Let’s Escape the Winter with Dreams Resort & Spas

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I have always had a love of travel. Even when I started having kids 9 years ago, I didn’t want my traveling days to end. I have wanted to take the kids to amazing places so that they can experience as much as they can. Luckily, I have a job that affords me the luxury to travel with the family. That’s one of the reasons I added “travel” to Baby Gizmo years back. I wanted to help other parents make a smart Family travel decision when planning a trip with kids.

We are in the heart of winter in Chicago. A cold and snowy winter at that! What happens when it drops below zero at my house? I start planning vacation. I start looking around for a warm, family-friendly destination to get the heck out of town.

In my recent searches, I’ve learned a little more about a group of nine Unlimited-Luxury® (the company’s name for “all-inclusive”) resorts. Dreams Resorts & Spas are award-winning, tropical beachfront resorts in Mexico and Dominican Republic. Yes, “tropical beachfront” got my attention.

Many times when parents hear All-inclusive luxury resort they think couples only. They think those are the honeymoon resorts that aren’t designed for kids. That doesn’t apply to Dreams Resorts & Spas because these family-friendly, Unlimited-Luxury (again, code word for “all-inclusive”!) resorts have amazing pools, kids clubs, teen clubs, and spacious suites. It’s everything I look for in a great resort to visit with the family. Sure, they are great for honeymoons, weddings and couple retreats, but that isn’t want I’m searching for right now. I’m all about kids. That’s what happens when you have a 4, 6 and 8 year old!

Three of the Dreams Resorts & Spas caught my eye! I’m just trying to decide which one is the best for me. Oh yeah, and if you help me decide, I could win a trip there and YOU (one of the Baby Gizmo readers!) can win a trip there. It’s a blogger who shares the most wins kind of thing. Since I get to travel quite a bit, I’m not so worried about winning for myself but I’m doing this for one of you! If I win, one of you win! Okay, we’ll get back to this whole winning thing at the end. Let’s talk about the resort.

The first one that caught my eye was the Dreams La Romana on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. This resort has tons of things for parents AND kids. It has an “Explorer’s Club” for 3-12 year old with arts and crafts, treasure hunts, music, sandcastle contests, playground, game rooms and more! Even though my kids are too young, there is also a “Core Zone” for teens 13-17.

I love that the entire Explorer’s Club staff is American Red Cross certified, both in CPR and First Aid, and parents get a pager should they be needed for any reason.

For the parents, there is aerobics in the sea, dance lessons on the beach, a casino, movies on the beach (this one is for kids too!) and a mechanical bull. Yes, the mechanical bull seems out of place for a luxury resort, but it sounds fun so it’s worth a mention!

The second resort that looks fun is the Dream Tulum Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This location is just minutes from the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and just added swim out suites. How sweet does that sound?!?

Dream Tulum Resort & Spa also has the Explorer’s Club and Core Zone for the teens with similar activities the Dominican Republic location. Plus, you can deep sea fish, become a culinary wiz with cocktail and cooking lessons (my dad would LOVE that!!), explore the ocean with catamarans and kayaks or compete against fellows guests in the Beach Olympics. The fact that it is set on a secluded stretch of sugar-white sand beach doesn’t sound too bad either.

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Third on my list is the Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico located on Banderas Bay with amazing views of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Mountains AND sea = amazing! It has the same great kid and teen programs, but this one has bike tours, wave runners, water skiing and green fees (for golf!) INCLUDED. I love that there isn’t an additional fee for those activities! If I want to step it up, I can always go to their scuba diving center for an additional fee. They also have this cool looking euro-bungee for the adventurous at heart!

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All three resorts are known to have amazing restaurants with gourmet dining that reservations are NEVER required and there isn’t a wristband in sight!

A few other signature features/amenities I can expect at all Dreams Resorts & Spas (not just the three I mentioned) as part of the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept, where everything is included:

  • Spacious suites with standout amenities like 24-hour room service and daily restocked mini bars.
  • Average of 5 gourmet a la carte dining options ranging from Mexican cuisine to Italian, French and more.
  • Lively bars serving unlimited premium brand beverages. Great for when the kids are participating in the kids programs!
  • Explorer’s Kids Club (ages 3-12) and Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13-17) with supervised activities by specially trained staff at no extra cost
  • Unlimited Connectivity, a suite of interactive apps allowing guests to call send and receive international calls without incurring roaming charges, create personalized profiles to contact staff directly, receive up-to-date daily activity calendars and more. I love that this is included because international calling can really add up!
  • Dreams Spa by Pevonia offers a la carte treatment options ranging from face and body to massage and salon, and even treatments for teens and kids. All you have to say is “SPA” to me and I’m on board!

They all sound amazing, right?!? How does one choose just one? Well, that is our goal today! Help me “Choose My Escape” (from the Chicago winter)!

Please leave a comment with the resort that you think sounds the most fun and which activity at the resort stood out to you!

Then if you help me “SHARE” this post (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…pick your poison really!), we might win a trip for two to one of these resorts! Yep, if I win, we get to pick one of our readers who participated by commenting and “sharing” to win a free trip for two!

That’s it – just leave a blog comment and “share”. Easy-peasy!

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Dreams Tulum is my favorite place on earth! I’ll be heading back in June for my 4th visit. I love the seclusion. The staff is amazing! They have a wonderful dive shop (do the whale shark tour if it’s available), and the kid’s club is top notch.

Ashley King

I think out of the three, I would visit Dreams Tulum! I absolutely love Mexico, we try to go once a year, and we’ve been to 5 dreams resorts, and Tulum is the next one on my list!

Niki G

I’d go for the Caribbean side, as the water is way nicer than PV. Also traveling time is a deciding factor. I’d go for a direct flight that works with the kids’ nap time, a resort that’s not too far away from the airport. And of course as all kids love water, it’s important to compare the kids pools at each resort. I was at one resort lately and the water was way too deep for my toddler. And the water slide there was very steep with strong current.


Been to Dreams PV and loved it, would love to go back or try a different one.

Jan D

I would chose Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa in Dominican Republic to enjoy both the pristine beaches and jungle adventures.

Karen Gonzalez
I would probably choose either Punta Cana or Puerto Adventures…only because of the tropical lush look of those places. Of course…any place that takes care of you the way an all inclusive would is wonderful! It would be a REAL vacation! That means…no cooking, no cleaning, no laundry….Only pampering…and well deserved I’m sure! And if you do bring children, the resort will watch them for a while if you need some getaway time to catch some sun or just explore the grounds of the resort. All I know is I would go where the relaxation takes me! Good luck…I hope… Read more »
Angela Grover
We took our two boys – 4 and 7 to the Dreams Riviera and it was amazing! Since then, my husband and I have visited their sister resort for adults only in Hualtulco – also unbelievable. The service, food, rooms, and cleanliness of these resorts are top notch. The kids clubs are far above other resorts with the staff First aid and CPR trained and the club strategically set mid-resort you will feel so comfortable leaving them there. This year we are looking at the Dreams La Romana or Hualtulco to go as a family. Go to Dreams La Romana… Read more »

Dreams Tulum – perfect choice!

elly craig

The Polar Vortex has me stressed! I need to unthaw on the beach at the Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic!


If I could go on a Dreams Resorts & Spas vacation right now I would LOVE to go to Dream Tulum Resort & Spa!!!

I have been to Dreams La Romana and this is the resort that sold me on amresorts. I don’t think I’ll ever go to any other all inclusive brand. The staff was exceptional and the food was superb. The drive from the airport was, questionable. That being said, it has nothing to do with the resort. We hired driver from our travel agency not the resort. We were there during off season, so we had no problem walking into restaurants and getting a table. We also had no problems getting a chair at the beach or pool. They did have… Read more »
Haydee Sanchez Encarnacion
Haydee Sanchez Encarnacion

Dreams la romana its the best option. Mexico is no safe right now.

Rhonda Robinson
Its a tough decision, absolutely! I have stayed at Dreams Resorts with my young family and love the high quality standards of the Chain. If I could choose, I would definitely pick Dreams Tulum. It has an amazing beach and just offshore is the 2nd largest barrier reef, what is not to love? I have an adventurous family who would also love to explore a world famous Mayan Pyramid only minutes away. The opportunities for unlimited family fun are endless, the Mayan Riviera has so much to offer to all ages, I love it there!
Natalie S

The Dreams La Romana on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic sounds amazing! I love that it offers tons of things for kids and adults! The Explorers Club sounds pretty amazing! Shared via Google Plus 🙂

Alyssa Laughlin