Punta Cana

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana


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Unlimited-Luxury®   All Inclusive    

2019 Exceptional Values!
Extra Value:
Apple Leisure Group Exclusive: Free non-stop transfers.
Weddings: Receive the Dreams Wedding in Paradise Package complimentary when booking the minimum required room category for a minimum of 7 nights. Restrictions may apply. See applebeachbrides.com.
Honeymoon: Receive the Dreams Eternity Honeymoon Package complimentary. This honeymoon package is complimentary when you book a Preferred Club Honeymoon Suite Jacuzzi Tropical View or higher for a minimum of 7 nights. (restrictions apply*)
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat Free during select dates.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property is Rainforest Alliance Verified and actively participates in Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Green Week . Other green initiatives include energy-saving bulbs and lamps, partnership with local universities, recycling and waste separation, social responsibility in the community of El Batey, hygienic food preparation practices, and the employment of local employees.

On a sun-drenched, palm-studded beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana welcomes singles, couples, and families to a world of Unlimited-Luxury® with everything included. This idyllic resort boasts gorgeous beaches, a majestic turquoise sea, three shimmering pools, and tropical gardens.

Eight internationally themed restaurants and five bars, located in stunning indoor and outdoor settings provide delectable gourmet dining options. With Unlimited-Luxury®, guests have the option to Sip, Savor & See. This includes complimentary dinner and drinks and live evening entertainment at nearby participating resorts from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (transportation costs are not included).

Pamper yourself with a variety of unique indigenous treatments at the world-class spa, or get your heart rate going at the state-of-the-art fitness center. With so many ways to play, from numerous daytime activities, featuring an Explorer's Club for kids and a Core Zone for teens, and fantastic nighttime entertainment, a stay at Dreams Palm Beach will be forever memorable.

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*Please request your honeymoon package at time of booking. Not available during Christmas and New Years Eve. Subject to availability and double occupancy only. Taxes and gratuity included. Prices and package subject to change without notice. This package cannot be combined with the Dreams Wedding in Paradise Package. Package is only applicable to couples staying within three months of their wedding. Couple must present a copy of their wedding invitation or marriage certificate at the time of check-in.
HOTEL LOCATION
Located on one of the most spectacular palm studded beaches in the Dominican Republic, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana is only twenty minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.
Address: CABEZA DE TORO
BAVARO HIGUEY


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Local Phone: 809-552-6000
Toll Free Phone: 866-2-DREAMS
Fax: 809-685-0151
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Onsite (On site)
Pools
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Swim-up Bar
Featuring three swimming pools complete with an entertainment areas, an adults only relaxation area, children's pool, and large sun decks with shaded areas. One pool is exclusive to Preferred Club guests.
Golf: NEARBY
Cocotal Golf & Country
Settled on what once was a coconut plantation, the six-time Spanish Champion Jose Pepe Gancedo designed two courses following the lay of the land. Features are strategically placed trees, bunkers, mounds with well-defined fairways and greens.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $125 (approx).
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Beach football, volleyball, bocce ball, kayaks, ping pong
Health Club / Spa
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
Dreams Palm Beach features eight restaurants, seven bars, 24 hour room service, four swimming pools, full service spa and Explorer's Kids Club. Beach:
Total Rooms: 500
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards:
ROOM TYPES
FLASH SALE RUN OF HOUSE 2
Other Amenities -
PREFCLUB DEALOF THE DAY NONREF
Other Amenities -
PRES STE OCF PREFERRED CLUB
Private bedroom, Indoor jacuzzi, Spacious living room, Separate Dining Area, Private spacious balcony with hammock. Preferred Club privileges. Preferred location with stunning ocean view. 1,327 Sq. Ft. Up to 2 adults.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Satellite
FLASH SALE RUN OF HOUSE 1
Flash Sale ROH (1, 2 or 3) is a promotional Run of House room category. Guests will receive the lead room category or higher. Booking and travel window restrictions will apply. This category may not always be available for sale on the dates selected.
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DLX JACUZZI TRPCL PRFRD CLUB
Features preferred lounge, concierge service, private beach area, pillow menu, free in room internet access, upgraded mini bar service, upgraded bath amenities, afternoon hors d'oeuvres & fine liquors in lounge & VIP status & amenities.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE OCEANVW PREFERRED CLUB
Features preferred lounge, concierge service, private beach area, pillow menu, free internet access, upgraded mini bar service, upgraded bath amenities, afternoon hors d'oeuvres & fine liquors in lounge & VIP status & amenities. 442 sq. ft.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
HNYMN STE JCZI TRPCL PFRD CLUB
884 sq. ft. Private bedroom with king bed. Indoor jacuzzi. Living room. Private spacious balcony with hammock. Preferred Club privileges. Tropical views.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
HNYMN STE JCZI OCN PFRD CLUB
884 sq. ft. Private bedroom with king bed. Indoor Jacuzzi. Living room. Private spacious balcony with hammock. Preferred Club privileges. Ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
PREMIUM DELUXE TROPICAL VIEW
Features a king or 2 double beds, a larger bathroom, WC, 24-hour room service, flat screen TV, A/C, daily refreshed mini-bar and other upgraded amenities. It also offers furnished balcony or terrace with tropical or pool views.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DLX TROPICAL VW PREFERRED CLUB
Features preferred lounge, concierge service, private beach area, pillow menu, free in room internet access, upgraded mini bar service, upgraded bath amenities, afternoon hors d'oeuvres & fine liquors in lounge & VIP status & amenities. 442 sq. ft.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE TROPICAL VW FAMILY ROOM
2 connecting Deluxe Tropical rooms. One of the rooms will have a king bed and the other will have 2 double beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE TROPICAL VIEW
Features one king, or two doubles, balcony or terrace, bathrobes & slippers, hair dryer, mini-bar with beer & soda, flat screen TV. 442 sq. ft.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DLX JACUZZI OCNVW PRFRD CLUB
Features preferred lounge, concierge service, private beach area, pillow menu, free internet access, upgraded mini bar service, upgraded bath amenities, afternoon hors & fine liquors in lounge & VIP status & amenities. Jacuzzi. 442 sq. ft.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
FLASH SALE RUN OF HOUSE 3
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DINING
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 8 Restaurants at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana:
Himitsu - A la carte restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine. Approximate seating capacity: 78. Open for dinner 6:00pm to 10:30pm. Dress Code: Casual Elegance.
Bordeaux - Enjoy a French a la carte gourmet dining experience. Approximate seating capacity: 78. Dress Code: Casual Elegance. Adults - Only. Open for dinner 6:00pm - 10:30pm.
Portofino - Savour the exquisite Italian a la carte gourmet cuisine in an alegant atmosphere. Approximate seating capacity: 78. dress code: Casual Elegance. Open for dinner 6:00pm - 10:30pm.
Barefoot Grill - Delicious grilled favorites served beachside. Dress code - Casual. Open for lunch 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
World Cafe - A buffet style restaurant serving international speciality items and classics. Late night bites served buffet-style include soups, salads, fruit, pretzels and pastries. Approximate seating capacity: 340. Dress Code: Casual.
Seaside Grill - Served beachside, offering variety of a la carte grilled steaks & hamburgers with show cooking. Breakfast and lunch are for Preffered Club guests only. Seating capacity: 50. Dress code: Casual.
Coco Cafe - Premium coffee and snacks in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Dress Code: casual. Open 6:00am - 10:30pm.
El Patio - Savour authentic a la carte Mexican cuisine fullof aromas and traditional flavors. Approximate seating capacity:78. Dress code: Casual Elegance. Open for dinner 6:00pm - 10:30pm.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Euro-Bungee, Inflatable Climbing Iceberg, Ocean Trampoline (children only), Monster Basketball, Darts, Billards, Dance Class, Spanish Class
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Indoor theatre, big screen movies on the beach, theme nights, Desires Nightclub, weekly cocktail reception & casino
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Explorer's Club for Kids, exclusively for children ages 3 - 12 with fully supervised activities by Red Cross certified staff open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Applicable Ages: 3 to 12 years old.
Program Fees: Complimentary

Babysitting Fee: Available for fee
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes/Subject to avail
Core Zone Teens Club, exclusively for teens age 13-17 with non-stop day and evening entertainment

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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10139 Recommend
10139 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana to their friends and family



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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
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ELIZABETH B.
Mar 10 2019
the hotel staff was amazing, the entertainment was a bit cheesy at times, there was alot of things broken in our room especially for upgrading to preferred. I would go back but not splurge for preferred and not do the first floor it was very loud. My husband did the deep sea fishing and left feeling dooped as most of the trip was spent bringing seasick passengers back. I would go back because it was beautiful, the staff was great, but the food and drinks were just ok compared to the cruises we have been on. My husband does not like all inclusives and he did like it besides the issues we had and the food being a bit less desired and he likes higher end drinks.
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Family
TINA C.
Mar 09 2019
Warm, welcoming and attentive without being overbearing
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PHYLLIS R.
Mar 05 2019
Had a wonderful vacation there
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Luv it!
ROBERT K.
Feb 08 2019
This is our favorite resort! The staff is incredible.
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CURTIS L.
Feb 05 2019
The staff was great.. Jessica a bar host waitress was the best wonderful personality great service from her.. Thank you so much we had a great time! The Loken's
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EXCELLENT
MARTIN A.
Feb 03 2019
2nd time was as good as the first one
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MARK B.
Jan 21 2019
Language barrier - they play you - most can speak English unless they don't want to. Nightlife - We weren't looking for a Vegas show - the shows we did see, were actually not bad at all. They were locals, but they were good. There is no night swimming - pools close at 7 pm. Not sure the reason tho. Other that that, nothing at all to do. I expected more for sure. Food - If I had to give it a rating it would be a 2.5 out of 5. NO reservations is terrible - and most people we spoke with agreed- if you paid for a butler ($100 per room), you could make reservations. Activities - NOTHING was included although the brochure states they are. You had to pay for everything. Rooms - Sub par at best. Run down - small things that are easily fixable - toilet seat cover falling off, toilet paper holder broken and had to sit on the back of the toilet. Lights hanging by screws. The dresser had 2 small drawers - 4 hangers in the closet. Had to live out of the luggage. Safe was not screwed into the wall. But they were clean, so that's a good thing. Upgrading to Preferred - We did it and it was worth it. We got our rooms cleaned earlier than the non preferred - Having the preferred and preferred adults only pool was great. If you aren't outside by 8 am, you don't get a seat by the pool because people put their towels down and go and do whatever. Not enough pool seating throughout the resort. Beaches - I can count on both hands the number of people we saw in the water. The beaches in Punta Cana are far from beautiful. The water is terrible and full of seaweed unless you go out 30-40 feet. The seaweed "on the beach" is not the issue. The hotel staff takes care of that. Resort - The resort is beautiful and well maintained. (besides the room issues). Staff was friendly. Apple Vacations - not sure they helped in any way - besides getting to and from the resort. Check in- they want to up sell so it takes a long time. Sad to say, but I will not visit Punta Cana again. Most of the reviews on the sites I looked at before we left were pretty much on. The theft of my jewelry started the vacation off on the wrong foot. I am happy to say it did get better as the days went
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10 days at Dreams Palm Beach
BREANNA N.
Jan 19 2019
Me and my husband went here for 10 days Jan 6-15. Overall this trip was amazing I would definitely come back! This resort was a perfect size being able to walk to the back, restaurants Lobby and pool quickly. Some rep sorts are so big and you have to take. Golf cart to get around anywhere because of the size. The beach/water was a little sea weedy at this time but I know it was probably just the time of year. I’ve booked all of my vacations through Apple!
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Love this place
CYNTHIA L.
Jan 15 2019
This was my 4th visit to this resort and I will be returning again. The staff are very welcoming and the layout of the resort is comfortable. The food and service are good. Absolutely love this resort. The entertainment could be better during the day and at night, they are more concerned about entertaining themselves then they are in getting the guests involved. If there are any negatives to say it would be the entertainment. The grounds are tidy. If chairs are not available staff will get you whatever you need. One day I asked for an umbrella and within minutes I had one.
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The Weird Sales pitch for Vacation programs
KERRY B.
Dec 31 2018
The only weird thing was the emphasis placed on taking part in a sales pitch for buying into a vacation program. It was said that we couldn't get a ride back to the airport free without taking part in the 90 minute presentation. They had no brochures or panpmplets, nothing written down, just some sleezy programs that seemed quite mysterious. None of this should be a part of the vacation!
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punta cana Dreams
CHARLES V.
Dec 30 2018
we had to move to another room day 1 room stunk no hot water new room had to have them come fix the safe then hade them back to fix patio door and patio light they locked us out of our room because maid came in to turn down our bed and seen i had left 18 dollars on the table i was told when ever they see money the lock the room down so noone can take it,so why not call my cell phone and tell me so at 10pm im not locked out.and the house phone in our building doesn't work
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Relaxing Atmosphere...exactly what we were looking for.
jaime s, Milton, Canada
Thu Mar 14 19:15:48 EDT 2019
This was our first trip without our kids. We had been to Dreams Punta Cana a few years ago and really liked it so we decided to stick with the chain and try Palm Beach. We were a little nervous at first as we had read so many reviews about the huge amount of seaweed on the beach. Honestly, I can’t believe that people actually complained about this. Yes there was seaweed at times but the crew did such an amazing job keeping the beach clean. It was never an issue. The beach was beautiful! Here are the highlights of our trip (with a few small issues): - Never had an issue finding a chair at the beach or pool. We were early risers and down to the beach by 8 am. We did see many people save seats with towels but we also saw employees come to remove towels that were sitting for long periods of time without use. We were happy to see that they were following through with their policy and making it fair to all. - Beach wait staff: Juan Carlos is something special. He is just an overall friendly, accommodating and kind person. We enjoyed our conversations with him. You could tell he really enjoys his job. Nelson was also a very helpful and eager to please. - Mexican restaurant: This was our favourite al a carte. The food was yummy and our server Emmanuel was amazing. He was so accommodating. My hubby asked for a certain type of bottled beer which wasn’t served in the restaurant. No problem. Emmanuel tracked it down and put three bottles on ice for my hubby to enjoy with his dinner. He is a fantastic server with the nicest smile. Definitely try the fajitas here! - The preferred adult pool was a quiet escape. We usually spent our afternoons here from 3-6 pm and always found a chair and pool lounger. Water temperature was perfect! We’ve been to other resorts where the pools are freezing. - The grounds are beautifully maintained. The resort was small but we liked the intimate and peaceful feel of it. Everything was a short walk and well laid out. - Our room was always very clean. A few negatives: - We had a preferred room in Building 1. The room was really nice and fairly modern; however, there was this odd large frosted window that separated the shower from the bedroom/living space. My hubby gets up to use the washroom at night and as soon as he’d turn the light on, it would shine brightly into the bedroom. There was no way around it. I didn’t want to wake him up one morning so ended up using my phone flashlight so I could see in the washroom as I got ready. In the future when renovations occur, get rid of this window. We also were supposed to have a King size bed but ended up with two doubles. We were ok with that but asked if the beds could be pushed together. Three different people told us they would make sure it happened...no one ever came. - We thought the good was so-so. The buffet was good but you also don’t want to constantly be eating at the buffet. The only al a carte restaurant we enjoyed was Mexican. We didn’t like the Japanese (although didn’t try the hibachi table) or Italian. The SeaSide Grill had good steaks but that was about it. Very odd appetizer choices that were not cooked to order. Because we were preferred, we could eat breakfast and lunch here but we weren’t fans. There was very little option and again, menu items seemed like they were pre-cooked, more so lunch. - Casino (this comes from Hubby): Very small and unfortunately for him, it was pretty much always empty when he went in. I would probably return to Dreams Palm Beach although my hubby said he probably wouldn’t (he is more of a foodie than I am though). We were looking for a relaxing and peaceful getaway and it definitely achieved that. I left happy!

Service was great
adamr9252019,
Thu Mar 14 17:56:33 EDT 2019
Spent 5 days in dreams and the service was amazing. My rooms was a little outdated but still nice but my friends were in the preferred rooms and they were really nice. Food was ok, nothing special but the service was great. Entertainment Yessi and fransisco were great. Doningo and noel from the world cafe really went above and beyond. All the bar staff by the pool were outstanding. We were down there for a wedding and we all had a great time.

Welcome Home
calmcp, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Thu Mar 14 13:12:27 EDT 2019
Just spent 11 nights at this absolutely fantastic resort. As we arrived we were greeted with “Welcome Home” and it sure felt like home for our entire stay. Fantastic resort with a good layout and mix of pool and beach facilities. Food and drink all of an excellent standard - even the fussiest water will find something at every meal. Buffet was the best out of all the all inclusive resorts I have visited. Ate at all the a la Carter restaurants except the Mexican - all excellent although portions small in French restaurant. Rooms excellent and incredibly clean. We stayed Preferred Club which offered additional restaurant access, lounge access and upgraded mini bar in room. All staff are friendly and offer good service however the BEST part of staying at Dreams Palm Beach was the service in the Adults only Preferred Club Lounge from the waiter Emilio. Emilio, to use his own words, is “EXCELLENTE!!”. Always working hard, huge smile on his face and your glass will never be empty for longer than a few seconds. When Emilio was on his days off, the service just simply wasn’t the same! Fantastic holiday and will definitely be back!

Nice resort
misshollyL,
Thu Mar 14 10:54:31 EDT 2019
We had a great time on our visit to Dreams, Punta Cana. The resort was beautiful, clean, and the food was excellent. Especially appreciated the AMAZING service from Maria, who arranged our caveman dinner, and Junior in the Word Cafe. Both made the experience top notch! Would love to come back someday!

A Great Escape!
DeliciousFoodLover, Montreal
Thu Mar 14 10:05:00 EDT 2019
A gang of us stayed at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana from Feb 22nd to March 1st and we really enjoyed ourselves. We did not choose to be “preferred” guests. The food overall was great and plentiful At breakfast at the buffet they had everything you could possibly want…poached and scrambled eggs and smoothies, eggs and crepes that they made to order, or ready-made crepes and waffles, bacon, ham and 2 kinds of sausages, cereals (including hot oatmeal with lots of dried fruits, seeds and nuts you could add to it), a large selection of bread, croissants, muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, green drinks…and the list goes on. At lunch and supper we liked the buffet even better. There were two kinds of soup, rotisserie chicken, vegetables cooked to perfection (like bright green broccoli and stir fries), baked tomato with melted cheese on it, cold cuts and cheeses, a Mexican section, sections whereby they would cook your fish, seafood and meat to order. For pizza, pasta and risotto they had some ready-made but those items could also be custom cooked for the clients. There was a nice seafood salad bar that included octopus salad, shrimp salad (both yummy) and a few others that I didn’t try. I loved the battered and deep fried eggplant. I was surprised to even see baba ganoush, humus and pita bread. They also had an ice cream bar, and tons of other desserts, like cookies, squares, brownies, rice pudding, and fresh fruit. There is a Kiddie’s Corner with food meant to appeal to kids (but everyone can partake in it)…Mac and Cheese, chocolate fountain with fresh fruit and marshmallows. The kids in our group especially loved that section of the buffet. We also enjoyed the theme restaurants…Mexican (don’t eat for a loooong time before you go as the food is really filling), The Seaside Grill (also very filling) and Italian were good. At the Asian restaurant you can sit in a gang around the grill and have Japanese food cooked for you while the chef puts on a bit of a show. This was quite fun, but noisy. The only part I didn’t care for was the cook at one of the 3 cooking stations who kept banging his metal roasting pan as part of his “act”. I wish they would get him to stop that as it really seemed to disturb a number of people in the restaurant - and what for? - the other chefs didn't feel the need to do it. When we went back to check out the Chinese food in the same restaurant (so not sitting at a cooking station), we were very bothered by that guy banging the metal roasting pan halfway across the room. For our French meal we reserved the “wine cellar” between the French and Italian restaurants. We were in a nice glassed in room with a wall of wine bottles and we had great service by Manuel the sommelier. We all really enjoyed that experience (you have to buy $150 worth of wine to be able to use that room – which wasn’t too difficult with our group of wine lovers. I think the amount is lower for those with “preferred” status). And FYI: in the French resto you and order from the Italian menu and vise-versa. Great for the kids who tended to prefer the Pasta Bolognaise over the French food. We also really enjoyed the miniature sandwiches (made with little croissants) in the CoCo Café, where they have a large assortment of hot beverages (espresso, cappuccino, café latté, tea and hot chocolate) and a wide variety of baked goods, from banana bread to fancy cakes and pies (all of which can be eaten at the tables inside or outside the café or wherever you’d like). I’m not much of a hot dog and hamburger person, but it was great to be able to grab them (or chips and/or nachos) on the beach at the Barefoot Grill when not in the mood to get dressed and hit a restaurant. The guy who works the grill really works super hard and must be so uncomfortable to work over a hot grill on a beach. If anyone deserves a tip it is this guy (but he probably gets the least amount of tips as people order from him with their bathing suits on – so not pockets with change in them)! I’d have to say the only food that didn’t wow me was the so called “Pad Thai” in the Asian restaurant, which was not Pad Thai as I know it. If it had been given another name I would have been fine with it; but as I was expecting “Pad Thai” it was disappointing (but I ate it all). Ditto for the “dumplings” which were in a soup (whereas I am used to them being on a plate with peanut sauce). The only other thing that didn’t work for me were the churros on the Kiddie’s Buffet as to me they need to be served hot from the oil or not at all (so that was the only thing I left on my plate during my one week stay). All that to say, there were only 3 food items out of literally hundreds that did not thrill me, so that is a great reflection on the food. The Beach The beach was beautiful and employees were always raking up the seaweed (not that I mind seaweed at all– but it seems some people posting here are bothered by it). No shortage of seats and umbrellas. There were waiters serving along the beach. I played volleyball on the beach with people from around the world, which was nice. There was also a nice parade of costumed staff members one day in honor of Dominican Day. Every day I went for a lovely walk along the beach. Vendors were respectful when I said I didn’t want to buy anything, and didn’t ask a 2nd time. If you take a walk with friends or family along the beach, go to the left where it is considered a national park and you’ll find a few spots that are great for photo ops. There are also reefs where you can snorkel, but note that there are no lifeguards there. Pool Pool areas were very nice. If you’re missing a chair an employee would go get one from the beach for you, which was nice. Waiter service around the pool was very efficient. Often times there was a lunch buffet set up at the pool. It may have been every day, but I wasn’t there every day, so I don’t know. One time it was tacos and seafood salads and another time it was fajitas and yet another time it was a humongous Paella. There was also activity at the pool, including a spinning class in the water and water aerobics. Activity Centre This place is a covered area meant for the kids and I really liked it. There are two pool tables, Foosball, chess, basketball and a few electronic games. They have a big fridge filled to the top with bottled water to keep the kids hydrated and it is supervised at all times. The Kiddie Club and tennis courts are next door. The Grounds The grounds are immaculately kept and there are gardeners hard at work to keep it that way. In the evening there are pop-up bars that are not there during the day. So you can pick up a drink on the way to get a drink in the Lobby Bar or any of the restaurants. Lobby Bar (Rusty Nail) As with most resorts, this seems to be the hub where everyone assembles before and after dinner for drinks. I’m no smoker, but the cigar lovers in my group asked me to mention that there are too few tables and chairs in the designated smoking area (about 4 tables with 4 chairs each – not many in a resort with 500 rooms). Even as a non-smoker I believe if someone’s idea of a relaxing vacation is chilling with cigars and a drink they should be given the space to do it (especially in a place like the Dominican Republic noted for its cigars). Also, the chairs in that area need felt on the bottom of their legs as when someone pulls out or pushes in their chair on the tile floor it makes the most horrible screech. I’d take finger nails clawing a chalkboard over that sound any day! Fortunately, a lot of people picked up their chairs to move them, sparing us the noise. Other than that, I really liked hanging out in this area and met some lovely folks from the UK there. If not in the “smoking section” one could gather as a gang with nice little gatherings of sofas and coffee tables. Wait service in both areas of the Lobby Bar was exceptionally good and there was even a guy with a drink trolley (spirits and beer) that he would push around the lobby during the more busy times of day (such as before dinner). Room We were in building 7 and I found the room to be perfect. The bed was comfy and the cleaning ladies (who I never saw) kept it clean and well stocked with towels. The fridge was filled daily with water, beer, soft drinks and juices. I’m thinking that we were in a renovated building as the furniture was in great shape and the bathroom had lots of storage for toiletries (on either side of the sink, on a large shelf under the counter and there were a number of shelves beside the shower stall). There was also a double hook to hang clothes or towels. My only objection about the bathroom was that while there was an enclosed area with a door on it for the actual toilet, the rest of the bathroom didn’t have a door and the glass door on the beautiful, large shower was not frosted very well, so we couldn’t have other members of our gang over for a drink post pool/beach while one of us was showering (a shame with a fridge full of beer). Miscellaneous We really enjoyed the resort and also took 2 trips to a nearby area with a cigar making place (with a gigantic selection of cigars, both local and imported), rum/cigar/sports bar, chocolate making place and huge gift shop for all kinds of gifts, beach stuff and sun screen. The bus to get there and back is free (but of course we tipped the driver) and it runs quite often. There is a daily newsletter called The Sundial that lets you know all the activities going on that day. For example, on one day there was a Stretching Class, Boot Camp, Horse Shoes, Beach Volleyball, Meringue Classes, Aqua gym, Egg Toss, Spanish, Bingo, Free Scuba Lesson, Pillow Fight, Water Polo, Auction, Windsurfing Lessons, Table Tennis Match, Batting contest, Football Tossing and Basketball Tournament. Also on the list were numerous activities for any young tykes in your group who are at The Explorer’s Club. The Sundial also will let you know the weather forecast for that day, the restaurant opening hours and dress codes, remind you of what buffet will be at the pool at lunchtime, what the Drink of the Day is and it has ads for the excursions. On the night of the Academy Awards there was a viewing party in the convention centre with really high end delicious desserts, a replica of the Hollywood sign, and two characters dressed like Freddie Mercury and Black Panther. I thought this was a nice idea. People in our gang went on organized (paid) trips to para-sail, scuba dive and snorkel. I bought the photos taken by the professional photographer of the parasailing as they were better than the ones I took. I also bought a group shot of our gang taken by a professional in the Lobby Bar (you can let the onsite photographers take photos of you but you are not obligated to buy them; just go to the photographers kiosk, tell them what day they took your photos and decide if you want to buy them or not). The service at this resort was attentive and very pleasant at all times. All staff members spoke great English and were very friendly, always smiling and asking us how we are. When we asked how they were the answer was always an enthusiastic “Excellenté!” A special shout out to Enoch from the buffet and the Mexican restaurant who has the best people skills ever (really got the kids and adults alike to laugh) and Jessica, our server at the lobby bar, who kept us all very happy. And to Johanna at the check-in desk who moved mountains for us. I didn’t try all the drinks, but those I tried were really good and they were made with standard brands, such as Johnny Walker, Bacardi. Smirnoff’s, etc. The red wine was disappointing (except for some reason at the buffet it was better than elsewhere – same brand but different label). I’m not suggesting that they get a more expensive red for their “house red” but they should change it (then again, I might be fussier than others). Fortunately, we anticipated this and bought 11 bottles of wine at the duty free stores in our home airports. Even though we were not “preferred” clients, we had the option of room service. We never took advantage of it, but thought it was pretty neat that it was there if we wanted it. There was free Wi-Fi at the resort and free use of the room safe. We didn’t go to any of the sales pitch meetings that others have complained about, so no complaints there from us. For some reason the ladies at the currency exchange rarely had single US dollars. In some instances you could give a server a 5 US dollar bill and ask for 4 back, but not all of them can make change, so it is hit or miss, so best to get a whack of single US dollars to bring before you leave on your trip. We didn’t check out the nightly shows other than the 60s, 70s and 80s tribute show. The entertainers dressed up for the era and danced to the music. It was outside on a nice balmy night and we enjoyed it very much. No one in our group had any “tourista” issues. Keep in mind (like at most resorts) that you should brush your teeth with bottled water. Once in a while I forgot but still didn’t get sick. Please Be Mindful of Others This is not a reflection on this resort at all, but rather on certain people in general. It seems everywhere I go there ends up being a few selfish people who only think of themselves and this trip was no exception. Midway through our week we were relaxing by the pool and along came a gang of about 6 or 8 people in their late teens or early twenties who were exiting one of the buildings with a cell phone blasting music at about 3 p.m. Due to the nature of the buildings, the music was loud and echoey in the hallway. As there were very young kids at the resort it is quite likely that some of them were down for a pre-supper nap, and no doubt a number of adults were having a siesta as well before a night of partying, but these folks with the music only cared for their own enjoyment so couldn’t even wait to exit the building before cranking up the volume. They then made their way across the resort to the pool bar. The entire time the gal with the phone was fist pumping the air as if to say “Here I am everybody, aren’t I amazing?” while those of us forced to listen to her loud music had a totally opposite word starting with the letter “A” in mind. They ended up at the pool bar where they continued to be loud, but at least pool bars are a place where one expects the people to be somewhat boisterous, so I had no problem with them being over there. Note that this was an isolated incident during a one week stay so I wouldn’t judge the resort by it as these inconsiderate people could have chosen any resort to go to. I’m sure if they continued playing the loud music in their building then the resort would have reprimanded them pretty quickly and advised them by letter that they would have to leave if they had to be spoken to again. I say that as I met someone who that happened to during the week I was there (for something totally different and the guy’s travel agent even got a copy of the letter from the resort). So people, please be mindful of other when you travel, whether it be not playing music in the corridors of your hotel, or not speaking too loudly when leaving early in the morning or coming home late at night and/or needlessly slamming your door. Everyone there has paid good money to have a relaxing vacation whereby they should be able to sleep during the hours that suit them and deserve to be able to do so, just as much as you do. Please let common courtesy prevail; the world will be a better place for it!



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