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

Posted by:  Denise  on Jan 28, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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We flew To Punta Cana with Sunwing. It was our first time flying with them.
Pros: Complimentary Champagne. Snacks and a meal. Candy or sweet afterward. Attentive friendly flight crew.
Cons: Plane was very cramped. I felt sorry for the flight attendants working in that environment. It was old and rickety, wonky tray table, ashtray in the armrest. Reminded me a lot of the school buses of days gone by. Didn’t make me feel all that secure. There were a lot of angry people on our flight. They too had their flight times changed without explanation. Some had been up for more than 25 hours. I felt sorry for them, particularly those traveling with children. Shows a contempt for your customers, that is almost equal to that of Air Canada's.

Your Arrival:
Airport and customs was relatively easy to navigate, follow the crowd. The Tourist Card was a joke. Pay $10.U.S. get a card. Walk half a dozen paces and hand over the card. It felt just like getting shafted by our Right Honourable’s back home. Went to the Sunwing Rep Desk to find out which of the many many buses we were to take to get to our resort. They are numbered so don’t go looking for a bus with your resort name on it, you won’t find it. The bus ride was air conditioned and comfortable. It took about 50 minutes and there were no stops at other hotels. I have back issues and was worried about the bumpy ride but it wasn’t bad at all and in fact didn’t seem that long. We passed a few villages or something and it would have been nice if we had been told what we were seeing. Dreams! What a beautiful place! The buildings, the grounds, the views. Wow! Check in was quick and efficient and we were taken to our rooms in no time.

Rooms:
We were in Room 2203, building 2, second floor. Building one is closest to the beach. I don’t think there is any building that would not be convenient to everything. All the buildings surround a long winding pool, with bridges crossing over from one side of the pool to the other. We were always able to walk from our room to the main building without getting rained on. Our room had two double beds, a desk and mirror, two bedside tables, a clock radio that we couldn’t get to work but no big deal, a bathroom with tub and shower, a closet and a balcony with a table and two chairs. There was a tv and dvd player as well. In the closet were an ironing board, an iron, some hangers and two housecoats. There was also shelving storage in the closet. The first thing we did was go out on our balcony to see the view. My husband closed the sliding balcony door and we found ourselves locked out of our room. Fortunately a kind stranger we called down to for help, called someone to let us in. I don’t know if it was a maintenance issue or a security thing but don’t go out on your balcony and close the sliding door behind you or you will be locked out. Aside from that bad start, we had no problems. The safe worked fine, housekeeping was wonderful. Yes there are tiny little ants that come into the room but you’re in the tropics. It’s no big deal.

The Bathroom: I’ve read conflicting reviews of this resort and I think perhaps the bathrooms have a lot to do with it. I think they were configured with a raised tub and half glass to make the bathroom appear larger and perhaps more esthetically pleasing. Sadly, they should have thought it through farther than that. It must be a nightmare for the housekeeping staff, and if a guest has any mobility issues it could ruin a vacation. To get into the tub/shower you have to step up about 22 to 24 inches. Trying to take the step down when your wet and slippery is a scary thing, particularly when you’re not a spring chicken and have arthritis or back issues to deal with. Seeing yourself naked in the large bathroom mirror attempting to exit the bathtub uninjured just adds insult to injury and makes you grateful for poor eyesight! I felt very sorry for the maids having to clean so many of those awful tub/showers every day. They must get terrible back pain.

Restaurants and Bars:
We tried all the restaurants but one and only because of lack of time. We couldn’t pick a favourite, they were all great. You are given a dollop of hand sanitizer when entering all the restaurants. The Barefoot Grill at the beach had wonderful bbq chicken. The house wine was very good and there was no problem getting premium drinks. I had more Bailey’s with my coffee that week than in my entire life. The buffet is wonderful as are all the restaurants we tried. We had no problem getting in the a la carte restaurants, perhaps because we were always there for the first seating. We brought all manner of things for tummy issues with us and never had to use them.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Every day you get a sheet of paper in your room called the Sundial that tells you all the days’ activities. There were lots of options. You can choose to participate or not. We were there for rest and relaxation so the most active thing we did was walk and walk and walk. The beach and grounds were beautiful. Sand is nice and soft, no stones and things are kept clean. The Atlantic provides nice waves that many people took advantage of to propel them to shore. Walking in the water is easy, no stones, but there are sudden changes in depth and it’s not long before you find yourself in deep. With the waves it’s lots of fun. The safe areas are roped and there is a diving platform. There are lots of shade areas for people to lounge under and listen to the sound of the waves and the wind. There are lots of staff coming round to offer you cocktails on the beach.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Didn't take any tours.....health issues. Lots to do or not do on site. No pressure on this holiday for sure.

Other Comments:
All the resort staff work very hard. I’d heard that some of the staff come from outlying villages. They work 12 days and stay in a building on the resort. They are bussed home for 3 days off and then the cycle starts again. I’m guessing they are the ones who speak little or no English. It must be so difficult for them to be separated from their children and spouses so much. I felt a great deal of empathy for our maid and tipped her generously. She gave me a thank you and a big hug the day she left. It made my vacation. The Entertainment team worked very hard. I didn’t realize it at first but not only do they put on the nightly show, but they also work in the day.
Overall Impression

Pros: Everything was wonderful. They were always cleaning things. Spraying lounge chairs with some sort of antiseptic, maintaining the gardens, sweeping walkways. Sometimes you could hear the staff singing to themselves.


Cons: Hard to think of any. We wanted to get change at the currency exchange. They don’t give out one dollar bills, only larger denominations.

There are a few very minor maintenance issues. Nothing serious but they should keep on top of it.


If ever I can afford to, I would return to Dreams in a heartbeat, with more tip money.

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We would highly recommend this resort
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Desiree from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Arrival
We knew from reading previous reviews that the resort was an hours drive from the Punta Cana Airport. We made it in 40 mins. It was not the terrible drive we had read about. The road had potholes which our driver drove around. We relaxed and enjoyed viewing the real Dominican outside the bus windows. Upon arrival we were greeting with a cool cloth and a glass of champagne. The hotel lobby is beautiful and our check in was quick without any problems.

Rooms
Our room was in building #1 which is closest to the beach. We had a king size bed, a love seat, desk & chair and a balcony with a plastic table & 2 chairs. Our view was of the ocean and it was beautiful. The mini fridge was filled daily with 2 beers, 2 Coke light (diet), 2 orange pops and sometimes a couple of juice boxes. We were always supplied with plenty of bottled water. On day 3 I discovered that our coffee maker wasn't working and it was replaced by the time we returned to our room from breakfast. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was roomy and our room was spacious enough for 2 people. Our room was cleaned daily and we had plenty of fresh towels.

Restaurants and Bars
We had breakfast almost every day at the World Cafe. It is spacious with a wide variety of delicious food! We tried all of the a la cartes except for the Japanese one and that is only because we ran out of time. Every single restaurant provided excellant food. I ate the best steak of my life at the Oceanus one evening. All of the restaurants and bars had top notch service. The wait staff were attentive, great wine(white from Chile, red from Spain - both very good). Absolutely loved not having to make reservations in advance. The longest we waited for a table might have been 10 minutes and that was due to the restaurant opening 10 mins. late. No complaints at all about the variety, flavour of dishes offered. Everything was delicious!

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Grounds were impeccable. The pool was wonderful for relaxing and floating around in. It is maybe 4 feet deep and we almost always found chairs and floats when we wanted them. The beach is wonderful for walking and there are not many other resorts closeby. Always found chairs in the shade and there was always a waitress taking drink orders.

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Another fantastic week at Dreams.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Elaine from Ontario  on Nov 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2009
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Arrival: October 20-27 2009
Just came home from another fantastic week at Dreams. This was our third trip to this hotel and it is truly worth going to. Next year we will do two weeks. Hot, sunny 90 degrees the whole week.

Rooms:
We has a King Size bed and opted for the swim-out room. Worth the extra money for the convenience. You just walk out your patio door and the pool is directly in front of you.

Restaurants and Bars:
Buffet was excellent as are the a la cartes. Men do have to wear long pants.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Pool is very very clean, lots of chairs. Beach is clean as well.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Entertainmnet was good.

Other Comments:
We cannot wait to go back there next year!!!!. The staff go out of their way to serve you. The rooms are extremely clean. Any little thing you need they will try and do it for you.

Email Elaine: btselain@bellnet.ca

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One of the best I have gone to. Great staff.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Grant from Ottawa, Canada  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival: Feb 21 to 28
Arrived late around midnight & check in was great & room was ready.
They spoke english very well.

Rooms
Great room.. We ask for a king & got one.
View was of pool & ocean off the third floor in block #2

Restaurants and Bars
All resurants were very good & no reservations!! French is the best.

Beach/Pools/Grounds
All were great. A sand bar does stop most large waves. Ground were also perfect.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
We did not go on any tours but the activities at the resort can keep anyone busy. They do a great job.

Other Comments
One of the best I have gone to. Great staff.

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I would recommend this resort to anyone.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Marcia  on Jul 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jul, 2009
608 people found this review helpful

Arrival: July 11- July 18
We loved Dreams Punta Cana. We had one of the best vacations we've ever had. Our rooms were pool view and we were located mid-resort so we didn't have a long walk to either the lobby or the beach/ocean. The pool is 3 feet deep everywhere and weaves through the property starting at the Santo Domingo Plaza immediately behind the lobby and ends at the pool bar near the beach. We thought the shallow water would be a drawback. It wasn't. We loved it. The service was terrific. Our maid and turn-down maid went out of their way to make our stay special. When we went back to our room after dinner, muted romantic music would playing, flower petals on the sheets and the lighting dimmed. Hibiscus tucked into the face cloths in the bathroom and chocolate on the night stand. The grounds are beautiful and well-manicured. Strolling from building to building or from lobby to beach, you may encounter a flamingo or a peacock.

There is no need to make a reservation in any of the restaurants. Each restaurant is unique and the food is delicious in each. The Oceana restaurant was our favorite because it was close to the ocean and you could feel the ocean breeze while dining. The entertainment staff knock themselves out all day long, not just for the evening show. They are everywhere during the day, often in very hot costumes, trying to entertain and bring a smile to everyone. There is something for everyone. You can do as much or as little as you like. We were there for relaxation so we mostly enjoyed the pool and beach areas.

We booked through Apple Vacations and also booked an excursion to Saonna Island for the day through the Apple representative at the resort. There is only one drawback and that is the location. It is located on the Atlantic side of the island and we were hoping to be on the Caribbean side. We did not know that when we booked. That being said, because of how beautiful everything was and how much we enjoyed ourselves, that did not take away from our vacation. I had read reviews on this board that really worried us. We didn't experience any of the negatives. We didn't need bug spray at all. Our A/C quit working and maintenance was there in minutes and fixed it immediately. Every time you say "thank you", it is returned with "my pleasure". I would recommend this resort to anyone. Oh, and please tip. These people work so hard and they depend on our tourist dollars. I know the all inclusives say the tips are included. They are but please if you can afford it, tip the staff.

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

Posted by:  Mary  on Jan 22, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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This is our 5th trip to the Dominican Republic and the third time to Dreams Resort & Spa! We will probably go back a 4th time to this resort, we are just that happy with it!

Your Arrival:
We are used to the airport. You wonder about the $10 to get in and the $20 to get out, but over the years we have noticed a big improvement to the airport and the roads. Good to see where this money is being used.
Arrival at the resort was very easy as we had signed up for the Preferred Club with SunWing Vacations. I would highly recommend that this is worth the little extra money.

Rooms:
The first two years we had the deluxe suite! What a great room. Large with two his and her sinks, walk in closet and separate shower/toilet room. King size bed, with TV and VCR as well as a sitting room with two couches and another TV. Large balcony with a jacuzzi tub. This year we had a Deluxe room. Lots of space, king size bed, good size bathroom, two couches and nice size balcony. Took us a couple of days to get the air conditioning figured out, but that was our fault. The bar fridge was stocked nicely and if you wanted anything special, you just called the Preferred Club and they seen that it was delivered.
I like to leave the maids a little gift each day on the pillow. I start collecting throughout the year. Sometimes something special for the ladies, and sometimes I leave something for their children! I really enjoy shopping for these gifts.

Restaurants and Bars:
We have travelled quite a bit over the years and have been impressed with the food quality and assortment. The World Cafe has a great selection, always found more than enough to please us. The wait staff is over-accommodating; you rarely have to ask for anything. The alacart restaurants were wonderful. The salmon was delicious and the men loved the steaks. A few of the alacart restaurants also offered breakfast and lunch as an option to the World Cafe. If you can't find something here that you like to eat, I would suggest that you are way to picky!
The bars and the staff and extremely friendly. A little tip goes a long way to great service. Yes, I know this is an all-inclusive, but these people don't earn the money that the rest of us do.
The staff at the Preferred Club as the best! Again, I would recommend this luxury.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Love the fact that you can walk the whole pool from one end to the other! It doesn't matter where your room is, you walk out and there is access to the pool anywhere! Sometimes if you sleep in you may have a hard time finding a lounge poolside, but don't forget there is a large beach with close access to a bar and washroom facilities. Another reason for the Preferred Club is the Lounge Beds (in a separate area) on the beach. Wait service is also available for drinks anywhere on the beach or pool side. Towels are available for you whenever you want.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We have done the shopping thing, Jeep Safari, Horseback Riding and Saona Island. Saona Island and the Jeep Safari are our favorites! Check both of these excursions out!

Other Comments:
It's quite obvious that we are huge fans of this resort. If anyone doesn't like the Dominican Republic than I would challenge that they are too hard to please. Remember this is your vacation, so relax and enjoy!

We look forward to our return next year!

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I am in love with this resort
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Mindy from Ottawa, Canada  on Apr 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2009
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Arrival: March 27 - April 3
We got off the plane in Punta Cana, and we were greated by locals singing and dancing. The airport is open, no walls. It was nice to get through customs with a singing airport official, rather opposite than what you experience at a Canadian airport. We were taken on a bus and through the towns, it was such an interesting experience, seeing local people. When we arrived at our hotel, we were given champagne and our luggage was taken to our room. After a very easy check-in, we looked around a bit and then went to our room.

Rooms
The rooms are beautiful, clean and sunny. We had a balcony but some rooms come with jacuzzies on the balcony. We had a t.v. as well. The maid did a wonderful job cleaning our room, she left fresh flower arrangements everyday.

Restaurants and Bars
The food was UNBELIEVEABLE. It was delicious. You could choose the buffet, differently themed every night, the steakhouse which made the most delicious steak, the Bordeaux which was the finest french cuisine, Himitsu the Asian experience with a chef make it in front of you. There is a Mexican place, Seafood place. Supper was the best part. Lunhc and breakfast were light and delicious as well. The bartenders offer a wide variety of drinks. My only complaint is that the drinks are too sweet, they are almost all made with coconut milk, which acts as a laxative. From the comfort of your spot on the beach, a waitress with bring you drinks. The waitresses and waitors at the restaurants are beyond polite, they are pleasantly and wonderfully entertaining. They pay the most attention to you, unlike waitors in Canada. They truly tried to make the dining experience wonderful.

Beach/Pools/Grounds
The beach was beautiful, there are beds and beach chairs for everyone, underneath little sun huts. We were never too close to anyone. The pool was fantastic. The water was warm and the daily pool activities were fun. Every day there was a dance or spanish lesson. The workers keep the place absolutely gorgeous.

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Truly a DREAM come true, a fabulous vacation.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Patricia  on Jan 17, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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This was truly a wonderful vacation.

Your Arrival:
When we got off the plane in Punta Cana the locals were singing and dancing, what a wonderful greeting. The airport was beautiful it is open, no walls. It was a great experience, one that I went through in a bit of a daze. Everything went smoothly. We were taken to our waiting bus and started our 50 minute ride to the Hotel. It really isn’t as bad as some people have said, the bus is air conditioned and it was very interesting experience and went by quickly. When we arrived at our hotel, we were given a refreshing drink and after an easy check in with Francis, our luggage was taken to our room. Let the exploration begin.

Rooms:
We had a swim-out room, we were only about 5 steps from our patio to the pool. I enjoyed being able to sit in my little hammock chair on the patio and watch people play volleyball and swimming around when I needed to rest. The room was clean, it did not smell musty as some have suggested. It was not the biggest room we have had, but it was wonderful, and frankly we didn’t spend all that much time in it. We had a king size bed, a safe and a mini fridge that was well stocked and everything we needed. Our the wonderful woman who cleaned our room was terrific and left beautiful towel art on our bed every day and kept the room extremely clean. We were in building #1 which is furthest from the Lobby, but we didn’t mind the walk. It was a hop skip and a jump to the pool and a 2 minute walk to the beach. Couldn’t ask for more.

Restaurants and Bars:
The restaurants were fabulous. The first night we went to Oceana and our waiter Luis was terrific. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Get a specialty coffee from Wildy and wait for the show, he was so entertaining, you can also get his special coffee in the Lobby bar between 4:00 and 5:00. I had heard that the portions at Oceana were a little small, I prefer to think of them as reasonable. And believe me the other restaurants make up for it. The Seaside Grill was one of our favourites, the steaks were excellent. We also tried the El Patio which was terrific and the World Café. We didn’t get to the others because we enjoyed Oceana and Seaside Grill so much we had to go twice. You could eat at the World Café everyday and still eat something different.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Our room was a swim-out so the pool was a big part of our trip, it is 3 feet deep everywhere and weaves through the property starting at the Santo Domingo Plaza behind the lobby and ends at the swim up pool bar near the beach. We thought the pool would be too shallow but it wasn't. We loved it. The grounds were absolutely fabulous, well taken care of and beautiful, I spent alot of time taking photos of flowers, peacocks, flamingos and my favourite, the parrots.
The beach was beautiful, there are beds and beach chairs, some are underneath little sun huts. It did amaze me how many were left empty for most of the day, people would go out early in the morning to throw towels and books on them to save their seat even if they didn’t get there till after noon, which we refused to do, we took our chances and if we didn’t find a seat we walked on the beach.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Our trip was mostly about just relaxing and getting some rest so we opted not to do any off resort excursions. Maybe next time (and there will be a next time). The activities around the resort were great, the entertainment team work very hard to get people involved. We would get up early in the morning and walk around the resort, not on the main walkway, but behind all the buildings, we walked around 3 times every morning before breakfast. After breakfast there was the stretching class on the beach or Spanish Lessons, then we would swim from one end of the resort to the other, there is only one spot where there is a break and we had to get out and walk around and hop in again right away, it was wonderful. My husband played volleyball instead on one day, he enjoyed it. After that it was aqua fitness in the pool near the swim-up bar. I could go on and on, the activities were endless. The Shows at night were fun too, they work hard to dance and perform for our entertainment, my favourites were the Magic Show and Circus Show. I also enjoyed the Core Zone where we got to hit some baseballs in the batting cage. I didn’t try the mechanical bull or the climbing wall, but we did play some pool.

Other Comments:
I would not hesitate to recommend this Resort to anyone who wants to go to DR. The staff who work at this resort were very friendly and attentive, they work very long hard days, but were always happy and cheerful. We always tipped in the restaurants and left money every day for the woman (Lidia) who cleaned our room, I would also leave her a little treat bag with candies and little gifts. They didn’t seem to really expect tips, but we were rewarded with a great smile when we did. I had no complaints about this resort, we had a fabulous time and would like to go back next year to the same resort. Many thanks to the Dreams Punta Cana Resort and their staff for making our first all-inclusive experience a positive one. I only hope that when we go back we can get the same room we had this time around.

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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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