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!

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!

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!