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#1 northernflasher

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    Posted 16 May 2010 - 01:50 PM

    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:
    http://i913.photobuc....s/DSC_7473.jpg
    World cafe central view:
    http://i913.photobuc....s/DSC_7471.jpg

    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
    http://i913.photobuc....s/DSC_7470.jpg
    Right side/bar annex inside world cafe
    http://i913.photobuc....s/DSC_7474.jpg

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