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Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the location itself is nice, but it's far from everything. Most of the excursions are between 2-4 hours drive on a very bumpy road. The excursions (shop around) are nice they have ATV rides, horseback riding, zip lining, the volcanic hot baths and mud baths and some things we didn't try like whitewater rafting. So that part is all good, if not fairly expensive. The food though was pretty bad, basically like eating at a buffet in your college dorms. I've only stayed at one other all inclusive, the Secrets at Cabo San Lucas and the food there was very good. So I guess that's what I expected since it's the same company, but there's a world of difference. I suppose it's hotel dependent. The staff is also fairly slow because they're understaffed (not their fault) Also it's very difficult to get a chair by the pools. People leave a hat or item there and go away for 6 hours blocking that chair from use. Since more or less everyone does that, it's pretty impossible to find chairs unless you "reserve" them early, which is supposedly against hotel policy but everyone does it anyways. I'm not sure it's the hotels fault as much as human nature, so what can you do. Maybe a reservation system that limits the use to 1-2 hours or something, who knows?

why do men have to wear a shirt but women can wear anything they want when eating in the restaurant??? the bar next to the seaside grill doesn't even open until 10:00 o'clock, why??? the worst part of your hotel, is the road getting there, worst road in Costa Rica

The attention is excellent. Friendly staff. Great meals. We will retiran for sure.

Excelent food , facilities , everything about this resort is incredible

I stayed 3 days with my family, I only can say that everything was wonderfull. I love the staff, they were happiness and helpful in every moment.

It was nice. Rooms could have been a little cleaner. Service was OK but could have been faster.

Hard review to write because most of the stay was great, while a few things were terrible. The road to the Dreams (the last 13 KM) was very bumpy. Not like a few potholes, which is what I expected, but sharp jagged rocks imbedded in the road. The rental car companies are always trying to up-sell, so I turned down the SUV which was a big mistake. If you are renting a car, get the SUV. It'll make your trip in and out a lot faster. The service in the restaurants is incredibly bad. The bars too, just not as bad. The servers do not seem interested in you in the least. Every morning, we had to get our own coffee, every evening the food and drinks took incredibly long and the servers did not care, nor apologize. The resort is all inclusive and tips are rare. I thought it would help if I tipped, so I did for a few days and it still did not matter. We ran across an employee on our way through the airport and we asked him about it. He said that everyone is salaried. They work 12-15 hours a day, 6 days a week. So of course they are a bit surly. If you are used to Mexico service and friendliness, you are bound to be disappointed. It is not uncommon for an employee to unload about their day to you...which can be a bit off-putting. Now, the good stuff. Fishing is awesome there. The beach is amazing. It's the only resort in the area so it was never crowded. The resort is a pretty big one but it is laid out with smaller buildings so it never felt like a mega resort. The rooms are super nice and the wifi is everywhere including the beach. The pools were very nice as well. The property is well maintained and beautiful. The monkeys came to the beach about 4 times in the 8 days we were there. The maid service is great! Those employees are saints for sure. The food isn't great, but it's not bad either. Surprisingly, the buffets were the highlight along with the sushi. The location is close to Nicaragua, so day trip tours are very easy. And Nicaragua is awesome! My wife and I took our car and a local Costa Rican was at the customs location to help us get through. This man worked off tips but we could not have gotten through to Nic without him. There were many buildings and it seemed like many strange customs to get through customs. He set us up with a taxi and our driver took us to Grenada. The drive was long but beautiful. Grenada did not disappoint. The food, the architecture and the market were all impressive. The resort offers day trips that leave early and get back late (they see much more than we did)...the only thing is that you are traveling with other people all day (whom you may or may not know) and my wife and I enjoy a little adventure so went alone.

This is the 3rd dreams property we stayed at and while beautiful because of how new it was is difficult to judge. They kept the buffet closed for 5 days in a row and left the guests to fight it out in trying to get a seat at the restaurants. This is very inconvenient with kids and the solution offered is come and eat early. Not exactly what we had in mind for a vacation (daily). That said, it's a beautiful property with lots of opportunity to improve. I would consider going back when kids are over 12 to really enjoy what the area has to offer in ecotourism.

Had a great time. Service wasn't the best, and restaurants weren't that great. I was put in a room separate from my friends, way across the other side of the resort. It's a hike to get anywhere. Otherwise, we did have a great time

nice hotel large, nicely situated but access to the hotel tragic. food good but not great. pool great. the hotel is far from the main attractions.

First of all the resort is beautiful. However they still have ALOT of work to do as far as the staff goes. Resturant staff is not very friendly and it doesn't help that there are very long waits for seating even when you have a reservation. The management should also recognize that the Barefoot Grill really needs two people working at all times. It is entirely too much for one person the handle. Also, there are designated areas for the kids pool... apparently no one cares if there are so many kids at the swim up BAR that adults can not get a drink. And finally the last day we were there our room did not get cleaned at all. Heck the whole week we were there we never knew when it was going to get cleaned...sometimes around lunch, sometimes not until we left for dinner.

The resort is beautiful but I feel like the overall staff needs to work out some kinks. For example, all room service items that were collected by the staff were left out side the room or in the hall way. Leaving food outside does attract animals such as raccoons that greeted us every night when we were trying to get into our room. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and at times it felt like I was at a Spring Break resort, specifically by the pool area. The behavior that is promoted does not qualify this resort as being a family resort. In addition, my husband suffers from a dairy allergie and I am vegetarian. When trying to get food to accommodate our needs it became difficult at times. I know that we are not the only ones with dietary restrictions.

The resort is beautiful! The location is about a 90 minute drive which might be long but it’s in a fabulous secluded location that is away from other resorts. We had no issues with anything during our stay check-in was fast and we even got champing during the process and the room was amazing. We stayed in the building with a swim out poll which and it was awesome. Room was clean and very updated. We had a some issues with the TV but called the front desk and 3 minutes later the TV was fixed. There are two pool areas, the upper pool was kid friendly and lower was for adults only and there were no issues finding a chair or a cabana especially at the kids pool. We actually didn't mind hanging out at the kids pool since there were maybe 6 kids there during those times. They have five sit down restaurants that serve different foods and one large buffet. Food was good but sometimes service was on the slower side but that was never an issue since we were on vacation. The staff was very nice, polite and attentive to all of our needs. We also went to the spa which was amazing with great service and accommodations. The hotel has lots of entertainment options daily. There is early morning yoga on the beach, hikes, bicycle tours and other fun activities to do at the resort. A lot of people have mentioned this before but the resort is secluded and that was a great selling point for us. We did some excursions and that meant that we needed to spend some time on a bus each way which might be long for some people but we didn't mind. Close to the resort they have jet skis, ATVs, horseback riding and zip lining but if you want to do something else you will need to take 60 to 90 minute bus ride with a guide which is not to horrible. We had an awesome time!!!

We went on a trip with friends to this hotel. The ride from the Liberia airport is about 1.5 hours, the last 40 minutes or so on a very rough dirt road. The facility is top notch, and the design features really incredible. Pools are nice but wind is fierce. Staff is all very friendly but need a LOT more training on many fronts. As examples, none of the bartenders could replicate the same drink and service in restaurant left you waiting for 45 minutes and then the apps, salads and entrees would all come out at the same time. Definitely "first world problems" but that is what you're paying for, right?

although the hotel was beautiful & the resort was great, resturant services was very poor. would not return until there is considerable improvement at the resturants. the food was great when you finally received it. I ended up walking out of one of the resturants after waiting 2 hrs for my entree.

The resort had only been open for about a month when we arrived, so naturally there were a few things that weren't completely set up yet and construction was still in swing outside of the resort. Due to the road still being under construction, it took about 1.5 hours to get there from the airport, but it was worth the experience. The resort is beautiful. There are 18 pools altogether plenty of beach towels. The food was fantastic and the staff was great. We did a day trip to Nicaragua, which we purchased from one of the vendors who are on the beach. Everything went great, no complaints at all. I would definitely come back and recommend the resort.

Beautiful resort. Pools are the best I have seen in any resort. Ask for Carlos at the swim up pool bar for excellent service. Overall service was good but staff needs to communicate and improve in dinner service at World Cafe with seaside menu. Great Japanese restaurant and need to reserve for show dinner. Walter was our chef. Amazing. Food is excellent. Resort is fairly quiet in evenings. Need to improve on the entertainment not in a great location. Biggest drawback is location and road to get there. Literally remote on the worst road ever. Was a detriment to taking tours due to travel time and the road. We chose closer events like zip lining.

This was the best hotel I stayed at in a looong time. Food is amazing, room was very comfortable and the hotel staff were very nice!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive places you 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bolanos Island National Wildlife Refuge. This 447-room, 4-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 2 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a full-service spa. Santa Rosa National Park is also 25.9 mi (41.6 km) away.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast offered each morning. Relish the international cuisine at El Patio, one of 7 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

The 447 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including furnished balconies, MP3 docks, and minibars. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Other amenities include coffee makers, safes, and ironing boards.


Property features

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 outdoor pools. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a nightclub, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Junior Suite Mountain Jungle View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Junior Suite Tropical View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite Swimout Tropical View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive

Everyone (6) Couples (9) Family (7) Friends (1)
2

bad food, poor location

Everyone

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the location itself is nice, but it's far from everything. Most of the excursions are between 2-4 hours drive on a very bumpy road. The excursions (shop around) are nice they have ATV rides, horseback riding, zip lining, the volcanic hot baths and mud baths and some things we didn't try like whitewater rafting. So that part is all good, if not fairly expensive. The food though was pretty bad, basically like eating at a buffet in your college dorms. I've only stayed at one other all inclusive, the Secrets at Cabo San Lucas and the food there was very good. So I guess that's what I expected since it's the same company, but there's a world of difference. I suppose it's hotel dependent. The staff is also fairly slow because they're understaffed (not their fault) Also it's very difficult to get a chair by the pools. People leave a hat or item there and go away for 6 hours blocking that chair from use. Since more or less everyone does that, it's pretty impossible to find chairs unless you "reserve" them early, which is supposedly against hotel policy but everyone does it anyways. I'm not sure it's the hotels fault as much as human nature, so what can you do. Maybe a reservation system that limits the use to 1-2 hours or something, who knows?

By , from Phoenix, AZ on Jan 1, 2017

5

lux all inclusive in the jungle

Couples
Great Lower Pools with Swimup Bar The view from building 8A The upper pools from the main building Check in lobby with preferred lounge

By , from Duluth, MN on Nov 11, 2016

4
Everyone

why do men have to wear a shirt but women can wear anything they want when eating in the restaurant??? the bar next to the seaside grill doesn't even open until 10:00 o'clock, why??? the worst part of your hotel, is the road getting there, worst road in Costa Rica

By on Oct 30, 2016

5

great family-couple place to stay at the beach

Everyone

The attention is excellent. Friendly staff. Great meals. We will retiran for sure.

By , from MGA on Sep 17, 2016

5

most amazing resort

Everyone

Excelent food , facilities , everything about this resort is incredible

By , from Costa Rica on Sep 2, 2016

5

excelent hotel, and so helpful personal

Everyone

I stayed 3 days with my family, I only can say that everything was wonderfull. I love the staff, they were happiness and helpful in every moment.

By on Aug 31, 2016

4

wedding trip

Families

It was nice. Rooms could have been a little cleaner. Service was OK but could have been faster.

By on Oct 11, 2015

4

great trip! except meal service

Couples

Hard review to write because most of the stay was great, while a few things were terrible. The road to the Dreams (the last 13 KM) was very bumpy. Not like a few potholes, which is what I expected, but sharp jagged rocks imbedded in the road. The rental car companies are always trying to up-sell, so I turned down the SUV which was a big mistake. If you are renting a car, get the SUV. It'll make your trip in and out a lot faster. The service in the restaurants is incredibly bad. The bars too, just not as bad. The servers do not seem interested in you in the least. Every morning, we had to get our own coffee, every evening the food and drinks took incredibly long and the servers did not care, nor apologize. The resort is all inclusive and tips are rare. I thought it would help if I tipped, so I did for a few days and it still did not matter. We ran across an employee on our way through the airport and we asked him about it. He said that everyone is salaried. They work 12-15 hours a day, 6 days a week. So of course they are a bit surly. If you are used to Mexico service and friendliness, you are bound to be disappointed. It is not uncommon for an employee to unload about their day to you...which can be a bit off-putting. Now, the good stuff. Fishing is awesome there. The beach is amazing. It's the only resort in the area so it was never crowded. The resort is a pretty big one but it is laid out with smaller buildings so it never felt like a mega resort. The rooms are super nice and the wifi is everywhere including the beach. The pools were very nice as well. The property is well maintained and beautiful. The monkeys came to the beach about 4 times in the 8 days we were there. The maid service is great! Those employees are saints for sure. The food isn't great, but it's not bad either. Surprisingly, the buffets were the highlight along with the sushi. The location is close to Nicaragua, so day trip tours are very easy. And Nicaragua is awesome! My wife and I took our car and a local Costa Rican was at the customs location to help us get through. This man worked off tips but we could not have gotten through to Nic without him. There were many buildings and it seemed like many strange customs to get through customs. He set us up with a taxi and our driver took us to Grenada. The drive was long but beautiful. Grenada did not disappoint. The food, the architecture and the market were all impressive. The resort offers day trips that leave early and get back late (they see much more than we did)...the only thing is that you are traveling with other people all day (whom you may or may not know) and my wife and I enjoy a little adventure so went alone.

By on Sep 22, 2015

4

good trip!

Families

This is the 3rd dreams property we stayed at and while beautiful because of how new it was is difficult to judge. They kept the buffet closed for 5 days in a row and left the guests to fight it out in trying to get a seat at the restaurants. This is very inconvenient with kids and the solution offered is come and eat early. Not exactly what we had in mind for a vacation (daily). That said, it's a beautiful property with lots of opportunity to improve. I would consider going back when kids are over 12 to really enjoy what the area has to offer in ecotourism.

By on Sep 8, 2015

4

good

GetawayWithFriends

Had a great time. Service wasn't the best, and restaurants weren't that great. I was put in a room separate from my friends, way across the other side of the resort. It's a hike to get anywhere. Otherwise, we did have a great time

By on Aug 20, 2015