We spend spring break from March 26-April 2, 2010 at Dreams, Palm beach. We have stayed at many all-inclusives. This was the first time we tried the Apple 6 Square Deal where we didn't know which hotel we would get until we got to the airport. Luckily, the hotel turned out to be very nice. The grounds were clean and well kept, we had a huge, two-room suite with two bathrooms and two TVs on the first floor overlooking the beach and pool. Our room was part of the prefered service, so we had a free concererge service, free internet access(very slow), our own pool, and access to the beach restaurant for free.The weather was perfect all week, the beach was nice. The staff had to clean sea weed off the sand twice a day. The hotel had several large, warm pools grouped together close to the beach. The entire complex is small enough to easily walk from the room to the restaurants or beach and pools in less than a minute. There are seven resturants. The buffet was the best. The Japanese was the best specialty restaurant. We ate at all of them. Most of the food was good, sometimes it wasn't. We could always go to the buffet if we didn't like our food.
Dive Shop: I used the free catamarans on the beach everyday. They had free wind surfing lessons and kayaks to use. We also paid for the kids do the banana boat and parasail. We took the Marinarium snorkeling tour out to swim with the sting rays and sharks which was great, then they took us for a party cruise along the shore to a protected cove for a party in the water. Lots of fun. We borrowed mask and snorkel for a $25 deposit at the dive shop to snorkel off the beach. They only let you keep it for an hour and no fins. We usually bring our own. Wish we had. We also did the horseback riding from the guy selling rides by the pool, El Ranchero Differente. The horses were great. Loved to run on the beach. The guides were very attentive and constantly asked how we were doing. They took lots of pictures of us with our camera. The only problems was that the ranch was 45 minute drive away. It was actually much closer to the Dreams, Punta Cana.
Night life was alittle slow for us. Not much happened until 9:30 when the show began. Some shows were great like the Circus Show. The magician was real bad. The lip-singing and dancing shows were ok. At 11:00 pm the club woke up, but we were always too sleepy by then. The casino was outside the hotel and always empty.
The kids clubs were ok for little kids. The teen club was always empty. They had pool tables and foosball and ping pong, and TVs, but no teenagers. Our teenagers couldn't really find anyone else to interact with, but they had fun on the beach and pools.
Overall we had a great trip. We love the Dominican Repulic although we also like the Mexican Riviera Maya.
- 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