Founded in 2004, Dreams Resorts & Spas is a brand of over a dozen luxury all-inclusive resorts for couples and families. Known for their ideal beachfront settings, property locations include Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. Dreams is part of AMResorts, which is owned by Apple Vacations.
The resorts are billed as providing "unlimited luxury," with well-appointed rooms and suites, 24-hour room and concierge services, excellent food, a variety of globe-hopping restaurants, activities for adults and families, and children's programs. Like most all-inclusive resorts, Dreams properties offer water sports, beautiful pools, and multiple restaurants.
For children age 3 to 12, Dreams offers the Explorer's Club, which typically has both indoor areas (game rooms, giant screens) and outdoor areas with playgrounds and climbing walls. Staff can contact parents with pagers given out at at the club.
Dreams also offers Core Zone Teen Centers for kids 13 to 17. Features include video games, audio-visual systems, games tables, drink and snack machines, and sports areas such as basketball courts, batting cages, climbing walls, an archery range, remote-controlled race tracks, giant chessboards, mechanical bulls, and more.
Other features at Dreams Resorts:
- spacious rooms and suites that can accommodate larger families
- unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
- no reservations required at the a la carte specialty restaurants. (Hassles encountered in making reservations cause frequent complaints at some all-inclusive resorts.)
- 24-hour room service, a convenience especially when traveling with little kids
- free wi-fi
The collection of Dreams Resorts includes:
Dreams Riviera Cancun
Along with the kids' clubs, this Mexican property features three pools, including an infinity pool overlooking the beach, and a children's pool, which features an in-water Ping Pong table. Activities include sea kayaking, sailing on Hobie Cats, tennis, bocce ball, volleyball, and dive-in movies at the pool.
Dreams Punta Cana
Designed specifically to be family-friendly, this resort in the Dominican Republic offers a large pool area featuring multiple little splash pools for toddlers. On the beach, families can go kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, jump on a water trampoline, and more. There's a playground, a life-size chess set, and daily activities that may include Beach Olympics or juggling lessons.
Dreams Las Mareas
Open since 2014, the Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica offers the brand's signature all-inclusive features and is welcoming to families with kids of all ages. This property is located on large, palm-studded Playa El Jobo in the Guanacaste region and surrounded by lush jungle. There are programs for kids and teens, resort activities and a wide array of water sports.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher