort, it is quite often something like "this is not a 6 apple resort". I finally went to Apple Vacations to find out who is 6 apples. I see 6 Apples is the highest you go, and Zoetry Agua (also run by the people who run Dreams) is a 6 Apple. Zoetry is almost twice the price of Dreams! Another was Iberostar Hotel (again almost twice the price). Clearly there is a problem with the expectation of Apple guests expecting Zoetry quality (visit their website and you will see they are off the charts!) or Apple Vacations needs to adopt a 7 Apple rating system for the super, super all inclusive resorts such as Zoetry.

Who is this resort for?
The guests at this resort are pretty much all honeymooners, couples, and families. If you are looking for a party type / spring break kind of resort, this isn't the right choice for you. The resort attitude is very conservative, family oriented and fairly quiet. We've only met one person who had been to Dreams and preferred another resort in the price range and it was specifically because they were single and wanted to meet people. At Dreams everyone is already hooked up so it is dull for singles unless they really just want peace and quiet.

Summary
I believe for the money this resort is the best value in the Caribbean. I cannot imagine how anyone could not have a great vacation at this resort!

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It was a 6 STAR"dream" come true.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  MARY  on Apr 5, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Mar, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We have been to punta cana 4 times before this trip to Dreams resort & spa punta cana. My husband & I both said this vacation was magnificant! I read the reviews of this resort after it was booked and I was ready to cancel. I am not sure if it is other resorts that write in bad reviews so you don't go there but Im glad I decided to keep my first choice or we would have missed out on the very best trip of our life! The resort had 9 units with 3 or 4 floors to each unit. We were placed in unit 1 with a ocean view, balcony and the most beautiful room imaginable. Everynite our bed was turned down. We had chocolate on our pillows and red flower pedals sprinkled on our bed. We were not honeymooners, this was for everyone and the maid would turn on our radio with beautiful music to set the mood! We never came back until 2 a.m. every morning because we danced the night away in the great disco!

Your Arrival:
I always love flying into punta cana because I love the thatch roof airport all open with a mariache band playing for you as you arrive. The girls at the airport are dressed in native red & white dresses taking your picture as you arrive. You can purchase this picture when you are sadly departing! And I mean sadly! Entry is smooth with lines moving smartly. No problems. Have passport & papers ready in hand.

Rooms:
The rooms are spotless,lite and airy. Beautiful open canapy bed(king size),plenty of clothing space in closet and drawers. Terrycloth ropes for your use for the week. chocolate on pillows and flower pedals on top of your rolled down bedding every nite. Hairdryer in bathroom and iron(planga) and board in closet. Balcony with table & chairs looking out on the carribean. WOW!

Restaurants and Bars:
What wonderful food! 5 resturants and a full buffet dinning room with about 14 different stations with unbelievable foods. If you leave hungry its your own fault. There are no reservations needed for the resturants. There is an Italian, mexican, japaneese, chineese & french. Unbelievable and most delicous. You can order anything and as much as you want. I thought the beef was of a better texture and taste than US beef. No joke. Dress is casual but nice. Men must wear long pants for french and mexican and japaneesse. Dress shoes for men, no sandels. ITs WORTH IT!!!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The beach was beautiful. If you are a beach walker go to the left not the right. You can only go about half a mile to the right. To the left you can walk 3 miles out to the next resort(solice). The pool is one lazy river starting at the begining of the hotels to the end at the ocean. 3 feet deep all the way with rafts available. Just beautiful and very well maintained. Water bars right there. Great!

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We go to relax at the beach and pool. We dont leave the resort. there are many things to do off the resort though. The pool activities are soooo fun because of the staff. The staff cannot do enough for you. Your glass is never empty and your face never without a smile because of the staff. Many thanks to Julio, Bernardo, Wilbur, 2Pak, maritza(one of our pool & beach waitress')Isabell and all the others who made our stay unforgetable! I mean that sincerely!! You literally "want for nothing". Its all there for you and more. Wait till you see the gounds! I will not even try to explain it. You so need to see it for yourself. All I will say is that it is BREATH TAKING!!!!

Other Comments:
I cannot wait to return to this resort again next year! The weather on March 22-29 was in the 90's everday. Their rainy season is in may. dont book then!!!

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Perfect Family Escape
Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA

User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Russell  on Mar 14, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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Just returned from a fantastic trip to Dreams Punta Cana.
We are already talking about when to go back next year.
We were a family of 3–My wife and I age 38 and son age 5 ½
On the plane home we tried to find bad things we did not like.
The only thing we came up with was that the resort was 50 Min from the airport.
But it was worth it.

Your Arrival:
Punta Cana airport is quick and efficient. Walking off the plane, on the tarmac, we quickly went through the airport and got our bags. We avoided the baggage handler guys, found our rep, there was a small glich with our name snot being on the list, but he quickly fixed it afer we showed him our papers, and we boarded the bus for the 50 Min drive to the airport.
Once at the resort, we were quickly brought to the Preferred Club where they checked us in. We upgraded to the Preferred Club - we found the expense worth it..
This gives you a better room location on the resort -more central to everything, a Jacuzzi Tub on your porch, a small section of beach that is reserved for Club members, and access to the Preferred Club Building.
Here they have a TV, free Internet, someone always on staff to answer questions or get you anything you might need, and a bar with better drinks – e.g. Johnny Walker Green, Macallan’s 12 yr, Grey Goose, Belvedere, Corona, US and import beers – and a lot more.
Also, if there had been a line when we arrived – the preferred club reception would have been a whole lot faster.

Rooms:
We had a third floor suite facing the ocean. I really appreciated the extra room.
Our room initially smelled musty, but after the AC was on for a bit, it quickly went away.
We easily controlled the cold/heat of the room – so it was never too cold or too hot.
It was clean, the bed was soft, we had a great view.
Everything worked as it should – including the Jacuzzi.
I was initially dubious that we would have enough hot water to fill it – but when I did fill it – it was actually too hot to get into.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food was fantastic. The buffet was expansive, changed themes daily, and great quality.
The restaurants were also great. I had steak a number of times – ordered medium, got medium rare, but tasty and tender. Also – no reservation for sittings at the restaurants. So you are not on a schedule. We never had to wait as were eating @ 7:00ish. Their might have been a 15 min wait for the later seatings, but they ensured you had a drink in your had the whole time. Service in the restaurants was great. Always friendly and efficient. We tipped between $1-$5 USD when service warranted it – and it was always greatly appreciated.
Bar was a typical southern bar - lots of rum drinks. But they did have some good name brands if you asked. And like I mentioned, the Preferred Club Bar was more expansive

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The layout of the resort is fantastic. The two large pools snake through the centre of the resort giving lots of places to lay and to swim. The entire pool is only ~1M deep – so no problems of kids to touch and enough water to keep you cool. But there is no place to dive deep.
The beach is clean and pure sand. No shells to speak of. No need for shoes of any kind.
There were a fair amount of waves – so no “swimming” but I’m not sure if this is the norm or not. But the waves were fun for splashing around in.
We did not do any excursions – but the people we spoke to said they had a great time.
The grounds themselves - green, clean, very well maintained.
They have resident peacocks, parrots, fish, and flamingo's.
They are all very cool.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The entertainment team is fantastic. They are friendly and engaging, but not pushy.
There was always something going on if you wanted to participate. But if you didn’t – no problems. The evening shows were fund and entertaining.
We were in bed by 10:30 – 11:00 after the shows due to our son, so I cannot comment on the disco/nightlife. But Dreams is not the place for 20 something’s going to party and pick up. It is much more family/couple oriented. That being said – there are not a bunch of little kids running around bothering you. They tend to stay to one end of the pool where the climbing floating iceberg is, or they are in the kids club.
On that note – the Kids Club is fantastic. The give you a phone when you drop off your
Child. So if the child wants to leave anytime – they can call you. But chances are, your
kid will want to stay for the day. They are very entertained with lots of choices of activities.

Other Comments:
We all look forward to going back next year to Dreams Punta Cana.
I would recommend it to anyone.

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Amazing resort!!
Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA

User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Tom  on Nov 26, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2010 | Wedding | With Spouse/Partner
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We have just returned from an eight-day stay at this resort. We loved every minute of it. This was our first visit to the Dominican Republic and were very impressed with everything - the flight on Sunwing Airlines, the Punta Cana airport, the Dreams Resort and all of the employees. We would go back there in a heartbeat!

Arrival:
We were quite surprised to receive champagne, a hot breakfast, refreshments and snacks on the Sunwing flight - and a hot lunch on the return trip. Very nice. The Punta Cana Airport was very efficient and we were on our way to the resort in very little time after disembarking from the plane. The coach that took us to the resort was very comfortable and the 45-50 minute trip flew by quickly. Checking into the resort was also very efficient with no hassles whatsoever.

Rooms:
Our room was in building #5, ground floor, and was excellent! Robes and slippers were waiting for us, the refrigerator was fully stocked (& replenished whenever we used something out of it), the room was spotless and was maintained that way daily, and the service was second to none. We noticed that our room was missing the alarm clock. A phone call to the reception desk took care of that right away. The room temperature was perfect and the bed was comfortable. NO PESTS! We could leave the patio door open to go in & out to our patio and there were no bugs or pests - except one day when I left the door open, a peacock stuck its head into the room to have a look. We sat out on the patio often and also used the provided hammock chair - very nice!

Restaurants and Bars:
We made good use of the restaurants - my waist can prove that, hahaha. The World Cafe provided so much selection that it was difficult to select what to eat without over-eating. As on a cruise ship, the food on the resort ranged from completely casual burgers, hot dogs & pizza, to upscale dining as well. Our least favourite was the Chinese restaurant, and I think that our favourite was the seafood at the Oceana Restaurant. We were tempted to try the 24hour room service, but were always too full at the end of the day to even think of trying to eat more. Without a single exception, all staff at all restaurants were very friendly and tried their best to please us. Even though it is an 'all-inclusive' resort, tips were greatly appreciated and well-deserved. The roving musicians in the restaurants(a trio that we saw at least three times) greatly added to the overall experience as well. WARNING-if you order wine with a meal, they ensure that your glass never empties! Food is available EVERYWHERE! -restaurants, pool, beach, room service.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The pool was excellent. Very clean, very nice temperature, and lots of room for everyone. It is the largest pool that we have ever seen, as it meanders from building to building. Swim-up pool bar, pool-side bar, and food outlets were available. Whether on the beach or at the pool, beverage servers were always eager to get a drink for you, so you didn't even have to leave your lounge chair. There were rocks/coral in the ocean. I fell and scraped my leg on one. There are warning signs posted, but I didn't take notice of them until later. Lots of chairs, lounges, towels and cabanas at the beach & pool. The weather was perfect for us, which made the vacation there that much more enjoyable. I know that is an uncontrolable factor, but it did add to the overall experience. It did sprinkle rain a couple of times while were there, but it always passed over quickly and the blue skies and bright sun always prevailed.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We were at the resort for a relative's 'destination wedding' It was held on the beach and was absolutely beautiful. The resort's wedding planner did a wonderful job and everything looked perfect and went off without a hitch from start to finish.
We also took an excursion - the 'Country Adventure'. We went into a few towns to shop, went to a mountain school & village, a sugar cane plantation, a mountain home, went horseback riding, and had a local fare lunch. It was well worth it and we highly recommend it. The nightly entertainment was good, with the same people interacting with the guests throughout the resort during the day for activities, games and contests. We could have been as lazy or as busy as we desired each day.

Other Comments:
It is very difficult to think of any negatives associated with this resort. We were very pleased with the entire experience and would not hesitate to go back there.

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