My boyfriend and I recently traveled to the DR for a friend's wedding. We didn't exactly know what to expect, as this was our first tropical vacation and first all-inclusive experience. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendliest staff and handed mimosas (very nice!). We stayed for 6 days and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The resort is clean and has a lot to offer as far as food options & activities. The rooms were a bit neglected (mold spots on the walls & cielings, musty smell, and loud A/C) but we did not spend much time in the room outside of sleeping & getting cleaned up. To summarize (1 being inadequate and 5 being superior):
Overall resort: 4/5 (despite the musty smell, the housekeeping cleans the rooms daily, including changing sheets! They stock the fridge with water everyday as well. Pools are clean. Beach is clean. There are plenty of chairs on the beach & around the pool. Landscaping is beautiful. Staff keeps it tidy & clean.
Restaurants: 4/5 There are a lot of restaurant options: French, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Seafood, American grill, and World Cafe buffet. If you want more options for lunchtime, I recommend getting the premiere upgrade, otherwise you are stuck with the buffet and American Grill everyday for lunch, which can get old. With the premiere upgrade you have the option of eating at the seaside grill. The French restaurant was delicious, Japanese Hibachi grill was also really good (get the fried ice cream!), Mexican was so-so (endless margaritas!), Italian was alright (fet alfredo VERY salty...in fact many of the dishes at the restaurants are very salty, so drink a lot of water!) And the World Cafe has a lot of options for breakfast, lunch & dinner, but it's buffet food so don't expect gourmet. There is also a coffee shop with several pastry options-- I had about 5 chocolate croissants a day :) I'm not a seafood person, so I can't elaborate on the Seaside Grill. I had the potato skin which was good. If you go to the swim up bar, try the pina coladas, oh my.
Activities: 4/5 It seems they keep people busy throughout the day with daily activities & getting beach-goers to participate in the beach activities. If you don't mind water, I highly recommend the kayaking. You can venture out pretty far and the view is amazing. Wind surfing looked fun, but they had only one surfboard and 10 people waiting to try it out. Beach aerobics is a great workout. I was sore for 3 days from dancing and hopping around in the water & sand. The instructors are a lot of fun. Beach volleyball is always a good time and a great way to meet others from the resort. There are plenty of shows in the evening-- a circus show, Latin dancing, a magic show, acrobatics, and much more. These entertainers give their all! There was a beach party with fire dancers on Sunday night which turned into a club atmosphere. Talk about a good time!
Staff: 5/5 I understand there is possibly an incentive for the staff who make a good impression (the resort's survey asks for your favorite employee), but I was amazed by the energy, optimism, and hard work the staff delivered every single day. From bartenders & servers, to maintenance & housekeeping-- every person makes you feel comfortable, will acknowledge you and go above and beyond. Sure there are the few exceptions who weren't so enthused about their jobs, but a majority of the resort staff really made a positive impression on our group (57 people!) We did have our favorites: L.A. greeted groups on the beach with a huge smile and had nothing but positive things to say. He also knows a handful of languages. Gasolina & Beauty were the life of the party and kept our group's energy upbeat the entire week we were there. Teo was so accommodating & gracious. And Juan can make a mean drink :) We will never forget this trip thanks to the staff at Dreams Palm Beach. One observation-- these fine men & women work many hours and I realize it is all-inclusive, but PLEASE REMEMBER TO TIP. Bring cash with you because they do not have an ATM on the resort--only currency exchange.
Additionally, if you plan on having a wedding in the Dominican, I highly recommend having it at the Jellyfish restaurant a few miles away. The view is unbelievable and you have much more privacy than you would at the resort. The resort of perfect for everything else...
I also highly recommend venturing out into the city. The concierge will help you find areas to visit. Get a cab driver and experience the local food, people, and culture.
- 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
- Punta Cana Allegro