I have been to Dreams Punta Cana before with my family, and we always enjoyed it. This time I took my 81 (!) year old (young) Uncle with me for a combo birthday / Christmas present. We were there for a week October 19-26 ... and he (and I) thoroughly enjoyed it! Nothing much has changed since I was there with my family in February of 2011 ... the staff as friendly as ever, the meals as good as ever, the grounds still clean and ultra-tidy, and the various entertainment enjoyable. This time, as a special treat for my Uncle, I booked in their Preferred Club section and we thoroughly enjoyed the extra attention and pampering. Those people in the Preferred Club sure know how to treat their guests! Is this an ultra-luxurious 5-star resort? No. But it is a darn good 4-star resort! ... and is very good "value" for the money. Also, keep in mind that this is a "family" resort and not an "adults-only" resort so there are children around. But, from what I saw, their (impressive) "Explorers Club" (very nice and well-staffed, by the way) kept the kids busy most of the time. :) All in all, a very nice vacation at a very nice place. And it is certainly away from the hustle & bustle of the city ... don't expect to leave the resort (on your own) because it is out in the country (an hour from the airport) and there is nothing to do and nowhere to go outside the walls of the resort. (Unless you take an organized excursion which are definitely available.) But it is so nice there that, really, there is no reason to "go out". A big Thank You to everyone at Dreams for making this special visit with my Uncle so enjoyable, and memorable. My only problem? Now he wants to go back!