Just returned from 2 weeks staying at the Dreams La Romans hotel.
Travelled there with my boyfriend, we have previously stayed at the Melia Caribe Tropical in Bavaro.
Check in was quick and efficient, no welcome cocktail as have had at previous resorts but it was 1.30am so not a problem!
We stayed in one of the newly refurbished blocks- room was to a nice standard, king sized bed, nice decor, flatscreen TV, ipod docking station etc. We were at the end of the block and had a view to the ocean which was lovely. Only downside was walls were very thin, had to ask our neighbours to turn their TV down luckily they were fine. You can hear everything through the walls so just hope your not beside honeymooners ;) we were only in the room at night so it wasnt a big problem.
Swimming pools and beach are both lovely. Nice wooden loungers round pool with plenty shaded areas. If you have kids main pool is better as can get a bit noisy in infinity pool with swim up bar. Beach was decent size, always spare loungers. Water was beautiful and turqoise - it really does look like the brochure pictures! Sea was not crystal clear but his didnt bother us. You can take out kayaks, pedal boats etc for free, also can get snorkelling equipment for a $20 deposit. There is coral reef outwith the marked areas in the sea, we didnt swim out but others did and apparently lots of tropical fish.
Lots of activities during the day, which were great fun. Participation is optional and the staff are great at leaving you in peace if you just want to chill out. They give you paper money for taking part, and you can use this in one of the auctions three times weekly to get bags,caps,t-shirts etc. be warned you will need to get at least $20,000 to be able to bid for anything!
Entertainment at night was mix of audience participation shows - battle of the sexes, dancing competitions, couples contests etc and professional performers which i thought was to a good standard. the dancers are very good.
Bars were good - premium spirits as well as the cheaper varieties. They will make you any drink you fancy and lots of nice cocktails to work your way through. also had bottles of corona. drinks are unlimited, and are served from 9am - 2am. there is also a mini bar in your room with water, soft drinks and beer which is restocked daily.
Restaurants - food was good but have had better at other resorts. Don't let this put you off - it is perfectly enjoyable for 2 weeks! Buffet restaurant -we only had breakfast and lunch here. Good selection, lunch was really good - had freshly cooked kebab skewers, fish stew, rice, veg, pizza, desserts etc. There is also burgers and chips for those who want it (not us).
French restaurant - excellent
Italian - average but still perfectly ok
Grill - good for what it is - steaks, ribs, bbq chicken etc
dominican - nice
Oceana (seafood) - excellent - highly recommend the tuna steak
Mexican - good
Asian - this was the only restaurant that we found disappointing, sushi was nice but rest wasnt upto par.
You have to remember that this is an all inclusive 4/5 star resort which is relatively cheap compared to some - therefore you are not going to get michelin star quality food. However, i would still describe the food quality as good - myself and my boyfriend have reasonably high standards when it comes to food (we dont want to eat burgers and chips on holiday) and we were happy with the food. however, anymore than 2 weeks here and i think it could get a little repetitive.
room service is avaliable 24/7 we didnt try it so couldnt comment any further.
There was a coffee shop were you could get lattes, frappechino's, hot chocolates etc with little cakes - very nice!
Staff were friendly and helpful and always polite.
The hotel complex is a lot smaller than that of one we have stayed in previously-we prefered it-everything was a leisurely stroll away and it wasnt so big that you got lost!
We didnt go any any excursions this time by we have previously gone to saona island (sppedboat, snorkelling and then catamaran back) and also snorkelling in bavaro. As with most excursions they arent cheap(in my experience they never are) there is lots to do in resort so we didnt get too stir crazy!
Was a good mix of people staying there when we went- couples, families and singles. We met lots of lovely people and everyone we spoke to thought the resort was great i didnt hear any complaints.
To sum it up if your looking for a good value allinclusive holiday somewhere tropical with beautiful beach, pools, plenty of drink and food and activities this is the place for you!!!
We would definately return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Time spent at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa on the sun drenched southeast coast of the Dominican Republic is an unforgettable adventure for singles, couples and families. Here, you’ll discover a tranquil world that gives you one of nature’s most pristine beaches, a sea of vivid turquoise and most importantly, the special feeling of being welcomed as a most honored with all attendant privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® — where everything is included.You will be transformed by the calming power of the tropical jungle and palm lined beach that borders your vacation hideaway. Lounging by our large crystalline pools, or wandering among our tropical gardens, you’ll soon feel time and tension melt away. From the moment we greet your arrival, you will be delighted by your surroundings and service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams La Romana Bayahibe
- Dreams La Romana Hotel Bayahibe
- Dreams La Romana Dominican Republic/Bayahibe