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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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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
560 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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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
555 people found this review helpful

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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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
673 people found this review helpful

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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Upset stomachs.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Donna  on Mar 1, 2009  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
675 people found this review helpful

Arrival: March 7 - 14
Booked a Sunwing package through selloffvacations.com. Arrived on time morning of March 7th. Airport was a breeze! Only 7 people going to Dreams so had a van just for us. Drive was fine. Arrival at resort went smoothly. Room not ready but we were prepared for this. Put on our swimsuits and headed to the pool!

Rooms
My husband and I and our two children, 9 & 7, arrived at our Junior Suite mid afternoon. Nice room but we were expecting two beds and a pull-out sofa. Had a king size four poster, a couch (that didn't pull out) and a loveseat (which did pull-out). Not exactly as planned. Two calls to the front-desk for a cot got us one before bedtime. When it was time for bed, we could not pull out the loveseat into a bed so my daughter slept on the couch. By the next evening, loveseat was pulled out and made up into a bed (couch was apparently more comfortable). The plug in the hot tub on the deck would not close so you couldn't fill up. Never complained about it as it wasn't really needed. Water in shower had a mind of its own - mostly alternated from scalding hot or freezing cold but with enough "warm" in between to clean up. We were in Building 8 on the 2nd floor. No view per se but was very quiet and an easy walk to everything. I really wish there had been a screen on the do! or and in the window. Not a big fan of air-conditioning and the lovely breeze that we had all week would have been wonderful. Overall, room was a good size (would have been awesome for two) and clean. Safe worked. Coffee machine worked. Two T.V.'s with a DVD player in the sitting area that worked. Lots of storage but not enough hangers. Large vanity with two sinks. Every evening with turn-down service you received the "Sundial" which was information on the following days events. Restaurants and Bars: Went to the buffet for breakfast every morning. Perfect. Staff friendly and efficient. Had lunch at pool or buffet. Tried out several of the a la cartes - Oceana, Himitsu (one night we tried Chinese, the next "Japanese") and the Seaside Grill. All were fine. Good service and always something on the menu that everyone liked. Unfortunately, my husband became very sick the 2nd day and his stomach remained upset the remainder of the week. My children had occasional upset stomachs and bathroom issues throughout the week. I also had issues during the week. Not sure what caused the problems. As of writing this (2 days after the trip) we are all still feeling "off" and have "bathroom issues".

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Lovely. Very breezy during the week so waves were big most days and prevented any watersports (sail boats, etc.). Well maintained property.

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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
690 people found this review helpful

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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We will not be returning.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  OntarioBowHunter  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
663 people found this review helpful

Date: January 9-14, 2009
Tour Op: Sunquest Vacations

To start with, let me explain that I am NOT a fussy traveller, just give me a clean room, nice location and working amenities, and I am pretty happy go lucky.

We booked the Dreams Punta Cana first off because of reviews and comments from friends and other members of this board. We booked it in August and the anticipation for this trip built day by day as it does for most travellers. Unfortunately, due to events that occurred during our stay here, we will not be going back to this resort again. Let me be clear, it was due to our own personal experiences that decided this, and not solely due to the resort or tour operator.

I will start this review with general comments about the resort, and then will get into the nitty-gritties of our trip.

ARRIVAL
Our arrival went without a hitch. We arrived at Punta Cana airport, and quickly went through customs and baggage pickup. As usual, we picked up a bottle or two of 'nectar of the gods' before boarding the minibus to the resort. We arrived about 40 minutes after leaving the airport, our resort being the driver's only stop.

ROOMS
The rooms we received, Block 3, Room 3216, was on the second floor of the middle building. When we got this room, we were so pleased that it faced the pool, and the nice views of the grounds. When we got into the room, this changed very quickly. We had contacted the resort before hand, as we always do, and requested twin beds. We arrived and got a room with a queen. We contacted the front desk immediately, and were told that is all they had at the moment, but would move us as soon as a room was available. ( More about this later). The room itself was very dated and had several problems. Bar fridge didn't work, coffee maker didn't work, screen was off the balcony door and just leaning against the wall inside our room, the lock on the balcony door was broken and couldn't be locked without slamming it very hard. We had maintenance there 5 times to fix this, and it still wasn't fixed by the time we left. The vanity in the bathroom was cracked from top to bottom. The cabinet and closet doors did not close properly and were misaligned.

RESTAURANTS
This was one of the highlights of this experience. The food, ambience, and staff in the restaurants was absolutely top notch!!! We tried each of the Ala cartes for dinner, and ate at the buffet for breakfast and some of the lunches. We also ate lunches at the beach BBQ which was also exceptional.

BARS
Again, the bars and staff at all the bars were exceptional. Very courteous and very quick. The lobby bar and pool bar staff are definitely second to none.

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We will not be returning.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  OntarioBowHunter  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
663 people found this review helpful

Date: January 9-14, 2009
Tour Op: Sunquest Vacations

To start with, let me explain that I am NOT a fussy traveller, just give me a clean room, nice location and working amenities, and I am pretty happy go lucky.

We booked the Dreams Punta Cana first off because of reviews and comments from friends and other members of this board. We booked it in August and the anticipation for this trip built day by day as it does for most travellers. Unfortunately, due to events that occurred during our stay here, we will not be going back to this resort again. Let me be clear, it was due to our own personal experiences that decided this, and not solely due to the resort or tour operator.

I will start this review with general comments about the resort, and then will get into the nitty-gritties of our trip.

ARRIVAL
Our arrival went without a hitch. We arrived at Punta Cana airport, and quickly went through customs and baggage pickup. As usual, we picked up a bottle or two of 'nectar of the gods' before boarding the minibus to the resort. We arrived about 40 minutes after leaving the airport, our resort being the driver's only stop.

ROOMS
The rooms we received, Block 3, Room 3216, was on the second floor of the middle building. When we got this room, we were so pleased that it faced the pool, and the nice views of the grounds. When we got into the room, this changed very quickly. We had contacted the resort before hand, as we always do, and requested twin beds. We arrived and got a room with a queen. We contacted the front desk immediately, and were told that is all they had at the moment, but would move us as soon as a room was available. ( More about this later). The room itself was very dated and had several problems. Bar fridge didn't work, coffee maker didn't work, screen was off the balcony door and just leaning against the wall inside our room, the lock on the balcony door was broken and couldn't be locked without slamming it very hard. We had maintenance there 5 times to fix this, and it still wasn't fixed by the time we left. The vanity in the bathroom was cracked from top to bottom. The cabinet and closet doors did not close properly and were misaligned.

RESTAURANTS
This was one of the highlights of this experience. The food, ambience, and staff in the restaurants was absolutely top notch!!! We tried each of the Ala cartes for dinner, and ate at the buffet for breakfast and some of the lunches. We also ate lunches at the beach BBQ which was also exceptional.

BARS
Again, the bars and staff at all the bars were exceptional. Very courteous and very quick. The lobby bar and pool bar staff are definitely second to none.

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We will not be returning.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  OntarioBowHunter  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
663 people found this review helpful

Date: January 9-14, 2009
Tour Op: Sunquest Vacations

To start with, let me explain that I am NOT a fussy traveller, just give me a clean room, nice location and working amenities, and I am pretty happy go lucky.

We booked the Dreams Punta Cana first off because of reviews and comments from friends and other members of this board. We booked it in August and the anticipation for this trip built day by day as it does for most travellers. Unfortunately, due to events that occurred during our stay here, we will not be going back to this resort again. Let me be clear, it was due to our own personal experiences that decided this, and not solely due to the resort or tour operator.

I will start this review with general comments about the resort, and then will get into the nitty-gritties of our trip.

ARRIVAL
Our arrival went without a hitch. We arrived at Punta Cana airport, and quickly went through customs and baggage pickup. As usual, we picked up a bottle or two of 'nectar of the gods' before boarding the minibus to the resort. We arrived about 40 minutes after leaving the airport, our resort being the driver's only stop.

ROOMS
The rooms we received, Block 3, Room 3216, was on the second floor of the middle building. When we got this room, we were so pleased that it faced the pool, and the nice views of the grounds. When we got into the room, this changed very quickly. We had contacted the resort before hand, as we always do, and requested twin beds. We arrived and got a room with a queen. We contacted the front desk immediately, and were told that is all they had at the moment, but would move us as soon as a room was available. ( More about this later). The room itself was very dated and had several problems. Bar fridge didn't work, coffee maker didn't work, screen was off the balcony door and just leaning against the wall inside our room, the lock on the balcony door was broken and couldn't be locked without slamming it very hard. We had maintenance there 5 times to fix this, and it still wasn't fixed by the time we left. The vanity in the bathroom was cracked from top to bottom. The cabinet and closet doors did not close properly and were misaligned.

RESTAURANTS
This was one of the highlights of this experience. The food, ambience, and staff in the restaurants was absolutely top notch!!! We tried each of the Ala cartes for dinner, and ate at the buffet for breakfast and some of the lunches. We also ate lunches at the beach BBQ which was also exceptional.

BARS
Again, the bars and staff at all the bars were exceptional. Very courteous and very quick. The lobby bar and pool bar staff are definitely second to none.

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I would have a hard time believing there is a better resort in Punta Cana.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Bill and Jenny  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) 
Visited on: Feb, 2009
689 people found this review helpful

This was my 5th trip to this resort and my 12th trip to an Amresort property (Dreams, Secrets, Sunscape). Was there from Jan 16 to Jan 21. This resort was Sunscape the Beach and became a Dreams about a year ago. I was there last Jan and was under impressed because they were in transition from Sunscape to Dreams. This year I was expecting a nice resort but I was absolutely wowed by the changes. I guess it takes a few years to get a resort right and over the past 4 years or so this resort has turned into a stunning resort. I have always said that all-inclusives are a very nice way to vacation nut not exactly first class tourism but more of a nice and fun resort. Dreams PC has proved me wrong because I thought this was first class tourism all the way.

Just some really nice touches. A new Preferred Club with just a wonder manager and staff. A full time bartender with very upscale liquor and horderves. They will check on you and cater to your every request.

Breakfast in the Oceana restaurant is a full breakfast with and omelette chef and toasters on your tables to make your own toast. Combine that with a quiet atmosphere and ocean view it is really nice.

The Oceana Restaurant and Seaside have a new wall dividing the 2 with an aquarium built into the wall , very nice.

The tile walkway is now all through the resort and with a year of age is just a beautiful stone that stays cool and not slippery.

The sports bar and all kinds of video games, a bull riding machine, climbing wall, batting cage, pool tables and much more. Great area to play. From what I hear and see the kids program is second to none and teenagers would have a blast here.

The restaurants have excellent food and each restaurant have a distinct character. The Bordeaux is very romantic and has a great bar and deck. Two a-la cartes are in the main lobby area and 3 are near the beach. The main buffet has many options and LaTrattoria is a sit down Italian restaurant inside the buffet, very nice. No reservations, either walk right in or get a beeper and have a drink. A huge option as far as I am concerned and sets this apart from other wait for reservation resorts. Eat when and where you want. Bars are everywhere, lobby, showbar,, Kafe bar , Bordeaux Bar, island bar near the Seaside Grill and Oceana. All liquor is high end and available everywhere, even the swim up bar.

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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
627 people found this review helpful

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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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
648 people found this review helpful

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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A very relaxing holiday.
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User Rating:  Dreams Punta Cana Resort & SPA Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Maureen  on Feb 1, 2009  >  2 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Feb, 2009
684 people found this review helpful

Arrival: Jan 19th - 26th
The journey from the airport was about one hour and the road was not as bad as some folks had reported. We had a little wait in reception as there were about 10 of us checking in but we were greeted with a glass of wine.

Rooms:
We had a Deluxe room and it was very good. Two queen sized beds, lots of storage space, lovely bathroom, lots of clean towels whenever we wanted them. We had view of the sea in room 2324. It was very quiet late at night and in the mornings and we never had any 'noisy neigbours'.

Restaurants and Bars:
We always had breakfast at the fabulous World Cafe. The choices were fantastic. Lunch at Oceana with very friendly staff and just a step away from the beach. In the evenings we tried Mexican which was good, Seaside grill, quite good and I asked for salmon and when told they didn't have any and saw my disapointment the waiter said he would get some from another restaurant, and he did! We also ate at World Cafe in the evenings too as we preffered a buffet. One of our party is a vegetarian and we found that World Cafe had the best choice. We thought the choice of restaurants was very good although we didn't try the French restaurant as the menu had no veggie choice. We thought it was very dimly lit too. In each place the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Plenty of beds on the beach but it would be good if everyone had one of those stripey mattresses to put on the blue sunbeds as they were a bit uncomfortable. The sea was a bit rough at times and although I tried to snorkle the sand was washed up and you couldn't see a lot. The swimming pool was excellent and I loved the shape of it and not too deep either. Everywhere was very clean and we saw no litter as there was always someone sweeping the pathways. I had read a report that the pathways were dirty but I definitely did not see dirty pathways. The gardens are lovely too and the pink flamingos added something extra. Whenever we were on the beach or around the pool the drinks waiters were always around to ask if you needed a drink and the Miami Vice were beautiful. The shows on the beach in the afternoon were great and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The entertainment team were excellent and very friendly and always encouraging folks to take part in things that were happening.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We didn't go on any trips as we only had 7 days there. We did walk to the local gift shops and enjoyed meeting the folks there and haggling about prices. Of course each shop wanted you to spend money but a smile and a no thank you is accceptable to them. The nightly entertainment at the hotel was very good and better than the cruises we have been on.

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