Five Tips to Taking Amazing Family Vacation Photos

Dreams Resorts & Spas provides the ultimate fun-in-the-sun escape for a family vacation beyond your wildest dreams. These precious moments spent are worthy of being remembered for many years to come so before you start snapping away, take a few seconds to refresh yourself with these five tips to take amazing family vacation photos!

1. Take a LOT of pictures: At the end of your vacation, you will never regret taking too many pictures. So, experiment with different angles and shutter speeds throughout your stay and snap photos of everywhere you explore. From long days on the beach to family dinners to exciting excursions, you’ll be happy with the variety of faces and moments you have to choose from.

Dara Denise Cain snapped this lovely family photo at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

Dara C. snapped this lovely family photo at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

2. Capture Candid Moments: Avoid staged photos, instead capturing things as they’re happening. Family vacations are about bonding and spending time with the people you love. Smiles, laughs, and silly faces will be frequent and you’ll want to remember them. These might not be the best quality or most flattering photos from vacation, but ones you will be happy you took.

Kid's playing in the fountain at the Explorer's Club at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

Kids playing in the fountain at the Explorer’s Club at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

3. Take a step back to capture the whole picture: The stunning views at Dreams Resorts & Spas are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You’re likely to come across breathtaking sunsets that you’ll want to remember just as they were through your eyes. Try using a wide angle lens and take a step back to capture the full scene. Seize the moment to focus on all the beauty that’s around you.

The stunning landscape of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa is certainly worthy of a photo!

The stunning landscape of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa is certainly worthy of a photo!

4. Remember to include people (and yourself!) in the photos: When you’re out traveling to new and exciting places, it’s easy to get sidetracked and forget about the most important part of your trip: the people that came with you! Ask another guest to take a family shot on the beach or capture your kids’ faces as they leap into the pool. Landscape shots are beautiful, but these are the photos that will make you both laugh and cry years from now. Be sure to take lots of them!

A beautiful family photo posted by Leonie C. at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.

A beautiful family photo posted by Leonie C. at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.

5. Catch the “Golden Hour” of the Day: The hour before the sun sets in late afternoon is known as the “Golden Hour” in photography, during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky. This hour provides the perfect lighting to capture precious moments as your day winds down. And if you’re an early bird, the hour right after the sun rises provides similar lighting to capture the gorgeous views of the beach before you start your day. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful, natural light that comes from these photos.

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A view during the “Golden Hour” of the ocean front infinity pool at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa.

Follow these easy tips and your Dreams Resorts & Spas vacation photos are sure to shine!

Dreams Resorts & Spas receive Rainforest Alliance Verification!

rainforest-alliance-verified-mark-151by147The Dreams Resorts & Spas family is happy to announce that a number of our properties have been recognized by the Rainforest Alliance.  The Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark communicates our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. At Dreams Resorts & Spas we work hard each day to ensure that our management, guests and employees are following sustainable practices to protect our planet.

Congrats to Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Puerto Adventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta!

To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance: click here

Share the news and plan a “green” vacation today!

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Top row: Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa. Bottom row: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Puerto Adventuras Resort & Spa and Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

Special Events Spotlight: Fourth of July

Fourth of July, also known as America’s Independence Day, is coming up and we have some exciting celebrations in store for guests at Dreams Resorts & Spas! We have a full day (and night) planned with Patriotic food, fun and entertainment. See what you’ll get to celebrate if you travel to our resorts during the 4th of July… so book your family trip today and don’t forget, Kids Stay Free!

ALL-AMERICAN FAVORITES

Hot dogs, hamburgers, All-American flag cakes – you name it! During the day and at our Rock ‘n’ Roll party at night, our chefs will be grilling up the favorites by the pool or beach. Check out this awesome dessert display that Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa served up last year!

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

LAND ACTIVITIES

A wide variety of beach and land activities will keep guests busy during the day! Enjoy awesome games and activities such as beach Olympics, volleyball tournaments, scavenger hunts, hot-dog and watermelon eating contests and more. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta had an insane hot-dog eating contest last year!

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

WATER ACTIVITIES

Everyone can splash around with exciting water activities happening all day long! Foam parties, oversized waterslides, watersport events, pool volleyball tournaments, pool games and much more will entertainment guests of all ages. Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa really made a splash last year!

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

KIDS AND TEENS

Kids and teens (at select properties) are in for a day full of entertainment! Kids at the Explorer’s Clubs can help raise the American flag in the morning and enjoy a variety of Patriotic arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, a game of capture the flag and even sandcastle competitions (parents can join in!).

Teens at the Core Zone Teens Clubs (only at Dominican Republic properties) and at properties that participate in teen activity programs can play games on the beach, partake in watersports, kayaking races, frisbee tournaments, American flag football and more.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa’s kids always have a blast on the 4th of July!

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND FIREWORKS

Bands will be playing live music by the pool and beach during the day, and they’ll  come back at night for the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll party! This all-American bash will bring a gourmet BBQ, dancing under the stars and plenty of games. Fireworks* will light up the sky when it goes back to top off the night! Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa and Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa always know how to get the party started!

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

To find out about all upcoming events happening at Dreams Resorts & Spas, check out our Special Events calendars:

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!

*Not all properties will have fireworks, due to restrictions in the Marina areas. Also, fireworks are weather-permitting activities.

Happy Fan Photo Friday!

Some of the best photos of Dreams Resorts & Spas come from fans like you! Here are some of our favorite recent pictures snapped by Dreamers to make your Friday even better. If you have photos from your stay, feel free to tag us on our resort Facebook pages, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest; we love seeing our resorts through your eyes. Keep dreaming of sunny days and ocean waves, we hope to welcome you soon to your home away from home!

A spectacular view of the Caribbean at Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa by Patricia K.

A spectacular view of the Caribbean at Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa by Patricia K.

Peter F. perfectly captured the magnificent sunset sky of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

Peter F. perfectly captured the magnificent sunset sky of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

We love the reflection of that pastel sky on the water. Thanks to Stacy C. for this shot of Dreams Villamagna Resort & Spa!

We love the reflection of that pastel sky on the water. Thanks to Stacy C. for this shot of Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Resort & Spa!

Because we can never get enough of the fabulous sunsets in the Dominican Republic, here's a shot from Marnie R. at Dreams Palm Beach Punca Cana Resort & Spa.

Because we can never get enough of the fabulous sunsets in the Dominican Republic, here’s a shot from Marnie R. at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

Spa Promotions at Dreams Resorts & Spas in the Dominican Republic!

If you’re coming to any of our Dreams Resorts & Spas in the Dominican Republic during April, be sure to book your day at the spa & spoil yourself with this spa-tastic promotion at Dreams Spa by Pevonia®!

“Refreshing Ritual” Spa Promotion

Hydrotherapy area at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Hydrotherapy area at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Hydrate your body from head to toes with the following treatment inclusions:

  • Water Lily After Sun Soothing Wrap (50 mins)
  • After Sun Soothing Mini Facial (25 mins)
  • Complimentary foot ritual

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa price: $104 usd

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana and Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa price: $124 usd

This package is not combinable with other promotions or coupons. Call the spa upon arrival to book!

Are you Ready to Wed?

It’s finally happened! You are engaged to be married to your best friend! With so many options on where and when to get married, planning a wedding can become overwhelming. Make it easy on yourself and get married at one of the beautiful Dreams Resorts & Spas! With a dedicated onsite wedding coordinator, customizable wedding packages and honeymoon registry what more could you need?  Well, when you hold your destination wedding at select Dreams Resorts & Spas between the dates of April 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014 you’ll receive a $500 resort credit to use toward special touches that will make your wedding truly unique! Plus, if you book 10 rooms or more for a minimum of 3-nights the wedding couple stays free! So if your newly engaged and looking to have a breathtaking destination wedding then book your wedding from March 1 – April 30, 2014. Wondering what to do with your resort credit? Here are some ideas to get you started…

Entertain your guests with a spectacular fire show! Your guests will be posting all over social media #bestweddingever!

Entertain your guests with a spectacular fire show!

Have a Mariachi Band or Caribbean Band play at your reception and you everyone will want to dance!

Have a Mariachi Band or Caribbean Band play at your reception and you everyone will want to dance!

Use your resort credit to have a delicious candy bar...great for all ages.

A candy bar is great for all ages!

Participating Resorts: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa Ι Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana  Ι Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa Ι Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa Ι Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa Ι Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa Ι Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Visit www.unlimitedromance.com for more details!

Celebrate the 86th Annual Academy Awards with us!

A very special evening is approaching us…this Sunday is the Oscars and we love to put on a show! Everyone, get dressed up and we’ll meet you on the beach.

As you walk the red carpet paparazzi will snap your photo for a great holiday memory. The Dreams Entertainment Team will greet you with champagne and hors d’oeuvres as we party under the stars. Special balloting allows you to choose your favorites with the and win spectacular prizes like spa treatments and goody bags. This has become a true tradition at Dreams Resorts & Spas.

Walk the Red Carpet!

Walk the Red Carpet!

Bring your special someone, your family or friends and join us for this fabulous event!  Check the Sun Dial or ask your concierge for any additional information!  Let’s get GLAMOROUS!

Blogger Review: Dreams Palm Beach

We love to hear about guest experiences at Dreams Resorts & Spas! Kelly Mazur, a popular travel blogger, had some great things to say about her recent stay at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana in the beautiful Dominican Republic. Here are a couple excerpts from her review. Please visit her blog to read her full experience at Dreams Palm Beach!

“When I walked in, I was immediately greeted with a cold hand towel and a drink… awesome service! Every staff member I encountered at Dreams Palm Beach was courteous and they all seemed genuinely happy to be there. Another perk I quickly noticed was that no wristbands are required here! Nothing ruins vacation pictures more than a bright blue plastic bracelet with your fancy dinner clothes….”

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Photo credit: Kelly Mazur

“For a resort of this size (500 rooms) you get an impressive number of restaurants – 8 in total. For breakfast and lunch you have a buffet, snack bar and cafe. For dinner you have the buffet and 5 a la cartes to choose from. Guests get unlimited al la carte dinners, and no reservations are required. The “Himitsu” asian restaurant is the most popular for dinner by far, followed by the “Portofino” Italian restaurant.”

Photo credit: Kelly Mazur

Photo credit: Kelly Mazur

“Not far from the pools lies the long beach. White sand and blue ocean makes this the most inviting part of the resort. Even though it was a perfectly hot day the beach didn’t look crowded – which is a huge plus for me!”

Wouldn’t you love to come experience Dreams Palm Beach for yourself? Book your Winter GREATAway by February 25 and save up to 40% and receive up to $400 in resort coupons!

Choose Your Own Escape with Dreams Resorts & Spas and WIN!

Get social in 2014 and Choose Your Own Escape with Dreams Resorts & Spas!  Over the next few weeks we will be sharing tons of blogger content all about your favorite resorts!  Our family travel blogger team will tell you about all of the unique activities you and your family can enjoy when you stay at Dreams Resorts & Spas in Mexico,  Dominican Republic and soon-to-be Costa Rica!

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Participate now for a chance to win a 3-night stay for two!  Spread the word to family and friends and don’t forget to tag @DreamsResorts and our bloggers using #ResortEscape!

Super Bowl Parties at Dreams Resorts & Spas!

Are you ready for some football?! All Dreams Resorts & Spas are preparing big parties to celebrate a great American sporting event – Super Bowl XLVIII! If you’re traveling to one of our resorts this Sunday, you’ll get to see the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos battle it out while you enjoy football, food and fun!

During the day, we’ll have plenty of fun football-themed activities for you to enjoy with the whole family, such as flag football and special activities in the Explorer’s Club/Core Zone Teens Club (at our Dominican Republic properties). At night, we’ll be showing the game live on a big screen as you enjoy American “tailgate” foods, unlimited cold beer and cocktails and even entertainment – provided by our Dreams Entertainment teams! Or if you’d like to enjoy the game in a more relaxed atmosphere, contact your concierge in advance to have the channel set up in your room and order some delicious room service.

Check out these pictures from our Super Bowl parties last year:

The Dreams Entertainment team at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

The Dreams Entertainment team at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

Food set-up at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Food set-up at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Party by the infinity pool at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Party by the infinity pool at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Guests enjoying the game at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Guests enjoying the game at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

If you’re coming to one of our Dreams resorts in the future, check out the Special events calendar to see what’s in store for you:

Dreams Cancun Special Events Calendar

Dreams Riviera Cancun Special Events Calendar

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Special Events Calendar

Dreams Tulum Special Events Calendar

Dreams Puerto Vallarta Special Events Calendar

Dreams Villamagna Special Events Calendar

Dreams Huatulco Special Events Calendar

Dreams Punta Cana Special Events Calendar

Dreams Palm Beach Special Events Calendar

Dreams La Romana Special Events Calendar