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Dream away in the Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa

Published: April 20, 2012
Section: Arts, Etc.

The time to dream has come and the place to do it is Huatulco, Mexico. Now that summer is around the corner, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to concentrate on school work. Some might even go as far as to say that it’s impossible not to daydream about the possibility of a little free time, a lot of piña coladas, a few infinity pools, a killer view of the ocean and good Mexican food.

Thankfully, there is good news for all the daydreamers out there, because there is actually a place that offers just what you imagine. The Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa is a perfect combination of relaxation, rest and fun. As its name cleverly points out, the all-inclusive hotel is in charge of making you feel as if you’re in a dream. From the moment you are welcomed at the gate with tropical drinks and moist towels, to the very sad moment when you leave, the staff is in charge of taking care of your every wish.

The Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa lies on Tangolunda Bay, one of the largest and most beautiful bays along the pacific coast of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Even though the resort’s location is flawless, there are so many things to do inside its elegant metallic gates that it’s not even necessary to venture outside. In order to keep guests busy, the resort offers several activities, ranging from the aerobics in the pool, pottery painting lessons and loud kids club, to some less successful late-night comedy shows. Overall, the Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa is a fantastic experience.

For the rooms, the resort offers all kinds of accommodations, from suites to doubles. All the rooms have beautiful views, either of the glistening ocean or the sparkling pools, and most importantly, every room has a TV, which comes fully equipped with American and Mexican networks, highlighted with famous “telenovelas.” The rooms are very spacious and the beds comfortable. Whether you go there by yourself or with family the rooms won’t be a problem.

One of the only weaknesses at the resort is the food. While guests can eat whatever and whenever they please, the excitement wears off eventually when they realize that the resort serves the same things every day (and that gaining a couple of pounds is more than likely). The resort has a few fancier restaurants that offer Mexican, Italian and French food, however, and the dishes in most of those restaurants are tolerable. The only thing I would go back for would be the churros in the Mexican restaurant though. Additionally, the service leaves a lot to be desired. The problem with the food is not so much the quality—the banana bread in the mornings is to die for and so is the pizza in the afternoons—but how little the dishes change. It would certainly help if they created more variety in the menu.

Regarding the facilities, there is nothing to complain about. If you want to lay out in the sun, which is what most people go there to do, the resort offers many options. There are sunbeds alongside the pools and even in the water. Plus, there are also huts with sunbeds. Once you leave the security of the perfectly manicured resort, however, the scenery tends not to be so pretty.

On the plus side, Mexico is one of the most beautiful destinations. Not only are the people friendly and polite, but it is also a country that offers a never ending succession of parties and relaxation. No matter what you do no one will judge you and, if you ever need help, natives are always around to provide it. Also, being so close to the United States is an advantage, since there are plenty of people who speak English in case Spanish is not one of your strong suits.
The Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa might not be the ideal getaway if what you want is to explore and be adventurous. But if you want to eat, sleep, rest and repeat, you’ll find no better place. In fact, the resort does a great job of describing itself: It really is an oasis of dreams.