Dreams Las Mareas
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The resort is located on the slope of a cove facing the West which gives you beautiful sunset photo opportunities. Be prepared for lots of stairs or sloping sidewalks. Many pools are interconnected with water falls to adjust to the downward slope from the buildings to the beach.Grounds keepers do a great job keeping the gardens well maintained and quite beautiful especially in the spring with flowers blooming.We were in building 6 and almost without fail each morning there were monkeys in the trees at the back, hillside entrance, photo op again.This is a family resort, however there are two interconnected pools for adults only if you prefer the calm and quiet.There are no large stage shows as with other resorts. Most of the entertainment is oriented towards the kids. There was a sax player outside the coffee shop area one evening but generally if you are looking for huge production nightly shows this isn't the place for you.Food was great, all restaurants had a good variety of tasty food. If you like your steak "well done" be prepared to send it back for more cooking, medium seems to be the serving point.The Tapinyaki part of the Japanese restaurant booking was a little ridiculous, there were two cooking stations, that seat 10 people each with 3 sittings, do the math thats 60 guests per night. That means unless you are bending over backwards to make sure you book early you won't be able to get a reservation. Reservations start at 7AM for the that day and the next. We didn't make it in, but still we did get a table in the regular part of the restaurant and the meal was great.We weren't pleased with the pillows in our room, they had very little resistance in them. Otherwise the room was nicely laid out.Although the groundskeepers do a great job making the outside look good, the inside needs some updating. If you go to the buffet the long cushioned bench seats are in need of recovering as do the chairs outside the coffee shop. The pool/beach towel supply was outstanding, no need to worry about exchanging one for one, or having to use the same wet towel all day, there were plenty to go around. But do book your lounger by the pool early, the good spots go quick, we self reserved a lounger of our choice every morning before 6AM. If you hope to do excursions off site be prepared to lose a whole day on the trip, most excursions spend at least 2/3's of the time frame due to travel. This resort is remote, which is good or bad depending what you want to do.All and all a nice quiet place.
If you are looking for a place to get away, this is it. It is an hour and a half from the Liberia Airport and several hours from attractions, so this is not where you want to stay if you want to be in the middle of things. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, surrounded by wildlife and amazing views. Stay in the Preferred section if you can, you will have the benefit of being able to use the Preferred Club and will have faster more convenient check in and out. We had an ocean front swim out and it was worth every penny we watched the sun set right in front of our room every night!There is an adults only section of the pool which is great for those of us who don't have kids! The drink service was excellent, we never had to wait long for the servers and the Pool Concierge is on his game so if you need anything ask. The only issue we had was that for the first half of our stay there was a large convention at the hotel that would come to the pool and reserve a ton of chairs for their people who never even came down. So for a few days if you didn't get a spot by 7am the pool was full. We ended up reserving the cabana beds at the pool for the days we wanted to be down there so it worked out for us, but a lot of people couldn't find a spot. The only complaint we had was the service at some of the restaurants was really inconsistent. And here is where my review gets really picky. My husband and I are UVC members, so we have been to LOTS of AMResorts so we know the standard for service that is typically found on these properties. And at times Las Mareas didn't quite make it. Service at Portofino, and Himatsu was always impeccable, and so was the food! Service at World Cafe and the event nights was also up to expectation. But Oceana and Seaside Grill were totally hit and miss. There were days that were great, but then there were days when it took forever to get our food when others that came after us were served before us, when we never got the drinks we ordered and often our waters were never refilled or refilled very slowly. Now again, this is a very picky thing and by no way ruined out trip or really affected the big picture at all, but as UVC members we can't help but compare the service we receive at other AMResort properties.Overall Las Mareas was amazing and we will definitely be back soon!
Spent two weeks at the Dreams hotel with my partner and we both absolutely loved it. Loved the food, especially the variety at the World Cafe, service was great, very clean (our room got cleaned twice a day, although they did tend to come a bit late, around 5pm when we were getting ready to go out and then again around 9:30pm when we were coming back to room). Beach is beautiful (lots of people trying to sell you things though, can get annoying). Lovely spa, although very, very pricey! Take lots of money with you if you'd like to have a few treatments. The souvenir shop is also very pricey but sells really nice things. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Crystal the aqua aerobics lady was very funny and did the best work outs! Recommend getting up at 6 to find a bed by pool, definitely no later than 7 as the good ones will all be gone. If you like working out, take your gym clothes as the gym is great, we went most mornings. If you're expecting to have a jacuzzi on your balcony, be prepared to be disappointed as it is only a bath. We both loved using it at end of day whilst sun was setting but thought I'd mention it does not give out bubbles like jacuzzis do. Best part of hotel are the monkeys! They are so cute and there are so many of them! Best time to catch them is around 8am and 4pm in the trees behind building 5 (where we were). We fed them bananas and they loved it. Bed is SO comfy, had lots of decent sleep! We ordered room service two of the days, second time it arrived cold and my boyfriend had ordered a fry up, it made him feel sick, first time was fine though. Lots of exciting trips to go on, if you are looking for a long relaxing holiday with optional adrenaline experiences, then this is the holiday for you!
We spent 6 days at Dreams and 3 days in Arenal. We rented a car for $400 from Vamos. Flew into Liberia. The drive from there to Dreams was very easy. Roads were paved the entire route and there were signs along the way directing to the resort. We knew ahead of time the resort was isolated, but once you get there you will see it is very isolated. We didn't even pass a gas station along the way and cell phone service was inconsistent. Our room was great, we had a beautiful ocean view and a jacuzzi on our balcony. The food was OK, and there was a great variety to choose from. Drink service could have been better, several days at the pool we saw a waiter only once or twice the entire day. After spending time both here and in the Arenal area, we said if we had to do this trip over, we would have skipped going to Dreams. There was so much more to do in La Fortuna and it was much prettier there as well.
I assume the food at a an all inclusive is going to be mediocre at best, but the food here is good, I enjoyed most of my meals. The location is incredible. If you want to take an excursion, you have to be prepared for at least a 2 hour drive to anywhere, but that's what makes this place so awesome.For the most part the staff is great. Darling, serving drinks around the pool, lives up to her name. I wish I could remember the names of the other pool service team, because they were all great. Always happy and making the pool experience enjoyable. The service at the restaurants was inconsistent. Sometimes it was great but a few times it was horrible.I swim in Lake Michigan, so I rolled my eyes when I read the "cold ocean" complaints. I expected the water to be cold, but I wasn't prepared for it to be as cold as it was. The pools were also cold, but they were as cold as I thought the ocean would be, so I was able to swim in them, but the ocean was to cold for me to enjoy.The beach is disappointing. Like I said, the water is to cold to have a relaxing swim in and only the part of the beach in front of the resort was usable. It's surrounded by large rocks so I couldn't even go for a long walk along the beach.For me the wild life is what made the resort. Obviously the monkeys are the stars of the show. We had a basic jungle view and I'm glad we didn't upgrade. Seeing monkeys on the balcony is better than any view the ocean can give. There are also iguanas around the adult pool that don't seemed bother by people. Everyday I saw them jump up on lounge chairs while people were using them, it was awesome. There's also a really beautiful and friendly bird that perched on the lounge chair my wife was using.If you're looking to relax and just enjoy nature, this place is perfect. I would have given the resort 5 stars if the pools were warmer or if the service was a little better.
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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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