Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, A SYBARITE’S PARADISE
On my wife Cristina’s birthday on May 11 2016, we decided to try an all inclusive resort that we noticed had very good feedback from Trip advisor. So, I sent an email to the hotel to let them know it was my wife Cristy’s Birthday, and right away I received the response from Isabel Torres (Concierge & Social Media Coordinator) and she said it would be a pleasure to have us celebrate my wife’s Birthday at Dreams.
So, we drove the 3 hours from Merida to Puerto Adventura, we arrived at the resort, and were greeted by Ron, one of the most friendliest Bellmen I have ever had the privilege to meet, he parked our car while we checked in, then Ron showed us to our room.
There was a Happy Birthday Banner on the door, and the room was nice and cool since they had put the Air-conditioning on before we arrived, nice touch.
The room was beautiful, and decorated with balloons and on the beautiful bed, they wrote with crystal sand “Happy Birthday Cristina!”
What a surprise, they also had a tray with Chocolate Strawberries waiting for us, a full mini bar, and it’s all part of the all inclusive package.
And they have a Bathrobe and slippers for you to use, the slippers you get to keep.
Our room looked over the Adult pool and the canal where the Dolphins swim, and you do see them swimming!
We were very tired from the long ride, so we decided to take a shower, I have to tell you about the shower, it is to die for, with a large shower head, with high pressure water, and Very Hot water to relax your muscles.
We decided to try one of the many restaurants to have dinner, so we tried the Oceana Fresh Grilled Seafood, you sit outside under the stars by the water, it was very romantic. Our waiters were fantastic, we had two, Luis and Otilio, they treated us like a King and Queen.
We started off with the Manhattan Clam Chowder and I had the Creamy New England Clam Chowder, the soups were very good, but they served them in a Brandy Snifter, making it hard to eat and it got cold fast. We then had the Louisiana Fish Cakes, the fish cakes were very good, my wife had the cold salad, she loved it.
I ordered the Beef & Pork Fillet With mushrooms and mashed potatoes, with a Chipotle sauce, and my wife Cristy had the Seafood Grill Fish filled & Whole Shrimps in olive crust, spinach, pepper sauce.
My meal was delicious, the steak was very tender, and my wife’s Seafood Grill, was very good, but she didn’t like that the shrimps had the shells still on them, they were very hard to remove.
Then they brought Cristy a Birthday Desert with Birthday candles, this was very nice of Dreams, we had some chocolate desserts, and hot coffee, let me tell you, I really was very impressed, for an all inclusive resort, we were very happy with our first dinner.
We then went to take a fantastic night sleep on one of the most comfortable beds I have ever had the privilege to sleep in, dear God it was so comfortable, the room was nice and cool, we had our chocolates that they had left in the room before.
In the morning we ordered room service, that of course is part of the all inclusive. They told us that our breakfast would arrive in 30 minutes, now in most places that have room service, you end up waiting forever, but our breakfast arrived in 29 minutes, served by a very friendly room service staff.
We had fruit and my wife ordered Chilaquiles (Tortilla chips smothered in green or red salsa and topped with pulled chicken pieces or eggs, onions, cream and cheese, typically beans are served on the side), And I had fried eggs with potato patties and bacon. But the home fries were cold and the fried eggs over cooked, the bacon was very good though.
For Lunch we went to the World Cafe, the atmosphere was perfect for a buffet, the restaurant spotless, and so were the counters with the food. The food was delicious, I especially enjoyed the fried chicken and the fresh cold salads. The hot dishes were nice and HOT, not like some buffets that you’re lucky if it’s warm.
After a Sun soaked day of swimming in the pool, and the salt water natural pool, we headed off to eat at Dreams Mexican Restaurant called El Patio, I had the 3 meats in a Molcajete (Mexican version of the mortar and pestle), my meat was delicious and hot, and my wife had the Chicken Mole, my wife who is Mexican , said it was good and tasty, but she has had better.
The atmosphere at El Patio is very Mexican, and with many open windows to get a cool ocean breeze, it is the only Dreams Restaurant that faces the ocean. The restaurant is kind of dark though, we were told that they are upgrading to brighter lights.
I had my photo taken with the Resorts Sous Chef, Chef Javier Calderon, the man really keeps things running.
After a Beautiful night’s sleep, in one of the best beds we have ever slept in, we headed off to Breakfast at the World Cafe , but since the beds are so comfortable, we slept in late, and they were now serving lunch.
The Buffet had many tasty items to chose from, and they keep it hot and stocked!
We also enjoyed some of the international and domestic top-shelf spirits, fine wines and ice-cold beers at the bars.
For dinner we went to get some Italian at Portofino Italian Cuisine, Here is the menu: http://www.dreamsresorts.com/pdfs/restaurant-menus/puerto-aventuras-menu-portofino.pdf
We started off with the Minestrone Soup and the Capresse Salad with Organic tomatoes and Buffalo Mozzarella cheese.
My wife loved the Minestrone soup so much she had two bowls. One night later, she felt lke having a minestrone again, but we were at a different restaurant, guess what? They went to Portofino and got it for her, that’s what I call good customer service!
This was the restaurant that I had one of the best Rib Eye steaks I have eaten at any restaurant in my entire life. It was just out of this world.
I also had the Chicken Rollatinis, and my wife had the Fillet Migñon, but she was not happy with hers, she said it was tough and Chewy, with no flavor, but the Chicken Rollatinis were very good and moist, served with a roasted bell pepper napolitana sauce, and mashed potatoes.
The next day we had lunch again at the World cafe, and had their Buffet, here is when we met the General Manager Miguel Angel Elias, and his lovely wife, what friendly people, I told him that other resorts should learn from them how to do an All Inclusive right, because Dreams is an outstanding All Inclusive Resort.
And if you get hungry when you are swimming, you can always get a Wood Baked Pizza, a Hamburger or Hot Dog at the Barefoot Grill, I had the Pizza, and it was very thin, cheesy and very good.
Our last night we decided to eat at Gohan Sushi Lounge. Gohan is a very cozy lounge, with a beautiful view of the main pool, we ordered their sweet ribs and Egg Rolls, my wife had a Asian Salad.
The Ribs were delicious, they melted in our mouths, the egg rolls, were fresh, crispy, hot and very good, but the Sushi was not so good, the rice was so over cooked that it was like paste, they served it in a out-dated Boat Tray.
We will repeat this restaurant when we go back, just for the Ribs and Egg Rolls,and we will go back.
I left hungry, so we headed over to the Sea Side Grill, my wife had a desert, and since I am a steak guy, I had another Rib Eye steak, and once again, I was tranported out of this world…
If you go out dancing at Dreams Disco, and you get hungry, you can stop over to Coco Cafe Premium Coffee and Deli Snacks , I had the coffee, and many of their cakes, what a nice added place to have.
They Stay open late:
Hours: Café: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Late night bites: 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
We want to come back!!
For a All Inclusive Resort, for the price , the location, the friendly staff, and the outstanding food,
I give Dreams Puerto Adventura my Highest Rating of 5 Chef hats out of 5
Chef Bob Lissandrello
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