Sunday, 4 January 2015

Caribbean Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa, Dominican Republic

Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa ©Solange Hando

Located on the Atlantic coast, at the north eastern end of the Dominican Republic, this all-inclusive resort claims one of the longest free-form pools on the island, stretching from the lobby all the way to the beach. It's made up of three connecting pools with bridges so you can easily cross from one side of the hotel to the other.

Pool or beach, water activities are just part of the entertainment offered by the resort from morning to night. Families, couples, singles, young and not so young, everyone is catered for, from Classic Movie Time to Yoga, Cooking Classes, Theatre Shows, Latin American dancing and much more.

Caribbean Dreams, Gardens and Beach ©Solange Hando

Pools aside, the next best thing about Dreams Punta Cana are the spacious tropical grounds, beautifully kept and draped in flowering hedges, exotic plants and trees which spread a welcome shade on a hot day.

When the rain comes, and it might at times though never for long, the covered walkways linking the different buildings help keep the guests dry. Then, if you don't want to stay in your room or chat away in the bar, there's always the spa for a beauty treatment or a Couples Relaxing Moon and Stars Massage, complete with Champagne and passion fruit.

Poolside Accommodation ©Solange Hando

Accommodation is in low rise buildings spread across lush grounds either side of the pools. All 620 rooms and suites have either a patio or a balcony with tropical or pool views. Swim-up rooms are especially popular with their own lawn leading straight to the water.

Guest rooms are spacious and bright, cool tiled floor, white walls, a splash of colour on cushions and seats, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini-bar with free drinks replenished daily.

Salad Bar at Dreams Punta Cana ©Solange Hando

As for eating options, you are truly spoilt for choice, with six main restaurants: international, French, Italian, Asian, Seafood and Grill, plus a pizzeria and snacks on the beach, not to forget the bars and coffee-shop handing out the most delicious pastries.

You can always find room at the World Café where the superb buffet and super-friendly staff are simply amazing, but it may be wise to reserve your table in the more specialised venues.

Caribbean Sunset at Dreams Punta Cana ©Solange Hando

Right on the beach and miles away from anywhere, Punta Cana is popular for honeymoons and weddings, with romantic sunset and golden sunrise over the ocean.

A few excursions are on offer but most of all, guests come here for fun, good food and relaxation.


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