I want to start off by saying; this is our fourth trip to Dreams PV and hopefully not our last. This place is an amazing place for couples, families or anyone looking to relax. The location is secluded enough, but just a ten minute cab ride into downtown.
Check-in: As soon as you arrive, your bags are whisked away by a porter and you offered a cold towel and a glass of champagne. We didn’t arrive until after 6pm and this was perfect as we did not have to wait for our room. If you booked your package with the offer of coupons you do need to ask for them as they are given when you check in, these actually came in handy during the stay.
Rooms: We chose to stay in the older tower in the deluxe room again. The rooms itself is the size of a large master bed room. There is a king bed, loveseat, chaise, table with two chairs and an armoire with a TV, coffee maker and drawers for your clothing. The bathroom was a nice size with a bathtub/shower combo and they provide you with 4 ounce bottles of shampoo, body wash, sun block (spf 15) and lotion. While the furnishing may seem outdated it was clean and served its purpose. The room has ceiling to floor sliding glass door that we loved to have cracked open to hear the ocean waves during the evening. Every room has a view of the ocean. We stayed on the 4th floor in room 1410 and 1409 (these were connecting rooms should you need to request one). The AC worked fine, but because of the humidity in August it was necessary to have it running all day. There is also a laptop size safe in your valuables and passport.
Housekeeping did an excellent job of cleaning the room and most of the time we turned down the turndown service since we enjoyed taking late naps (hey we’re on vacation). Even when we turned down the service they still gave us chocolates and a little souvenir. There are robes and slippers on the bed when you arrive. If you need extra pillows or anything in particular you can easily make one call and get it within ten minutes. They would also mop the floor everyday as we would track sand back into our room all the time.
Pool: There are three pools in total and the main pool has a swim up bar. We took our daughter to the shallow area at the main pool daily and into the Jacuzzi at the quiet pool area when it got to hot for her. The quiet pool is next to the old tower. The “Jacuzzi” at the quiet pool area is just warm water and a couple of jets. The actual Jacuzzi that is hot is in the middle of the main pool area. By 11am, the main pool area and the chairs do start filling up. You can still find a spot, but not one with an umbrella. Yes there are a lot of kids in the main pool, but there is another option if you want quiet time. The infinity pool near the preferred tower is for adults only with a nearby bar (ten steps). The pools were kept very clean and you can see them checking the PH of the water and cleaning it on a daily basis.
Beach: There is about a 500 yard private beach with so many palpas to sit under. The beach is amazing and this is also another reason we come back to Dreams so many times. There is a waiter who will bring you drinks and it’s always nice to try the drink of the day. This is the only private beach area in PV and the waves in some areas are gentle enough for my 10 month old to play in.
Food, food and more food: This is the only AI I’ve ever staying at and the food is so good it will probably be the only AI we will ever go to. There are at least six different options for you to select from. During breakfast there is Oceana (a la carte), World Café (buffet) and room service to choose from. We mainly stuck with the World Café since they had the most to select from. Oceana though had smoothies and fresh juices that were delicious. The buffet had yogurts, cereal, pancakes, traditional Mexican food, made to order omelets and the list just goes on and on. I would say the food is better than your chain restaurants (e.g. Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse, etc…) and there is so much variety that you will not get tired of the food here.
I guess I’ll start off with my favorite, Oceana. The meat and seafood lover is what I would usually order and as always it was amazing. You also have to try the fried ice cream. The appetizers there are really good as well. I would recommend the escargot since it was my favorite appetizer there. They also have a daily special that you can order. On one particular day, the special was a whole rock crab with a seafood risotto.
My second favorite was Seaside Grill. The yellow fin ahi tuna salad was really good, but all the appetizers at this restaurant are excellent. I enjoyed the filet wrapped in bacon and my husband had the mahi mahi. They are also open for lunch everyday and had a great selection of fresh ceviche. I enjoyed the octopus with shrimp.
Portofino was also an excellent spot, but is for adults only. The gnocchi and penne pasta was excellent. The duck was also good and same goes for the beef tenderloin. You can actually order a half order of the pasta and order a main plate as well. We were so full by the end of our meal that we were hesitant to order a dessert, but we did anyways.
The World Café was great for a quick meal. There were a lot of selections for the kids to choose from. On certain days, they had fresh whole grilled fish. Not sure what type of fish that was served (looked like snapper), but it tasted really fresh. The food in the buffet for breakfast was the best. Lunch had your basic dishes of proteins, salads and carbs. Dinner wasn’t bad here either and there is so much to choose from you basically can try everything and eventually find something you like.
During our stay the Barefoot grill, next to Oceana, was open every day. They had burgers, hot dogs and quesadillas from noon until 5pm daily. This was a great way to grab lunch without leaving the beach and getting dressed. We did not get a chance to go to El Patio, the Mexican restaurant, so I can’t comment on it.
Room service was always within 30 minutes no matter what time of day. The menu was very basic with options like spaghetti, pizza, potato skins, etc…just enough to satisfy anyone. I would recommend the tortilla soup, chicken flautas and flank steak. Don’t forget to ask them what the special of the day is.
Entertainment: We didn’t get to enjoy all the entertainment because our 10 month old needed to be in bed at a certain time. The staff here is wonderful though in trying to keep you entertained from the daily kayak tour of the bay, jungle trek into the mountain from the hotel, water polo, etc….There are also kayaks and boogie boards for you to borrow. You can Jet Ski right off of the beach for $65/30minutes or go parasailing as well. Our daughter was too young for the kids club, but from what we could see the children seemed to be having lots of fun. They have a trampoline for the kids to jump on at 11am and 4pm daily. It’s the type you usually pay $5 for each child back home, but here it’s all free. There is a daily schedule they give you the day before so you can plan out what activities to do. I would highly recommend the turtle release. We were lucky to be able to do the turtle release as they were just starting to hatch. It was very educational and really an amazing experience. This usually occurs around 7pm and when we left the turtles were starting to hatch.
Please tip the staff. They work really hard and we all know that even though it says that tips are included in the package that the staff does not make very much. A dollar a drink is fine and even if you feel it unnecessary then maybe even a dollar for every two drinks. We tipped for each of the meal and room service. We even left money in the mini bar for the guy who refills it everyday and yes they do refill it every day with 4 coronitas, 4 bottles of water (more if you ask for it), 4 cans of coke, 2 diet coke and two juice bottles. No matter how much you give the staff is always so appreciative.
Coupons: We booked our trip through Orbitz and received $200 in coupons which we were able to use on massages and the purchase of tequila. You can use up to $40 at a time for spa services such as massages and salt scrubs. We ended up paying $54 for a 50min, Swedish massage and $27 for a 25 minute salt scrub. The best part that they don’t advertise is that the $20 wine coupons can be used to purchase tequila on Thursday, when they do the tequila tasting (this occurred at the main pool at around 4pm). A $29 bottle of Tequila came out to be less than $10 and we actually got another type for only $3.
Side Notes: If you are an iprefer member you can get an upgrade. Friends of ours were able to upgrade from a Jacuzzi suite to the dreams suite. We were able to use the internet for free, but could not get an upgrade due to the fact they were at full capacity.
To get into downtown it is only 50 pesos and back to the airport is only 150 pesos.
August is their rainy season and is very hot and humid. We didn’t mind it as the rain each evening made it much cooler. If you are concerned about the rain, it only rains in the evening and for maybe an hour or two. The lighting at night is just beautiful to watch from your window.
Go downtown on the weekends in the evening around sunset. There are performers on the Malecon (boardwalk) right around sunset. Something interesting to see and do while in PV.
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- Also Known As:
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- Dreams Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Dreams Puerto Vallarta Hotel
- Dreams Puerta Vallarta
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