Dreams Punta Cana Gives Back to Their Local Community

At Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, we love lending a helping hand, both for our guests and our local communities. As part of our education program for sustainable development, the Dreams Punta Cana team and guests traveled to the rural elementary school, El Peñon. Located just a short drive away in Nisibón, we were happy to spend time supporting the students and staff of this amazing school.

We spent time working together to help coordinate donation deliveries including school supplies, clothing, toys and much more!

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Dreams Punta Cana team and guests supporting the local school, El Peñon

How could you not fall in love with those big and little smiles?! Be sure to stay up-to-date on more community service projects and opportunities to give back on Facebook and Twitter!

A Typical Day for a Family of Four at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Written by Tara Berger

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my last two posts, Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun and How Preferred Club can Enhance Your Trip. Today, I am going to share what a typical day is like for a family of four at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.

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My favorite way to start the day was by watching the beautiful sunrise from our balcony. There is nothing quite like seeing the sun slowly emerge from the horizon while listening to the sounds of the ocean and feeling the warm breeze on your face.

Once everyone would wake up and get motivated, my husband and I would grab a latte from Coco Café on our way to the breakfast buffet at Word Café. The buffet had something for everyone and the kids especially loved the balloon animals that the wait staff would create for them at the end of the meal.

After breakfast, we’d usually take a morning stroll down around the property and take a moment to rest in a hammock or one of the private poolside cabanas. Around 10 am, we’d grab our chairs at the Preferred Club section of the beach where the waiters would bring the adults our first mango daiquiri of the day, while the kids splashed in the ocean and played with toys in the sand.

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Then we’d usually shower off and move over to the pool around 11:30 am. We’d split our time between the main pool with a swim up bar and the kiddie pool with a submerged ping pong table. By 1 pm, we’d be ready for lunch and would grab a table in the shade at either Seaside Grille or Oceana.  I seriously could not get enough of the fresh guacamole and pico de gallo. A few of our other favorite dishes included the buffalo wings, fish tacos, chicken burrito, cheeseburger and flank steak.

The rest of the afternoon would be spent in the pool with an occasional break for a fresh coconut drink, soft serve ice cream cone, Euro bungee activity for the kids or to grab a snack and mango daiquiri from our favorite bartender at the Preferred Club.

By 5 pm, we’d make our way back to the room and relax for a little bit before dinner. Our kids would get a bubble bath on our balcony overlooking the ocean, which I think may be the first time in history there were no complaints about bath time!

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And now for one of my favorite times of the day, Dinner! I loved having the opportunity to sit together as a family and to discuss our day over a great meal. Each restaurant is so unique with such a diverse menu that it’s almost hard to pick a favorite, but if I HAD to, I’d say our meal at Portofino with 4 courses of delicious Italian food was very memorable. The servers were so friendly every night and were incredibly accommodating of our family and keeping the kids happy during dinner.

On our way back to the room, we’d stop by the lobby to grab a family friendly movie from the concierge, followed by snuggles with our boys in their pullout bed while they fell asleep watching the movie. Once the kids were asleep, we would slide the door shut to their side of the room so we wouldn’t have to worry about waking the kids up. Then, my husband and I would get to finish out the day spending quality time on our balcony listening to the sounds of the ocean.

We were fortunate enough to repeat this daily schedule 5 times during our stay at Dreams Riviera Cancun. It was so nice to be on a vacation where we didn’t need to worry about logistics, reservations and activities and our toughest decision was where we’d like to eat dinner each night. Our stay at Dreams Riviera Cancun allowed us to disconnect from the stress of everyday life, enjoy Mexico’s beautiful weather and create memories as a family. We are already looking forward to planning our next trip back to Dreams Resorts & Spas in the future!

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Tara Berger is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys and a former “Travelista” for AMResorts. Prior to staying home with her children, she managed the social media program for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas and had the opportunity to experience many of the properties in the AMResorts portfolio. She now spends her days managing logistics for preschool, tball, basketball and playdates and is often found playing referee to the occasional wrestling match between her two boys. Tara is also the owner of an online party boutique, One Stylish Party, which gives her an outlet for creativity in the midst of chaos.

How Preferred Club Can Enhance Your Trip at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Written by Tara Berger

If you’ve never stayed at a Dreams Resorts & Spas before, you might find yourself asking the question, “Is the upgrade to Preferred Club worth it?” My personal answer is a resounding YES. Now don’t get me wrong, every single guest will receive the same unparalleled Unlimited-Luxury ®privileges, but Preferred Club enhances the resort experience even more.

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From the moment my family stepped foot on property, we were whisked away to the Preferred Club lounge for a private, air-conditioned check-in while sipping on champagne and fruit juice (for the kids). The staff members were extremely friendly and helpful when explaining the ins and outs of the resort and getting us settled into our room. We were also told that we had the option to do a late check-out on the last day, which I thought was a nice benefit to guests who have later flights.

We stayed in an Ocean Front Master Suite, which included a jaw-dropping view of beach, wrap around balcony with Jacuzzi tub, separate sitting room with pull-out bed and a kitchenette with dining table. Typically the most premium rooms at the resort are Preferred Club status, so if you are interested in the most picturesque ocean view from your room or a larger family suite, then Preferred Club is for you.  Plus, along with the daily replenished in-room mini bar that comes standard with Unlimited-Luxury ® privileges, you also receive an array of mini liquor bottles, a can of pringles and peanut m&m’s each day too.

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Throughout our vacation, we found ourselves visiting the private Preferred Club lounge multiple times a day. The Preferred Club bar with top shelf liquor made the perfect mango daiquiri every time and we also enjoyed the variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres set-out and replenished throughout the day (my kids went crazy for the marshmallows dipped in the chocolate fountain!) It was also a great place to grab a glass of wine on the way to dinner or to get out of the sun for a few minutes during the day.

Although we spent most of our days at the pool, we enjoyed having access to the private beach area with wait service for Preferred Club members. It was an added luxury to have the beach towels brought over and set-up for us and we liked that we didn’t have to break away from playing with our kids to order our next round of drinks.

And last but not least, we enjoyed taking advantage of the complimentary access to the hydrotherapy circuit at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. It is such a relaxing experience to move through the designated areas in the hydrotherapy circuit which includes waterfalls, a cold plunge pool, sauna, ice bucket, hot tub and more. The combination of each therapy helps relieve tension, improve circulation and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed once you are finished.

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I have no doubt that we would have loved our vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa with or without Preferred Club status, but I am glad that we got to experience what a vacation with these privileges can offer. Without a hesitation, we’d opt for the upgrade on any future vacations within the Dreams Resorts & Spas brand.

Stay tuned…in my last post, I’ll be sharing what a typical day is like for a family of four at Dreams Riviera Cancun. And if you haven’t already, check out my other post, Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun.

Tara Berger is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys and a former “Travelista” for AMResorts. Prior to staying home with her children, she managed the social media program for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas and had the opportunity to experience many of the properties in the AMResorts portfolio. She now spends her days managing logistics for preschool, tball, basketball and playdates and is often found playing referee to the occasional wrestling match between her two boys. Tara is also the owner of an online party boutique, One Stylish Party, which gives her an outlet for creativity in the midst of chaos.

Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Guest Blog Post by Tara Berger

One of my favorite parts about vacationing at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to gain access to family-friendly amenities and activities. As parents of two rambunctious boys (ages 5 and 3), our vacations tend to revolve more around the kids’ interests than our own, but this time our Unlimited-Luxury ® vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun proved to have something for everyone. tara1 For starters, I’m pretty sure that the resort has the world’s largest kiddie pool. And if it’s not, then it’s surely the largest one I’ve ever seen! I’ve spent more vacations than I’d care to admit hovered around a small circular kiddie pool, which, although not ideal, was still the best alternative to having two toddlers latched on to me in a large swimming pool or holding my breath anytime the kids would get too close to the edge of the pool without me. The children’s pool at Dreams Riviera Cancun is a large, glorious semi-circle that is less than 2 feet at the deepest point.  My boys absolutely loved this pool and since they were completely self-sufficient, we could be more than an arm’s length away while watching them and relaxing in the sun. tara2 The resort staff members are very aware that by keeping the little ones happy, it naturally keeps the parents happy too. At breakfast every morning, our kids would look forward to a special balloon animal from the wait staff once they completed their meal. And at the pool, you can bet that the unlimited soft serve ice cream cones and “red slushies” (aka virgin strawberry daiquiris) were on repeat all day.  Meanwhile, my husband and I were able to indulge in a mango daiquiri from our favorite bartender and snacks from the Barefoot Grille or Preferred Club lounge. In the afternoon and evening, we’d break up the day with one of the many activities hosted by the event staff such as the Euro Bungee, magician show or movie night on the beach. And with so many restaurant choices on property, we looked forward to trying out a different cuisine every night.  The servers were able to keep a pace that kept the kids happy (think bottomless chocolate milk and kids meals served within 10 minutes of sitting down) which allowed my husband and I to relax and enjoy a gourmet meal. Stay tunedin my next blog I’ll be talking about some the ways that Preferred Club can enhance your trip to Dreams Riviera Cancun! tara3 Tara Berger is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys and a former “Travelista” for AMResorts. Prior to staying home with her children, she managed the social media program for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas and had the opportunity to experience many of the properties in the AMResorts portfolio. She now spends her days managing logistics for preschool, t-ball, basketball and playdates and is often found playing referee to the occasional wrestling match between her two boys. Tara is also the owner of an online party boutique, One Stylish Party, which gives her an outlet for creativity in the midst of chaos.

‘Earth Hour’ Celebrations at Dreams Resorts!

It’s #BeachThursday and in honor of one of our favorite days of the week, we’re sharing photos from one of our favorite days of the year! This past Saturday, March 28, all of Dreams Resorts & Spas participated in ‘Earth Hour’, a worldwide event where participants are encouraged to turn off all electricity for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to raise awareness about conservation. We had such a blast celebrating in the ‘dark’!

Below are some highlights from this important celebration – thanks to everyone for celebrating with us!

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Fire illuminates the night in honor of Earth Hour at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

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Guests celebrate Earth Hour on the beach at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa.

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Symbols of Earth Hour illuminate the night at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.

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An illuminated ’60’ on the beach to celebrate Earth Hour at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

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Guests big and small join in the Earth Hour festivities at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana.

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Guests have fun posing in front of an illuminated ’60’ in honor of Earth Hour at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.

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Guests enjoy glow in the dark fun during Earth Hour at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa.

A #DreamersWIN Honeymoon Surprise

At Dreams Resorts & Spas, we provide families with the vacation of their dreams. This year, we decided to give back to our fans and set out in search of people who truly deserved a vacation. We are very excited today to announce the latest winner of our #DreamersWIN campaign, on the heels of Wounded Warrior Mom Pamela and three deserving Moms featured on Chicago’s Windy City Live; congratulations to bride-to-be Laurel S.!

After Laurel’s sister, Kyle, shared their family’s story with us, we knew we had to step in to help her give her sister the surprise of a lifetime. We were incredibly moved by this family’s strength and resilience and honored to be able to grant Kyle’s wish of an all-expenses-paid honeymoon  to Dreams Resorts & Spas for Laurel and her fiancé.

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Dreams Resorts & Spas can’t wait to give Laurel (left) the honeymoon of her dreams, all thanks to her sister Kyle (right) for sharing their story!

Kyle shared with us that three years ago, her father passed away. At the time, Kyle was in grad school and they also had a brother starting college. According to Kyle, Laurel was “the rock in the family who has said the most by saying the least” and “stepped up financially to get us through the rough days.” Laurel is getting married on September 5, 2015, but she and her fiancé Tom have no plans for taking a honeymoon. Kyle wants to send her off in a big way to “thank her for providing for us when our hands were tied.”

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After everything this family has been through, we couldn’t be happier to make Kyle’s dreams of a honeymoon for Laurel come true. Do you know someone who truly deserves a vacation? We want to hear your stories! Nominate someone you love to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Dreams Resorts & Spas. Share you story here, because #DreamersWIN!

Dreams Villamagna welcomes the Classic Rock Festival!

Are you heading to Vallarta-Nayarit and love classic rock? We have the event for you…

The Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival will be held December 11-15, 2014 throughout Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Festival producer John Zaring of the Los Angeles, CA-based Zaring Group announced 19 acts that will appear, including Americana rockers the BoDeans, blues favorites Fabulous Thunderbirds, rock-a-billy specialists Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, country rockers Poco, Pure Prairie League and Firefall, and iconic classic rock bands Jefferson Starship, Kansas, Cheap Trick, Foghat and Spencer Davis Group. Several solo artists and singers will have their sets backed by the festival’s all-star ‘house band’! Learn more about the event here!

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