I was very reluctant writing this review as I still can't get over the fact that our vacation is over.If you asked me to come back to this hotel,despite 12 hour flight I'd be happy to pack my suitcase and although I made a promise to myself to never go to the same place twice (there are so many beautiful places around the world!) I might break that promise.And here is why:
The hotel is located 15mins from the PC airport which in our case after such a long journey was very convenient.Rooms didn't "wow" us but were decent enough.We were in a deluxe tropical view overlooking the Explorer's Club (very quiet day and night).The fridge could be a bit cooler but it wasn't an issue.The AC was working perfectly (you could hear it but I wouldn't call it loud).As for the toilets it didn't bother us that there was no proper door but I wouldn't recommend it to new couples or families.We had our room cleaned once a day + a turndown service which was a very nice touch,mini bar refilled daily and I can't complain about the cleanliness of the room nor the whole resort.
The water in the pools was clean and warm albeit my white swimsuit got green after few swims in it.It can be easly washed by ordinary soap but I would suggest you leave your expensive bikini for sunbathing only.I would suggest to leave it in your drawer but topless or nude is not allowed anywhere near the hotel:(.The beach is beautiful.I won't lie,there is a seaweed in the water and by the shore but there are also very hardworking man racking it up few times a day.The warmth of the water amazed me!It is much easier to get a lounger on the beach than at the swimming pool area were people throw towels on the chairs in the morning to reserve them and show up at 2-3pm-how rude!There are also lots of water activities:
hobie cats,kayaks,windsurfing etc.+ water trampoline for kids which are free of charge and scuba,parasailing,snorkeling,speedboats at additional costs (Ask in Seapro watersport centre for a good price-look for Captain Coco Loco!).
Everyday there are different activities provided by Entertainment Team:games on the beach,pilates,zumba,stretching class,water aerobics,nightly shows,karaoke,movies on the beach and the list goes on.You are not pushed to do any of the above if you just want to relax and read a book on the lounger but I'm telling you-you are wasting a lot of time because it was so much fun that on my whole holiday I red 1 page of my book!I simply didn't have time because there was so much going on!And if you're planning to take kids on your holiday then I can guarantee that they won't be bored!
I've put on a bit of weight during our 11 day stay at the hotel so that is the greatest proof that the food was delicious!We went to all of the restaurants excluding the French one.Our favourite was Japanese/Chinese Himitsu-we were there 4 times!Miguel at the teppanyaki table is a great entertainer and the food he made in front of us was delicious!We also liked the World Cafe-full of choice and very tasty and fresh! As for the drinks,I don't go on vacation to walk drunk around the pools from dawn to dusk and I'm not an expert neither but all I can say is that they were good,not exceptional.Joel and Wilquin were very friendly while taking care of us by the pool.
All the staff in general is very hard working and friendly.Despite long working hours they are always smiling and nothing is too much trouble.(World Cafe manager-Clemente went out of his way to get me the exact dish I wanted although it wasn't served in any of the restaurants!that is called a great service!)The service(especially room service) can be sometimes slow but hey!you are in Caribbeans - there's no need to rush!We have purchased a VIP package(99$ for 10 hrs internet,a cell phone,butler service,bottle of champagne,breakfast in bed + more).I'm not so sure it was worth it but I have to admit that our butler Wilson was always there when we needed him.
Unless you want to pay 200$ for doctor visit and medicine I strongly advise you to wear a hat all the time while you're outside.It's so easy to forget to put your sunblock or hat on but my fiance paid not only $200 but also 3 days of vacation due to a very bad sunstroke.
There were few factors that made our stay very enjoyable.One of them was definitely Entertainment Team Member-Ruskin.His positive attitude towards his job,his sense of humor and great personality makes him a great asset to the resort and he is one of the reasons we want to come back!
I knew this review was going to be long,I didn't expect it that long though.Hope I didn't bore you!I was in your shoes few weeks ago so I know how excited you are to go on holiday.Enjoy it and do yourself a favour - stay at Dreams Palm Beach!Seriously!
El Polacos-Ewelina & Dawid
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Caribbean Sea, white sand beach and lush gardens, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana boasts 500 spacious rooms and ample suites surrounded by swaying palm trees and views of endless blue waters stretching to the horizon - the perfect setting in paradise. Take advantage of all the unlimited luxury activities Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana has to offer. Swim, sail, snorkel or windsurf in the turquoise Caribbean, enjoy fine a-la-carte dining, sip favorite cocktails at one of our bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Occidental Punta Cana
- Occidental Allegro Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Occidental
- Sunscape Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Dreams Palm Beach
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