Resort Spotlight: Dreams Sands Cancun

Your dreams are about to become a reality! This September, Dreams Resort & Spas is bringing Unlimited-Luxury® back to the heart of Cancun, Mexico with the opening of Dreams Sands Cancun. And, on this Travel Tuesday, we wanted to offer you a sneak peek into our newest beachfront resort, featuring luxurious amenities and endless fun for all ages.

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There’s a reason Cancun is renowned for it’s incredible ocean views!

Elegant accommodations Located along a breathtaking white sand beach in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, your luxury room or suite provides stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Isla Mujeres. You can unwind in a spacious living area, enjoy an ice-cold drink from your complimentary mini-bar or slip into a private Jacuzzi, all without leaving the comforts of your room. And with 441 tastefully decorated guestrooms and suites to choose from, you’re sure to find a room that suits all of your needs.

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This is how we do luxury at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort and Spa.

Gourmet dining Take your taste buds on an exciting adventure during your stay at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa! We offer an international array of specialty restaurants, including fine French cuisine, authentic Mexican cuisine, Pan-Asian specialties, classic grilled favorites and so many more. You name it, we’ve got it! Reservations are never required at our five à la carte restaurants, the buffet, sushi bar, café, or grill and gluten-free dining options are available!

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Embrace your inner foodie at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa!

 

Unlimited Top-Shelf Spirits All of your favorite drinks, including international and domestic top-shelf spirits, fine wines and ice-cold beer are served without limit or expected gratuities throughout your entire stay at Dreams Sands Cancun. Experience the best of both worlds with drinks and live music at The Rendezvous lobby bar, or visit our swim up bar to enjoy a delicious daiquiri without even getting out of the pool. Or if you’re exhausted from a day of fun in the sun, that’s no problem! Take advantage of the 24-hour room service and the complimentary mini-bar, filled with beer and wine to relax in the comfort of your own room.

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Unlimited fine wines, spirits and beers, brought straight to you.

World-Class Spa & Fitness Center At Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, we want you to achieve the ultimate relaxation. Take a day to indulge and invigorate your senses at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Choose from a variety of spa treatments and packages that will melt the stress away and transcend your body and mind to a new level of relaxation. Also available is a full-service fitness center for guests who like to stay active during their stay, including machines such as treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights and weight machines, and fitness classes are included as well!

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Reconnect with yourself and the beauty of the world around you at the Dreams Sands Spa by Pevonia.

Endless Activities & Entertainment Any great vacation includes a variety of activities and entertainment, and at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, your options are endless! During the day, relax by the pool or on the beautiful white sand beach, choose from a variety of activities including beach/pool volleyball, kayaking, yoga, dance lessons, and many more. Take a day trip at Playa Mujeres Golf Club nearby or choose from our exciting excursions and tours throughout the local Cancun area. At night, drop off the kids at the Explorer’s Club or let your teens hang out at the Core Zone while you enjoy live entertainment at the Rendezvous lobby bar, curl up on a beach blanket for a movie under the stars, or catch a game at Desires Music Lounge and Sports Bar. These are just a few great ideas to keep your stay exciting and enjoyable. Do as much or as little as you’d like. After all, it’s your dream vacation!

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Staying fit has never been so much fun!

Are you ready to be one of our first guests to experience the all new Dreams Sands Cancun? Take advantage of our special introductory rate, starting at $99 per person, per night. Book today!

Black Friday Deals Are Here!

Give the perfect gift of Unlimited-Luxury® this holiday season with our hot, exclusive Black Friday deals! With our 72-Hour Black Friday Sale, you will enjoy Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa starting at just $99 per person, per night.

We’ve never seen deals this great. Hurry and book your stay because these savings are only around for 72 hours. Book your getaway now for For travel between January 2, 2014 through April 18, 2014!

Black Friday Deals!

Black Friday Deals!

 

Dreaming of Dolphins – at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

Here at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, we have something that most all inclusive resorts don’t have on property – dolphins! There is something about these awesome sea creatures that we just can’t get enough of. They’re sweet (and sassy at times), smart and sensitive – some of the best qualities that mammals can have. Since our dolphins are a huge hit with our guests, we decided to interview two dolphin trainers at Dreams Cancun & Dreams Puerto Aventuras. They gave us the inside scoop on what their jobs are like!

Sandra from Delphinus Dreams Cancun at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa!

Sandra from Delphinus Dreams Cancun at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa!

Our featured dolphin trainer from Delphinus Dreams Cancun is Sandra Guerra Molina, a Cancun native. Sandra has been with us for the last 8 years, and she has been such a pleasure to have on board. At Dolphin Dreams in Dreams Puerto Aventuras, we chose to feature Leila Zukkour Perez from Mexico City. Leila has been at Dreams Puerto Aventuras for only 2 months, but she has been with Dolphin Dreams for the past 4 years. We asked Sandra and Leila some questions, and here is what they had to say:

Dreams: Why did you want to be a dolphin trainer?

Sandra: I love animals (especially dolphins) and I’ve always wanted to work with them and take care of them.

Leila: I love the opportunity to interact with dolphins and observe/change their behaviors.

Dreams: What is your favorite part about your position and why?

Sandra: My favorite part of my job is learning everything that there is to know about dolphins, including their natural behaviors. I also love to teach our guests about them and watch them swim together, especially with kids. I’ve shared so many special moments training dolphins, and I’ve witnessed so many of them with our guests!

Leila: My favorite part of the job is that I get to not only work with the dolphins, but also with the other trainers, photographers, and the resort staff. We are a big, happy family!

Dreams: Who is your favorite dolphin that you work with, and why?

Sandra: My favorite dolphin is Waay. He is so smart, active, and he challenges me every day.

Leila: My favorite dolphins are Aitana and Carelo, because they were the first 2 baby dolphins that I had the opportunity to train.

Dreams: Tell me one fun fact about dolphins that we may not already know.

Sandra: Dolphins produce more than 3,000 different sounds through their blow-holes! Also, they form close bonds and relationships with each other (just like us)!

Leila: Dolphins are very considerate of each other when it comes to different behaviors. For example, when dolphins are doing a foot-push together (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKyoBTMnvSU), they wait for each other to make sure that one is not left behind!

Dreams: Tell me about your best memory you’ve had working for your dolphinarium.

Sandra: I formed such a strong bond with one of the dolphins that I was training, that she became very attached to me at one point, and it felt really special for me. Also, my favorite memories are teaching little kids about the dolphins and watching them swim together – its always so cute to watch!

Leila: There was an 8-year old guest that visited once that had an allergy to salt water, but he had dreamed of swimming with the dolphins since he could remember. We made a special program just for him so that he could be in a kayak and still be able to have similar interactions with the dolphins, as if he were swimming in the water with them. It made me so happy to see this child happy!

Dreams: Why would you recommend that guests have the dolphin experience when they visit Dreams Cancun or Dreams Puerto Aventuras?

Sandra: Guests should do Delphinus when they visit, because they will learn all about these incredible mammals. They will learn awareness about protecting animals and the ecosystem as well, which I think is very important. There aren’t many places where you can actually swim with dolphins – so here’s your perfect opportunity to do so!

Leila: Not all of the hotels have a dolphinarium outside of it, where you can look outside of your room’s balcony and see these awesome creatures interact in the water. Also, you can do other things with dolphins other than just swimming, such as kayaking.

Our featured trainer, Leila, from Dolphin Dreams at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa!

Our featured trainer, Leila, from Dolphin Dreams at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa!

Visit the Dreams Cancun and Dreams Puerto Aventuras dolphin experience pages to learn more about the dolphinariums!

Dolphin Experience at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Dolphin Experience at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa (Don’t forget about our Free Fall, Free Swim promotion – it ends August 31st!)

The Year of the Maya

The year of the Maya is here! The Maya was a very advanced culture, noted for its art and architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems and cuisine. They carved elaborate sculptures and reliefs, built sophisticated cities and temples, developed a highly accurate calendar, gazed at the stars in the observatories they constructed and utilized chocolate and corn in their food.

Since December 21, 2012 marks a special day for the Mayans – a day in which they believe the world would be reborn- Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa are celebrating with a month of Mayan events beginning Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012 and ending Friday, December 21, 2012.


Dreams Cancun: Every Monday at Dreams Cancun, listen to our Mayan story teller and gaze at the stars with high powered telescopes. On Tuesday, watch the Mayan torch show followed by the Mayan Show where the performers are dressed in traditional Mayan garb. Ever Wednesday, enjoy Mayan and Spanish language lessons and face painting. On Thursday, the kids in the Explorer’s Club make their own Mayan calendar and hunt for treasure. Friday, learn some traditional Mayan dances and Saturday, join us for a movie. Cap off your week of Mayan events on Sunday with a Mayan sandcastle contest.

Dreams Tulum: Experience the magic of the Maya at Dreams Tulum, adjacent to the gorgeous Mayan ruins of Tulum, with an exclusive tour of the city’s ruins every Monday and explore nearby cenotes, natural freshwater pools that are abundant in the Riviera Maya, every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, take park in our stargazing night and Mayan show. Enjoy Mayan rituals like the temazcal (a Mayan sauna) on Friday, compete in the sandcastle competition on Saturday and party at the Sunday beach party!

Dreams Riviera Cancun: At Dreams Riviera Cancun, discover the Mayan cuisine every Monday while you watch traditional Mayan dishes being made. On Tuesday, build a traditional Mayan hut and furniture. Every Wednesday, take part in a Mayan ceremony where a Mayan chaman conducts a tirual that will leave you filled with positive energy. Learn basic Mayan words and how to write them on Thursdays. Fridays, stargaze and view the vast solar system with our high tech telescopes. Saturday, play a Mayan ball game in the pool and finish off your week on Sunday with a Mayan show.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras: At Dreams Puerto Aventuras, take part in the special activities that include stargazing, Mayan shows, learning the Mayan number system and language, creating Mayan crafts, cooking Mayan dishes in a class. Kids get in on the fun as well creating Mayan costumes!

August BBQ Festival

For all you barbeque lovers out there, come get your hands dirty! Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, and Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa are hosting a barbeque festival during the month of August. Held every day from 12 to 5pm, the festival runs from August 2nd to 31st. Our Executive Chefs have composed an appetizing menu where guests can try barbeque made 10 different ways. Memphis and New Orleans-style barbeque and sauces and glazes inspired by Mexican cuisine are some of the delicious selections you can choose from.

Interested in enjoying some barbeque? Look for the banner in either Seaside Grill or Oceana Seafood Restaurant or ask your concierge for more information. The barbeque festival is open to all guests and is included in the Unlimited-Luxury® experience.

First-Hand Encounter of Swimming with Whale Sharks

The season of snorkeling with whale sharks is here and we are excited to share a recent first-hand experience with you! Guests of Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa just have a short walk to the beach to Solo Buceo dive center located on the property. After an hour boat ride offshore where the gentle giants hang out snorkelers dive in and swim with the whale sharks! This is a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss.

Read about how Gringation’s blogger Laura Winfree and her husband Jorge enjoyed the excursion with Nadia, Dreams Cancun’s e-concierge:

 “When Jorge, my friend Nadia and I decided to swim with whale sharks this weekend, I was so excited but mostly nervous! I’d never snorkeled in more than 10 feet of water before, much less in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. Or swimming alongside a 30-foot fish.

At 7 am Sunday morning, we made our way to the Solo Buceo dive center located at the beautiful Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa in the Hotel Zone. Our early-morning boat ride was much bumpier than I’d anticipated, and I realized it was my first time being so far away from shore! It was a scary but fascinating feeling.”   

Check out the photos below taken by Laura and read more about their day on her blog post.

Gringation’s Whale Shark Tour Tips:

  1. Put on sunscreen before you leave the house, or bring bio sunscreen. I was too lazy to put sunscreen on before leaving the house, and our guide told us that once you’re on the boat, it’s bio sunscreen only. And today I’m paying the price. So much sunburn. Ow.
  2. Bring an underwater camera. In a way I was glad I didn’t have one because it was one less thing to worry about while I was swimming, but trust me, you’ll want those underwater photos.
  3. The boat ride is bumpy and uncomfortable (but worth it), so I wouldn’t recommend this tour unless you’re in decent physical condition.
  4. Sunglasses!
  5. Dramamine!

For additional information about snorkeling with whale sharks please contact our e-concierge, Nadia at Econcierge.drecu@dreamsresorts.com. Since she has experienced snorkeling with whale sharks she can share even more tips with you!

Dreams Cancun Hosts Open Water Swimming Event

Swimmers from around the world are getting ready to make a splash in the Caribbean Sea just off-shore of Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa. Tomorrow, June 23rd is “Por la Libre 2012”, The 7th International Marathon of Open Water Swimming and we are proud to be the host resort for this prestigious sporting event. Athletes will challenge themselves with a long distance swim from Cancun to Isla Mujures.

This open water race is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims because of its pristine setting in the Caribbean Sea. It is also the only event where athletes can swim above the unique Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA). There are two distances for swimmers to choice from,  3K (1.86 miles) or the more challenging 10k (6.2 miles) course. Both race courses are in crystal-clear tropical waters but it can still be very  challenging for even elite swimmers due to occasional rough tides.  The race starts in Cancun and finishes in  Isla Mujures.

If you are visiting this weekend cheer on the athletes in this exciting race! Take a look photos from last year’s event.