My husband and I, along with another couple, spent a week at this resort from March 16-23. We are in our mid thirties and have three children, though they didn't accompany us on this trip. It was our first all-inclusive vacation. We were absolutely thrilled with our vacation. Here's a breakdown (this will be a long but detailed review, exactly what I would want if researching an all inclusive vacation):
Pool: the highlight of our vacation! This pool is huge and it runs the entire length of the resort with the accommodations lining it on both sides. There is a main pool area and swim-up bar at one end, near the beach. This is where the entertainment took place. We opted for a swim-out room and it was sooo worth the extra few dollars. We loved having direct access to our room and not having to pack a bag to go to the pool. We spent practically every day in the pool - from the time we finished breakfast to the time they closed the pool at 6:00pm. They also had plenty of pool floats which weren't hard to come by. Pool chairs also weren't hard to get, though people do reserve them even though it's against policy.
Beach: a beautiful sandy beach with plenty of lounge chairs. The water was a little rougher than you might expect but we actually found this to be an advantage: it was a lot of fun jumping the waves and kayaking. My husband is a runner and loved running the length of the beach. It's a little windy, but the breeze is a great way to beat the heat.
Food: the buffet had an excellent selection of food for every meal and I found it to be very good quality. We ate at four of the a la carte restaurants and were quite pleased, though the Italian was the least impressive of the ones we tried. Reservations were not required; you put your name on a wait list and were given a pager to notify you when your table was ready. Never had to wait longer than 20 minutes and there were plenty of bars to sit at and have a drink while we waited. There was a BBQ every lunchtime by the Barracuda bar and my husband had a burger just about every day - he loved them - but I personally would have liked some more poolside options for snacks and lunch. I just hated having to get out of that amazing pool for any longer than I had to! There was also a grill at the beach and a station where they offered a different option every day.
Entertainment and activities: the team was fantastic! All very friendly and great at their jobs. There was a show every evening - some better than others. The circus and the 70's dance ones were the better ones. They offered yoga every morning which my husband opted to do and enjoyed. The aqua aerobics were a bit if fun, too! They also had a certified Zumba instructor and I did a couple of her classes and had a blast (shout-out to Amy!). Suggestion to Dreams: keep the Zumba classes by the pool area. Hardly anyone showed up by the basketball court. We took out a kayak one afternoon and that was quite fun, though hard work! You get a daily schedule each night before bed so you know what activities to expect the next day.
Room: our room was very clean and comfortable and the minibar was restocked daily with beer, water and pop. Minor issue: housekeeping was a bit inconsistent in that they seemed to come at a different time every day. Another minor issue: the room could use a few cosmetic upgrades (chipped paint) but we spent so little time there that a little wear and tear didn't bother us one bit. All the other wonderful things more than made up for it.
Bars: there were plenty of bars on the resort, with very personable bartenders who loved to sing as they worked. We frequented the Barracuda bar the most based on its proximity to our room. The Barracuda was actually my favourite frozen drink. If you order frozen drinks from the machine, Make sure there is rum in them! They use these drinks for kids, too, and one day I'm sure I drank nothing but virgin drinks! Randy and David were awesome bartenders! Suggestion to Dreams: a drink menu posted at every bar (as a first-timer, I found myself experimenting a lot and when I didn't care for a drink, I hated to waste it).
Other: the commute from the airport was 40 minutes and not an hour as some older reviews have indicated. The highway is complete now so the commute has been shortened. This resort was fairly small compared to others I've heard about (it is not part of a complex of resorts) and you could walk anywhere in 5 minutes. This was a huge plus in our minds. Again, no need to "pack up for the day" when you left your room. As I said, we didn't have our children with us but we would definitely take them there - they would love the pool and beach. We noticed a kids club area, though it seemed like it was drop-off only (no parents allowed) which may not be suitable for kids who aren't comfortable with new people, and it didn't seem that families could avail of the play area on their own. I didn't research this and didn't see much info on the website but I'm sure you could find all that out. Because of the size and layout of the pool, I think both families and couples could all have fun without infringing on each other. The grounds were absolutely stunning and meticulously maintained. There were mature trees and flowers and you really felt like you were in tropical paradise. One last thing: I sent a few different enquiries via the Facebook page and always got a prompt reply.
Overall, we LOVED this resort and if we return to the Dominican Republic, we would definitely choose Dreams again. It's now two weeks later, and we are still dreaming about Dreams!