We loved our 4 nights at Arenas del Mar. The hotel was our last stop in a 2 week vacation for our anniversary. We took a few tours from the hotel but the property itself is worth just taking time to enjoy. We stayed in more than one room and my husband's favorite was the one we had right by the beach, but I loved the suite the last night we had. We stayed at first in the Ocean Breeze superior room and the balcony was great to relax on and have your morning coffee. We awoke each morning to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. We had problems with our second room's air conditioner. They tried to fix it and then moved us to another room when it was impossible to fix. I was happy they moved us next door instead of going down the steps again. It was one of the Ocean View Suites. Both spots had their advantages. The Ocean View room we stayed at was close enough to walk to the restaurant and the spa. The private beach was a short downhill walk and we used the shuttle to come back up. When we were in the building on the beach we used the shuttle for our meals but the beach was easy access. We saw some monkeys at the beach. We went on the hanging bridges tour and enjoyed that and the massage that I had was a much needed one after all the hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling we did. The swedish massage was great. We thoroughly enjoyed all the staff and would come back to the hotel again. I liked the activities they had every night in the lobby area. The internet service was fast and efficient and the free international calling was a great option because my cell phone would not work in the area and I needed to call home during our stay several times. I would recommend this hotel if you are in the Manuel Antonio area. The beach access, the huge trees on the property make the temperatures at the beach so nice to enjoy. We loved having our lunch right on the beach and their service was impeccable. It was a pricey place to stay but we were on our anniversary and had saved up for it. The reviews here helped me choose this hotel and they were spot on! Thanks to those who wrote about the hotel. We loved the staff! Our excursions were the Catamaran Kayak/Snorkel tour, and the Rainmaker tour. We had a couples Swedish Massage and wish that we had time for the guided National Park tour but decided to spend a day in the lounge chairs at the beach and playing in the waves instead of doing that tour. We met a lot of great people there! We were there the week after Easter so were happy that some of the crowds we heard about the week prior had gone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel experience. Stunning, luxurious, and sustainable, our hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views, nestled in eleven acres of rainforest with private trails and two tree-shaded white sand beaches. Unique among the hotels in Manuel Antonio, our carbon-neutral property offers sustainable, luxurious lodging. As well, we are proud to be the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to have been awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. With this stunning location and a myriad of personalized services, on-property activities and land and water-based tours catered for honeymooning couples and families alike, Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base for exploring on your Manuel Antonio vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio