It all comes down to what you expect. I will try not to bore you with the same report as the hundreds of others, but yeah, the food sucks and I see no reason to come to this resort unless you have kids. If you are not traveling with kids, go next door to Zoetry, spend the extra bucks for a quality experience. Trust me. Zoetry is AMAZING and also part of the same company that runs Dreams.
We stayed at Dreams for 6 nights. We had a blast! But we have a blast wherever we go...
Dreams: $200/day yes. $400/day NO.
Ok. The kids camp here is AWESOME. My only complaint with the kids camp was that I did not get to spend as much time with my kids as I wanted because they did not want to leave the camp! Great work girls! (The girls who work there are outstanding). Tons of activities for the kids. The bungie jump? My kids keep talking about it.
FOOD: NOT GOOD. Lots of fried/cheap stuff. (TIP: You can ask for grilled fish in the fish tacos instead of that nasty fried thing)
Service is slow most of the time at the restaurants. But we are ok with that because my wife and I enjoy talking to each other and having drinks.
There are a few decent items like the ceviche at Oceana, but outside of that, and a few random items, yuck. In the Mexican place- “El Patio” I ordered steak tacos and I have to say, there was not one piece of edible meat. More like gristle tacos.
Listen, some people have written here about the food being decent or even great. Get that out of your head. It is not. Be prepared for the worst food-wise, and your vacation will be that much better. I want you to sit down at “El Patio” and order those steak tacos and think to yourself, “Self, these are not as bad as that guy on TA wrote! I see at LEAST 1 piece of edible meat, and he said there were none!”
There were a "few" items that were decent at each food location, but overall, yuck. I expected better. Chuck E. Cheese makes better pizza. I get it. Large resort. Lots of people. But I have been to many resorts with lots of people and this location pretty much was on the lowest rung as far as the food quality.
My favorite restaurant was the Japanese place. I guess when it comes to raw fish, Dreams has to spend more money on product to avoid any “serious” problems.
Oh, do not want to forget about the tiny coffee shop they have. That place is GREAT! Awesome coffee! It is hidden next to the kids camp. And it has snacks. Go find it.
Note: A strange thing happened at Oceana Restaurant. The server asked us to fill out a comment card. We did not want to fill it out and tried to leave, but the manager actually RAN after us, and told us to fill it out. So we did. It was uncomfortable.
Here we go- Random thoughts:
Tipping. The novelty of an All-Inclusive resort, for me, is not having to deal with money. Leave the wallet in the room and just do what I want to do and relax. Well, Dreams has a huge tipping problem. Many resorts we go to will FIRE an employee if they take a tip. This place, tipping is expected. I have NO CLUE how much to tip, who to tip, when to tip and so on. I mean, you can spend $100+/day tipping people here. I saw one guy go up to the swim up bar with a HUGE mug that he obviously brought from home and hand the bartender a $5 bill. The tipping was everywhere. Want a water? A buck. Want a drink? A buck. Want dinner? 5 bucks. Want lunch? 3 bucks. It got to the point that I was pretty uncomfortable because I had NO idea what to leave whom and when. I prefer they just charge me more upfront and pay the employees more. If I wanted to deal with all this money, I would not be staying at an all-inclusive. Defeats the purpose right? I can see throwing some money at exceptional service, but people here were just tipping to tip and that really takes away from the experience in my opinion.
Yes, it is true, there are many unhappy, unfriendly workers. But there are also many happy/friendly ones. Overall, staff did a great job with what they had to work with.
Gym has a mix of good and bad equipment. Plenty of choices to keep your heart rate up.
The adult pool was nice and relaxing. The main pool was nothing special. We were at the resort over Thanksgiving and for 3 of our 7 days, every single chair was saved by both pools before 8am.
**Issue with the main pool: There used to be a fountain spraying water into the air. You can see it in all the DREAMS photos on their website. Well it does not work anymore but the spout is still there, hidden under the water. With all the kids/people running around that pool every day etc, I am SURE that at least a few people a month probably hit that spout with their feet and break a toe or two. I almost did! Come on Dreams, get rid of that, or fix it!
Rooms are large. Our room overlooked the adult pool and I really liked that. Very quiet at night. The room is cleaned twice a day and cleaned very well! Bed was hard as a rock. Air conditioning- Brrrrrrr. Could NOT get the temperature in the room above 60 degrees with that thing on! It was FREEZING in that room unless we turned it off completely.
Could have better choices for the in-room fridge. (All it had was a few small beers, soda and water) Not sure I like having that scale in the bathroom. Who wants to weigh themselves after eating all that salty food!
**Whomever cleaned our room every day was awesome! She arranged all our items in the bathroom, every single day. She folded clothes that were laying about each day, and made the room feel very cozy.
Timeshare: We did not get hit up even once for a timeshare tour. We saw a few “tours” happening, but that was it.
I was going to write that management REALLY needs to start responding to posts here. I see that they have actually started doing just that. Interested to see what management has to say about many of these issues.
After reading many of these posts, I was not very excited about visiting Dreams. In fact, I was very nervous. But if you come with someone you love, or even like, you should have a nice time.
Room service takes a long time. Over an hour, every time.
Wifi is $60 for the week. It worked well for me. Too expensive.
DRINKS: When you add ice to a drink, you are watering it down right? Do these resorts “water down” drinks? Yes. But I am glad they do as I can drink more throughout the day and not be sick as a dog! Watered down drinks = less hangovers and longer drinking days.... Do what I do, just stick to tequila shots if you are worried about lack of alcohol in your drinks. Trust me, watered down or not, after 3 “watered down” tequila shots, you will be happy they were “watered down”.
SERIOUS WIFE COMPLAINT: No hair conditioner in the rooms! 2 weeks after leaving the resort, she is STILL complaining about her “hair being damaged”, so bring your own hair conditioner if you care about "soft, fluffy hair". I recall reading a post about no lotion in the rooms. Well, that was not true. There WAS lotion in the room, and lots of it.
We were lucky and had the most PERFECT weather! Seriously.
Summary: If you enjoy the company of the people you are going to Dreams with, do not care much about food/drinks, and pay under $250/night, you will enjoy yourself. Beats sitting in an office all day.
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