Kay and I stayed at Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa for the first time March 8-15. I can assure you it will not be our last. Everything about our experience was ¡EXCELENTE!
We left St. Louis on a Frontier charter. Our trip down to Huatulco was great. We got bumped to Preferred Plus and had lots of free snacks and booze. Our attendants were very helpful and pleasant. We arrived at Huatulco right on time and spent an acceptable time getting through our entry to Mexico. We were lucky to find we were staying at Dreams with the passengers we were sitting with. Thus several vacation friendship were born. There were: Jessica, Gina, Judy, Ruth and Christine all beautiful and fun. Each of them brought an equally delightful teenage daughter along. I really enjoyed playing water volley ball with them each day.
Check in was a breeze and we were taken to our room 1324. I had booked a standard garden view but was surprised to see exactly what the room was like. I had emailed Fernando Segura, Chief Concierge with just a few minor requests, about a week before we arrived. We had a very convenient location, third floor overlooking the quiet pool and Himitsu restaurant. The KING bed was as comfortable as I ever had and the jet tub on the balcony was a definite plus.
First I must comment about the Entertainment Staff. They were there all day long making sure you were having a good time. One word describes these fine people, ¡EXCELENTE! Mario, Dulce, Lorena, Julio, Eduardo, Lucero, Rafa, Armando and Lalo; you have to meet them all. Join in the activities, don't be afraid to have some fun. ¡ LA GENTE DE ENTRETENIMIENTO ERA EXCELENTE!
ACTIVITIES: check the Sundial for daily activities. Some favorites; tequila tasting, margarita lessons, cocktail lessons, Spanish lessons, darts competition, archery, zumba and yoga, pool and beach volleyball, just to name a few.
POOLS: (6) and beach area, supper clean. Even though we had our same spot at the pool everyday, there seemed to be no lack of lounges or shade. The beach has a few vendors, but if you are not interested, just say "No gracias" and you will not be bothered. The left part of the beach has a school of fish that like to come close to the shore and eat bananas or bread right out of your hand. In the early morning, a shellfish vendor will sell you freshly opened raw oyster, scallops and snails, $200 MP/doz. At first I was a little apprehensive but he enticed me with a few free samples so I had a dozen..with hot sauce and lime.
RESTAURANTS: (6) World Café, we always found lots of really good food, and service was also good. Check for their theme nights. Seaside Grill, a good place for a snack or quick lunch (tacos al pastor). Oceana, open only a few days during our stay, very good seafood. Himitsu, Asian, among our favorites. El Patio, Mexican, TexMex and Oaxacaeña style, excellent margaritas and food. Love the pollo con molé negro. Portofino, Italian, heard it was good, didn't try it. We went into La Crucicita one evening and had dinner at Grillo Marinero. I had a seafood mix in olive oil and garlic and Kay had the mahi mahi in butter and garlic. Great food, local atmosphere and cold cerveza.
ROOM CLEANLINESS: Excelente. Picture perfect every day, including toiletries arranged on the bathroom counter top. It was impossible to find a grain of sand remaining after the maid had finished. I was happy to leave $50 MP daily for her great service. Also, the public bathrooms in this resort are the cleanest I've ever seen.
BARS: (6) Rendezvous, in the lobby, live music at night. Ask for your top shelf favorite, like Don Julio. Baracuda, on the beach, very good. Seaside Grill Bar, by the pools. Sugar Reef, near the World Café. Theatre Bar, during the shows. Desires, sports and music lounge. Coco Café, coffee drinks, teas and snacks.
SPA: Let me first say that I get a massage every other Monday, and this spa delivered way more than I expected. I treated my wife to a massage and hydrotherapy treatment. The look on her face after, was priceless. She then surprised me two days later with the same package to celebrate my up coming 60 th birthday. My experience started with ten minutes in the sauna and then the steam room, with a cold shower between and after. Then the hydrotherapy started with a walk over stones in hot water, followed by the same in cold. Next a water massage of the neck and shoulders from a powerful jet. Moving next to a "bubbling bed" for your back, then a jacuzzi like cove for you whole body. Last was a waterfall like fountain for the neck and shoulders again.
I was then ready for the massage. Kay had such a wonderful one she requested the same masseuse, Sara for me. She was very professional and manipulated joints and muscle groups I didn't know I had. Afterward, I was invited to relax with a mint water. Then several of the spa staff came to me, singing Happy Birthday and presented me with a glass of champagne and six chocolate covered strawberries, decorated in tuxedos.
THE GUESTS: A very good mix of fun people, my guess 65% Canadian, 30% USA and 5% other. We both agree that we had more fun with the guests at Dreams than any other resort. Daily we had our spot at the activities pool for easy access to water volleyball, aqua aerobics, music and fun. Speaking of music, we had the pleasure of having our own DJ in the afternoon, Ron from Toronto Fire. Such a nice guy to use some of his holiday to provide us with some great classic tunes. I also need to mention my favorite "Canadian Diplomat" Adam, everyone at the resort knew him!
The weather was spectacular, as it was in the 90's, very sunny and little humidity. I think if we decide to take a winter holiday again our first choice will be Dreams Huatulco. By the way, Mario, if you see this review....Who am I?...Who am I?...¡soy Carlos!
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- 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