Dreams Las Mareas
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Pros: -beautiful rooms-lovely views-great entertainment-the pools were never busy-nice beach-restaurants excellent (except the Mexican one)-bell boy service was quickCons:-expensive-far from local towns-very windy -gift shop ridiculously priced (deodorant $13 usd, tube of sunscreen $38 usd)I enjoyed myself but would only recommend this resort for people looking to lay on the beach and do nothing. If you plan on doing excursions don't stay here it's far from eerything.
The Pros are: beautiful property, gorgeous pools and landscaping with pretty good pool side service, good food, great drinks and good transportation services. And they Recycle!! The Cons: long, arduous check-in process, sketchy service and cleanliness of rooms. And expensive souvenirs; don't even plan on getting anything for a realistic price. I stayed here last week for 6 nights with seven female family members; the eldest being my mom at age 85 who suffers from emphysema. She could walk down to the pools and we would call for a golf cart when time to go back to room. A beautiful property with amazing pools; all tile bottoms so no worn out soles of feet!When we arrived late, check-in was slow. Once to our room it was obvious the beds had been made but sheets not clean so had to call housekeeping to come change them. There was a little dead beetle bug that laid between the beds for almost the entire stay; I kept waiting to see if housekeeping would get rid of it...they make 2 trips to the room each day, once to make beds and replenish towels and then at night to turn down bed and leave a little paper mat right on top of rug between the beds, but the bug remained. The first few days the censes was low and you could be seated promptly for dinner in restaurant of choice. The last night a big group had arrived so it was a challenge getting in and once seated some people were leaving their tables as they had been waiting for 2 hours for food. Now there is always the option to go to World Café which is a grand buffet but that is where you eat breakfast and lunch so you usually would choose another restaurant for dinner. You are not able to make reservations other that at the hibachi grill.We did a day trip to Nicaragua and had an amazing tour guide: Juan Carlos. This guy knew everything from history, to science to politics. Very informative.Downside: we had looked forward to shopping there but everything was super expensive and to add insult to injury, you are literally swamped at the market with guys trying to be your personal shoppers. It was not fun. We did the half day zip-line tour. Unfortunately it had rained hard that morning and they still insisted on trekking us through the jungle/forest for an hour through the mud. Some people liked it, I did not. Zip lining was fun but too many people at one time. I would say a group of 8 to 10 would be best. The people of Costa Rica are pretty nice and many speak English. You have to remind yourself that you are in a country that moves at a much slower pace. We did have a great time but if I were to go to an all inclusive again, I will probably got to Mexico as it is less travel time.
My wife and I decided to spend 1week at Dreams to celebrate our wedding 5 year anniversary along with another couple who were celebrating their 7 year anniversary. The bus ride from the airport in Liberia to the resort took about 1 hour and a half but believe me it's worth every minute because once you arrive at the hotel you are not only mesmerized by the location and amazing views but you are also greeted by the most warm and friendly staff making sure your check in is as fast as possible so you can start your vacation ASAP. From the room to the many restaurants to the countless pools everything was clean and organized and attention to detail was at the max. The resort itself is beautiful, you really understand you are in the middle of paradise when you look around at all the plants and birds and little friendly monkeys that create this picture perfect experience. The food is delicious, (Gabriel at the Barefoot grill made the most amazing Nachos, quesadillas and hamburgers that just hit the spot for lunch and Ronald was always ready to bring you the most refreshing drinks to keep you happy pool side) if you are on the fence if you should book this vacation go ahead and do it, you won't retreat it...Pura Vida
To start the check-in process was a bit slow which I have come to expect in resorts on the main check-in days. Regular check-in was faster than our "Premier Club" process. that being said, we were happy to be somewhere warm and grabbed a drink while waiting. Getting to our room with luggage was quick and easy. The shuttle cart drivers do a pretty good job overall. The resort is spacious and beautiful. Honestly, a very nice place. The layout, although large, is well kept and reasonably convenient. You will have to walk a bit but not so much that the average person should have a problem. And if so, you can call for a cart. There were 6 adults in our party so obviously we wanted to eat together. Our first dining experience was at the Oceana for lunch. We asked the host for a table for 6, he said "not possible"...I sat and counted the empty tables. So when we asked to just put two tables together, again "not possible".Slightly annoyed, we agreed to sit at two tables (which were right next to each other). As soon as we were seated, we asked the waiter if we could push them together, to which he said "no problem". Strike One for the host! A couple nights later, we went through the same exercise with the same host for the Seaside Grill (different restaurant in the same space). Waited 45 minutes while we saw plenty of empty tables. Eventually I had another chat with him and we finally got a table. Strike Two for the host! Overall the food, like most resorts, is mediocre...hit or miss. Although Portofino is not bad. Don;t believe them when they tell you it will not be a problem to get a reservation in the teppanyaki restaurant if you make a reservation early the day you want to go. I went down at 7:15 (they open at 7:00) and they were full. We never did get to eat there, which was disappointing when you are eating in a small handful of places all week! Overall, we had many poor service experiences from unhappy bartenders (sorry to bother you to ask for a drink!!!), to lousy waiters (not all, some were very good), one miserable host who just smiles and says "I'm sorry, not possible". The room were nice, but room service was horrible. Took three days and multiple calls to get cushions for our deck chairs...good luck sitting on them without. Not sure why we didn't have them to begin with, but happened to notice all the other balcony's had them. The full service mini bar \s in the Preferred Club rooms is a total joke. If you don't care about a slightly better room (and I do mean SLIGHTLY), save your money and skip the charge for the Preferred Club. Huge pools were great, beach was just OK. Disappointing if you have been almost anywhere in the Caribbean. Locals are friendly people, really great! Pura Vida! We did one tour...the blue river tour. We enjoyed it but heard after-the-fact that the best tour was the jungle boat tour...sorry we missed that! So, in a nutshell, this place has a ton of potential...great resort, OK location, mediocre food and horrible service! Hope this review helps others. For a relaxing week away with no major service expectations, I would recommend it.
I'll write a full review when I'm home but this is just a quick one to say this hotel is brilliant. We are 5 days into our holiday and we are still in awe, every day at the hotel, the people and the atmosphere. The hotel looks amazing and feels every bit 5 star luxury. All the restaurants are top class, from the daytime snacks and full meals through to the night time restaurants, where the choice is huge. We're vegetarian and have a great choice of foods. All the hotel is stuffed with amazing staff who simply want to make your stay the best possible by meeting and exceeding your needs. What an impressive place. Highly recommended.
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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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Playa El Jobo, El Jobo Costa Rica
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