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!

Ready to Wed? Get Ready for the Destination Wedding of your Dreams!

It’s #WeddingWednesday! If you have always dreamed of spending your special day in paradise, now is the perfect time to make those dreams a reality! With our ‘Ready to Wed’ package, guests will receive a $500 resort wedding credit when you hold your destination wedding at select beachfront resorts between the dates of April 30 through October 31, 2015! Use your credit towards special touches that will make your wedding truly unique!

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Ready to Wed? Book your destination wedding at select Dreams Resorts & Spas!

When you book a Dreams Resorts & Spa wedding, you will be enraptured by luxury from the moment you arrive! Guests can choose from expertly crafted wedding packages providing you all the essentials for your picture perfect event – plus special touches that will wow!

Dreams Resorts & Spas avoid 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.

Participating Dreams properties include Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa (Blackout dates: Fridays and Saturdays), Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa and Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana (Blackout dates: May, Thursdays and Saturdays in June and Fridays and Saturdays in July).

If you’re ‘Ready to Wed,’ now is the perfect time to book your destination wedding and enjoy a $500 credit towards creating the wedding of your dreams!

How Preferred Club Can Enhance Your Trip at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Written by Tara Berger

If you’ve never stayed at a Dreams Resorts & Spas before, you might find yourself asking the question, “Is the upgrade to Preferred Club worth it?” My personal answer is a resounding YES. Now don’t get me wrong, every single guest will receive the same unparalleled Unlimited-Luxury ®privileges, but Preferred Club enhances the resort experience even more.

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From the moment my family stepped foot on property, we were whisked away to the Preferred Club lounge for a private, air-conditioned check-in while sipping on champagne and fruit juice (for the kids). The staff members were extremely friendly and helpful when explaining the ins and outs of the resort and getting us settled into our room. We were also told that we had the option to do a late check-out on the last day, which I thought was a nice benefit to guests who have later flights.

We stayed in an Ocean Front Master Suite, which included a jaw-dropping view of beach, wrap around balcony with Jacuzzi tub, separate sitting room with pull-out bed and a kitchenette with dining table. Typically the most premium rooms at the resort are Preferred Club status, so if you are interested in the most picturesque ocean view from your room or a larger family suite, then Preferred Club is for you.  Plus, along with the daily replenished in-room mini bar that comes standard with Unlimited-Luxury ® privileges, you also receive an array of mini liquor bottles, a can of pringles and peanut m&m’s each day too.

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Throughout our vacation, we found ourselves visiting the private Preferred Club lounge multiple times a day. The Preferred Club bar with top shelf liquor made the perfect mango daiquiri every time and we also enjoyed the variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres set-out and replenished throughout the day (my kids went crazy for the marshmallows dipped in the chocolate fountain!) It was also a great place to grab a glass of wine on the way to dinner or to get out of the sun for a few minutes during the day.

Although we spent most of our days at the pool, we enjoyed having access to the private beach area with wait service for Preferred Club members. It was an added luxury to have the beach towels brought over and set-up for us and we liked that we didn’t have to break away from playing with our kids to order our next round of drinks.

And last but not least, we enjoyed taking advantage of the complimentary access to the hydrotherapy circuit at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. It is such a relaxing experience to move through the designated areas in the hydrotherapy circuit which includes waterfalls, a cold plunge pool, sauna, ice bucket, hot tub and more. The combination of each therapy helps relieve tension, improve circulation and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed once you are finished.

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I have no doubt that we would have loved our vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa with or without Preferred Club status, but I am glad that we got to experience what a vacation with these privileges can offer. Without a hesitation, we’d opt for the upgrade on any future vacations within the Dreams Resorts & Spas brand.

Stay tuned…in my last post, I’ll be sharing what a typical day is like for a family of four at Dreams Riviera Cancun. And if you haven’t already, check out my other post, Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun.

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.

Special Events Spotlight: Summer

It’s almost our favorite time of year! Summer that is, and all the great things that come with it. Want a tip on how you and your family can get the most out of your summer? Join Dreams Resorts & Spas during some of the exciting events we have planned this summer!

4th of July

The Red, White & Blue was celebrated in style at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

The Red, White & Blue was celebrated in style at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta!

4th of July is the perfect holiday to spend under the sun with sand between your toes. Everything Independence Day has to offer is better at the beach, so come enjoy our delicious traditional American barbeque, games and activities and don’t forget the Dreams Entertainment team bringing you fun all day long! Plus, enjoy fireworks and Rock n’ Roll concerts at select resorts, check with your concierge upon arrival!

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BBQ Fest is getting ready to get fired up!

BBQ Fest is getting ready to get fired up!

Hope you’re hungry because this July is BBQ Fest! At participating resorts enjoy an exciting variety of BBQ dishes as part of your Unlimited-Luxury® stay! Munch on the grilled specialties you love as well as delicious dishes you never thought you’d ever get to experience. One thing you can count on is it will definitely be delicious.

Now are you ready to join us under the sun? If you need another reason it’s a good thing we’ve extending our Unlimited Air Credit promotion! Book by April 30 for travel before August 21st (plenty of time to take part in our summer fun!) and you’ll earn $50 USD in air credit per night, per room. See you this summer!

Enjoy Your Own Private Pool at Dreams La Romana!

Do you dream of waking up right to your own pool just steps from your luxurious suite? Now guests at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa can enjoy private access for a day to the oceanfront Dreams Corner pool with up to 4 people!

Set amidst a world of pristine beaches, lush tropical jungle and turquoise sea on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams La Romana is the perfect resort for singles, couples and families.

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Enjoy access to your own private pool at Dreams La Romana!

Guests looking to indulge in their own private pool experience can choose from a variety of different package options. Package #1 offers private access to a Dreams Corner pool from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $50 USD per guest. For those looking to dine poolside, package #2 offers the inclusions of package #1 plus a gourmet a la carte lunch, beverages and wait service for $100 USD per guest.

Interested in adding a little spa time to your relaxing day? Package #3 offers guests the inclusions of packages #1 and #2 plus a 25-minute massage per person for $125 USD per guest. Package #4 takes things to the ultimate level of luxury with the inclusions of packages #1 and #2 plus a 50-minute massage per person for $150 per guest.

Please see terms & conditions for booking details.

Book your Private Pool Package at Dreams La Romana today and we’ll catch you poolside!

Something for Everyone at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Guest Blog Post by Tara Berger

One of my favorite parts about vacationing at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to gain access to family-friendly amenities and activities. As parents of two rambunctious boys (ages 5 and 3), our vacations tend to revolve more around the kids’ interests than our own, but this time our Unlimited-Luxury ® vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun proved to have something for everyone. tara1 For starters, I’m pretty sure that the resort has the world’s largest kiddie pool. And if it’s not, then it’s surely the largest one I’ve ever seen! I’ve spent more vacations than I’d care to admit hovered around a small circular kiddie pool, which, although not ideal, was still the best alternative to having two toddlers latched on to me in a large swimming pool or holding my breath anytime the kids would get too close to the edge of the pool without me. The children’s pool at Dreams Riviera Cancun is a large, glorious semi-circle that is less than 2 feet at the deepest point.  My boys absolutely loved this pool and since they were completely self-sufficient, we could be more than an arm’s length away while watching them and relaxing in the sun. tara2 The resort staff members are very aware that by keeping the little ones happy, it naturally keeps the parents happy too. At breakfast every morning, our kids would look forward to a special balloon animal from the wait staff once they completed their meal. And at the pool, you can bet that the unlimited soft serve ice cream cones and “red slushies” (aka virgin strawberry daiquiris) were on repeat all day.  Meanwhile, my husband and I were able to indulge in a mango daiquiri from our favorite bartender and snacks from the Barefoot Grille or Preferred Club lounge. In the afternoon and evening, we’d break up the day with one of the many activities hosted by the event staff such as the Euro Bungee, magician show or movie night on the beach. And with so many restaurant choices on property, we looked forward to trying out a different cuisine every night.  The servers were able to keep a pace that kept the kids happy (think bottomless chocolate milk and kids meals served within 10 minutes of sitting down) which allowed my husband and I to relax and enjoy a gourmet meal. Stay tunedin my next blog I’ll be talking about some the ways that Preferred Club can enhance your trip to Dreams Riviera Cancun! tara3 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, t-ball, 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.

‘Earth Hour’ Celebrations at Dreams Resorts!

It’s #BeachThursday and in honor of one of our favorite days of the week, we’re sharing photos from one of our favorite days of the year! This past Saturday, March 28, all of Dreams Resorts & Spas participated in ‘Earth Hour’, a worldwide event where participants are encouraged to turn off all electricity for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to raise awareness about conservation. We had such a blast celebrating in the ‘dark’!

Below are some highlights from this important celebration – thanks to everyone for celebrating with us!

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Fire illuminates the night in honor of Earth Hour at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

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Guests celebrate Earth Hour on the beach at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa.

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Symbols of Earth Hour illuminate the night at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.

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An illuminated ’60’ on the beach to celebrate Earth Hour at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

Earth Hour Dreams Palm Beach

Guests big and small join in the Earth Hour festivities at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana.

Earth Hour Dreams La Romana

Guests have fun posing in front of an illuminated ’60’ in honor of Earth Hour at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.

Earth Hour Dreams Huatulco

Guests enjoy glow in the dark fun during Earth Hour at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa.