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Northernflashers Dreams Tulum Review 26th March 2010

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#21 DiamondGirl

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    Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:51 PM

    Congrats on becoming a Mrs!! Amazingly detailed review!!

    #22 starlitk

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      Posted 19 May 2010 - 05:05 PM

      Amazing review! Future DT brides will be incredibly lucky to benefit from your detail and wisdom! Congrats on a wonderful wedding!

      #23 L&A2010

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        Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:21 AM

        Originally Posted by northernflasher
        Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments.

        The rooms in the dreams preferred section have 2 chairs and a small table on the balcony or terrace. The hacienda rooms with the hammocks also have a table and chairs.
        Thanks for the info!

        #24 orionandmari072510

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          Posted 20 May 2010 - 11:35 AM

          Originally Posted by northernflasher
          ROOM 3106: 7/10
          Everything as room 4125 but this room had terrible problems with mosquitos and despite being fumigated twice by the hotel they still persisted. We couldn’t figure any reason why they had such an issue in this location as the majority of our party only had problems with mosquitos out and about.
          The air con also flooded the room twice.

          Unfortunately for my sister who is NOT an early riser the cleaner always insisted on coming really early every day and because they didn’t have a privacy button would knock on the door until they opened up!

          ROOM 1107: 7/10
          Everything as room 4125 except they had to request a hammock several times.
          The coffee machine was also broken and after asking reception several times they borrowed the one from my dads room as he doesn’t drink coffee.
          This was also one of the makeshift twin bedrooms so as it was originally set up for 2 people they had to request everything for three, towels, robes, coffee cups, etc.
          They squeezed the single bed into the gap between the king and the wall which made it mega cosy at bedtime and meant that they could only use one side of the king to get in and out but they really wanted to keep the free space by the sofa and patio doors.
          I didn’t see this room until the last day but in hindsight if I were them I would probably have asked to see a “downgraded twin room” because I really don’t think there’s such a thing as a bad room at Dreams and I think they would have been much more comfortable in a room designed for three.
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          ROOM:...WE CANT REMEMBER SORRY! 7/10
          Everything as room 4125 except it’s on the 1st floor. This was also a makeshift twin bedroom but as they are aunt and nephew they kept the single bed pushed up against the sofa so they could access their balcony but not use the seating area. It also meant that the nephew couldn’t watch TV unless he sat on his aunt’s bed. Again I think they would have been more comfortable in a room designed for twins.
          This photo was taken kneeling on the makeshift single bed.
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          I suppose in hindsight we could have got Natalia our WC involved but everyone was so tired the night we arrived and none of them made a big issue of it to me throughout the holiday so I assumed they were comfortable. It was only when I saw these rooms on the last day that I felt bad and wished I’d been firmer at reception and demanded they sort out a better alternative. In view of the fact that we all paid a lot of money for the same grade accomodation I think Dreams should have done better.

          FOOD AND RESTAURANTS: 9/10
          We found the food to be plentiful and delicious in all the restaurants at all times of the day.
          Without doubt the best quality food I’ve ever had at an all inclusive.
          Our main issues were that the food temperature was often inadequate even in the a la carte restaurants and that there are no real arrangements for vegetarians. We had 2 in our party and thankfully they are not too precious because quite frankly they would have starved! I must stress here that this seemed to be true of everywhere off the resort too and not just Dreams in particular.
          We all had “dodgy” tummies at various points throughout our stay and my sister had a week off work with food poisoning on her return home but she does have ongoing digestion problems which always flare up when she travels. I don’t want to put all that down to food alone, I think it was a mixture of over indulgence, alcohol, heat, dehydration, nerves etc.
          The hotel was fully booked for our weeks. As a result as a party of 15 we really struggled with getting tables in restaurants, even though we told them we were happy to be seated at several tables rather than one big table.
          David and I found the service and whole experience to be much better on our last week when it was just the two of us.
          A tip for you is that they often over exaggerate the length of time you will have to wait in order to put you off so you will go elsewhere. We were often told our wait may be 1-2hrs so we would put our names down on the wait list, go get a drink and go back in 30 – 40 mins and get a table.
          Sometimes you are given a pager which recalls you to the restaurant when your table is free. They dont seem to have many of these per restaurant and for whatever reason we were never given them. I personally think you get seated faster the closer you stay to the restaurant.

          WORLD CAF‰ (BUFFET): 9/10 Casual dress. Great for breakfast and lunch, we didn’t eat here at night. Be aware that on the fiesta / theme evenings the world caf© is closed and all the food is served outside on the terrace. You must get there early or you will not get a table, the area does not appear to be able to cater for the number of guests wishing to attend these theme nights. We managed to get into the Caribbean night on second week by being there an hour before it was due to start and standing in line. The food was delicious but when the rest of the family went on the Mexican night they were not as impressed with the food.

          World cafe entrance view with doorway to left annex:
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          World cafe central view:
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          Natalia did mention that it may be possible to use the side annexes in the world cafe as a wedding reception location on fiesta nights when its closed to the public. I think they are really pretty.
          Left side annex inside World Cafe
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          Right side/bar annex inside world cafe
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          Wow, thats a beautiful resort! i love all the spanish deco and arched doorways! really gorgeous!

          #25 SonyaR

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            Posted 20 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

            What a great review, very helpful for us Dreams brides. Sounds like you had a great wedding day.

            #26 AishaB

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              Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:55 PM

              Everything looks beautiful. Great that your day was wonderful. You guys look so happy
              BDW the best place for my TYPE A personality!

              #27 northernflasher

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                Posted 05 July 2010 - 06:21 PM

                Thanks for your comments.

                Just a quick update we received our wedding certificate translation on Thursday 1st July, thats just over 3 months from our wedding day.

                Also check out my excursions in the Riviera Maya Review to help with planning your sightseeing and budgeting.

                Happy Planning.
                Michelle X

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