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by on November 7, 2013 |

During my recent visit to Punta Cana, I had the pleasure of staying 3 nights at the Dreams Punta Cana. This hotel is located at the northern end of the Punta Cana region, technically in Playa Uvero Alto. It took nearly an hour down narrow curvy back roads for the transfer from the airport. For some, I can see how passing a donkey on a narrow two lane road might cause some anxiety, but for me, it was an enjoyable ride through the native country with an opportunity to see a side of Punta Cana away from the glamorous resorts. This opportunity will be short-lived, though, because the modern four lane highway will be completed by Christmas, cutting the transfer time in half.

I was familiar with the resort prior to arriving and had read the many mixed reviews, so my expectations were divided. Upon arriving, all of my concerns were alleviated when we were greeted with the first of many huge warm smiles and a cool fragrant towel and a welcome drink. The lobby, a large open-air palapa roof with a nice size bar, is the highest point in the resort. We arrived around dinner time and check in was a breeze. The language barrier that so many have commented on was non-existent at this resort, too.

After check in, I left my luggage with the bellhop and had a quick stroll through he resort to see what it had to offer. The resort was built in 2004 as a Sunscape and converted to a Dreams around 2008. The Explorers Teens Club looked like a blast! They offered pool tables, fuzzball, a giant rock climbing wall,  a euro-trampoline, archery, pellet guns, and even batting cages. By the time I got to my room, my luggage was waiting for me. That level of efficient service was to be the standard throughout my stay.

I stayed on the third floor in a Preferred Club Junior Suite and it was one of the largest junior suites I have seen. The room was off-white with white tile floors and two aqua colored couches. There was a tube style television in the living area and a flat screen television on the wall of the bedroom thoughtfully located where you could view it from the large Jacuzzi outside on the balcony. White pillars cornered the entrance into the double-sink bathroom. The toilet and shower were located in a doored bath area to the left of the sink and a walk-in closet was to the right. The only minor issue I had with the facility was slightly inconsistent water pressure and temperature in the shower. That very well could have been a result from being on the third floor and the view more than made up for it. I did have a chance to see a standard Deluxe room. They were very small but appointed similarly to the Junior Suites. If you are at all claustrophobic, I would certainly recommend upgrading to the huge Junior Suites.

I was impressed with some of the little considerations that Dreams offered. I had heard complaints of a musty smell in the rooms in Punta Cana hotels. Although there was no hint of foul odor in my room, there was an incense burner on the sink. I was also pleasantly surprised to find an 8 oz bottle of sunscreen, which I have seen in the gift shops at other resorts selling for over $20. The bath products were of very good quality, too. The heavy robe provided was comfortable and the slippers were welcome on the cold tile in the morning.

We had a private dinner the first night on the patio at El Patio. The cool breeze coming off of the ocean was very calming and added to a wonderful ambiance of the music playing softly in the background. The food was on par with any all-inclusive dinner I’ve had. I was not impressed with the beef products, but that had nothing to do with the quality of the restaurant. Beef grown in the Dominican Republic is not treated with growth hormones or steroids, so it doesn’t suite the taste buds of most U.S. travelers. The breakfast buffet was acceptable, but I wouldn’t list it as a strength of the resort. The mangoes were absolutely amazing, though. Because we were in the Preferred Club, we were able to eat a la carte breakfast at Oceana, which I recommend. My favorite meal during my stay was dinner at Mimitsu. Don’t stay at Dreams Punta Cana without eating there. Everything was amazing. I’m not a huge fan of seafood, but the grouper the best I have ever had! Even the beef was outstanding at Mimitsu. It is at the top of my list of any restaurant I’ve eaten at while on vacation outside the country.

The coffee bar is located under the grand stairway coming from the lobby to the lower level where the buffet, theater, casino, and nightclub are located. Not only was the coffee wonderful and the wait short, the barista remembered me after the first morning and had my Americana and whole mango sitting out before I even made it to the counter. This utmost level of personal service was what made my trip so special. Waiters would smile and talk to you like they have know you forever. There were a few times when I felt bad because I thought surely I must have met them before and just not remembered. Everyone was just so friendly and is was quite apparent they enjoyed their jobs and appreciated the guests being there.

Being adults at a family resort, I was pleased with the layout of the pool. The pool snaked throughout the beautiful tropical grounds, meaning regardless of where your room is located you will have effortless access and you can easily find a nook away from the splashing kids or the occasional unruly inebriated adults.

The beach was a wide stretch of sugary white sand and perfect for those who like to take long walks. It went on for as far as the eye could see in both directions. One of the things that stuck out to me was the lack of beach peddlers that Punta Cana is so known for. During my entire stay, I never saw a single one. I will gladly barter the longer transfer for a beautiful peaceful beach. There was a lot of seaweed once you entered the water. I spoke to the manager and he said this is one of the worst seaweed seasons in decades due to the warmer winter currents last year. They did have a grounds crew dedicated to keeping the beach free of wash-up during normal hours, though.

The resort was almost at full occupancy for the duration of our stay. Other than the pool bar, which seemed understaffed for the traffic, the wait for a drink was very minimal. The drinks all tasted as they should and the bartenders had no problem making them as strong as you wanted upon request. The bar in the Preferred Club lounge offered a very impressive selection of top shelf drinks. For those of you who prefer American beer, they have it available upon request, but you have to know to ask for it because it’s not displayed anywhere. I was especially impressed with the disco, Desires. The atmosphere was the best of any all-inclusive I have been to, most likely due to the isolated location of the resort. I went all three nights and it always had a good crowd but never seemed too packed. The DJ was great and played a nice mix of retro and current hits, always keeping the dance floor hopping.

The resort itself is nice, but what made the experience memorable was the staff. Would I recommend the Dreams Punta Cana to my friends and family? Absolutely! Would I ever return? You betcha! I can’t wait to.

by on November 6, 2013 |

There’s no better way to enjoy the Spring than kicking back in an all inclusive resort! We’ve found the best Easter week all inclusive resort deals so you don’t have to!  Add flights from almost any city by just giving us a call!

Cancun, Mexico
Crown Paradise Club Cancun $875 per person
Riu Caribe $938 per person
Riu Palace Las Americas $1053 per person
GR Caribe by Solaris $1274 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Sunset Princess $780 per person
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya $868 per person
Now Jade Riviera Cancun $992 per person
Iberostar Paraiso Lindo $1126 per person
Cozumel, Mexico
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel $574 per person
El Cozumeleno $644 per person
Iberostar Cozumel $808 per person
Occidental Grand Cozumel $1009 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Royal Decameron Complex $595 per person
Golden Crown Paradise *adults only $637 per person
Melia Puerto Vallarta $796 per person
Dreams Villamagna $911 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Riu Santa Fe $766 per person
Melia Cabo Real $959 per person
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas $1137 per person
Sandos Finisterra $1425 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Ocean Blue $684 per person
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana $735 per person
Now Larimar $902 per person
Dreams Punta Cana $975 per person
Jamaica
Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica $1008 per person
Riu Ocho Rios $1063 per person
Grand Palladium Jamaica $1115 per person
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach $1226 per person

 

HOTEL ONLY- Prices valid for 7 nights April 18-25,2014 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports and taxes. Prices valid as of 11/5/2013 and do not include airfare. In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.

by on November 6, 2013 |

The holiday season has arrived!  Don’t get caught in the cold this Christmas, book your Caribbean or Mexican all inclusive beach vacation right away.  Being one of the most popular travel seasons of the year the best resorts and flights will fill up quickly.  Check out these great all inclusive resort only deals and give us a call today to add airfare from your city!

Cancun, Mexico
Riu Cancun $1010 per person
ME Cancun by Melia $1265 per person
Crown Paradise Club Cancun $1407 per person
Iberostar Cancun $1513 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum $1023 per person
Occidental Grand Xcaret $1113 per person
Barcelo Maya Beach/Caribe $1465 per person
Secrets Silversands *adults only $1554 per person
Cozumel, Mexico
Melia Cozumel $918 per person
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel $1006 per person
Occidental Grand Cozumel $1124 per person
Secrets Aura Cozumel *adults only $1463 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Riu Jalisco $855 per person
Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta $922 per person
Grand Palladium Vallarta $1091 per person
Riu Palace Pacifico $1240 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Hola Grand Faro $826 per person
Riu Santa Fe $871 per person
Royal Solaris Los Cabos $1192 per person
Melia Cabo Real $1246 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro $819 per person
Barcelo Dominican Beach $1085 per person
Ocean Blue $1116 per person
Iberostar Bavaro $1370 per person
Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande $985 per person
Riu Negril $1246 per person
Riu Palace Jamaica *adults only $1675 per person
Grand Palladium Jamaica $1812 per person

HOTEL ONLY- Prices valid for 7 nights December 21-28, 2013 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports and taxes. Prices valid as of 11/5/2013 and do not include airfare.  In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.

by on November 5, 2013 |

Ever sit back and wonder what specials might be available to travel to an All Inclusive Resort in the near future? Or have you ever searched online endlessly looking for a good deal to travel to nice warm, sunny beach destination? Well that’s exactly what we do every single day with our DAILY DEALS!

Every day our expert team of vacation specialists scour every destination we offer for the best deal of the day so you don’t have to! We have hand picked the 15 most popular departures cities as well as many hotel on specials without airfare to give you a head start on where and when to travel. Maybe you fly from a city not listed below such as Columbus Ohio or Kansas City Missouri, no problem. When you call us with your travel dates and let us know where YOU want to fly from, we can find the best daily deal out there as well. Also we have recently added a new feature to our Daily Deals Specials which is our Christmas and Spring Break Specials. Booking early generally saves big so for those of you thinking it may be best to wait in order to get the best deal for Spring Break, normally for popular travel seasons we will recommend that you book early to save yourself some cash.

Some of the most popular destinations that you will find daily deals for on our Daily Deals link will be locations such as Cancun or the Riviera Maya Mexico. Also JamaicaPunta Cana Dominican RepublicArubaPuerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Below are a few examples of today’s Daily Deals as well as specials we found in the past two weeks. Today may be the only time you can get the below package at this low of a cost so act fast, give us a call to get started.

Deals From Your City: Atlanta, GA ~ Balti-Wash, MD ~ Boston, MA ~ Chicago Ohare, IL ~ Cincinnati, OH ~ Cleveland, OH ~ Dallas, TX ~ Denver, CO ~ Detroit, MI ~ Milwaukee, WI ~ New York JFK ~ Newark, NJ ~ Philadelphia, PA ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ St. Louis, MO

*Prices are per adult including all meals, drinks, taxes, tips and transfers unless otherwise mentioned. Prices may vary from when posted so act fast!

by on October 31, 2013 |

It took millions and millions of years for nature to carve the underground passages of Xplor Park, in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.

Xplor Park, a unique underground world. Slide down on zip lines that have a height ranging from 8 to 45 meters, fly through the air and get ready to experience the sensation of speed, explore from the heights of the park its natural beauty, finish your journey landing in the crystal clear waters of the cenotes where you will find amazing suspension bridges.

Drive all-terrain amphibious vehicles through spectacular jungle trails and fascinating caves. During the trip challenge the water level and marvel at the ancient rock formations. Go beyond the surface and set sail paddling rafts with your hands through underwater caves and discover the fascinating grottoes and the extraordinary rock formations. Swim along the river between stalactites and stalagmites in this amazing underground world.

Your ticket includes

  • Two zip line circuits with 7 zip lines each.
  • Two circuits to drive amphibious vehicles
  • One circuit swimming in the river of stalactites Two circuits to go river rafting
  • Unlimited drinks and a buffet style lunch

You will be amazed by the natural beauty of this unique underground paradise holiday destination. Great fun for young and old explorers! Xplor Park has the most modern equipment and materials as well as the best trained staff to ensure your safety at all times

presidents day vacation
Posted October 29, 2013 by
Presidents Day is a very busy travel day in the All Inclusive world of travel so we will recommend that you try and book early for these dates. The further in advance you book your vacation, the better choice of flights you will have such as round trip no...
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