Dreams La Romana Resort & SpaPlaya Bayahibe, P.O. Box 80, La Romana, Dominican Republic
A blend of Spanish, French, African and island cultures gives the Dominican Republic plenty to offer visitors in the way of food and festivals. But the natural surroundings—lagoon lined beaches and lush tropical forests— may be the biggest draw. Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa combines the beauty of the two, topped off by the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury, where everything’s included.
Guests stay close to nature on private balconies or terraces that look onto verdant gardens or the dazzling Caribbean Sea. Rooms and suites bring to mind genteel colonial days with wood furnishings, ceiling fans and tiled floors, though modern necessities like LCD TVs and MP3 docks make comfort truly timeless.
Day trips give couples and their guests a sense of the island’s vast pleasures. The tour desk happily arranges private or group excursions to nearby Catalina Island for snorkeling or diving, the artist village at Altos de Chavon, or the New World’s oldest city, Santo Domingo, which dates to the 1600s. Back at home, couples relax together in the calm environs of the world-class spa, soak up the sun on the palm-lined beach, even take an introductory scuba lesson in the pool. The supervised Explorer’s Club for kids gives the group’s youngest members a chance to experience the resort in their own way.
Following an active day of sightseeing or sports, everyone looks forward to mealtimes. The resort’s Unlimited-Luxury policy gives guests gourmet dining privileges at eight onsite restaurants and seven friendly lounges serving unlimited premium beverages.
Marriage-minded couples enjoy the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator, who includes all the special elements that make for a superb tropical celebration. Couples wed in their choice of locations: an elegant ballroom, picturesque garden or beach gazebo, or on a pier overlooking the ocean. A selection of three bridal packages, one free with minimal requirements, presents many options to personalize the event. Those who stay at least seven nights earn complimentary nights toward their first anniversary trip to their Dreams Resort & Spa of choice.