Dreams Dominican Republic

Pros

  • Lovely white-sand beach with watersports
  • One of the largest pools in the D.R. never feels crowded
  • Fun live performances every night

Cons

  • Beach can get crowded by day
  • Some rooms are a long walk from the beach
  • Only Preferred Club rooms include free Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

The Dreams Punta Cana is a lovely upper-mid-range all-inclusive property in Bavaro. Like many similar resorts in the area, it sits on a white-sand beach and offers a long list of features, such as water sports, daily and nightly entertainment, and numerous kid-friendly amenities. But the Dreams goes above and beyond with one of the largest pools in the D.R. (it never feels crowded), and above-average food at its many restaurants. Rooms are on the small side for the price, and standard rooms require an additional fee for Wi-Fi, but overall this is a great option for families and couples.

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Scene

A serene, big hotel on the beach

Perhaps due to its slightly higher rates and removed location (a ways from Punta Cana’s party scene), the Dreams lacks the raucous spring break vibe that so many associate with Punta Cana, and instead attracts families and couples seeking a tranquil vacation. Even during peak season, the property rarely feels overcrowded, thanks to pristine sprawling grounds (where flamingos, parrots, and other wildlife can be spotted) and one of the largest pools in the D.R. The beach, however, can get a bit congested during the day; guests staying in Preferred Club rooms have a designated VIP spot on the sand.

Location

On a pretty white-sand beach in Bavaro

The Dreams Punta Cana is located on a pretty, white-sand beach in Bavaro, an area that is largely associated as Punta Cana but is, in fact, just slightly north of it. The resort is about an hour taxi ride (costing about $70 USD) north of the Punta Cana airport. Once arrived, guests mostly stay on the property: There's not much outside of the complex's gates, and the hotel is a ways from the bustling city center of Punta Cana.

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