This was an incredible resort experience. Staff was wonderful, and I absolutely loved morning yoga/ pilates on the beach. It was a fun big group every day and perfect setting for class. Plenty of shade and nice breeze. I met so many amazing people from all over the world, and many of them came to class every day. The entertainment team was so helpful and kind! The rooms were extremely clean and property was gorgeous. My kids had a blast at all of the pools and watching the monkeys. The food and drinks were delicious. All around fantastic resort, and it was such a treat to have the opportunity to teach here. I am very grateful to fitbodies for this amazing opportunity! I highly recommend this place.
Dec 23rd, 2023 1:01:58pm
Entertainment team was great! I taught one class on the beach each day at Dreams Las Mareas. It was a fantastic way to teach Pilates and get in a vacation. A beautiful resort and my companions loved it as well.
Nov 29th, 2023 7:17:37pm
"I just returned from my first teaching experience. It was incredible!!! Dream las Mareas was fantastic!
I taught one class a day on the beach at 9 am each day. I had 3-9 participants each day! It was lovely meeting so many wonderful people and enjoying all the resort had to offer!
Roberto is amazing for an excursions or ideas outside of the resort. Rachell in concierge took amazing care of us the entire trip. Jeffrey in entertainment is a bright light and hilarious. There we tons of marked GF options at all the restaurants. If you want a massage on the beach Angie does a great job. There is nightly entertainment and activities for kids all day long.
I highly recommend this resort and their amazing staff.
Be careful when tide is low in middle of beach. On last day stepped into a sea urchin which was horrible. They staff took wonderful care of me. Can't wait to experience another Dreams resort.
Sep 27th, 2023 10:27:31pm
This was effortless! This resort was a wonderful first choice for a teaching vacation. Great overall experience. I am really looking forward to booking my next one.
Sep 19th, 2023 8:21:27pm
Katherine always met me 15 minutes before class with mats and towels. When we needed more, the security staff would notify her. I appreciate the consistency. This was the best check in/out experiences. Our room had a stellar view and everything worked. Our Amstar drivers were excellent as well. We tipped the Amstar drivers $25 because they only earn about $20/day. My sister and I were treated with high respect. The team made us feel a part of the team.
Jul 25th, 2023 12:58:29pm
They ask for yoga on the beach, but most students preferred a covered wooden deck/restaurant so we practiced there. Staff was super friendly and kind, but I found it difficult to carry the 15-20 mats from the beach to the entertainment center myself and they were fairly clear that their preference was that I did this and didn't ask them to do so. My husband was there to help the first few days, but by the last day, I asked them to help b/c I had struggled so much the other days. also, super important for staff at this hotel to educate guests about why they should not be feeding or trying to play with the wildlife. Overall, great experience. It was beneficial that I speak Spanish and was able to work with the staff to change the location at the guests' requests.
Jul 3rd, 2023 11:19:51pm
Yoga on the beach - amazing!
Jun 12th, 2023 6:46:21am
What an amazing trip! Entertainment team here is top notch ! Made me feel right at home and I loved every minute of it. I will be back :) My first experience teaching for FitBodies and it was the best! Smooth process from start to finish and I can't say enough about how amazing the resort and staff of the entertainment group was. I will be back for sure!! Can't wait to book my next trip soon.
May 17th, 2023 4:22:32pm
Yoga is on the beach and poolside. The general manager attended my classes and let me know whenever her schedule prevented attending. She was really amazing and really appreciated my classes!
Dec 23rd, 2022 10:27:25am
Very friendly and helpful Perfect first trip experience. I taught yoga on the beach. I brought my own bluetooth speaker but the ocean sounds were perfect, too. I really liked teaching while on vacation, plus the financial benefit of teaching. I love the E-Team and being a little part of their team was fantastic. I look forward to traveling again!
Dec 16th, 2022 5:03:01pm
Love this resort! Great students, so sweet, and from all over. The staff is incredible. Teaching on the beach is the best.
Dec 10th, 2022 5:48:20am
Hotel staff and entertainment team were wonderful and went above and beyond to facilitate a lovely experience
Nov 28th, 2022 3:29:25pm
What a wonderful resort! The food, grounds, pools & people were all top notch. CLASSES: 8am to staff & 9am to guests. Entertainment team is awesome, they set up the mats/towels for you each morning and then you just have to bring them back after class. I have done a few teaching vacations now and this is at the top of my list, I shall return again. Also kids club was very entertaining for my 4 y.o with many things to do each day. Things to note: this resort is very secluded from shops/restaurants/towns and is approx 1.5 hours from LIR. For tours/airport transfer we used “Tony Expeditions” and he was absolutely phenomenal! We did a jungle trek (sloths, monkeys, lizards, crocodile etc) and a sunset ATV tour. Highly recommend Tony and his team.
Oct 12th, 2022 9:56:49pm
The hotel and entertainment staff were amazing and fully supportive! I stayed for two weeks! My husband first week and friends the second! I loved spending quality time with them. I requested a king bed for the first week but ended up with two double beds for both weeks. Don't know what happened there. Teaching yoga on the beach is beyond gorgeous!
Sep 15th, 2022 9:09:40am
The entertainment team was absolutely lovely, gracious and kind. We had a wonderful time, the resort was fabulous and the people were beyond kind. Our experience overall was amazing and we plan to book another trip ASAP. It was a very smooth experience. Yoga on the beach didn't need music - the breeze and waves are perfect.
Sep 6th, 2022 11:30:10am
Class is held on the beach. If you want music, take your own bluetooth speaker. Travel day was stressful but once I arrived and met with the Entertainment team it was a marvelous vacation! Teaching while on vacation is also very relaxing and I loved working with the E-Team - they are so enthusiastic. I loved this vacation- exceeded expectations. Thank you!!
Aug 28th, 2022 9:00:15pm
The Hotel GM took my class every day, along with some of her staff, and was so warm and interested in her Yoga practice. In fact, she even helped me with an excursion later in the week - so "above and beyone". The entertainment staff was also very friendly and helpful. Overall, a very positive experience working with the entertainment team and the GM and her team. Would definitely come back again soon! My first teaching vacation, loved it, and look forward to my next one! Very smooth arrival and connection with Amstar shuttle - all flowed nicely.
Aug 22nd, 2022 4:22:51pm
I loved the staff! Everyone was so friendly!! We had such an incredible trip and can’t wait to book another trip asap!! Everything was amazing!
Aug 17th, 2022 7:54:34am
Overall this is just such an awesome opportunity and I am beyond grateful for this program. We booked a personal transfer. It was great. I love Costa Rica.
Jul 17th, 2022 10:23:10pm
I taught one class by the pool, participants asked for the gazebo as the beach was wet and had some bugs from the rain, but other guests were ok with the beach so we stayed on the beach because it was a goal of the other guests to do yoga on the beach...that is why they came to class. The Entertainment team announced my classes, I walked around and invited guests to join, This resort is very quiet for yoga, they do not have a traditional entertainment board, I suggested they post our poster in the gym.
I think the booking process is easy and straightforward. Love the resort selections! Staff were very kind and available. I taught two classes daily. 8am for hotel management and 9am for guests. I had towels and mats waiting for me each day at the beach, after class I dropped everything off at the entertainment desk. Everything ran smoothly. The beach at the property isnt used much as the pools are so beautiful but my boys and I enjoyed the boogie boarding and the beach...sunsets were beyond beautiful. The resort is far from everything so you are looking at a 2 hour drive to and from any excursions but the drive to and from the property is beautiful. Perfect relaxing vacation. There were no issues, we overnighted at the Hilton in Liberia because of our long travel day and landing at 8:30pm, I used the fit bodies booking staff, super easy. We took a taxi to the resort and had no issues to and from and checking in and out of hotel/airport etc. It is important to have all docs in hand to make things go quick and easy.
Jun 11th, 2022 12:02:03pm
This was my 7th teaching vacation, and definitely at the top of the list.
1. It's HUGE. The pictures don't do it justice. Want a party scene? Go to the lower pools. Quiet and serene? Upper pools.
2. The "vibe". Everyone is chill. No rush...but not in a bad way. People just move slower in Costa Rica, and it is honestly refreshing. It truly feels like you're in a foreign country, but you're not uncomfortable. I felt like I relaxed deep to my bones. So needed.
3. I taught 2 classes/day, one at 8am for the staff, one at 9 for the guests.
4. Every room has a balcony/patio with a huge bathtub. That back patio facing the jungle was my very favorite place to be, whether in a rain storm (so cool watching thunder and lightning back there), or in the early mornings. We saw so much wildlife just from that back porch--a crab right below our room, monkeys, birds, geckos, iguanas, white squirrels. It was literally wild.
5. Food/drinks are really good.
1. Bring bug spray, esp when you teach. There's lots of ants and bugs that will bite whenever you go outside. Get unscented bug spray and it won't bother you. We all came home bug bit, but again, not in a bad way...it kinda added to the wildness of the trip.
2. Book an excursion at least one day. Join the Facebook Fans of Dreams Las Mareas group and you'll have plenty of advice to choose from.
3. There's some local ladies who do massages right there on the beach. It's $30/30 minutes. I got 3 while I was there. I did it day 1, and it totally put me in the right mindset.
4. If you want lobster while you're there, you can go offsite to El Indio restaurant. They will send a cab to pick you up for free, it's maybe 3 miles away. They gave us 3 lobster tails for $38...it was so much I couldn't even eat it all.
5. Order the "Green Monster" drink. Delicioso!
May 6th, 2022 12:29:46pm
The whole luxury vacation was wonderful! Plenty of quality time family, plus I love teaching while also on vacation! Booking the trip on my mobile phone is easy. I plan to book again within 6-9 months. The resort is great - They were wonderful especially considering capacity was over 90 percent and holiday week. I had a wonderful experience snd opportunity! Great experience
Mar 16th, 2022 10:19:11am
This is a great place to have teaching vacation. Great programs for kids!!! Adults entertainment is great as well. Travel to Costa Rica is easy. No COVID testing required. Resort has well defined COVID policy.
Nov 7th, 2021 1:31:55pm
I taught Yoga on the beach. They have mats and towels. I loved the time to relax and rejuvenate, The whole luxury vacation!, Spending quality time with my companion/family! Everyone was kind and helpful even with a little confusion over my reservation upon arrival. I suspect they have not had a lively guest instructor program due to global circumstances, so it makes sense my receptionist at first was not familiar with my reservation. All good - love it and can't wait to book again!
Oct 11th, 2021 12:49:10pm
Hi, I taught Yoga on the beach. No music, just the sound of the waves! I walked around and invited guests to join, Smart TV. The hotel staff and entertainment team were great! Loved the Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica resort, I highly recommend!