A Breathtaking Hindu Wedding at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta!

It’s #WeddingWednesday and love is in the air at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta! Today, we’re so excited to share some beautiful photos from the recent wedding of our honored guests Sarika and Chirag! The traditional Hindu ceremony was held on the beach at Dreams Villamagna where Sarika and Chirag’s family and close friends were able to join in the celebrations.

Located on the beautiful Banderas Bay with spectacular views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is an all-suite, AAA Four Diamond Resort for couples and families alike that serves as an idyllic backdrop for anyone’s special day.

Dreams Villamagna avoids the cookie-cutter wedding. Our on-site coordinators encourage you to send images from wedding blogs, magazines, even your Pinterest board, and we’ll help turn your vision into reality!

From a stunning ceremony to a lively cocktail hour and private dinner reception, Dreams Villamagna wedding packages provide all the elements of the picture perfect event along with special touches that will pamper you beyond the wedding day. See below for some of our favorite moments from Sarika and Chirag’s stunning day!

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Husband and wife! Sarika and Chirag dance the night away at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

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The breathtaking ceremony location for Sarika and Chirag at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

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The bride prepares to walk down the aisle at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

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A beautiful backdrop for a beautiful wedding at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

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Tones of gold, yellow and orange were the shining feature of Sarika and Chirag’s wedding at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta.

 

Take the Ultimate Costa Rica Vacation Challenge!

Are you up for the challenge? In honor of #BeachThursday, we’re excited to challenge all of our fans to participate in The Ultimate Costa Rica Vacation Challenge by Dreams Resorts & Spas!

By participating in the challenge, one lucky fan will win a five day, four night vacation to Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica! Dreams Las Mareas is the newest vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy all the inclusions of an Unlimited-Luxury® 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 water sports, 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!

Ready to know more? Here’s how to Enter! Participants can post to their Spotlight app with #DreamsCostaRica to be entered to win. The fan with the most cumulative ‘Likes’ for all posts (participants can post up to 5 times per day) will win a 5 day, 4 night vacation to Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica for two people for travel within one year of challenge winner announcement date (restrictions & blackout dates will apply) and a $500 total credit towards flights.

  • Week One is Open To All! Upload your images with #DreamsCostaRica and tell us why you deserve a luxury stay at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.
  • Week Two is Open To All! Use the hashtag #DreamsCostaRica on your pics and tell us who you would have tag along on your vacation to Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.
  • Week Three is Open To All! Enter your images and let us know what you would do on your vacation.
  • Week Four, Top 50 Will Advance! In this final round, contestants will post their images and tell us how they will make this vacation a vacation they will never forget!

1st Place goes to the fan with the most likes in the Spotlight App for all posts during the month-long challenge! 2nd and 3rd Places will be judges’ pick and will receive shoutouts from Spotlight’s social feeds and a special Dreams Resorts & Spas Prize Pack!

What are you waiting for? Head over to the contest landing page, download the Spotlight app on your smartphone device and get ready to take the challenge! The contest runs now through 8 pm EST on Sunday, May 31, 2015 – we’ll see you soon at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica!

Escape to Costa Rica at Dreams Las Mareas!

It’s #TravelTuesday and we can’t wait to share some beautiful, new photos from one of our favorite travel destination: Costa Rica!

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is the newest vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy all the inclusions of an Unlimited-Luxury® escape in a privileged location. Located on an expansive palm-studded beach and surrounded by lush green mountains and 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!

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The view from a Preferred Club Junior Suite Terrace at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

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A stunning beach dinner set-up for your dream wedding at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

At Dreams Las Mareas, guests can enjoy well-appointed amenities of Unlimited-Luxury® where nearly everything is included. Amenities include spacious suites, daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, bottled water, juices and beer, 24-hour room service and complimentary wireless internet and local/international calling with Unlimited Connectivity.

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The Barracuda Restaurant at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

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The Manatees Pool Bar at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

Guests at Dreams Las Mareas will also enjoy full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day at five à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a café, and a grill all with no reservations required. Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits are offered at seven festive bars and lounges along with unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks – you can even enjoy wait service at the pool and beach!

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Portofino Restaurant at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Guests can take part in endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment. Your little ones can even join in by spending time at the Explorer’s Club for kids or the Core Zone Teens Club.

What are you waiting for? Plan your Costa Rica getaway today at Dreams Las Mareas!

Dreams Punta Cana Gives Back to Their Local Community

At Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, we love lending a helping hand, both for our guests and our local communities. As part of our education program for sustainable development, the Dreams Punta Cana team and guests traveled to the rural elementary school, El Peñon. Located just a short drive away in Nisibón, we were happy to spend time supporting the students and staff of this amazing school.

We spent time working together to help coordinate donation deliveries including school supplies, clothing, toys and much more!

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Dreams Punta Cana team and guests supporting the local school, El Peñon

How could you not fall in love with those big and little smiles?! Be sure to stay up-to-date on more community service projects and opportunities to give back on Facebook and Twitter!

What’s That in the Sky? Check Out the Lyrid Meteor Shower this Earth Day!

It’s one of our favorite days of the year here at Dreams Resorts & Spas: Earth Day! What better way to celebrate this great holiday than by checking out one of Earth’s greatest wonders: a meteor shower!

The Lyrid Meteor shower occurs every April and tonight promises to offer one of the best views of this annual, dazzling natural wonder! We recommend gathering your family and friends, finding a safe, dark spot on the beach or the terrace of your room or suite and trying to steal a glimpse of a Lyrid Meteor! More of an early riser? Sunrise is also an excellent time for viewing!

Dreams Resorts & Spas provide the ultimate fun-in-the-sun escape for families, couples and singles. Each of our extraordinary destinations features pristine beaches, an international array of gourmet restaurants, and activities for every age and interest. Best of all, most every amenity is included as part of Unlimited-Luxury®.

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Guests enjoy a movie under the stars at a Dreams Resort & Spa.

We can’t think of any better way to celebrate Earth Day!

Won’t be able to join us this time? Don’t worry! Don’t miss our Unlimited Air Credit special offer (ending April 30) and get $50 air credit per room, per night when you reserve your stay at any Dreams Resort & Spa by April 30, 2015 for travel from February 25, 2015 to August 21, 2015. Plus, up to 2 kids stay free when staying in the same room as two paying adults for travel from May 1, 2015 through December 23, 2015!

Book your next Dreams escape and we’ll catch the next meteor shower with you!

A Typical Day for a Family of Four at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Written by Tara Berger

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my last two posts, Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun and How Preferred Club can Enhance Your Trip. Today, I am going to share what a typical day is like for a family of four at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.

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My favorite way to start the day was by watching the beautiful sunrise from our balcony. There is nothing quite like seeing the sun slowly emerge from the horizon while listening to the sounds of the ocean and feeling the warm breeze on your face.

Once everyone would wake up and get motivated, my husband and I would grab a latte from Coco Café on our way to the breakfast buffet at Word Café. The buffet had something for everyone and the kids especially loved the balloon animals that the wait staff would create for them at the end of the meal.

After breakfast, we’d usually take a morning stroll down around the property and take a moment to rest in a hammock or one of the private poolside cabanas. Around 10 am, we’d grab our chairs at the Preferred Club section of the beach where the waiters would bring the adults our first mango daiquiri of the day, while the kids splashed in the ocean and played with toys in the sand.

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Then we’d usually shower off and move over to the pool around 11:30 am. We’d split our time between the main pool with a swim up bar and the kiddie pool with a submerged ping pong table. By 1 pm, we’d be ready for lunch and would grab a table in the shade at either Seaside Grille or Oceana.  I seriously could not get enough of the fresh guacamole and pico de gallo. A few of our other favorite dishes included the buffalo wings, fish tacos, chicken burrito, cheeseburger and flank steak.

The rest of the afternoon would be spent in the pool with an occasional break for a fresh coconut drink, soft serve ice cream cone, Euro bungee activity for the kids or to grab a snack and mango daiquiri from our favorite bartender at the Preferred Club.

By 5 pm, we’d make our way back to the room and relax for a little bit before dinner. Our kids would get a bubble bath on our balcony overlooking the ocean, which I think may be the first time in history there were no complaints about bath time!

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And now for one of my favorite times of the day, Dinner! I loved having the opportunity to sit together as a family and to discuss our day over a great meal. Each restaurant is so unique with such a diverse menu that it’s almost hard to pick a favorite, but if I HAD to, I’d say our meal at Portofino with 4 courses of delicious Italian food was very memorable. The servers were so friendly every night and were incredibly accommodating of our family and keeping the kids happy during dinner.

On our way back to the room, we’d stop by the lobby to grab a family friendly movie from the concierge, followed by snuggles with our boys in their pullout bed while they fell asleep watching the movie. Once the kids were asleep, we would slide the door shut to their side of the room so we wouldn’t have to worry about waking the kids up. Then, my husband and I would get to finish out the day spending quality time on our balcony listening to the sounds of the ocean.

We were fortunate enough to repeat this daily schedule 5 times during our stay at Dreams Riviera Cancun. It was so nice to be on a vacation where we didn’t need to worry about logistics, reservations and activities and our toughest decision was where we’d like to eat dinner each night. Our stay at Dreams Riviera Cancun allowed us to disconnect from the stress of everyday life, enjoy Mexico’s beautiful weather and create memories as a family. We are already looking forward to planning our next trip back to Dreams Resorts & Spas in the future!

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Tara Berger is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys and a former “Travelista” for AMResorts. Prior to staying home with her children, she managed the social media program for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas and had the opportunity to experience many of the properties in the AMResorts portfolio. She now spends her days managing logistics for preschool, tball, basketball and playdates and is often found playing referee to the occasional wrestling match between her two boys. Tara is also the owner of an online party boutique, One Stylish Party, which gives her an outlet for creativity in the midst of chaos.

Cultural Heritage at Dreams Las Mareas

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The details are intricate and breath-taking.

Did you know that in Costa Rica the Oxcart was declared National Symbol in 1968? It represents the peaceful tradition of Costa Rica and the arduous labor of its people. It was designed to be moved by two oxen and successfully pass through muddy places, hills, curves and mountains.

At Dreams Las Mareas we honor that legacy with our own tribute, in the form of art! All the oxcarts are hand-painted with bright colors and geometrical figures. Many of them look alike, but you will never find two oxcarts painted the same.

Nowadays, the oxcarts are mainly art, sold as a handcrafted piece that represents Costa Rica. You will find some during your stay at Dreams Las Mareas where you can leave your used pool towels to be picked up! Don’t forget to visit our souvenir shop and take a little reminder of the history and talent in Costa Rica!

Have you seen these beautiful pieces during your stay at Dreams Las Mareas? Share your picture on Facebook and Twitter!