Dreams Las Mareas
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I visited this hotel with my family on 2016. I must admit It was a long drive to get there from San Jose but I must admit it was the best customer service weve had so far in the country. They received uf with and espectacular coctail and warm face towels to freshen up. The personal was always courteous. The hotel complex is beautiful with a variety of restaurants and with service from waiters near the pool side for drinks and food. Can¨t wait to get back there. :)
I was a little leery at first, our last experience with a Dreams resort wasn't the best. However, we took my 10 year old to Dreams Las Marenas in Costa Rica and had an AMAZING time. This is our 3rd Dreams. We have been to 5 secrets resorts, 2 Zoetry's and 1 Breathless as part of the UVC program.The ride from the airport was long and a bit bumpy. I was a little car sick, bring mint gum to chew on. Took 50 minutes from airport, 80 going home. First - go Preferred Club all the way. Our check-in was super fast and there were refreshments and appetizers when we arrived in the club. Actually, this is one of the best Preferred Clubs we have been too in all the trips we have taken.One of our rooms wasn't ready, so they put all the luggage in our room so the kids could change - which was totally fine. The second room was right next door and it was ready by 4pm. Rooms were clean and A/C worked well, since it was over 90 degrees and sunny every day. We had fresh towels when we needed (tip - read the instructions for the towels and sheets in your room). Privacy may be an issue with the frosted doors on the toilet and shower. There is a curtain but still....... Our soaking tub on the patio was great for my 10 year old after the sun and pool all day. We were in Building 3, you can hear road noise starting around 6am, but I am an early riser. i would recommend building 5 and up if you like to sleep in. I as just happy that I was accommodated with adjoining rooms, it didn't matter to me. The resort was 98% full when we checked in.Only thing was we could have used more bottled water in the fridge daily. Our sodas and beer were filled, just not the water. I noticed bottled water is hard to come by, so I had a YETI cooler cup with me and I had it filled with ice in the morning, and refiled from the water coolers at the bars all day (love the fruit in them). I recommend bringing one. And a dollar store pool float is useful if you have children. Yes, there are monkeys - you need to go early in the mornings, they are behind building 5 in a tree. Very cute, saw a momma and baby together, and a comical jokester was hanging out making fun of us. Lizards are around, some do venture into the Seaside Grill during lunch. They are harmless. Raccoons are around in the evenings on the bottom floors, my friends had a swim out room and saw them on her patio. They are scared of you, so won't be hanging around to chat. The swimsuit rooms are lovely and fun, but with paying for 2 rooms adjoining it was not feasible for us. There we so many different areas to hang out poolside, we tried a new location every day. One problem - when it is crowded, there are NO CHAIRS! After the spring breakers left, we had plenty to choose from. The Adult pool is so nice, and serene - cucumber water, sunscreen, books and magazines. Heaven... but wait..... I had kids with me so that didn't happen. I watched from afar. Our favorite thing to do was grab a chair, umbrella and chill with my 10 year old in the pool. We grabbed lunch down at the bottom Barefoot Grill - it was a different mini buffet around the sides until 3pm - fish, beef, chicken, salad and fresh fruit. They had burgers, dogs, nachos and quesadillas daily till 5pm. Not having to go sit formally for lunch was great since we were soaking wet all day from being in the pools. My son loved to run up and grab a quesadilla and a sprite and come back to our chairs. However, you can have lunch at the buffet, which we did once, and in the Seaside Grill - they have pretty good salads, chicken, wraps, and burgers.The DJ rotated around from the upper pool to the lower pool each day. He was very loud and sometimes the music was a tiny bit inappropriate for the kids. We asked him to switch songs when we realized how "off" it was (ha). Crowded days he played all day, but again, after everyone cleared out, it was really only an hour of music. There were lovely musicians one afternoon playing beautiful music. Activities are all around - you just have to watch the time and your "sundial" for the listings. If you have kids, I recommend hanging out at the upper pool. They have Jenga, ping pong, croquet, corn hole, archery and rile shooting. Kids club had a lot of activities also, but my 10 year old felt he was too old to hang out there. The pool waitstaff was very busy, and honestly, I don't need to be waited on - I need to move around and I enjoy meeting people at the bars scattered all around. But they were there - I didn't use them most days. The pool areas were very clean - no cups laying around and spilled drinks. Very well cared for. And not once did we hear a lawnmower or a hedge trimmer.Restaurants - everything was excellent, I even enjoyed the dreaded buffet - it was quite good. I have a hard time with buffets so I was leery. Excellent choices. TIP - men must wear sleeves indoors while eating. Breakfast is here or you can go to the Cafe upstairs for a muffin and coffee. If you are part of the Preferred Club they have a small fruit and pastry speed with tea and coffee.Our men went fishing and brought back a white tuna and the chef from Seaside grill cooked it to perfection, it was fantastic. I cannot pick a favorite restaurant, each one had things I enjoyed. Remember, you are on island time so dinner moves a bit slower than what us Americans are used to. Peak seating is 7:00 to 8:30, you may have to wait if you show up at that time. We would put our name in and head to the Preferred Club for nibbles and drinks until our beeper went off. They even called down for us at the club from the Italian Restaurant to tell us our table was almost ready. TiP - kids cannot sit inside this restaurant. It is Adults only, but our 10 year old enjoyed his pasta sitting outside watching the magic show while eating. This was one of the later nights we ate, but the food was great. Highly recommend the grouper.Seaside Grill - we loved the filet and chicken served on a sizzling skillet. Oceana - not my favorite out of the choices, but it was still good.El Patio - Mexican - appetizers - AMAZING! Dinner was great too but I was very full from my chicken mole tacos. Himitsu - if you can get a reservation for hibachi - go for it. Kids love it. We went back for the spring rolls and sushi our last night there. Very fresh, very good.We booked two tours with Alex on the Beach. One was fishing as I mentioned above, and then we all did the Mega Combo: horseback riding, biplane, water slide, lunch, and mineral springs. Great time! Beach - we didn't really hang out much here. there were a few vendors that left you alone after you said "no thank you", the water was FREEZING but the sunsets were the most beautiful. Sand it very strange, like a mix of dirt, crushed sheets and black sand. It stained our flip-flops, but a little oxo-clean took care of that. Overall, everything was top notch, impeccable, and professional. I would go back again in a heartbeat. Top recommendations: lots and lots of sunscreen and sunburn relief like aloe. It is very expensive at the gist shop. If yo are fishing, take a long sleeve SPF shirt and a ziplock bag to keep it in after you use it. i brought liquid detergent and washed them in the sink and dried it outside. Less smelly that way. Bring for kids: Goggles, pool float.Also tee shirts with sleeves for the men/boys, an insulated cup to keep your water cold, and go Preferred Club all the way.
The location is great, and it was a wonderful all-inclusive if that is what you want. If you are looking for more excursions you might want to try a place closer to the area you want to visit.Again, as an all-inclusive, this had it all. 24/hr room service, a 24hr cafe, and different restaurants and bars opening at different times throughout the day. There were always activities, and while we didn't bring our kids, it looked like there was plenty for children and that they were taken good care of.The one issue is there are no clocks anywhere. This is good and bad. It's good because you can lose yourself in the resort, but if you want to make one of the activities or need to get somewhere for an excursion... you better make sure you have a watch! And utilize wake up calls!Dreams is part of Apple Corp and Unlimited Vacation Club. Unlimited will try to get you to buy a membership. They'll claim it's a 90min presentation over lunch. FALSE. There is lunch THEN they take you to the room where they try and sell a membership. It's not worth it for the $100 coupon. Use the 4hrs to enjoy the resort or go on an excursion.Included: Taxes, gratuities, food, room service, many alcohols, evening entertainment, daily activities, water activitiesExtra money: Non-house wines, spa, excursions, motorized water, gift shop.Still, we'd go back, it was a lovely location and a nice getaway.
This place is amazing. I have never been interested in the all-inclusive resort idea, but this one is special. As a disclaimer, we first stayed in the rainforest and then moved to this resort for the second part of our trip. Therefore, we planned the adventure part before the relaxation part. However, we still went off the resort after we got here. One day, we did a day trip to Nicaragua (scheduled through the resort). It was very informative and memorable. We also scheduled a sunset snorkeling trip. It was just us and 2 guides. They were friendly and made the trip special. We found humpback whales and he even picked up a puffer fish to show us! The resort is new and beautiful. The pools are huge and plentiful and I now understand why people spend time there instead of the attached beach. Plus, all beaches in Costa Rica are public so there are a decent number of people trying to sell you something. The food is very good. Our favorite was the Oceanside Grill. The staff was receptive and friendly. Oh, and so was the wildlife 😎. Iguanas, monkeys, anteaters, rabbits and birds all roam the premises. We leave tomorrow and I already miss this place.
We were in bldg 5 which was very convenient to all restaurants. Room was great! Hot tub on balcony. The food was fantastic !!! The pools are gorgeous!! Had a really great time. We saw that there are also rooms available in different buildings where you have a swim up pool at your ground floor balcony!! Those looked really cool !! Small beach for swimming in a small inlet. My one disappointment is that all but one of the pool bars close by 4:30pm. The last one closes at 6pm. So there is nowhere to get a drink at the pool the rest of the evening! You must wait until 7pm and then you can only get a drink from a restaurant.(there is a restaurant near the pool site.) This really bothered me because it meant you can't sit down by the pool and enjoy drinks between 6-7. and after 7 you have to get up and go get one from the restaurant bar - no servers bringing you drinks after 6. Most excursions are a few hours away on bad roads but that may be the case all over Costa Rica though.We booked excursions through both the resort itself and through one of the group of folks who hang out on the beach. I am usually pretty weary of random guys selling excursions but we used them and they are all LEGIT! Alex on the Beach guys and another one
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- 3 Meals daily, plus snacks
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- Explorer's Kids Club (3-12yrs)
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- Daily continental breakfast service in the lounge
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- Upgraded mini-bar service
- Upgraded bath amenities
- 447 rooms
- 6 Restaurants
- 3 Bars
- 2 Pools
- Water Slide
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- Business Centre
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- Water Sports (fee)
- 1 King or 2 Double Beds
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- Direct dial telephone
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- 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
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- Maximum Occupancy 4
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Dreams Las MareasLiberia,Costa Rica
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