Dreams Las Mareas
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We came yesterday from what I believe is the best Resort for families in Costa Rica. From the moment we walk in we were constantly amazed. From the courteous welcoming by the Preferred staff and quick registration and welcome drinks who all quickly made feel right at home. We were then escorted to a Preferred Suite swing out room. We stayed here two years ago I can tell you this room was like new. Everything in order plus a welcoming bottle of champagne. We had to keep up with my 9 year old daughter who constantly wanted to do new things, from the water slide, to the bongee jumping, to the pool or the beach (this will be consider your exercise during this trip, jajaja). The food was amazing.Breakfast: Wolrd Cafe one of the most complete offering that I have seen. Room Service was very quick 30 minutes which is super fadt for a resort this size.Lunch: many different offers, from huge burgers, huge hotdogs and quesadillas by the pool to salmon and whole fish at oceana.Dinner: Don't miss Himutsu and Portofina, 5 stars!!!!Thank you to William (General Manager) for setting this great vacation for us and to Adriana Jimenez (Preferred Club concierge) for making this an incredible vacation.We will be back very soon!!!PS: I keep reading about the difference for being at Preferred Club. We did see a big difference, quick check in, way superior bar brands and options, courteous grettings and help provided at the preferred club. Personally I think it is worth the extra $$ for the return.
Overall, my family (husband and two kids ages 7 and 11) enjoyed the resort. The first 4 days was filled with lots of fun exploring the resort. There were at least 4 pools (1 adult only) there were never crowded so the kids could splash all they want. I believe of them are connected so the kids swim from one to another getting free drinks at the bar. Other pluses, we had our private pool right outside was were on the first level. We arrived early and our room was not ready so they offered us a king room with two rollouts at no extra charge. Close to all the restaurants. Great view of all the thunderstorms. Loved that the food was included. We visited the buffet and the Asian the restaurant the most as my kids were not fond of the other cuisines. We found out the hard way that the Italian restaurant is adults only inside so families with children could only eat outside. Every single staff member was very warm and friendly. I think part of their training includes, "It my pleasure." There was a young man from the spa who really stood out of me. He not only booked my appointment for the fish therapy but he was usually around the pool informing people about the spa services. My only recommendation would be the fish therapy where we paid $75 for two people. It was a fun experience as you most likely won't find in the States. The other services seem a bit overrpriced to me. To echo other reviewers, the resort is remote. It takes about an hour from the airport to the resort and most excursions will take about 3 hours to to reach your destination. Some are worth it, others are not. There are several tour companies on site. We went with destination services as we purchase our package via Costco so airport transportation was with them which was great as they had all of our flight info so had car to door service both ways. We also had excursions credits as well as 20% off most other excursions. I think all the tour companies go to the same place so I would suggest shop around. Would highly recommend the tour with the 8 skybridges in the rainforest, butterfly garden and hummingbirds garden. Love it even though it poured on us near the end. Breathtaking views. The resort is 45 minutes from Nicaragua so we opted for that tour as well. That being said, we didn't expect the wait time at checkpoints and customs. I don't think standing in heat and humidity helped our mood either so if I had to it over, may skip it. Felt very rushed. After day 4, we were ready to head home, mainly we had exhausted all the activities at the resort. Some we couldn't do because of age restrictions.
We were able to relax and get lots of help moving around as my husband had a torn Achilles and I have arthritis necessitating the use of a cane. The staff was very thoughtful and accommodating. Speaking Spanish was not needed but very welcome and the staff responded positively to our language and willing to teach us words and phrasing which was educational and inspired us to pursue our learning and practice.
We have been back from Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica for a a few weeks and are still talking about the beautiful resort and the trip. We traveled as a family (5 people) to include myself, my husband, my mother (for her 70th birthday) and our two daughters (ages 12 and 15). I will base my review on everyone's opinions and especially the accessibility for my mother.First off, the resort is very remote so unless you are renting a car or using transportation, once you are there, you are there. Which was fine for us, because it's so beautiful you're not going to want to leave. (We did leave for a few excursions). I would recommend to use Costa Azul Travels for your transportation. Christian (the owner) is very reliable and the nicest guy you're going to meet! Super reasonable and totally caters to whatever you need. We requested private transfer so we could stop and do some sight seeing or shopping or whatever we wanted and he was happy to oblige. He also did various stops to point out monkeys and gorgeous views for us. His English is perfect so he can also help answer any questions etc. For us, he was a one stop shop as well because he can also book you unforgettable excursions.When we arrived at the resort there were A LOT of people checking in and so they had moved their check in to one of the ball rooms, which helped with space I'm certain, however it was pretty confusing to us and we had quite a few questions that didn't get answered upon check in because it was so rushed. Check out though was in the regular lobby and it was much smoother and less chaotic.Our rooms: We had building three (which was the perfect location for my mom with her accessibility issues). We were near the restaurants and just a short jaunt to the pool. Which is odd to say, because the pool runs throughout the whole resort. The rooms were nice, however none of us were fans of the limited privacy for the bathroom. In our room there was only a curtain separating the sleeping area from the bathroom area. There are doors on the shower and the bathroom but they are very small and it made me feel a bit claustrophobic. My mom shared a room with my daughters and her room was handicapped accessible. Her room did have actual doors on the bathroom and it seemed much larger. The mini bar had water, coke, diet coke, fresca and juice in it. It was kind of hit and miss whether or not it was stocked daily. We did leave a note on the fridge with what we preferred with a little bit of a tip and sometimes it was fulfilled and sometimes it wasn't. The room was kept very neat and housekeeping did a great job. The grounds of the resort are BEAUTIFUL! Be sure to walk the beach every day. We enjoyed both a.m. and p.m. walks. Often times in the morning we'd catch the monkeys playing in the trees to both the left and right of the resort. The beach is public, which we enjoyed because it was nice to chat with local families (it was their holidays when we were there). Be sure to get a massage from Mary on the beach. She's to the right of the resort, when walking down. Best massage of my life for a fraction of what the resort spa will charge. The pool is unbelievable and we spent every day enjoying the pool. There are spots to read, relax or play, you can be as relaxed or as loud and crazy as you want. There's a spot for all of it. We are more of the relaxers but never felt bothered by anyone who were more of the partiers. My mom travels with a walker or a wheel chair and although the lounge chairs are too low for her, every day when she'd get to the pool a regular chair would magically appear for her. The staff took great care of her accessibility needs. Lounge chairs are plentiful and there is never a lack of space. Restaurants: The restaurants were great, we tried them all. Food was good, plentiful and the service was excellent. We never had to wait for a table. Our favorite was seaside and we loved the ribeye and beef medallion. The buffet was where we had breakfast daily and their fresh fruit was my favorite. So many different delicious fruits than what we have had available in the United States. Each restaurant has the option between indoor or outdoor seating. We often chose the indoor when we needed some air conditioning. Entertainment: This was the only area that we all agreed Dreams Las Mareas was lacking over other Dreams properties we have been. During the day there were some guided nature walks and some beach type games led by their enthusiastic entertainment crew, however at night the only entertainment that was regular was a movie and although they were newer releases we were looking for something more than a movie. There was one night that there was a Costa Rican buffet and we enjoyed listening to a duo sing and play music that night but that was about it. At other resorts we've been to there are GREAT shows such as fire and ice, and cultural shows. We love to learn about the cultures where we are staying but didn't feel like that was really offered at this resort. Another night there was a buffet and there was a full band but they played all American music. Our daughters were excited for the teen zone but only went once. They said much of the equipment wasn't working. They had a wii, a non working x pox, a pool table, a non working air hockey table and a ping pong table. As I mentioned before we traveled with my mom who has accessibility issues and she had no trouble getting around the resort. There was always transportation of golf carts that were constantly offering her rides and the use of the wheel chair was also helpful. I would recommend this resort to anyone as it is just beyond beautiful and we found the staff to be kind, courteous and helpful. We allowed our kids free roam and felt completely safe doing so.
I've struggled with composing this review for the last month as this is a tricky place to review. So let's start with the positives..Rooms are beautiful, clean, well maintained. Room service spot on. Resort is immaculate, staff are excellent. Pools are absolutely great with an adults only pool which was great for us. The daytime entertainment was good and we especially enjoyed the nature walk to see the monkeys etc. All good so far yes?!The problem with this resort is mainly after 7.30pm it falls flat. The piano bar has no pianist! For goodness sake, the secret to the ambiance of a piano bar is a guy playing the piano! Not an automated piano in the middle of the empty, soulless, clanging creation of a bar! The restaurants are good and we enjoyed the food in all, but they all join into each other so people would get up out their seat in the Mexican for example, go through the joining doors, get dessert from the buffet and come back. Odd. The seaside grill is excellent and nice to sit outside near the beach. Loved it here. The evening entertainment was a bit holiday camp for us. And anything that was taking place was squished right outside the piano bar so you could hear the music outside and the piano. The resort is very quiet at night. By 10pm it was just us and the raccoons. So basically the evenings weren't as fun as they should be. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing it. Whilst in resort you are definitely in Dreams-land and not Costa Rica. I wish the hotel had reflected the country's cuisine, heritage and traditions a bit more as the country has so much to offer. The resort is remote so be prepared to get picked up 5am if you're planning on trips- but don't let that put you off! Go see this beautiful country. In conclusion this is a lovely resort and we enjoyed our stay. There's just a few things they could do so much better which would give the hotel some class not just luxury.
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- 3 Meals daily, plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals)
- 24hr Room service
- 24 hour restaurant option
- Complimentary wi-fi and international calling with Unlimited Connectivity
- Explorer's Kids Club (3-12yrs)
- Core Zone Teens Club (13-17yrs)
- Daily activities
- Non-motorized water sports
- Evening entertainment
- Upgrade to the Preferred Club room categories and receive the following:
- Personalized check-in and checkout with concierge service
- Private Preferred Club Lounge and private beach area
- Preferred status and amenities
- Plush bathrobes, slippers and pillow menu
- Daily continental breakfast service in the lounge
- Afternoon hot and cold hors d'oeuvres; exquisite desserts & fine liquors in the lounge
- Complimentary newspaper in room every day
- Complimentary internet access in suite and computer access in Preferred Club Lounge
- Upgraded mini-bar service
- Upgraded bath amenities
- 447 rooms
- 6 Restaurants
- 3 Bars
- 2 Pools
- Water Slide
- Fitness Centre
- Medical Services (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Conference facilities (fee)
- Business Centre
- Laundry service (fee)
- Beauty Salon (fee)
- Water Sports (fee)
- 1 King or 2 Double Beds
- Hair dryer
- Direct dial telephone
- Iron & Ironing board
- Balcony or Terrace
- Coffee/tea maker
- Concierge Service
- Cable TV
- Mini-bar (restocked daily)
- Alarm clock with MP3 docking station
- 24-hour room service
- Electronic safety deposit box
- Twice a day maid service
- Maximum Occupancy 4
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Dreams Las MareasLiberia,Costa Rica
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