Our party of 19 traveled to Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana for the week of June 12-19th 2010 for my brother-in-laws wedding. It was, by far, the best resort experience I've ever had.
Check-in: We had a smooth check in, with no wait. We were greeted with Mimosas (juice and cookies for the children) as well as cool towels to help refresh us from our travels. The porters took our baggage to our room very quickly.
Grounds: The grounds were very nicely maintained and lush. Many opportunities for photo ops. The grounds staff was always around, making sure things were in order.
Room: We had a basic room - garden view with two double beds. It was lovely, and the kids enjoyed all the television stations available. Our fridge was restocked with pop, water, juice boxes and cerveza on a daily basis. Nightly turn down service was a nice touch, with an agenda for the next day and a chocolate on our pillow.
Beach: Fantastic beach with plenty of chairs to lounge in. In order to get an umbrella, I do suggest heading out earlier in the day as they do get filled quickly. The water is clear and very calm. There is sea grass floating about, but not enough to deter us from spending a lot of quality time in the ocean.
Pool: Very clean, and lots of fun. The floating mats make for a nice nap location, and there are always different activities going on. The kids spent a lot of time climbing the iceberg slider & we even did some water aerobics.
Buffet: It was great every day. Food was the temperature it was meant to be (hot food was hot, cold food was cold) and there was a wonderful variety at every meal. There was one station designated with kid friendly food. A table was always available and we never had to wait. Our servers were always on hand to fill up our drinking glasses, and chat. Miguel, Alvin, Santa & Jose were just fantastic.
Ala carte dining: If you arrive at opening time you should have no problem being seated right away. Good selection on the menu for each location, and the food is very good. The Asian resturant was a fav as they put on quite the show while cooking in front of you.
Bars: The draught cerveza was flowing at every bar location, but if you wanted a bottle of beer you could get it at the lobby bar (or your room fridge). I sampled many of the drinks they had to offer and they were all very delicious.
Explorers Club: My kids were in the explorers club on more than one occaision. They were bungee jumping at the beach on a trampoline, had time in the kids pool, played soccer, did crafts and just had time to chill out. The explorers club put on a talent show with any participating youngsters and it was adorable. They give you a cell phone when you drop your child off. It is very secure and the staff there was awesome. :) My kids are already missing Patricia.
Entertainment Staff: Sugar Rey & Gasolina were just the best. They worked hard every day/night to keep everyone entertained. They engaged us all in conversation, make you feel like you are important and were great guys. My son took a real shine to Sugar Rey and wants to go back to see him.
Photos: We are not usually the type to go out and get professional pictures taken, but after we saw how well the Parrot & Iguana pictures turned out with our children we decided to do a family portrait. There is no sitting fee and you only pay for what you want. We thought we would get one picture of our extended family, but after they took us to 3 locations on site and took a myriad of photos in a variety of groupings and postes, we ended up buying much more. It was very resonably priced (and we were able to barter), the quality was outstanding and there was no pressure.
Without a doubt I know that my family will return to Palm Beach Punta Cana. Between the accomodations, food & most especially the staff, we would be crazy to stay elsewhere when we go back to Dominican Republic.
Thank you to everyone that works there for a memorable week! EXCELLENTE!!!!!
- 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