I could (and likely will) go on at length about the resort, beach, food etc. (by the way...the best resort we've been to yet) but I'll first talk about the things families might be more interested to know...
First of all, to all the people earlier who complained about too many children...you booked at a "FAMILY" resort. Next time try booking a room at "Secrets"....an adults only resort. (It'll give you the same great resort experience, without the children.)
Your kids will have a great time here! They will meet other kids from other parts of the world and learn about different places and cultures. Be sure to catch the "hamster" balls in the pool on Thursday (it's the only day per week that they are there, from 10 am - 4 pm). Each day at 4pm until 5pm (providing the weather is good) your children will have a blast on the "Bungee Trampoline" located down the path to the right of the kids club. Our daughter insisted we take her there every day since she loved it so much.
Children are encouraged to join the fun with the entertainment staff around the pool and are never made to feel that they are not welcome.
The Infinity Pool is heated and was great for those cooler evenings when my daughter (and husband) just weren't ready to call it a day. Also, this was the first resort we've been to that the hot tubs were actually hot (not just "bubbly cool water" pools).
They do have top quality alcohol, just ask for it! I asked the bartender at the lobby bar for his best Tequila, he served me "Don Julio" which by the way retails here in Ontario for up to $129.95 for 750 ml (a 26er in US terms). By the way, very good Tequila! Beer lovers should like the choices too. The mini bar fridge in your room will have 4 Corona's in stock, but you can get Bud and Bud Light too if you prefer. I also noticed other imported brands that I had never seen before if you are in the mood for something new. I recommend the Riviera Maya drink for something delicious and refreshing....SO GOOD!!!
The room service food was amazing (we actually enjoyed it more than the food in the restaurants and buffet, which were good too, not the best we've had but still good). The grilled salmon from the room service menu was the best I've had ANYWHERE. After a full day it was nice to enjoy the option of "eating in" sometimes. We did not find out until our last night there that there is a children's menu, you just have to ask for it. Our daughter likes pasta with cheese sauce (kraft dinner) and we found out it was available the last night there. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to eat at all the restaurants, but the ones we did eat at we're quite good (Italian, Mexican and Oceana). We ate lunch daily at the Seaside Grille, and the food and service there was always fantastic. I highly recommend the Mexican beef tortilla! If you grab a quick snack at the Barefoot Grille, be on the lookout for "banditos!" The gulls and black birds are sneaky, and will steal your food in a heartbeat if they are given the opportunity......NO JOKE. Kinda funny really LOL! Some heavy guage fishing string criss crossed between the roofs of the Barefoot Grille and Seaside Grille roofs above the eating area would solve most of that issue and not be noticeable to vacationers either (just a thought in case anyone that works at the hotel customer service ever reads this and wants to pass the suggestion along to the hotel grounds keepers). BTW, if your kids love ice cream, they'll love the Barefoot Grille. They can get all the soft serve ice cream they want!
If anyone is worried about getting sick on vacation, we are! Our last trip to Now Larimar in Punta Cana, my husband got sicker than I've ever seen him on only our second day there. It ruined his trip really, since he didn't truly get over it for weeks afterwards. If you worry about this too, I'd recommend taking Dukoral before any tropical vacation. You need to take it a couple weeks in advance before leaving (which we did this time), and you should have no problems with most causes of travellers diarrhea. That said, we still armed ourselves with the normal Immodium tablets and Pepto. Luckily, we had absolutely no issues at all, so we didn't have to touch any of those. Lucky? Maybe, or it could be that we made smart decisions on the food we chose to eat. My advice to anyone would be - when in doubt, don't eat it. There's lot's of other good food there, why chance it?!
Others also commented on the noise in the rooms during evening hours from the nightly entertainment. It is true, but we were generally still up watching T.V, or out watching the entertainment ourselves, so it really didn't bother us at all. If you have young children trying to sleep however, this could definitely be a problem for you.
The rooms were really really nice. The views pretty well all seem to have some amount of ocean view (some better than others of course). They come standard with a free in room safe which is large enough for a laptop computer. Our iPad fit in there, along with all our wallets, camcorder and other miscellaneous stuff with lots of room to spare. The locks on both the window and patio door however were both broken. They could not be locked at all, so that was a bit of a disappointment. A simple fix would be a bamboo stick in the bottom track, but I guess maybe they haven't thought of that? I say bamboo because I doubt they have any hockey sticks laying around LOL! We had a 4th floor room, so unless Spider-Man was wanting to break in, we were pretty safe I'd say. They did call the second day after our arrival to make sure everything was o.k (which was nice). We mentioned the locks were broken, no one ever came to fix them. If we were on the bottom floor, this would have been a major concern, but we weren't, so we let it slide.
If you want to take a good walk down the beach, to the right is Puerto Morales. It's a 2 1/2 km walk each way, but a nice one. Watch out for the nude resort about half way there if you are walking with your kids. Be especially careful not to be taking any pictures or videos on that stretch, or the NRC's (naked resort cops) will literally chase you down LOL! One of our friends we were walking with happened to snap a pic (an innocent one!) while walking across the beach that stretches in front of that resort and two NRC's ran after her demanding to see her camera to make sure no inappropriate photos were taken. I wish I had been able to video tape that, it was hilarious!! Anyways, just a heads up on that one LOL.
At the end of a vacation, normally our family has had a good week but we are ready to come home. This has been the first time we have wanted to stay longer. It takes a couple of days to really get the hang of a new resort, even one the size of this, so if we had to do it again, a 10 day vacation would have been ideal since we enjoyed ourselves here so much. We always go to a different place each time we go on vacation, but in this case, we would definitely come back here again if the deal was right.
All said and done, if you have booked a vacation at this resort and are reading this, hopefully you'll have some good insight as to what you can expect. You've made an excellent choice, and won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Dreams Riviera Cancun takes its personality from its incredible location — just 30 minutes from the "hot" excitement of Cancun yet right on the "cool" Caribbean close to Playa del Carmen and many other of the Mayan Riviera’s most sought after sights. Most importantly, it is an enchanting wonderland where families, couples, singles and friends enjoy all the pleasures and privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included. Your whole being will relax immediately, surrounded by our large sun-dappled swimming pools and a sugar white sand beach. To this, add lush tropical gardens and of course, our fabulous palm-filled beach. Your day and evening activities range from exciting to purely relaxing — with plenty to do for everyone including endless land and water activities, a world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia and fitness center, nearby golf and much more. "Home" features the uniquely shaped octagonal room or suite, beautifully appointed with a private balcony, marble floors and full marble bath area with Jacuzzi tub and dozens of other luxury amenities and conveniences that anticipate your desires and fulfill them instantly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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