Two lagoon-like pools sit firmly at the heart of this sweeping complex. They’re criss-crossed by bridges and surrounded by palms, and come complete with a kids' waterslide. The dining scene is worth a mention, too. There are 8 speciality restaurants in all, as well as 6 bars and lounges. The Dreams Spa by Pevonia® offers a huge selection of treatments including Swedish massage and papaya and pineapple pedicures.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Down by the beach, you can enjoy snorkelling and kayaking while back at the hotel you can head to the state-of-the-art fitness centre that’s kitted out with exercise bikes, treadmills and weight machines. For kids, there’s the hotel-run Explorer’s Club – a fully supervised children’s programme – while teens can hang out in the Core Zone Teen's Club.
- Cooking and cocktail classes
- Dance lessons
- Spanish lessons
- Beach football
- 'Beach Olympics' competitions
- Table tennis
- Wildlife watching
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
You'll get an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool as part of your All Inclusive package.
- Non-motorised watersports
- Water polo
- Water aerobics
The hotel offers up a selection of trips including scuba diving, fishing trips, sailing and snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing.
FOOD & DRINK
As well as 24-hour room service, the hotel has 8 speciality restaurants to its name, 5 of which are à la carte. There’s also a buffet, a grill and a café. The Unlimited-Luxury® package on offer here means that breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all part of the package. And as you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre, this is wristband-free territory.
- El Patio restaurant
With its oversized star-like Moorish lamps and low-slung tables and chairs, this eatery serves up Mexican specialities. It's open for evening meals. When it comes to the dress code, men need to wear full-length trousers, and sleeveless shirts and flipflops are a no-no.
- Himitsu - Asian fusion restaurant
With its funky bar stools, obsidian black walls and purple neon strips, this restaurant is like a little bit of downtown Tokyo in Costa Rica. Expect authentic Oriental dishes.The dress code follows the theme of casual elegance here - think trainers or sandals, and full-length trousers for men. It's a 'no' for sleeveless shirts and flip-flops, though.
- Oceana - seafood restaurant
With its bright and breezy design and summery colours, this place serves up from-the-net-fresh seafood. In keeping with the relaxed vibe, long shorts, trainers and sandals are all fine to wear. That said, ladies will need to wear a cover-up over swimwear, and sleeveless shirts are a no-no for the men.
- Portofino - Italian restaurant
Swathed in elegant neutrals, this high-end Italian serves traditional fare inspired by ‘the Boot’. Just so you know, men need to wear full-length trousers here, and you can't wear sleeveless shirts or flip-flops. Trainers are fine, though.
- Seaside Grill
As the name suggests, this place comes with a side-order of sea views. The menu features grilled specialities and tropical cocktails. In keeping with the relaxed beach vibe, things like Bermuda shorts, trainers and sandals are fine to wear. That said, ladies will need to wear a cover-up over swimwear, and shirts with sleeves are a must for men.
- World Café
This is the main buffet serving international dishes. It’s nothing like a traditional hotel buffet – the décor of the restaurant alone looks like something from a high-end dining establishment in London. In terms of dress code, you'll be fine with long shorts, trainers and sandals here. It's worth remembering, though, that swimwear needs to be covered and sleeveless shirts are a no-no.
- Barefoot Grill
Set by the infinity pool, this is the place to head for a quick snack, light bites and grilled fish.
- Coco Café
Coffee is the name of the game at this café that also does a mean line in pastries and deli snacks.
- New Year's Eve gala meal
HEALTH & BEAUTY
The Dreams Spa by Pevonia®* offers treatments that range from the traditional to the transcendent. Take your pick from things like Swedish massage and papaya and pineapple pedicures.
- Dreams Spa by Pevonia®*
There's an excellent onsite spa with a treatment menu that ticks off the likes of facials, body wraps, and massages. You'll also find a hair salon here.
The onsite gym is kitted out with treadmills, stationary bikes, and weights. You can sign-up for fitness classes, too.
- Whirlpool bath
There's an outdoor whirlpool next to the main pool.
The hotel boasts seven bars and lounges where you can relax in with a cocktail come sundown. There are also themed parties, live music and night-time shows from time to time.
- Big-screen movies
- Weekly beach party
- Theme nights and parties
- Desires - music lounge and nightclub
- Explorer's club for kids'
The hotel-run Explorers Club for Kids lays on a selection of activities daily for 3-12 year-olds. Think arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and sandcastle-building contests. Once a week, there's a camping night 'til 11pm, and there are often big-screen movies shown on the beach, too.
- Core Zone teens club
Core Zone Teens Club keeps 13 to 17-year-olds busy with things like Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wii games consoles. They can also have a game of pool, table tennis or table football.
Less pools and more lagoons, the two pools at Dreams Las Mareas sit firmly at the heart of this sweeping complex. Criss-crossed by bridges and surrounded by palms, they certainly look the part. What’s more, the surrounding sun terraces are peppered with thatched palapas and elegant sun loungers.
In terms of facilities, the pool complex features a seafront whirlpool bath and a water slide. Pool and beach waiters are also on hand.
- 2 outdoor pools
The 2 lagoon-like pools offer up widescreen sea views out over the Pacific. Loungers and parasols are dotted all around, and there's both a swim-up bar and a poolside bar on hand.
- Kids' pool
The kids' pool here comes complete with a waterslide called 'La Cascada'.
- Free Wi-Fi
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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