Dreams Las Mareas
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The resort was well developed, the rooms were small but adequate. The grounds are well maintained and pleasing. There are many pools, one to fit any ones desires. The restaurants are themed well designed and serve great food. I would recommend the resort to my friends. Despite th Kilometers of potholed road to get there.
We stayed at the Dreams Las Mareas Hotel in Costa Rica for 2 weeks in November 2016.We booked the holiday with Thomson but after reading some of the reviews on TripAdvisor we were not sure if we had booked the right hotel or not. People commented on the condition of the road leading to the hotel, the food, that it was too far out and that the beach wasn't very nice.All I can say is that people obviously like to moan about anything!!! People don't listen to these reviews I'm SO pleased we booked this hotel as it's beautiful, the staff are amazing and the rooms and food were Excellent!!First the road - the roads throughout Costa Rica are bumpy so don't go expecting roads like in the U.K or America. I believe they are working on making the roads better but it really isn't that bad. It takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get to the hotel from the airport but once you turn off the main highway and go down the mountain/ hillside the scenery is to die for so just enjoy the ride.We were surprised at the size of the hotel as we didn't expect it to be so large so that was a pleasant surprise. We had paid to upgrade to preferred rooms so as soon as we got there we were whisked to a separate check in and given glasses of champagne whilst we waited which wasn't very long. We were then taken by golf cart to our room which was in building 8C which is a two storey building. We had the corner room which was huge!! Yes the bathroom situation took a little getting use to - the bathroom is in the same room with the shower room and toilet having a glass door which could cause some problems with people but we just pulled the curtain whenever we needed to use the toilet. The bed was huge and very comfy but the best part of the room was the balcony it had a hot tub and patio furniture on it and had a great view of the ocean. In the preferred rooms the hot tubs do have jets and it's lovely to use it on an evening!! All of the restaurants were fantastic we never had a bad meal and all of the drinks were great too never watered down as some people have commented.There are a number of pools to choose from and our favourite was the adults pool. Never had to get up to get a drink as staff always walking round checking you had a drink or if you wanted them to get you another drink. This was always asked with a smile, we even got the waitress to bring us our burgers and hot dogs to the pool for us lol. The pool manager was great always checking you were okThe beach was lovely it doesn't have white sand but does that really matter? Yes you do have to travel for any excursions but that seems to be the same at every hotel in Costa Rica.In summery this is a fantastic hotel with staff who are a credit to the Dreams chain and we will be returning to this fantastic hotel and wonderful country.
Dreams Las MareasWe travelled here January 8 to 15 for a 3 day retreat I took part in. This resort had been on my radar as somewhere to stay for about a year so I was very excited to find out it was where my retreat was being held.I booked through Sunwing Vacations – who provided transportation to and from the resort as well as the tours we ended up booking (through Nexus Tours).When we arrived, after a bone jarring ride from the airport, to a fantastic early evening view of the resort. The check-in process was easy, the front desk staff, Kimberly specifically, were immensely helpful and always left you feeling welcome and looked after. We upgraded from the basic room we booked, to a swim-up room in building 8A – we had room 8101, right on the corner, so you had a sort-of oceanview (through trees). I am a UVC member, and although I didn’t book using member services, they were more than happy to extend member benefits with the upgrade (at a great price too). We likely saved almost $500 just on the room upgrade, nevermind the benefits.Our room was nicely set up, a king size bed, large bathroom space with the ability to offer privacy with a curtain that blocked off the space adequately. The shower was large with a rain showerhead and a hand held unit as well. The temperature was often so hot you had to turn it down. We had one issue with the shower and that was the light inside was burnt out – it took 3 conversations with the front desk to get that fixed. We had another lightbulb out – the one outside the door – they were unable to fix that. There was more than enough storage space for clothing – we both unpacked completely and still had space. Luggage was stored out of the way behind the door. We had a table and two chairs, a large flat screen TV with about 100 channels – lots in English. The windows were huge, with two patio doors to the swimout and sitting area – a sectional sofa with lovely cushions – perfect space for enjoying a morning coffee or any time of day really. We had a basic coffee maker, with dark roast coffee as well as decaf. There was a well stocked mini fridge – 4 bottles of beer, Coke products: Coke, Coke Light, Orange Fanta, Sprite and Fresca. Bottles of water were provided for both drinking and coffee etc. You just needed to let them know what your preferences were and that is what you got. There were also three little bottles of alcohol – rum, Jack Daniels and vodka. Replenished every day. There were snacks – a can of Pringles and a bag of M&M’s. The room was always cleaned very well, and twice a day too! The evening turn down service included a room refresh. We felt well taken care of in this department and a $3 tip just made service that much better. Any time we saw our maid she always asked if we needed anything – very nice service!Restaurants – we got to visit every restaurant onsite – the Japanese teppanyaki table I got to do twice – once with hubby and once with my retreat group. We had the same cook both times – he is learning, so the show could have been better but was still pretty good. You start with a flight as they call it, of sushi – 4 kinds, one of which I actually liked for a change. Then miso soup – is it supposed to be smoky tasting? I don’t usually eat it anyway but I sure didn’t like this one and most at our table both times didn’t either. The main show started with fried rice – delicious, I could eat this for a meal! You had a choice of beef, chicken and shrimp – or all three which was good as they were all super tasty! They also did a variety of vegetables – different colored peppers, white and red onions, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms (way too many for my taste but everyone else loved them!). I would recommend this restaurant for the food, not for the cooking show.The Sea Side Grill was my favourite by far. The pork chop meal – lunch or dinner, was superb. Lunchtime it came with a mango sauce that was lovely, mashed potatoes, and fried mushrooms. Dinner time it was a basic grilled pork chop with your choice of side. You also had loads of choices for salads, appetizers and other meat dishes. The rib eye was very nice as well and came with fried onions. The big thing with the pork chop was it was one of those tomahawk style cuts – with the large bone off the side, and that chop must have been almost an inch thick if not thicker.The Oceana a la carte was a lovely place as well. I had the whole snapper which was so well prepared and presented. The fish inside was lovely and moist. The menu was large and hard to choose from!The Mexican restaurant had a great menu and we enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. We sat inside although outside seating is available. They also have a VIP table with tequila tasting – not sure of the requirements for this space – see below for the Italian private table.The Italian restaurant was our last dinner there and the menu is huge – loads to choose from. I had spaghetti carbonara for the first time. It was good and others were raving about it. I have no point of reference so I will just say I ate the whole thing. I also had a caprese salad as an appetizer – it was tasty but small. I also enjoyed the house white wine – which comes from a winery in Chile called Cono Sur – I buy this wine at home and was very pleased to enjoy it at the resort as part of the all inclusive. Again we ate inside but outside seating is available. They also offered us the VIP table in it’s own private room – you have to spend $150 on wine to be able to use the space – not bad if you are say two couples splitting the bill – but a little over what we were looking for. We ate every day at the World Café – breakfast, lunches, dinners – it was all very good. I have to say the beef at this resort is amazing – it is easy to tell it is grass fed prime beef, better than what we get here at home unless you pay a very high price for it. You can also cut every selection with a dinner knife – no steak knives needed – no matter how thick the cut. Can’t do that at home!We did find that in most restaurants service was a bit lacking from what we expected. There were many breakfasts where you waited a long time for service. Some people had to catch servers and ask for coffee etc. We also found in the a la carte restaurants quite often we would be ignored in between service – you’d have your order taken, something delivered and then you didn’t see anyone until the next course arrived – whether you had empty beverage glasses or not. The Coco café available 24 hours per day was a lovely spot to pop in and grab a coffee (my favourite, which I discovered in Nicaragua, was a mocha cappuccino – which they made special for me as it’s not on the menu). The sweets, sandwiches, cupcakes, pretzels and donuts, to name a few, were so delicious – they do amazing things with filled donuts and vanilla cake cupcakes – mmmm!The spa was really good – pricey but really good. I was able to use a promotion – purchase products get a facial – I love the products and was more than happy to take them home! The stem cell facial I got for the second time, the first being in Mexico, and I love the feel of my skin – it totally changes it for weeks! I also highly recommend the tension relief gel by Pevonia – best $10 you will ever spend – it works in minutes to relieve knotted muscles!Entertainment is where this resort falls down. There was almost no nighttime entertainment. There did always seem to be a bingo game around 8 pm or so – that didn’t seem very exciting. They had karaoke one night, fire dancers (two) for a few minutes one night (it seemed like they were entertaining at a conference and took a few minutes to entertain the crowd). They showed a movie on the side of a building every night – always a family cartoon type show. They did have Costa Rican dancers one night, but that really seemed to be it. After traveling extensively in the Caribbean and Mexico – we noticed the lack of entertainment and missed it greatly.For daytime activities they had some really nice events – my hubby went on the nature walk (at 8:30 am) several times – they even saw monkeys once. It really gives you a good idea of the flora and fauna of the area. And you hear stories about the area as well. They offered bike riding, Spanish lessons, giant Jenga and more! Not bad at all – I never managed to catch any exercise classes like I was hoping to.Overall this is a great resort with delicious food and good service in most departments. If you are interested in the day trip to Nicaragua this is a perfect launch point as this is pretty much the closest resort to the border. The drive from the airport is long, but you get to see tons of the countryside this way and they have graded the roads this week so the trip is much smoother.They have something for everyone, families, couples, groups. If we return to this area of Costa Rica I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at this resort.
This unlimited vacation place is high end. The place is beautiful, the service is excellent, and the food is great. Some all inclusive vacation places only have lower shelf booze or a menu that contains items for extra cost.. Here at Dreams top shelf booze, all food items on the menus and room service is included. You even have a mini bar and fridge with snacks and soda and beer and booze that is replenished daily.
My family spent four nights here December 26-30. This is a 4 star property with 1-2 star food and service. . The staff was very nice, but it was obvious that the management was cutting costs wherever they could by not having enough staff and not training them well. The "all inclusive well stocked mini bar" contained a bag of M &Ms, one small can of nuts and some beer. It was not restocked regularly. But the worst thing was the food. I booked this place because it was supposed to be a high end all inclusive, but the food was so low quality that by the second or third day, my family was grumpy just from not finding enough decent food to eat! The exorbitant price we paid to stay at the Dreams Las Mareas should have guaranteed fresh, well prepared food and very good service, but it did not. There are lots of good beach resorts in Costa Rica. This is NOT one of them.
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Dreams Las MareasLiberia,Costa Rica
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