Newest resort is in canton of La Cruz

The country’s newest tourist resort is Dreams Las Mareas, some 50 miles from Liberia on Playa El Jobo on Salinas Bay in La Cruz.

Casa Presidencial said that the facility in extreme northwestern Costa Rica represented a $125 million investment. There are 12 other Dream locations in México and the Caribbean operating under the name of AMResorts, an Apple Leisure Group subsidiary.

Vice President Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría and other officials marked the opening of the 447- suite hotel last week at an inauguration ceremony. Officials praised the hotel for its 600 jobs in an economically challenged canton.

The hotel has eight restaurants.

“AMResorts is focused on expanding into highly-desirable destinations that offer our guests something distinct, and Costa Rica has been on the top of our list,” said AMResorts President Gonzalo del Peon in a release.

Resort amenities also include a 44,000-square foot pool, the largest in the Guanacaste resort region, a water slide, kids pool and steaming whirlpool. The resort contains a wedding gazebo and numerous reception spaces, said the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based firm.

Expedia, the online booking service offered a daily rate of $565 for a junior suite.

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