Having traveled to the Mayan Riviera multiple times and stayed in several locations the key is knowing what your looking for from the experience.
We were looking for a safe, less commercial environment at a mid-size resort. Not flash/Disney style. It was PERFECT. Not ever crowded or fighting for a beach chair or towel. No wait for service or a table and the staff was extremely friendly. (IF you give a few $'s tip at the pool or beach you will get bend over backwards great service)
An all-inclusive is an all-inclusive. That being said...if your looking for an exceptional dining experience you should try some local restaurants - there are some good ones, but the resort food was way above average for an all-inclusive and we never went hungry. If your kids are craving something more familiar - the pizza at the pool grill was really good. Our favorites were the guacamole and the sushi bar was a very pleasant surprise. The Sky Bar is a great little sports bar/restaurant if you need some air conditioning. The waiter there - I can't remember his name...is so nice and bends over backwards to make it enjoyable.
When we arrived we upgraded to the beachfront villas in buildings 15 and 16. $300 per room for the week and it was worth every penny. The convenience to run back and grab something and use the restroom was priceless. Right by the beach, pools, restaurants and bars. Things were hopping at night in the plaza behind the buildings but quickly got quiet by 11pm and the rooms are well insulated.
The beach was beautiful, and well groomed everyday. It's bit rocky in the water but there is a good size roped off part that is rock free.
As for off the resort excursions - we were a party of 5-7. We don't really like group tours so we hired drivers for the entire day for about $140 American for 8 hours or so.. Ask for Moses at the cab stand in advance. Even though he was booked for the 2nd day we wanted to go out he arranged another driver. EX. We went to Chichen Itza, the local Cenote, and had lunch at a local hotel for just under what we would have paid for the tour bus. We were on our time not the tours - love that! If you are with Cheap Caribbean or Apple vacations type booking their concierge will discourage you from doing this. We did it anyway with no regrets. The staff at the hotel keeps track of who you are and who you're going with etc. Felt safe.
We would return to this resort in a heartbeat on a next trip to the area. That's saying a lot since we've been 7 times and always felt we needed to try somewhere new.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely renovated by Aug 2013, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is located on one of the most unique beaches in the Riviera Maya surrounded by lush tropical acres, sugary white sand and magnificent colonial architecture. Just five minutes from Tulum and 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Dreams Tulum offers Unlimited-Luxury(R) with upscale surroundings and combines fun and relaxation with the ancient world of the Maya. Dreams Tulum sits on two miles of powdery white sand with activities to make the whole family happy. And you're right on the ocean for snorkeling, catamarans, windsurfing, kayaking and jumping on our ocean trampoline. Choose from magnificent dining options featuring eight gourmet, a la carte and one buffet-style restaurant. Dine at the Seaside Grill, an a la carte steak house, enjoy French cuisine in a romantic setting at Bordeaux or visit El Patio for Mexican fare. Six bars, including pool and beach side, are perfect places to make new friends, or just catch up with each other. Perfect your swing at nearby Riviera Maya Golf Club offering complimentary greens fees.New Swimout suites in the hacienda area featuring also a new Adults only section ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams Tulum Hotel
- Dreams Tulum Riviera Maya
- Dreams Resort Tulum
- Dreams Tulum Mexico
- Sunscape Tulum
- Dreams Resort Spa Tulum
- Dreams Hotel Tulum