This was our first time to DR, booked sort of last minute, 2 wks prior. Chose Dreams Punta Cana as we thought the Deluxe Swim-Out was a good deal. Not what I'd consider swim-out when the pool is 20 feet away, I was expecting the pool to be right at the edge of our terrace, isn't that swim out? Room ok, bed comfy not hard, needed maintenance to fix electronic safe. Only half glass on the shower/tub, water goes everywhere. Never went into the ocean at the resort, red flag was up most of the time as this resort is on the Atlantic and quite choppy. Find a resort on the Caribbean Sea instead! The $200US resort coupons will be received only if you listen to their marketing presentation for sister resorts. The mini bar was only restocked in the evening, so we had to ask 3 times before bottled water was replenished, it was easier to get it from a bar. Both of us became very ill, for which I am now taking antibiotics and I completely avoided the buffet. This resort is an hour from the airport and approx. 1.5 hrs away from any excursion. We went on the Bavaro Runners Safari, we were dropped off on the side of the road for 20 mins. waiting for an english speaking truck. We did enjoy visiting the sugarcane, tobacco, cocoa and coffee farms, travelling on the open air truck was a hoot. This tour also includes horseback riding, so if you are not participating you will be waiting an hour before continuing to the beach. We also went deep sea fishing, my husband caught a mahi mahi, if you intend to fish and leave the fish for the captain/first mate, they make money so be cautious if you tip as well. The a la carte restaurants were very good, Portofino was adults only, we enjoyed the meal there as well as at El Patio (Mexican), Himitsu (Asian), and Sea Side Grill (beef tenderloin & lobster). Room service took over an hour every time even though they said 30 min. The staff and entertainment team at Dreams Punta Cana were energetic, they can dance!!! We booked a massage and used the hydotherapy circuit at the Spa, this was lovely. They were cleaning the koi ponds outside where the cabanas were, the stench was awful, not appealling prior to massage. Venors very aggressive, don't buy cigars from vendors, most likely fake and made of newspaper. Overall we were not thrilled with this resort or DR, we've been to Mexico three times, and they do the "tourist thing" much better, but it's my understanding Punta Cana has only really been a tourist destination the last 17 yrs.