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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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Perfectly set up for a beautiful wedding! Hired HDC Photography & was blown away!
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Janelle  on Apr 5, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2012 | Wedding | With Group
1739 people found this review helpful

We recently returned from Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa and had a fantastic experience! The grounds exceeded what we expected, the almost continuous pool system was very unique and the food was superb.

The service in all of the restaurants was phenomenal ~ albeit a bit "over the top" in the main buffet...but much better than being forgotten! Most everyone spoke enough English to make conversation (more than I can say for most of us Canadians :p)

We came down for my daughters wedding and booked in with 44 or so people! Ages in the group ranged from 14-60 years old ~ seasoned travelers to first timers. We beached it, golfed, sat by the pool, got massages, played in the foam party, did a catamaran, went to Surf Camp with http://macaosurfcamp.com/, went deep sea fishing, learned archery, ventured to the market, closed down the disco most every night, and made it home intact!!! Good times, GREAT memories!!

The wedding itself was situated (of course) in the gazebo area. Such a perfect setting; and Jessica, our wedding co-ordinator was great, even if we couldn't find her, she showed up where she needed to be, on time & prepared. There were speakers that the bride & groom could hook their I-Pods into for certain songs ~ my only beef would be the volume control was lacking ~ some attendees could not hear the vows spoken by the couple. Otherwise, all was seamless.
We hired a freelance (not resort) photographer www.hdcphoto.com (which I found from other reviews on this site) and we were completely pleased with their prices {PHENOMENAL!!}, impressed with their quality, promptness in pulling together the photos in 2 days and relieved at the congeniality and patience of the photographer! My daughter did the "Trash the Dress" shoot the day after the wedding and said it was so much FUN!! My husband & I did a shoot after them for our ten year anniversary and were very impressed with the shots!! We also must commend our photographer as it was blistering hot that day and he kept going ~ even waiting out a short rain spell so we could finish our shots on the beach!!

Overall, I must say we were all very impressed with the resort, the staff and all the ammenities.

Room Number:
*7$% & $%@#

Room Block:
Five

Arrival:
We came from Canada as a group of 44 for my daughter's wedding on March 24th. Our bus from the airport was luxurious and air conditioned...our arrival (bombarding the hotel with ALL of us at once) was dealt with in a calm,organized & professional manner. A couple of the people asked if they could upgrade, and for a fee, they were given a preferred suite with many more perks (for a fee of course!!), but were happy with this arrangement.

Rooms:
It was very convenient and much appreciated that many of us were situated in the same block as the rest of the party (away from the Bride & Groom of course!!)
I felt sorry for some of the other patrons as some of our party was quite rambunctious, but thank goodness for cement walls!

Restaurants and Bars:
We attended the main buffet (World Cafe) the first night for dinner as we were hungry & tired and were all impressed with the service and selection of a wide variety of foods! Breakfasts were always an adventure from fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juice, hand made omlettes &

During our stay our party ate at:
Oceana (Surf & Turf) Delicious!! ~ with familiar, yet reasonably priced wines by the bottle for sharing)
Portofino (Italian) Soooo many items to choose from!!! Some dishes (pasta) were too aldente, but still, the presentation was fantastic and the quality of the food was great
Himitsu (Japanese) Oh What Fun!!! The chef makes this place HAPPEN!! Go by 5:30-5:45 to book for one of three dinner times (6, 7:30 & 9 if I'm not mistaken) So well worth it!!! And if anyone has a birthday, just tell the waiter & they will bring out a small nicely decorated cake!!
SeaSide Grille (Burgers & such) Long waits during lunch time, but more selection than burgers or hot dogs.
El Patio (Mexican) Never went, but those of our group who did had no complaints

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The beach was clean but could use a few (ok many) more beach chairs...
Drink service on the beach and at the pools exceeded our expectations all around!
Pool & grounds were always clean and very well maintained. It was like "the night before" never even happened! :p

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Wow! Every day there is something NEW!! Watch for your little sheet of paper you get every morning that tells you the weather forecast, the daily activities, announcements, etc...it is filled with a tonne of info!!

I wished there was a quiet yoga on the beach in the morning, but settled for watching the fools doing the foam party in the afternoon instead!! Lots of laughs with all their activities!!

Other Comments:
All in all, I was super impressed with Dreams. I have only stayed in all inclusive's in Sosoua, Punta Cana (10 yrs ago) & Manzanillo. I might be a bit rusty on that front, but know my food well and completely enjoyed it here. The work the staff does to keep this hotel up to caliber is so so commendable. Kudos to ALL!

ISSUES:
The HOTEL photographer did not respect the space for the gentleman I hired to take professional photos. He did do an adequate job with his photos, but his services are in the package and the bride & groom did not appreciate his face in theirs when he did not need to be there...more communication would be my suggestion....

We DID have a power outage for about 30-60 minutes in a restaurant(which we made the best of and had fun with it! ~ and think of the draws on the system these places are putting on their plants), our A/C did not work in our room, but we weren't in there enough to bring it to anyone's attention; also, we did not have hot water on our departure day...

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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
1830 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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" Contigo " in Dreams Punta Cana.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  leonardito  on Nov 9, 2011  >  14 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
1576 people found this review helpful

Dreams Punta Cana is definitely a great hotel to visit. The grounds are beautiful with lots of mature vegetation and

shaded by a multitude of palm trees. The beach is awesome and has lots of palapas available. The pool is truly

wonderful. It runs the length of the resort and, has one swim up bar at the beach end. It is so huge, therefore not

crowded. There were always lounge chairs available everywhere.

We stayed in the Prefer Club and our suite in building 1 was very comfortable and well furnished. The AC worked well.

Our concierge Johnny was always helpful to our needs and requests. Thanks Johnny you are a Great One. We also enjoyed

meeting Nancy- Chief Editor of Dreams Punta Cana Facebook.

The food at the buffet was really good with plenty of variety. The a la Carte Restaurants had all good menus to chose
from. We enjoyed our daily breakfast by the beach, at Oceana Restaurant a la Carte (breakfast for Prefer Members
only).The staff could not have been nicer.The ocean view is breathtaking.
We met many interesting people during our vacation and we would like to mention that we had the pleasure to meet
Florian Monnier-Resident Manager. His hospitality and savoir faire towards us will remain with us. He is simply "the
best of the best". Muchas Gracias Florian por todos.

All in all, this was a very relaxing holiday in a fantastic hotel, with good food, nice beach and excellent staff.

We certainly recommend the Dreams Punta Cana to anyone looking for a good All Incluse resort in Punta Cana.
Room Tip: block 1, or 6.
more and photos on :
http://leonardito.com/drmpc1110n/drmpc1110.php

Room Number:
1208

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Dreams---the best holiday spot ever
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  maureen  on Jul 17, 2012  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jul, 2012 | Wedding | With Group
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First , let me say that I loved it here. I cant imagine why there are any negative reviews, but I guess bad things can happen. I was at dreams for a week, along with a group of over 20 people. (ages from 2 years to 70's). As far as I am concerned, everything was perfect. My room was lovely and very clean, as was the bathroom. Both were much bigger than I expected. The air conditioner and fan both worked so well that I shut them off at night. I was on the third floor of building 3, which meant walking a bit, but how can that hurt? The food was great and as much as you wanted. The same with drinks--alcoholic or otherwise. My fridge was always restocked with pop/beer daily, the bathroom cleaned and restocked, bed made etc.. I found all the people very friendly , even if their English was limited. The entertainment was great;very talented performers. There were also movies every night. For Canada day there was a big celebration, parade etc. Also for july 4th. I used the gym every day, and although warm in there, the equipment was topnotch. I could go on and on. I have to say the grounds were astounding, the beach lovely and clean. Somone on here mentioned a lack of chairs on the beach, but I always found many that were empty. If you want a great holiday for you and your family, go to Dreams punta cans. I know I will be returning.

Room Number:
3325

Room Block:
3

Arrival:
We arrived on sat. , june 30/2012 and left on july 7th

Rooms:
mine was 3325 my sons was 3324

my other son (who was married there) , I think had 1204 (not a hundred % sure on that one). The rest of the group were spread around at different buildings. The ones who got the "swim out" rooms were all very pleased. I loved mine on the third floor as I had a really good view of the grounds.

Restaurants and Bars:
Liked world cafe the best, but oceana and the Italian rest. were good too

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
cant choose, everything was lovely

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Spanish lessons
volleyball
painting
trip to market
movies

Other Comments:
We went to a nearby market by bus, and bought various items. But when we returned and went into the store in the resort, the same things were there only cheaper. If you want to buy coffee or vanilla, buy it at the resort---cheaper and bigger containers. There is also a market way to the left of the resort, things there were a bit different and cheaper as well. Best to go there in a group though.

If you go on any tours, make sure they are positive about when the ride will arrive. Some of our group paid for tours, and then waited hours before discovering no one was coming and they had to wait till next day to go on the outing.

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A great place to go - healthy food, good beach, staff and nice room
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Teresa  on Mar 4, 2013  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2013 | Leisure | Family and Kids
1452 people found this review helpful

If you are looking for healthy eating restaurant, you may agree with me this is great place to go. They cook the food from scratch, not too much spice but enough spice, not too oily, good quality lean meat and not much deep fried food

The beach is sandy lot of chairs. Staff is very very nice. Place is very clean. There are lots of good points about the hotel like nice evening entertainment. Quiet room that is steps to the swimming pool. There are resting places everywhere and music is not too loud.

There are no flying insects which is amazing.

One disadvantage is the Wifi is not free but we end up not checking the emails which is great for a holiday.

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A beautiful resort
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Debbie from CAN  on Mar 1, 2009  >  10 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival: Feb 21 to Feb 28
arrived resort around 1:00 pm room was not ready promised for 3:00 not ready to almost 4:00 We had packed shorts, t-shirt and sandals in carry on.Ate drank and walked around the resort

Rooms
Beautiful clean room on third floor balcony over looked the ocean.If you are in buildings 1 to 4 room on pool side have thier own lounges and can walk into pool

Restaurants and Bars
Buffet was good Japanesse, italian and mexican were great Steak grill was ok don't expect beef to be like ours Ate lunch at ocean grill very good.Couple nites we ate late so we had an afternoon snack of flat bread pizza take out from buffet really good.While we waited for pizza to cook we went to lobby bar and got a couple of bottled Buds.Ate by pool really nice Liquor is all name brands. Be aware of pool bar and beach bar not very friendly unless you have tip in hand. sometimes had to wait awhile to get served

Beach/Pools/Grounds
nice beach brown sand beware of rocks in ocean there is a nice sandy area left of resort pool runs almost whole length of resort nice to walk to pool bar However pool bar can get crowded

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
One great thing this resort has is an outdoor theater where they run two fairly new movies every nite and only steps away from the bar

Other Comments
This is a beautiful resort only disappointment we had was we thought we would be closer to all the other resorts in Punta Cana This resort is another half hour drive over a real bumpy road than the other resorts only one other resort close by.Also we were told this resort is on the Atlantic where as the others we have stayed in are on the carribean sea nicer beach no rocks and white sand

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Very nice resort for the money we paid.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Larry and Luba  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) 
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Stayed at Dreams Punta Cana the first week of February, booked it as a last minute deal. Very nice resort for the money we paid. Thanks to the people who wrote reviews on Dreams Punta Cana as a lot of them were very helpful.

Room
Got a Deluxe room which is the lowest room category but that’s what we got with a last minute deal. For two people it’s size is fine but any more and it would be a squeeze. Wouldn’t want to see a family of three or four in one of these. Sent an email five days before arriving and we got two of the three requests. They upgraded us to a pool view from a garden view and we got a room on an upper floor. Didn’t get the king size bed but they would have moved us the next day. Told them it was fine, very good service at the front desk. Safe included and easy to program. Maid service was excellent, the fridge was filled every day. Bathroom had the tub/shower combo with a large vanity with amenities. Air conditioning worked fine also.

Restaurants
World Café was the buffet, air conditioned and excellent service and good food. The Bordeaux (French), El Patio (Mexican), and the Himitsu (Oriental) were all air conditioned while the Oceana ( Seafood ) and the Seaside Grill ( Grill ) were open air. The service and food was fine with one exception. At the Bordeaux our friend ordered an appetizer, a soup and a salad and the waiter told him you could only have two of the three. This took us by surprise. Went to four ala cartes during the week and this was the only place this happened. Put it down as a glich. This was also the only restaurant that didn’t have someone asking how your meal was. Really enjoyed the Mexican. Seafood and Grill restaurants. Didn’t try the Oriental one. No lining up for reservations at the ala cartes. Just show up and if it is full you get a beeper and are seated at a bar. Waited at two of the four restaurants, the longest wait was 25 minutes. Bars. Eight bars, earliest is the Lobby bar opens at 9am. The Show time bar is the latest, open till midnight. Had top shelf liquor and liked the drinks at the lobby bar best.

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I wouldn't likely stay at a Dreams resort anywhere.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Dana from Calgary, Alberta  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Arrival: Dec 13-21
After doing some research, I chose Dreams for our first Carribean family vacation. We wanted a high end resort with a good kids program and family suite.

We arrived late at night after a full day of travel. We were anxious to get checked in and get our kids settled for bed. The front desk person was very polite and quick.

Rooms:
We were a put off by being put into our family 'suite' - just two adjoining rooms, not a true suite. The room was in some disrepair and we wer not given a key to the adjoining room. My husband sent a hour at the front desk trying to get a key; security eventually came and still could not find a key to open the door. At midnight, we were all ready to pass out and decided to finish dealing with the room issue the next morning. My husband ended up sleeping with our 8 year old son in one room and I slept with our 5 year old daughter in another room. The next day we were able work with our Air Canada rep to translate (only speaking English was somewhat of a barrier) with the front desk staff and manager. We were able to move across the hall into a similar room (in good condition) with a pool view, which was much nicer. The front desk again could not find a key for the adjoining room, the maintainance person pried open the door with a screwdriver and screwed a key card to the door lock so it wouldn't relock! We were quite surprised that there were so many problems with the standard 'family suites'.

Restaurants and Bars:
Our kids loved the World Cafe, which had fairly good food options most of the time. We were disappointed with the lack of 'Domician' food in any restaurant on the property and the kids buffet was always filled with the same deep fried food and a noticeable lack of veggies. Our favourite restaurant was El Patio, with great service, good and healthy food options and a fun atmosphere. The Japanese restaurant was horrible, with much of the food cooked in soy sauce - way too salty!! We did enjoy the French restaurant as well and theice cream and burgers poolside were pretty good! All the bars were great and the kids loved their virgin Miami Vices everyday!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The pool was awesome! We were there the week before Christmas and never had a problem finding a group of chairs by the kids inflatable water structure. The ocean and beach were great, although it was incredibly windy the week we were there, so we spent most of our water time at the pool.

The grounds were very well kept and clean as well.

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Our return visit to Punta Cana
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Maureen  on Feb 5, 2010  >  2 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Your Arrival:
The coach ride to our hotel was no very comfortable at all and the roads are in a very bad state.

Rooms:
Our room at Dreams Punta Cana was very good with all the amenities you needed.

Restaurants and Bars:
All restaurants good. One night was disappointing as the Italian and the Mexican were closed, on the same night. Plenty of variety in the World Cafe.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Clean everywhere. What we saw this year but not last year was that folks were coming down to the pool before 8.00am to put towels on beds around the pool and beach. Sometimes towels were on beds for over two hours before anyone came to them. Also last year we were issued with a card to get our towels and only on returning them did we get clean ones. This has since changed and there were no cards given out. This has resulted in wet and clean towels being left everywhere and not many folks return them to bins etc, this made areas look very untidy.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The trip to Soana island was most enjoyable.

Other Comments:
Everywhere was very clean, as last year, staff very friendly. As this hotel is getting more popular for weddings to be held there were a lot of large parties of wedding guests at the hotel and some of them made a lot of noise. Especially around the pool and bar areas.

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A great vacation.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Shelley from Kansas City, MO  on Jul 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jul, 2009
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Arrival: Aug 20-24th 2008
This was our second trip to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at this same resort 2 years ago when it was named Sunscape the Beach (which is a parent company to Dreams). A few things have changed,but overall it was still a great vacation.

Rooms:
We had a swim out room, only about 5 steps from our patio to the pool. Great view, it was nice to be able to sit on our patio and watch people play and have a great time, when we had enough sun for one day. The room was clean, did not smell musty. We did have to ask for a few things the first day, that the maid forgot to put in our room on the first night, but that was not a big deal.

Restaurants and Bars:
All were great. Standard fair at the buffet. The French restaurant was good. We did Japanese one night and it was very good. The surprise was the Mexican restaurant and how great it was!

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The beach was fine, darker sand that what we remember. There was lots of seaweed, but workers were out all day raking it up. When the tide changed the seaweed disappeared for a while and then would come back. The best part is that you can walk for a long time without running into other resorts, so if you like to walk on the beach, this is the place! The pool is awesome, very big which makes it nice so that you can use floats, and not feel like you are running over someone.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We just lounged at the pool, which is exactly what we wanted. The staff was very good about having activities, and getting people involved.

Other Comments:
The hotel is about 15 years old, and is showing some MINOR maintenance issues, such as missing tiles in the pool, and around the swim up bar. The resort is still very nice. Will we return, sure we would. I would not have a problem suggesting this resort to someone, and being a travel agent that says alot!

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