I would like to start off by addressing all the bad reviews: don’t listen to them. They are either written by people who like to complain, or don’t know what a good resort is when they see one. I can honestly say this is one of the best resorts I have ever stayed at. I have travelled to the Dominican Republic many times, Mexico several times, and Costa Rica once before, staying at many resorts and this was definitely one of my favorites.
Hotel Dreams Las Mareas has been open for about 6 months now and there are still some glitches; in the electricity in particular. There were a few minor blackouts that only lasted seconds, but when you’re in the middle of nowhere (which this resort is) I wouldn’t expect anything less.
Getting to the resort is interesting and exciting even. The resort is so secluded, getting there includes very windy roads, many hills (especially the last 30 minutes, it’s pretty much straight down), and the last 35 or so kilometers is unpaved, but the views are spectacular!
Check-in was very easy. We were preferred club so we were shown to a room with a buffet line of food, a bar, and people to check us in. It took maybe 10 or 15 minutes and we had reserved two rooms so I thought that was an appropriate amount of time.
Our rooms were very easy get to. We stayed in building 7 and our two rooms were on the second and third floors, not next to each other, but it wasn’t an issue.
The food is very good. The week we stayed was “Spring Break Week” and “Holy Week” and it did get very crowded with American’s and Costa Ricans off of school. I wish the specialty restaurants had been made a little bit bigger because if we didn’t go right when the restaurant opened, then we had to wait a long time. Portofino and the Hibachi Grill in Himitsu were for adults only but both places are really good and you need a reservation for the Hibachi Grill, but other than that the restaurants don’t take reservations. The buffet is really good, they always offer a good variety of fish and other proteins, along with Costa Rican rice, vegetables, fruit and desert. I loved the different types of juices offered in the morning at breakfast.
The beach at this resort is not one of the best I’ve stayed at, but then again nothing really competes with the Caribbean. The sand is all volcanic and a little rough and you can’t really clearly see the bottom of the ocean, even in the more shallow parts.
If you order room service, don’t leave your food outside your room, raccoons will come and eat it. We saw several raccoons, lots of pretty birds and a ton of monkeys on the hill side (15 at one point).
The service at the pool, with the drink waitresses, was great. They were good at giving out waters and taking orders and did so in good timing. Ingrid was our favorite. Once she knew us, she kept the beers coming. Getting chairs at the pool was tricky. We’d get out there at 6 and all the chairs at the lower pool would be taken and some at the middle pool, but that could’ve just been the week that we were there because we talked to others that said it wasn’t like that at all the week before.
The maid service is efficient, they come early to clean and then again around 7 for turn down service. The beds are really comfortable along with the pillows; there are even pillow menus that allow you to choose which pillow you want to sleep with if you choose which I thought was cool.
We did the Mega Combo tour through Alex on the Beach. It was a great tour. It includes: 10 zipline cables, a giant waterslide, horses, mud bath, hot springs, and the brides, and it was a lot of fun. The area is shaded pretty well, so you’re never in direct sunlight for too long. I didn’t really have an issue with bugs either and I didn’t use bug spray.
Overall, this is an amazing resort. I really don’t understand the negative comments—I did go in to the resort a little worried because of them, but I quickly found out my worry was misguided! Hope this helps!!
- 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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