Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is a vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy an escape in a privileged location. Located on an expansive palm-studded beach and surrounded by lush green mountains & jungles on Playa El Jobo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, guests of all ages enjoy an action–packed vacation featuring watersports, land activities, and swimming pools while sunbathing or laying under a thatched palapa. Continue the fun into the evenings with live nightly entertainment, outdoor bars and lounges, and so much more. Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.
LocationEl Jobo, Guanacaste
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy - Student Groups (Spring Breakers) are not permitted at Hotel.
Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.
General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 4383 reviews
Where do I start???
OK...I'm in my room on my last day here at Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica. I traveled here with friends for my annual birthday trip. The resort's grounds are beautiful. I generally stay in Preferred Club Ocean View suites but I opted for Tropical View this time based on previous reviews. My friends chose the basic junior suite. Their view was actually better than mine. The tropical view I have is basically a tree. My room itself is beautiful and had everything I could ever need. The shower was a little cumbersome for me but not a major issue. One of my friends has not had a working shower since we arrived. The first day was ice cold. The rest have been scalding hot. Her requests for repairs have simply been ignored. You are supposed to be able to make calls to the US, however, my phone has not been able to dial out. My attempts to get help have also been filed away in the same folder as my friend's. Though you see areas marked Ice... Don't be fooled like me and go from floor in heat and humidity trying to get a non-functioning machine to work. You have to request ice through room service so I'm not sure why these decoy ice machines are planted in the building. The service here otherwise has been amazing. The food at the restaurants is spectacular. The bartenders are fabulous. We actually found our favorite bartender at the poolside bar named Aleudy. We noticed people asking him when he worked again and where he would be and quickly found out why. Regardless of how busy it got, he remained attentive to every guest and always wore a smile. Additionally, his drinks were delicious. Sooo... Here ends another birthday trip. Would I come back to this resort? Probably not. Would I recommend the resort to others? Yes but with warnings of our bad experiences.
Very Nice Resort
My family (my wife and I plus 3 kids: 17, 15, and 11) just came back from a week's vacation in Costa Rica where we stayed at Dreams Las Mareas. Property - Property is very new and lush. It's built between green hills and a calm beach and very well laid out. Multiple pools, with continuous service around the pool. You will see some wild animals including Iguanas, Monkeys, and Raccoons within the property which is very interesting and fun! Service - I found the people and the service to be very friendly. I saw some of the negative reviews about customer service and disagree. Everyone was smiling and everyone was trying to help as much as they could. Rooms - Rooms are large, well designed and comfortable. I wouldn't get the rooms within the main building as the noise of the shows could be too much. Bathrooms are a good size and with good amenities. There's also a well kept mini fridge and good snacks in the rooms. Food - There are 5-6 restaurants in the property as well as room service. We tried all of them and the food was good all around. Quantity and quality were both above average and you could order as much or as little as you'd like. I'd recommend trying the Steak and seafood restaurants at night, as they're both superb. Drinks - drinks are all around, but the quality of the alcohol is truly low-shelf. There are some mid-shelf items around (Bacardi Rum, Jose Cuervo Tequila, etc.) which you could ask for. For better quality drinks, you'd need to upgrade to a different class which costs about $50-$100/day/room which might not be worth it. Activities - Typical of any resort, there are activities from 8 am to 10 pm and all activities are included except for the spa (too expensive). We loved pool volleyball (Thank you Jeffrey for making it fun!) and the sunset kayaking trip with Mauricio. Beach - Beach is lovely and calm. Good place to sit down and relax. Remember that you're in the middle of a wild area - so be careful in the water. Lots of activities on the beach such as massage, jet skis, and boats. Entertainment - This is the low point of the property. There's entertainment every night, but only between 8:30 and 10. Decent shows, but short. I'd have expected longer shows till at least 11. There's a dance club and a bar. Teen Programs - Besides sports/pool activities, there's a teen club at the resort which i don't think anyone uses. My teen-aged kids looked at it and walked away. I think it'd be a lot of fun if they had teen-focused activities throughout the day. Location - This is the only issue with the property: It is a 90 minute drive from Liberia towards the Nicaraguan border. There are no big towns near by. If you plan to go to Arenal Volcano and Rain forest (a must see), you will have to drive 4-5 hours each way - and might as well stay there as the excursion is just too long for one day. Sorry for the long review, but wanted to make sure to have covered everything.
The staff seems to be lost at times and they seem to be green as far as customer service goes. We had to purchase 2 rooms which are mandatory all inclusive at $170 per person even if they are children. They put my boys in a different building but promised to move us closer the next day. We waited for over an hour to be moved from the time we had it scheduled. They do make an effort but need more training, for example at the restaurants the waiters try to remove your plate before you are finished eating, if you walk away they will remove your plate regardless and if you are having sushi and have your soy sauce already prepared, they will remove it when you get up for seconds. Almost seems to be common sense on when to remove a plate! The food is okay. This part of Costa Rica didn't seem to have the best tours. The best one was where we went into Nicaragua to view the live Volcano at Masaya and to visit the historic town of Granada. That was very awesome but would have hoped to see more amazing things in actually Costa Rica itself. I think other parts of CR have great places to see. We were 4 hours away from San Jose and 45 minutes from Liberia. The beach was nice and the view was spectacular.
Pura Vida in buckets!
Pura Vida is a widespread mantra for Costa Rica, it means pure life, and Dreams Las Mareas lives up to this. It's spread across a huge site but it's been designed to blend in with the beautiful surroundings and complement them. Good sized room and bed, very friendly, helpful staff, nothing too much trouble. We did have a problem with the first room, as the fire alarm kept sounding, but we were swiftly moved to an upgraded room. Beds very comfortable, as was the balcony furniture, also had a jacuzzi on there as well. Good choice of restaurants to eat, and their steaks are to die for! Main World Cafe buffet restaurant had different choices every day, some themed, and you also have specialist fish, steak, Italian, Mexican and Japanese restaurants. The barbecue restaurant near the beach was also good for lunchtime meals. There's also the CoCo Café, where you can get pastries, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks at any time of the day. If you're looking for a powdery white sandy beach, you'll be disappointed as the sand is darker here, but people enjoyed it just the same. There are plenty of pools and you'd never be stuck for a comfortable sun lounger. There are adult, childrens and mixed pools available. There's evening entertainment every night, a disco, and a main bar with plenty of seating as well as a pianist most nights. The gardens are beautifully kept and there's always wildlife about, family of raccoons, frogs, iguanas (some huge!) and we even saw a snake! Costa Rica is very keen on conservation, so they're very tolerant of wildlife. I would recommend this hotel to any type of traveller.
Best holiday ever
So relaxed, warm and easy going. Food wasn't top drawer and hotel staff a little lack lustre but still for an all inclusive it was all worth every penny especially the fishing trip booked direct on the beach - just the way they tell you not too but saved us over £400 and it was the best day out.