Many couples choose the Dominican Republic for their Caribbean honeymoon or romantic escape. Once you see the pristine beaches with sand as soft as baby powder, it’s easy to understand why. There are actually quite a few Dreams Resorts in the Dominican Republic, and each one offers something unique for its guests.
In this article we’ll talk about Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, its reviews, and what you can expect if you stay there.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Overview
Dreams Macao Beach is a newer addition to the Dreams portfolio. Along with lots of activities geared to kids of all ages–including an onsite waterpark–there is ample family accommodation. The resort sits on a very popular beach just outside of Punta Cana. It’s small and easy to navigate, which also means it might be hard for child-free couples to find a peaceful, quiet area.
Most Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana reviews are 4 and 5 stars, and guests especially like the resort’s service, property, and beach. However, some guests gave mixed reviews for the service and cleanliness. Additionally, some said they had trouble relaxing and found the atmosphere to be too noisy, and some were concerned about security issues.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Rooms & Suites
Accommodations here are done up like a breezy, beachy bungalow. The 500 guest rooms at Dreams Macao Beach have light brown furniture, white walls and sheets, and accents like throw pillows in rugs in shades of aquamarine, teal, and blue. Tropical touches include fish decals on the walls and an intricately patterned headboard that resembles coral. Bathrooms are spacious and have soft lighting, deep bathtubs, rain showers, and frosted glass doors.
Junior Suites have tropical, pool, ocean, or partial ocean views and a large, furnished terrace or balcony. Upgraded Preferred Club Junior Suites have a similar layout, and the rooms come with nicer amenities, better views, and extras like indoor or outdoor hot tubs and swim-up entrances. Master suites include a living room, a dining room, and a kitchenette. Oceanfront Master Suites have a deep bathtub on the terrace and some have swim-up entrances. Presidential suites have a private hot tub, swim-up entrances, and oceanfront views.
Preferred Club members traveling with kids can opt to stay in a two-bedroom villa, which also comes with a living room, dining room, kitchenette, private plunge pool on a large furnished terrace, and easy access to The Explorers Club, The Core Zone for teens, and the waterpark.
Some guests report maintenance issues in the room which were not taken care of adequately, including water temperatures that fluctuated and broken equipment like TVs, phones, and electrical outlets. They also mentioned that since weddings are held in the center of the resort, loud music can sometimes be heard in the rooms until late.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Food & Drinks
Unlimited dining at 10 gourmet restaurants and snack shacks are included in the rate. Coco Cafe is the resort’s 24-hour coffee shop where you can also get snacks and ice cream. For a quick bite, The Barefoot Grill is just steps from the beach, and Macao Bites Food Truck is by the water park.
For an elegant dinner, choose from Bordeaux, El Patio, Himitsu, Oceana ,and Portofino, which serve French, Mexican, Asian, seafood, and Italian cuisine, respectively. The Seaside Grill near the Preferred Club pool serves grilled meat and seafood in a more relaxed, casual atmosphere. If you can’t make up your mind, there’s the World Cafe, the main restaurant that sets out a large international buffet three times a day.
While some Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana reviews found the food to be good, others were disappointed. Some guests said that room service was slow or didn’t come at all, and many felt that the waits at the restaurants were long.
There are 7 bars and lounges where you can take advantage of unlimited cocktails made with top-shelf spirits, high-end wine, and domestic and international beers. The lobby bar Rendezvous is in a cozy corner of the reception area and has comfortable, brightly colored lounge chairs set around small tables.
On the pool deck, you’ll find Sugar Reef next to the Preferred Club family pool and Manatees, the swim-up bar, in the infinity pool. Barracuda, the beach bar, straddles the line between the sand and the pool deck.
In the evenings, watch the game or shoot some pool at Desires, the sports bar that becomes a nightclub at 11:00 p.m., or watch a performance at Showtime, a theater bar.
Preferred Club members also have access to their own exclusive lounge, located near reception. Many Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana reviews raved about the quality of the staff putting on the entertainment.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Beach
This Dreams property is built on the award-winning Macao Beach, which has been recognized as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean by UNESCO. Locals refer to Macao Beach as possibly the most beautiful in the whole Dominican Republic, and Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana reviews agree. The water has hardly any seaweed, but the water is a bit rough and waves are sometimes too strong for swimming.
This beach is not private; it has easy public access and there are lots of local restaurants that line the beach, so guests comment that there are plenty of vendors trying to make a sale. The resort has gated off a private section just for guests, although it’s closer to the main pool than it is to the waterfront.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Pools
There are 4 swimming pools, including 2 exclusive Preferred Club pools, one for adults only (located next to the Seaside Grill and Barefoot Grill; and a family pool for Club members between the Barefoot Grill and Sugar Reef Bar.
A large infinity pool with two entrance points, a swim-up bar, and poolside lounge seating is located towards the back of the property, just steps from the beach. The Kid’s Pool is on the opposite side of the property, just a short walk from reception. While Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana reviews said the pools were clean and beautiful, they also mentioned that it was difficult to get lounge chairs unless you woke up very early.
Just outside of the two-bedroom villas, there is a water park with multiple waterslides and a lazy river. There are also a few Jacuzzi tubs spread out on the pool decks.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Activities
Dreams Resorts offer endless entertainment day and night. Dreams Macao Beach has activities for kids that rival those offered by other Dreams properties, like a trampoline and tightrope, a weekly camping adventure on the beach, a movie theater, a waterpark, a disco, and an arcade.
Guests who like to keep fit can use the gym equipment and free weights, play a game of tennis or beach volleyball, use non-motorized watersports equipment for free, and take a free intro scuba lesson. For an extra cost, you can take an excursion off-site, like a tour to Saona Island, the Marinarium, Scape Park, or Monkey Land. Deep-sea fishing and scuba diving trips can also be arranged through the 24-hour concierge.
For a bit of pampering, the Spa be Penovia is there to offer relaxing massage treatments (including couples’ massages), a hydrotherapy circuit, manicures and pedicures, and luxurious skin treatments.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Romance Packages
Purchase a romance package from Dreams resorts for the perfect proposal, elopement, wedding, anniversary, or honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Packages come with generous add-ons and luxurious perks. For example, the Eternity Honeymoon package includes breakfast in bed, a couples’ massage and another couples’ spa treatment that you can choose, light snacks each evening, and a beachfront dinner. Plus, when you book 4 nights or more, Dreams will reward you with free additional nights.
For wedding packages, a professional wedding planner will work with you to create your dream wedding in the Dominican Republic. Some packages include free nights for a guest of the wedding or free makeup for one member of the bridal party.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: What’s Included
With an all-inclusive stay at Dreams Macao Beach, you can indulge in their signature Unlimited Luxury package, which includes unlimited dining and drinks.
There are also many amenities and activities at the resort that are free for guests, such as sports courts, games, fun classes, and nightly shows. Plus, right now you can get up to $200 off the price of nonstop flights from select departure points when you book your room and flight together through a Dreams travel agent.
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Reviews: Location
Dreams Macao Beach is on the outskirts of a small fishing village. Guests here have lots of opportunities to meet locals, as there are few other big hotels nearby. The beautiful beach that it’s built on is very popular with the local community.
Dreams Macao Beach doesn’t have an airport shuttle service but has an arrangement with a company called Amstar that provides guests with transport to and from the airport. You can arrange transportation right on the resort’s website.
If you’d rather book your own transport or rent a car, there are plenty of airport transfer companies in the Dominican Republic, both public and private, and the resort has a parking lot. You could also take a taxi. The resort is roughly 20 miles (or a 30-minute drive) from the airport.
Google Maps Rating: 4.3
Booking.com Rating: 8.4
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Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.