Family Trip (2 under 18 and 2 over 18) - April 20 - 30, 2013
This the third Dreams property that we have visited in PV - four times at Dreams PV, once at Dreams Villamanga and now the NOW. They all share in the beautiful scenery, clean resort standard, and amazing staff (none better). Villamagna has the better pools and great walking beach. NOW is new and has the best PV location if you want to explore PV - Dreams PV best food and overall vacation feel in our humble opinion.
NOW negative - well I feel almost ungrateful in stating because it is an amazing hotel - but the dress code - very very overkill for a family resort - even in the Carnival buffet for breakfast. Males over the age of 12 have to wear shirts with collars and sleeves (it was over 80 degrees those 10 days). I felt that (especially with Secrets on the same property) that this was overly strict there are many many fancy choices already. But hey you will manage and I would not hold this against the resort at all - but be prepared before you go.
Another "disppointment" was that even though at age 13 young people will be charged in at adult rates (remember only 3 adults to a room - so if your kids are 13 and older and you are a family of four or more you have to get another room) they cannot access all NOW Amber restaurants - namely the Japanese - I think (again my opinion) that adults could very well enjoy their meals alongside a family with young people over the age of 13. Big thanks to Victor who allowed our family and friends to have the Japanese menu on the "patio" of the Mexican Restaurant - that made a very special 50th celebration memory for me and our young people enjoyed the sushi and tempura immensely - best menu at NOW - but disappointed in not being able to access the restaurant with our boys.
Oh the rooms are all amazing - virtually no noise after 11 pm - but do not (I repeat) do not get a room with an connecting door if you are light sleepers - you will hear most everything your neighbours are doing and yes they will hear you. We had neighbours that had a small child - they did amazing but our sleep patterns and their sleep patterns were not in sync - not their fault but the noise will travel so if that kind of noise will bother you - avoid the connecting door.
Not sure that I would pay the fee for an upgrade for the NOW resort - all the rooms have great views and layouts - but I would definately upgrade at Dreams PV - love their bathrooms there. Villamagna has the weird bathroom "privacy curtain" no walls or screens to shield the later sleepers from the early risers and with kids - I kind of preferred a little more privacy in the bathroom so something to check out before booking Villamagna as a family.
The staff at NOW - great as expected in a Dreams Chain - check in staff (Edith - Violetta - Bernice and Adrianna - excellent - Edith Moran you are a gem - loved you when you worked at Dreams PV and your compassion and caring attitude was appreciated at NOW. Our family thanks you for all the extras you and your staff do. Berny in the preferred area - great. Miguel and Carlos the pool waiters - wonderful - I miss my "agua mineral con limon" and the boys are missing their mohitos no alcohol with coka for sure. Thanks for remembering us each day. Nayally, Carmen, Antonio and Fernando (Carnival Pasta Chef) - you are special - we appreciate your greetings and outstanding customer service. Capers waiter Jose (another ex-Dreams PV staffer) - it was such a pleasure to see you again to remember and make new PV memories. Alix F from the Unlimited Vacation Club - thank you we appreciate your friendliness and attention to detail - NOW should make you a roving concierge! By the way we were never bothered or even approached by the "sales people" - then again we purchased a few years back so maybe that was why.
Over all a fantastic great resort but sadly because of the "13 and older rule" with the Dreams Chain we will need to seek out a more financially common sense all inclusive option for us next year - this is unfortunate (especially after 5 years of going to PV and visiting a Dreams resort) but unless Dreams adjusts the rule we just cannot justify funding 2 rooms for a family of 4 - this makes us sad Dreams is such a great resort chain.
Bottom Line which resort of the 3 is OUR all time favorite - sorry Villamagna and NOW you are great but Dreams PV has our vote - as my husband said "it's like your first love" - and it is true.
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