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Dreams Palm Beach  

Cabeza de Toro; P. O. Box 68; Higuey, Dominican Republic

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Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana-Bavaro Dominican Republic

#12 of 80 Hotels in Punta Cana-Bavaro

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Dreams Palm Beach, situated on the sunny east coast of the Dominican Republic, an idyllic haven for singles, couples and families. It is a nice relaxing fully integrated world of magnificent beaches, a majestic turquoise sea and most importantly, the special feeling of being welcomed as an honored guest with all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury ® - where everything is included.

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User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Aspasia  on Feb 11, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Just returned from Punta Cana, this was our 7th. time to the D.R. The room was very clean, the mini bar was always filled and towels replaced as per need. To take a shower was a bit messy with too much water falling on the floor. The buffet we found it a bit boring especially for lunch and dinner. The Japanese/Chinese restaurant was very good and the French amazing. We liked the fact that there was no need for reservations and you could go as many times as you wanted. Pool area and beach area very clean, service we found was excellent. We're in the restaurant business, so service to us means a lot. The beach area we found that there was a lot of seaweed, the Bavaro beach area we find it a lot nicer but more windy. At this beach you have less wind. At this resort you have a lot of older folks so last call at the lobby bar is midnight and than you can go to the disco. We personally think that this resort should get rated 4 stars not 5. Overall our stay was a good experience. Honestly no resort is perfect. What we really liked about this one, is that is a smaller resort so everything is around you and close.

Your Arrival:
Our flight came in 2 hours late but checking was fast and informative.

Rooms:
Good size room and very clean. We were in building 9 facing the back so we could see part of the ocean which that was very nice.

Restaurants and Bars:
Buffet was ok. Japanese/Chinese and French was very good. Bars were also good but we're not big drinkers. Coffee shop amazing.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Grounds are very clean, beach area lots of seaweed. Plenty of lounge chairs for everyone. You don't have to get up from 6:00 am. to get a chair. At the beach no one would hassle you to buy anything. Service was excellent at the beach area, never had to get up once to get our own drinks.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
They need more activities and music by the pool.

Other Comments:
The people that work at this resort seems that they like their jobs and seem to be happy. I think that management takes care of their people.

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Excellent in almost every way
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Diana  on Feb 7, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) GREECE
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
447 people found this review helpful

We stayed previously at the Bavaro Princess, which was fairly awful. Dreams is completely different.
Rooms - spotless, spacious, well equipped, super comfortable beds, good linens and pillows. Well insulated no disturbance from other rooms, bars etc.
Beach - excellent, teams constantly cleaning seaweed, no sunbed problems at all, very few beach vendors and those who were there were no problem at all, unlike Bavaro where they really don't leave you alone.
Pools - excellent, plenty of space - the fact that there are 3 pools means no crowding
Grounds - spotless but not as much wandering around area as Bavaro, Natura etc. who have mini eco parks in their grounds.
Restaurants - buffet very good, occasionally not terribly hot, wide selection, very good service, long opening hours which is probably why there is no 'scrum' for tables. A la carte restaurants ok, not fantastic in terms of food quality, but nice for a change.
Staff - really good, always friendly, helpful and efficient - we did generally tip but they do not actually make you feel that you MUST tip, unlike other places we have been.
Bars - several to choose from, so you can have peace and quiet or active, as you prefer.
Entertainment - they tried REALLY hard, we are not really into organised entertainment karaoke type stuff, but the team were enthusiastic, and you have to applaud them for their efforts. Also movie every night on the beach and several nights music on the beach which was very good.
Spa looked good, didn't try it but people seemed to find it good.

Only problem here is like rest of Punta Cana - go on an excursion or go nowhere! Small village outside the hotel but the usual hassle to buy fairly tacky stuff. In the past we rented a car and went exploring which was good, driving not as difficult as reps selling excursions would imply, although we live in Greece so maybe we are more used to 'unusual' roads and driving.

Other Comments:
only minus - forget the jacuzzi and preferred club pool - jacuzzi used as a kids pool by presumably club guests, which is a shame since there is a perfectly good kids pool only 50m away. Means lots of noise noise in the small club pool joining the jacuzzi, so not much use if you want to relax!

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Poor food handling.
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Dan  on Feb 1, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
512 people found this review helpful

We stayed for 10 days during which time 4 of our 6 were ill. I saw chefs at the buffet use tongs that they had used on raw meat (chicken or beef) then serve the cooked food with the very same tongs. They also would place raw chicken & then raw beef on the same plate time after time not changing the plate. The food industry in Canada would call this cross contamination. On more than one time we were served under cooked chicken at the buffet. The bacon for breakfast had a spoiled taste. So if this was seem in the front part what happened in the back part where you didn't see. The food was the same in the buffet all 10 days and rated about a 4 out of 10. We also ate at the beach snack area where they served hamburgs & Hot Dogs & Fries, we were served under cooked hamburgs & I saw the chef place hamburgs on the grill with his bare hand & then with the same unwashed hand cut the hamburg buns an place them in the serving basket.. Food in the theme rest were better but would be rated a 6 of 10. The booze was watered down as well.
The rooms are good (ground level rooms are very musty) the hotel was clean the staff were very attentive & the beach was good.
We have been to the D.R. serveral times & this was the worst food handling & quality that I have seen.

Your Arrival:
No issues

Rooms:
good other than ground floor very musty

Restaurants and Bars:
Poor food handling many people ill

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Good

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
typical resort activities

Other Comments:
I would not recommend this resort

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I believe this resort offers many amenities that some others do not.
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User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Bill and Jenny  on Feb 1, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Dreams Palm Beach Great Addition

We stayed at Dreams PB from Jan 21 to Jan 26. This was our 13th visit to an Amresort property and the resorts was just wonderful. We have been to many all-inclusives but have been returning to this chain because of no wristbands, no reservations required at restaurants(you can just eat anywhere and anytime you want and no restrictions or coupons. But mostly the staff and its crew outshine any other resorts we have been to, the friendliness, service, ammenities, food, pools etc are just what we like. We have stayed at Dreams Punta Cana(STB) 5 times but wanted to try this new resort because it offers a closer resort to the Airport and is on Bavaro Beach and is a Dreams property.

We had a Preferred Club room so we just checked into the club with no waiting. The Club area is like a resort in a resort. Has its own internet(3 computers), self serve bar, horderves, concierge, big screen TV’s in the club itself. Attached to the club is the Seaside Grill which is open to club members only for breakfast and lunch and a full service bar. Restrooms right there. Unlimited pool towels, drink service, a large hot tub which is hot, and your own private pool with plenty of loungers and floats, and a private beach. You really don’t have to leave the area.

The resort is laid out like a big “U”. You stand at the lobby and look out and each side is lined with rooms and down the middle you just see the 2 main pools, the children’s pool, palm trees and the beach and ocean. Not a lot of walking required. The 4 a-la-carte restaurants(French, Italian, Mexican, Japanese) are in one building. Each has different décor and atmosphere and are very pretty rooms. The World Café is beside the restaurant and shopping area. The buffet has whatever you want for breakfast, varies but large selection at lunch and themed selections for dinner including lobster tails. The Seaside Grill is open to everyone and is open air and on the beach. All have excellent food and service. Some of the dinners will truly be some of the better meals you have had. Top notch all-inclusive food. They also have wine lists so if you want a better wine the bottles on the list are very reasonable. The house wine are not bad with the white being better in my opinion. If the restaurant has a wait they will give you a beeper which works all over the resort so relax and have a drink or listen to the live music in the lobby bar or the beach bar or just shop in the stores. Alcohol is high end and they have pretty much whatever you want. I like Bailey’s and it was everywhere.

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I believe this resort offers many amenities that some others do not.
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.50 of 5

Posted by:  Bill and Jenny  on Feb 1, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Dreams Palm Beach Great Addition

We stayed at Dreams PB from Jan 21 to Jan 26. This was our 13th visit to an Amresort property and the resorts was just wonderful. We have been to many all-inclusives but have been returning to this chain because of no wristbands, no reservations required at restaurants(you can just eat anywhere and anytime you want and no restrictions or coupons. But mostly the staff and its crew outshine any other resorts we have been to, the friendliness, service, ammenities, food, pools etc are just what we like. We have stayed at Dreams Punta Cana(STB) 5 times but wanted to try this new resort because it offers a closer resort to the Airport and is on Bavaro Beach and is a Dreams property.

We had a Preferred Club room so we just checked into the club with no waiting. The Club area is like a resort in a resort. Has its own internet(3 computers), self serve bar, horderves, concierge, big screen TV’s in the club itself. Attached to the club is the Seaside Grill which is open to club members only for breakfast and lunch and a full service bar. Restrooms right there. Unlimited pool towels, drink service, a large hot tub which is hot, and your own private pool with plenty of loungers and floats, and a private beach. You really don’t have to leave the area.

The resort is laid out like a big “U”. You stand at the lobby and look out and each side is lined with rooms and down the middle you just see the 2 main pools, the children’s pool, palm trees and the beach and ocean. Not a lot of walking required. The 4 a-la-carte restaurants(French, Italian, Mexican, Japanese) are in one building. Each has different décor and atmosphere and are very pretty rooms. The World Café is beside the restaurant and shopping area. The buffet has whatever you want for breakfast, varies but large selection at lunch and themed selections for dinner including lobster tails. The Seaside Grill is open to everyone and is open air and on the beach. All have excellent food and service. Some of the dinners will truly be some of the better meals you have had. Top notch all-inclusive food. They also have wine lists so if you want a better wine the bottles on the list are very reasonable. The house wine are not bad with the white being better in my opinion. If the restaurant has a wait they will give you a beeper which works all over the resort so relax and have a drink or listen to the live music in the lobby bar or the beach bar or just shop in the stores. Alcohol is high end and they have pretty much whatever you want. I like Bailey’s and it was everywhere.

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This resort is FANTASTIC and we couldn't have been more happy with everything
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Rose from Thunder Bay  on Jan 10, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2009 | Leisure | Family and Kids
462 people found this review helpful

All I can say is WOW! This was our first vacation of this type (family of two adults, 17 and 12 yr old) and it was fantastic. We had the time of our lives and could not be happier with the Dreams Palm Beach Resort. Everything was wonderful! We are already making plans for next year! Absolutely fantastic!

Rooms::
Rooms are as pictured....we had the two doubles. I would recommend a 2nd floor room as we had one bad rain storm which flooded the downstairs rooms as there are no exterior doors on the buildings. No complaints about the room....overall, quite happy/satisfied with it!

Restaurants and Bars::
Hubby loved the buffet....and the kids and I loved the coffee shop! We ate at all but one restaurant (Bordeaux which is 18+ only) and have no complaints. But for us, the buffet was ideal as it's hard to plan your day. Word of advice though....the restaurants do NOT take reservations so it's best to get there right when they open to put your name on the list as sometimes it can be a bit of a wait.....some night we did not eat until 9pm. No complaints about any of the bars....great service...awesome drinks....be sure to look for Juan (server) as he was awesome with us the entire week....and would actually "hunt" us down every morning and take care of us all day.

Beach/Pools/Grounds::
Awesome....well maintained and beautiful. Pools and beach are close to all buildings (no more than 2 minute walk at the max) and easy to get to. Beautiful beach and shoreline. Great pools.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel::
Entertainment team was great (especially Rey, Felix and Gilbert and staff at the water sport center/Christian, Francois and Carlos G). We highly recommend the snorkling tour/boat tour ($35 each for 2.5 hours), the kayaking (free), parasailing ($45 each) and the bike tour (free). Also, be sure to take part in all of the free activities (beach volleyball, numerous games, crafts, cooking lessons, etc.)...and see the free shows at night (especially the circus).

Other Comments::
Overall, this resort is FANTASTIC and we couldn't have been more happy with everything. The staff is wonderful as was pretty much everything about the resort. This was our first time.....but it definately won't be the last!

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I don't think that this should be rated as a 6 apple.
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User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Bill from Philadelphia  on Jan 6, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) 
Visited on: Nov, 2009 | Leisure | Solo
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I was unhappy with the beach. Igf you were not at the beach by 7:40 a.m. you would not get a chair under the cabanas. Because of the amount of people there I don't think the beach was cleaned as well as others that I have been to. I don't think that this should be rated as a 6 apple by Apple Vacations. There ratings may be swayed since, from what I heard, Apple owns this resort

Rooms:
Nice but not great. I did not like the layout of the bathroom.

Restaurants and Bars:
Good not great

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
Good not great

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We really had a wonderful time.
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Katie from Michigan  on Jul 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jul, 2009
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Arrival: July 15 to July 20
My husband and I (ages 29 and 30) spent 6 days(7/15-7/20) at the Dreams Palm Beach. We booked through Apple Vacations. This was our second time with Apple and in an all inclusive. We previously stayed at the Grand Palladioum Resort in the Riviera Maya. Our flights on US Airways were on time or early both ways. We spoke briefly with the Apple Rep when we reached Punta Cana and he immediately directed us to a minivan that drove just my husband and I to the resort. It was very nice not to have to climb onto a charter bus and make multiple stops. We were at our resort within 20 minutes.

Hotel check in was smooth and our room was ready for us even though it was 2:00. We received cool towel and mimosas while we checked in. Check out and departure also went very smoothly.

Rooms:
The room looked just like the pictures. Some of the fixtures are showing wear already even though I believe they are less than a year old. It is still a very nice room. Our room was 6305 (on the 3rd floor--this is nice because you get cathedral ceilings). It had a great view of the pool and even a view of the ocean! We booked the AI Supersaver rate and received a standard room. It had a king sized bed, flat screen tv, iron, hairdryer, safe, shower (no tub), mini-bar, and a balcony with a small table and chairs. The bathroom had shower gel, shampoo, lotion, and bar soap. The AC worked great! Our room was clean when we arrived. Our bellman told us that the mini-bar was half empty and that we should request to have it refilled immediately. We did and they did come and add some items (I'm not sure how long it took, because we were at the pool). Our room was cleaned nicely each day and most nights we received turn down service. The mini bar never got restocked until we called on the 4th day. It took two calls before they came and we never really did get what their room guide said it should have had. Oh well, it wasn't a big deal to us.

Restaurants and Bars::
There were many bars throughout the resort. They would even set up temporary, but well stocked bars, around the pool during the day, so a drink was never far away. We didn't experience the long waits for drinks that others have described. We did feel that the drinks at the lobby bar were much stronger than the pool bars, so it is up to you on how you prefer it. The buffet had many choices and everything we had was good. We are very picky, but always found plenty to eat. Others who are more adventurous would probably really enjoy the variety. The buffet is open air and it can be pretty hot in there. Everyone is very friendly, but drink service is pretty slow. We ate at 3 of the restaurants. The only one we had a long wait for was the Seaside Grill. We enjoyed our meal, but it wasn't spectacular and the service was very slow. We had virtually no wait at either Portifino or Bordeaux, but had the same feelings as Seaside Grill. Pretty good food, slow service, we were glad we'd tried them but weren't anxious to go back. We tried room service a few times. It is a limited menu, but they were always quick. The room guide states 30 minutes, but we usually had our food in 10-20 minutes. We often ate lunch at the beach bar, which offered chicken (most of the time), burgers, hotdogs, and fries.

Beach/Pools/Grounds::
The overall grounds were very nice and well kept. The resort is nicely laid out and everything is easy to get to. The pools were very nice. It can be tricky to get chairs, but we always managed to get some without resorting to getting up super early and reserving them, like many people did. The rafts were nice. We enjoyed the swim up bar. There was always some music and activities, but it was never annoying or obnoxious. We met many friends around the pool and although there were many families with kids that never bothered us either. You can grab towels whenever you need them (no cards and no limits). We had a wait for them. It seemed easiest to get them early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It was easier to get chairs at the beach, but hard to get shade. There is a lot of seagrass on the beach and some floating in the water. The bottom is clean and sandy for quite a ways. The grass is better than normal seaweed, but I could have lived without it. They try to keep up with it, but there are a lot of boats going by and I think they stir it up and then it floats in. The water was clear and warm. The beach itself wasn't quite as clean as I would've liked some litter and debris from the trees and seagrass. I talked to someone who stayed at the Moon Palaca and she said they had a large beach with no boats and no seaweed. I heard similar things from other who stayed up the coast in those resorts. If your main reason for going is the beach you may want to try a resor in that area. For us, it wasn't a huge deal because we also enjoy the pool.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel::
We did the Mundo Authentico shopping/cigar tour (free through Apple). It was interesting and took less than two hours. Some items are a good deal compared to the resort and others are not. The selection of souvenirs seemed pretty limited. The only other time I left was to walk into town with a friend I had met. I am always a little nervous when leaving the resort, especially this time with it just being 2 women. The walk to the shops is very short though and things went fine. The vendors are a little aggressive (not as bad as the ones that come on to the resort once or twice a week) and you have to barter, but we felt our trip was a success. It was worth going as they had more reasonable prices than anywhere else we'd been.

Other Comments::
I hope my review does not come across as negative, we really had a wonderful time. I think most of the little bumps we had are common at most all-inclusives and they did not detract from our enjoyment. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and nice. We would consider returning or staying at a Dreams resort again. I had some reservations about traveling in July, but found it to be a very nice time to visit. The weather was beautiful. It was very warm, but there is always a nice breeze, especially in the evening.

My final bit of advice has to do with calling home. We left our 1 year old daughter at home and it was important to us that we were able to check in on her. We found that there really is no easy way to call home, even our cell phone gave us some trouble. The resort charges fairly high fees (around $2 to connect and then $3 a minute). My advice is to call home once right away (we ended up having the front desk place the call for us because our phone would not dial out properly). When you call, give your family the hotel number and your room number. After that have them call you on a calling card. I purchased a card ahead of time that was about $0.30/minute). If you use the card to call, then you will still be charged a connection fee, etc. But if they call you , then you will not recieve any additional charges. They can leave you a voicemail if you don't answer (just beware that there was no way for us to know that we had a voicemail except to dial 8000 and check it! There was a red light on the phone, but it never flashed whether we had one or not) At the end of the trip, I had only a $3 bill for phone usage.

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There is no way I'll stay at Dreams again.
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User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Steve from New Jersey  on Jul 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jul, 2009
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Arrival: June 26 - July 01
We flew on a 6:00am flight on Apple Vacations charter airline, USA 3000. The check in at Philadelphia was chaotic. Nothing is computerized. Other than that, the flight was uneventful, which means great. The flight attendants were extremely friendly. Our return flight was also great. Again, the flight crew was excellent.

Rooms::
We were a group of 8, in 4 rooms. Two of these 8 were my 24 year daughter and her friend. The front desk had a lot of problems handling this. They wanted to put us 8 rooms apart. We had requested connecting with our travel agent, and it could have been her mess up, but the front desk wouldn't even try to move us next to each other. We ended up in building 8, while the other 4 in our group was in building 6. It appears that nobody is allowed to think with the permission of their manager. It took a few hours and they finally put us in adjoining rooms. One small problem, the door from our room to the girls room was bigger than the frame, and therefore wouldn't close. They said they would fix, so we left and headed out to the pool. When we returned, the door was closed. Of course it was jammed closed, so now we couldn't open it. Kinda defeats the purpose of connecting rooms. We waited 4 days, but they did fix it for our last night. For our second day, we returned from the pool to find out that we had no shower. Maintenance did some sort of jerry rigging and we had a shower a few hours later. Yes the shower set up is pretty stupid, and the floor gets soaked, put a towel on the floor. Problem solved. Just to top off our room problems, my wife went back to the room during the afternoon of our third day and the toilet didn't work. It took a while to fix this problem. Then of course later that night, when we returned from the casino, our toilet didn't work again. I spent the next few days lifting the float and repositioning the flapper. To be fair, Jose the day time front desk manager offered to move us to a honeymoon suite, and move the girls close to us. We really didn't want to pack and unpack again, so we said, no, please just fix the room we're in. We did ask for and receive access to the preferred club so our girls could use the internet. Unfortunately, our room issues never stopped. Our mini bar was never stocked. No matter how many times we called, we would return at the end of the day to an empty mini bar. Every afternoon we called for a refill. One night, we returned a little after midnight and called the front desk. They connected us to housekeeping who told us that the mini bar service was closed for the evening but they could transfer us to room service. Room service was gracious enough to tell us that we could get drinking water in 60 minutes. A little talk with the front desk sped up this process. The next day, empty mini bar. They told us that they had restocked it at 2:45. They told us this same answer for the next two days. Our housekeeper was very good about forgetting to bring us towels. Most days we received two towels, no floor towel and no hand towels. We had to make daily calls housekeeping about this. A couple of days we received the paper with the next day's events, but not every day. Cesar at the front desk was about the only person who was able to get anything done for us. He was also probably the only person who cared. The rooms themselves are fairly large and the A/C worked great.

Restaurants and Bars::
The main buffet has some great choices. The breakfast buffet is your standard, omelet station, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, etc. At lunch, they had absolutely delicious grilled shrimp and mussels. There was always a fresh fish being grilled. Other than the heat, since it is open air, the breakfast and lunch buffets were great. For dinner, we never ate at the buffet. We ate at 4 of the 5 specialty restaurants. We did not try the Italian restaurant since we heard from numerous people that the food was awful. Our first night we tried Himitsu, the hibachi side of the Asian restaurant. Our chef was Acevedo and our waiter was Danny. They were great. Since the show is a big part of Hibachi, wanted to mention them by name. We loved it. The food and the interaction was great. Again, I don't know what they do to the shrimp, but they are amazingly good. The caramel bananas and the fried ice cream are the winners as dessert choices. The next night we ate at the Seaside Grill. This was a big disappointment. The food was not good and the service was terrible. Most our group got the shrimp cocktail and the (gotta love this translation) Tibon steak (T-Bone for the rest of us). The shrimp was over cooked and chewy. The steaks were like half a cow. They were bigger than the plate, burnt to a crisp and full of fat. I personally got the rib eye. It had a lot of fat, but the when you cut off the fat, the meat was pretty good. El Patio, the Mexican restaurant was next. This was a lot of fun. Everybody enjoyed their diners except for my nephew who didn't listen to our waitress, Noami, and ordered the tacos. She was best waitress that we had at any restaurant. Great service and a great personality. The manager, Carlos, was also phenomenal. The dessert here is the Tree Milk Cake. Not sure what it means, but it was very good. Don't miss this restaurant. The French restaurant, Bordeaux, isn't really French food, but it was pretty good. The only problem here was that it took 2 ½ hours. We returned to Himitsu to try the Chinese side. It's not really Chinese, but once again, everyone enjoyed their meals. Very good service. Overall, the food is very good for an

Beach/Pools/Grounds::
The grounds are very nice. The pools are large. I think the resort was very full, so chair and float saving was a very big issue. We were up at 7:30 to make sure we got floats and lounges. The beach is powdery soft white sand and the ocean is crystal clear. It's probably just the time of year, summer, or maybe just all those people sitting at the swim up bar and not moving all day, but the pool water was warmer than the air. The ocean is cooler and more refreshing.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel::
We did the parasailing. They promise you 12 minutes, but they only deliver about 6-8. Still, it was fun. We also went deep sea fishing. You have to do a lot of negotiating to get a decent price. After 3 hours of boredom, we did catch a 6 Marlin, so in the end it was worth it.

Other Comments::
This resort is next to the Grand Oasis which was the Sunscape Punta Cana Grand 4 years ago. I stayed there when it was Sunscape. I loved it. I wrote a great review about it on Debbie's website. While Dreams might be considered a better resort (both AMSTAR properties), we had a better time at Sunscape. Supposedly there was an activities team at Dreams. This was the first resort that I've been to in the D.R. (or any Caribbean resort) that had no music playing at the pool during day. They also didn't try to get any activities going. They did activities with 2 or 3 guests. They had very little interaction with the guests. We hardly saw them and we were at the main pool all day. The entire team should be replaced. I was also a little shocked by the bar service. Yes, they had some top shelf liquor, Absolut, Stolichnaya, Kahlua, Baileys, etc, but they almost always only had one bartender so there were always long waits. They also never had cold water at any bars, only like warm. The bartenders also were devoid of personality except for Clemente at the lobby bar who was loaded with it. We spoke to couples who had their rooms changed, some twice. Many who had previously stayed at Barcelo, Melia Tropical, and Paradisius, all of whom said they would return to those resorts before Dreams. I love the Dominican and Punta Cana, but there is no way I'll stay at Dreams again.

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All of the restaurants were better than any all inclusive restaurant I have stayed at.
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Heather from Manchester, CT  on May 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: May, 2009
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Arrival: April 25 - May 02
Upon arrival, we were graciously shown to the front desk but were promptly sent to the Preferred Club for separate check-in. As previous guests have noted we were given champagne and a wet towel to cool off. At first a room with 2 double beds was offered even though we requested a king size bed, but a king room was ready in less than a hour.

Rooms:
The rooms were very spacious for what we needed and though we had a garden view overlooking the explorers club, noise was not an issue throughout our stay. The beds were extremely comfortable and I wanted to take the matress home! The shower was an issue, though nothing a towel on the ground in front of the shower didn't fix. The rooms were a bit moist, I am not sure if it is because of the space below the door letting mooisture in or not, but a mildew smell did start to come from my clothes and I have washed them once and it seems like one or two more washes and the smell will go away. I was a little upset towards the end of the week when I found out there were many additional items that were supposed to be included that were not in our preferred room at anytime including the upgraded mini-bar, the beach towels during turndown service, our internet had ot be requested, it was not just set up for immediate use, and we did not receive upgraded toiletries. It seems a bit worrysome that they do not automatically give you the items you pay for being in a preferred room, and that you must ask for everything that is considered "extra". Had I known this and thought of it, I would have never paid the extra money to have a preferred room and would have saved a couple hundred dollars each for our trip or I would have made sure everything that was promised was there from the first day we were there. I would suggest either not paying the extra money, or making sure from the first day of your stay that you request all the items that were promised given your preferred status.

Restaurants and Bars::
All of the restaurants were better than any all inclusive restaurant I have stayed at. The Hibachi was a great time (we went there twice) and the rib eye at the Seaside Grill was amazing. We only hung out at the Lobby bar while we were there since the dance club was not that great. If I had to pick a least favorite restaurant it would have to be Portpofini since the pasta dish I had the last night was undercooked, but still edible and both times I asked for a ravioli dish they had listed on their menu, but did not have either time and I found out the last night we ate there that this had never been changed from previous management. One thing travelers should know is that during the off season, the restaurants are only open a couple times a week, not the advertised "only closed twice a week" as noted. There was also 2 days of our stay that we were given only one choice of where to eat. One was an outside buffet and the other night was a Dominican style dinner at the convention center.

Beach/Pools/Grounds::
There was never an issue as I have heard others complain, about getting a towel or poolside chair, nor was there an issue getting a beach chair, though our trip was during a slow season and I can not imagine 1000 guests trying to find an available pool chair, since there woudl not be that many to accomodate even half the guests.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:

I did not go on any tours, I am a fan of sitting around and doing nothing, though other guests raved about the ATV ride, parasailing, and chartering a boat to go fishing. There are also plent of things to do while on the resort but they do not push you to be involved asking you hundreds of times to do something.

Other Comments:

Please note that I tried to be as informative as possible and tried to list as many positive and negative things about the resort. The staff was great and there for anything you need, not a bad apple in the bunch. Our drinks were never watered down as others have noted, I did have a huge problem with mosquitos but my partner did not (I seemed to have attracted them more bring bug spray just in case), the pool, beach area, and walkways were always kept immaculately clean, and the grounds were beautifully kept.

I probably would not rate this a 4 out of 5 stars, but I will say that for $1400 with flight from Hartford, CT, I definitely thought it was more than what I paid for it! Again, I tried to give both positive aspects and negative aspects about this resort to help you form the best decision to fit your vacation needs. If you have any quetsions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

kinsley_heather@yahoo.com

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Our Stay at Dreams Palm Beach
Dreams Palm Beach

User Rating:  Dreams Palm Beach Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jennifer from PEI, Canada  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival: Feb 12 - 19
We were greated with champagne and a quick check-in. We were told it would be a few hrs before our rooms would be ready because we arrived around 12noon but they were ready before that time. One small clitch with our check in was that we had 4 rooms with our party and 2 rooms were in one building and 2 were in another. They did get all 4 in one building but not on the same floors.

Rooms
Rooms were beautiful but as mentioned before the shower was not practical as the door is a half glass door and water was always on the floor. Also, the floors and tile in bathroom really should have been regrouted with the renovations! Our phone did not work properly and was never fixed by the time we left.

Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants were great! Best food was at the japanese restaurant and the buffet. I thought I would like the idea of not having to make reservations for the restaurants but we had a group of 9 and it was always hard to get a spot and they always wanted to divide us up into 2 tables. It always seemed to be a big problem when we went into the buffet to get a table for 9, even when there were a ton of empty tables that could be pushed together. Some waitstaff were very slow with the water refills.

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Nice grounds except that if it is supposed to be a 5 star there was a lot of garbage on the beach and the pool was really dirty on the bottom for a day or so. They always had guys raking up the seaweed which was nice.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
Went on the zipline adventure and it was amazing except for the 2hr drive to and from in the back of the truck!

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