My group of 8 stayed at dreams from December 24th-January 7th and the resort was absolutely amazing the staff are always their to accommodate but their is so much to talk about it's easier to sort it into catgegories:
Rooms: the rooms are very well done and modern, the bathrooms had a beautiful shower and if you forget any bathroom amenities they usually have them set up on the counter (hair dryer, sewing kit, shaving kit, toothbrush, toothpaste and shower gel and shampoo) the one downfall was their was no wall between the bathroom and bedroom it is a thin curtain that provides no privacy so if privacy is an issue for you I suggest upgrading to a master suite (the bathroom and bedroom are separate) or staying somewheres else.
Pools: The resort has several pools including a kiddie pool and 2 Infiniti pools which are all beautiful and laid out perfectly. Depending on how busy it is the chairs will get taken up quickly and people wIll steal them if you aren't careful. My advice get chairs next to the upper pool it is quieter and feels a lot cleaner also the pool staff are amazing up there.
Restaurants: Breakfast was never too busy even around Christmas when the resort was full and the buffet is amazing but the seaside has an even better breakfast menu with a small buffet and is a lot quieter we ate thre quite a lot. For lunch the buffet and barefoot grill are amazing depending on how dressed you are. For supper the staff explains their are no reservations unless your group has 8+ people well our group did so we reserved all our restaurants once we landed, sometimes they had our reservations sometimes they didn't and smaller groups had a hard time eating because the larger groups would fill the whole restaurant. For quality of food it just as good if not better than Mexico, portofino and himitsu were amazing especially the tepenyaki tables. El patio was okay but if you're picky you will have a hard time finding something to eat. Seaside is amazing but the service Is absolutely terrible shoutout to Ana the hostess who always had a smile no matter how terrible the waiters were at getting our food wrong. Ignore the buffet for supper the food at the buffet during supper is aimed for children and not the best quality
Staff: The staff are absolutely amazing!! They made our trip the best trip we have ever went on honourable mentions goes to:
Eduardo and Kathya at the preffered club, they were simply amazing always had a smile and always remembered your drinks. Eduardo was the best bartender at a resort I've ever seen simply amazing!
Nana, Johanna and Stephanny they are the female entertainment staff and we're the funnest people we ever met they were always energetic and tried to get us to play games. They would even come to our chairs and just talk to us about our stay, we absolutely loved them!
Brian, Guillermo and Natalia are the bartenders/waiters at the upper pool and were super friendly and we're amazing at their jobs they are the reason we stayed at the upper pool!
Mario is the bartender at rendezvous during the day and the disco at night, he is the friendliest person we have ever met, always a big smile even if our family was the only one's in the disco.
Beach: the beach isn't the nicest but understand that the beaches in Costa rica are all public so their was constantly Costa Ricans on the beach playing soccer or relaxing the sand is gritty and not a nice colour but the water is beautiful.
Grounds and surrounding area: this resort is in the middle of nowhere and takes 1hour and 30mins to get their and a portion of it is on a bumpy road, the road isn't as bad as people make it out although if you tend to get car sick take a gravol but if you can handle a normal dirt road you should be okay. The resort is also a lot bigger than it it seems and to get from the upper rooms to the beach is about a 8-10 min walk but most things are in close proximity. The grounds are done beautifully and you can see they made an effort to keep some trees. The only issue is sometimes it gets extremely windy to the point where umbrellas could fall over We had an open one fall on top of us.
Other guests complained waaaaaaayyyyy too much, it's not the staff's fault if a restaurant is full or if you don't get your food the second you ordered it, it's clear they are under staffed but they are handling it and doing an amazing job considering the circumstances. Their is a lot of children and the guests without children aren't too loud or drunk like other resorts this could have been the time of year we went too.
excursions: make sure you see all the excursion people I think their are 4: 1 in the lobby, 1 by the disco and 2 on the beach. Their prices are fairly close but not the same and differ depending on what you want to do.
Overall this was the best vacation we've ever gone on and the beatiful resort and staff made it absolutely wonderful, we aren't typically a group that travels to the same resort twice even if it's amazing but we can't wait to go back there!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the beautiful Playa El Jobo on the Northern coast of Guanacaste, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica features an expansive palm-studded beach and lush tropical jungles. Dreams Las Mareas boasts a contemporar, where everything is included like gourmet dining options, limitless top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service and concierge and a balcony with breathtaking views – all without reservations and wristband free. Surrounding the resort is a fisherman community and the mountain range of Guanacaste, which offers guests with a variety of exciting tours and excursions. Kids and teens can mingle at our Explorer’s Club for Kids and Core Zone Teens Club, while adults can relax poolside, enjoy a romantic beach dinner or unwind at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia® ... more less
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