Wow!! What a great time!! Check in started with a nice refreshing drink. We arrived earlier than 3pm and was able to check in right away. We did request an adjoining room but because we were early that room wasn't available however we did get rooms next to each other and that was just fine. We had 3 teens in the other room (17, 17, 15). It was my youngest sons birthday so later in the day he went back to the room to find it decorated with ballons - sweet treat! We had 3 rooms total and they were located in bldg 7 (1st floor) & 8 (2nd floor). All of our rooms faced the outskirts of the property - not a bad view but no breeze back there at all. Rooms were good size and we had no problems with dampness. Yes, the 3/4 shower wall was different but the one thing we noticed was that when you got out of the shower you didn't deal with the humidity like you would if you had a regular full wooden door. Our maid (Maria) was WONDERFUL!!! Always made sure we had towels and a few of the days she even made us towel art. The vents in the rooms/bathrooms......don't talk to loud as it travels.
Restaurants....our favorites in order: Japanese, Mexican, Italian & Seaside Grille. We didn't try the french one. Buffet was very good. I know others have made comments about the buffet being open and birds in there. Yes, they were on the right side when you walked in as they lived in a tree outside that area and there was an area there where they put the dirty dishes. We never had an issue with them and sat on the other side and in the middle. Maybe if they pulled the shades down on that side it would prevent this issue. We celebrated my son's birthday at the Japanese restaurant and the staff was wonderful! They all came out singing to him with a cake!
Bars....Cabrera at the lobby bar was our favorite!!!! Sophi, waitress at the pool, lobby bar and infront of the wedding gazebo is a sweetheart! Simon on the beach - always with a smile!
Pools & Beach.....yes the "reserve the chair with a towel" game was in full swing! We did hear of guests complaining and security coming and removing things. There was seaweed in the ocean but some days it was worse than others. The seaweed didn't bother us as we are use to the US Eastern shore seaweed that wraps around your legs! The kids did use the trampoline and the iceburg. They liked the iceburg better in the pool at Dreams LaRomana (when it was Sunscape). We used the kayaks and had a nice time. Everyday we took a walk on the beach in both directions of the resort with no problems.
Entertainment team was SUPER!!!! Rey, Carlos, Felix, Lucky & Gasolina.....they work their butts off to make everyone happy! We went to a few of the shows and enjoyed them. Casino was okay - not large but it was just the amount that my husband needed. Disco was fun but didn't get going till after the shows were done. We did see security turning people away from the disco for either not being 18 or not having id.
Our kids did the Segway tour and they enjoyed it. We did leave the property and walked down the street to some shops. It was definately worth the savings but you have to be able to say "no" or you will be in every shop and they all have the same items.
Language barrier - we didn't have any issues. Alot of the workers speak more than one language some 3 or more!
Negatives - room keys! Only were given 1 per room, on the 2nd day we were able to get an additional key. We had a problem where one key would get deactivated and when you went to get it reactivated then the other key wouldn't work! It became humoreous after awhile. The Theater is kind of off the beaten path. You have to go through the lobby and follow the driveway. I think if it was more centrally located they may get more guests to the shows (although the circus show was filled!) Vendors!!! The jewelry vendors were the worst! We actually sat around the pool watching them with the way they real you in! Just try this on and then come back and pay! Stay away unless you really want to buy something. The second group of vendors (jewelry, paintings, clothes, cigars) didn't appear to be as pushy.
Overall we had a great time and would definately go back!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Caribbean Sea, white sand beach and lush gardens, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana boasts 500 spacious rooms and ample suites surrounded by swaying palm trees and views of endless blue waters stretching to the horizon - the perfect setting in paradise. Take advantage of all the unlimited luxury activities Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana has to offer. Swim, sail, snorkel or windsurf in the turquoise Caribbean, enjoy fine a-la-cart dining, sip favorite cocktails at one of our bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Occidental Punta Cana
- Occidental Allegro Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Occidental
- Sunscape Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Dreams Palm Beach
- Punta Cana Allegro