We love the Huatulco area and weather but hadn't been there in seven years. We had experienced poor weather in other areas of Mexico since then so we decided to get back to where we knew the weather was fantastic. And it did not disappoint. But the Dreams did.
First of all, there is no smoking at the bars or at the pools (supposedly) which was a mild inconvenience for my wife. Second, there is no swim up bar (which we knew beforehand and which was only a mild inconvenience as the pool waitresses were pretty capable). Thirdly, although there are six pools (three of them infinity pools overlooking the bay), there is not a one that encourages a "good time". The one pool that has music off and on throughout the day throws a wet blanket on any potential fun when it shuts the music off at 3pm for BINGO!!! The entire area pretty much falls asleep at that point. AND THIS IS THE FUN POOL!!! Granted, we may have been able to create a little more fun for ourselves had we not been battling intestinal troubles for half of our two week stay.
The food in the buffet, which has been good enough for us in 13 of our previous 14 vacations, was poor (other than breakfast). We had a difficult time finding something edible from day two on. We never ventured to the ala cartes as we felt Mexican and Italian food would not be the best things for our sketchy diarhea issues. We heard mixed reviews on all of the ala cartes which gave us no reason to risk it.
The beach is nice, with schools of fairly large fish in ankle deep water. We were fortunate enough to see a release of baby turtles right on the beach by the property.
The bars were decent and had premium liquors that you had to ask for. They generally hid the premium bottles so they wouldn't catch your eye if you didn't know they had them.
Entertainment staff was pretty friendly but were all pretty new to the resort. There seems to be a lot of turnover for some reason in this area as a few entertainment staffers were even changed while we were there.
In the room they provide some SPF 15 sunscreen which is nice, but unfortuneatly it all expired in 2011. And we told three resort employees about this but kept getting the same expired product in our room in the subsequent days.
Jonathan at the theater bar was fabulous! He grew up in the Houston area so he spoke very good English and was pretty Americanized. He was very funny and a good guy.
The resort is very clean. The floors are always shining and the bathrooms are constantly being cleaned (sometimes to our displeasure).
Overall we were a little disapponted. We had stayed at the Dreams in Nuevo Vallarta and found the food to be much better. We missed having a swim-up bar or even an area to let loose on a day if you felt like it. If you are just looking to get away and relax (sun or shade), this is a good resort for you if you can find something you like to eat. The Huatulco area is safe and our favorite place in Mexico or the Carribean. The weather is always HOT and SUNNY and La Crucecita is a nice little city nearby. Weather we give the Dreams another chance is yet to be determined. There aren't a lot of All-Inclusives in this area. I feel most travelers would enjoy there stay at the Dreams.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spectacular resort offering 421 luxurious rooms and suites, 6 shimmering outdoor pools, 6 restaurants and 6 bars, SPA & fitness center and endless activities for couples and families. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams Huatulco Hotel Huatulco
- Dreams Huatulco Resort And Spa
- Dreams Hotel Huatulco
- Gala Huatulco
- Gala Beach Resort Huatulco
- Gala Resort Huatulco Mexico