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Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“A great vacation destination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Arenas del Mar has the best of both worlds, natural beauty combined with accommodation and staff worthy of a 5 star property rating. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and made sure we were able to relax and engage with local tour companies who offered amazing experiences for novice and experienced folks alike. Imagine repelling under waterfalls, zip-lining through the jungle, a relaxing day on the ocean spotting dolphins, turtles, and swimming with schools of fish just to name a few. The property has 2 pools and easy access to 2 beaches. The private beach offers a beach-side waiter service which confirms the notion of being on vacation! The suites are spacious, the decor very appealing and the views are speculator. The locals (the wild life that is) and humans co-habit in this idyllic resort with the integrity of this special place uncompromised. It was an absolute pleasure to stay at Arenas del Mar.
Linda
Haverford PA

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank linda116715
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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

We just got back from our vacation at CR staying at the Arenas del Mar hotel. We can't say enough good things about this hotel and staff. Everyone one was extremely helpful and accomodating. There were 2 options of views: beach or overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We choose the later and what spectacular views! We appreciated how the hotel is eco-friendly to the extent as to not disrupt the nature surrounding this hotel. We never waited for anything. The staff anticipated our every need such as taxi's a golf cart ride to the beach, a drink on the beach, extra towels or umbrellas when it rained.
A perfect time!!
Charlotte/Tom Suspenski, Haverford, PA

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

From the moment we pulled into the driveway, I knew I was in for an incredible experience. Every staff member greeted us with a smile and the place was immaculate. The views of the ocean from the rooms and from breakfast on the deck were breathtaking. The hotel arranged for all of our excursions -- including an exhilarating zip-lining experience and a guided tour of the rainforest -- and made everything easy. We told them what we wanted to do, and everything was taken care of. The food at the hotel was delicious, including everything from comfort food to authentic Costa Rican dishes. As for the rooms, I can't say enough -- they were incredible...comfortable, spacious, and luxurious, but still had the feeling of the rainforest inside. One of my everlasting memories will be watching the sunset from the balcony with a glass of wine. It's easy to see why "pura vida" isn't just a catch phrase...it's a way of life in Costa Rica and that is especially true at Arenas del Mar. I couldn't possibly recommend it higher!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank msiegel629
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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Dear MSiegel629,
greetings from Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rain forest Resort in Manuel Antonio. Thank you for your wonderful review and pointing out how amazing your stay was. We are happy to hear that you were able to feel the Pura Vida feeling. It seems like you were able to create the perfect mix of relaxation (watching the sunset with a glass of wine from your balcony) and activities and tours (canopy, kayak, horseback riding, etc) during your stay. We were especially happy to hear that you liked the combination of comfort foods, Costa Rican dishes and some fine dining options in our menu. During the next two weeks, we have more guests chefs coming to the resort and will be able to further increase the food quality at Arenas del Mar. Thanks for pointing out the great views. We are the only luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio to combine Ocean views with direct beach access and the possibility to walk to the National Park. We hope to have you back with us real soon. All the best.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We did a great multisport trip with Bike Arenal and wanted to then spend a few days relaxing at on a beach. Arenas del Mar was the perfect choice. The beach was beautiful. The amenities were perfect and the manager explained that the goal of the hotel was to give us a perfect experience and they certainly did.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Arenas del Mar has what I look for in a resort, that is, everyone worked hard at making sure I enjoyed my visit. The view of the Pacific Ocean is breathtaking. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable.
The food was excellent and they accommodated my children's picky taste buds!
The toughest choice each day was deciding whether to go to the pool or the beach. Since they were both a few steps from our room, we usually did both-problem solved.
The staff was helpful in setting up outings for us. The first was an amazing zip-line excursion. The second was a hanging bridges tour through the rainforest. This excursion was special because we had Ersel (the resort's nature expert) with us. He was able to show us things we would have never seen on our own, like a glass frog!
Arenas del Mar is a special place to spoil yourself when visiting Costa Rica.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Great resort with great service, wonderful people, fabulous wildlife! A true gem in the rain forest!

We toured with Ersel, the on-site naturalist, twice. He was awesome! We went white water rafting and zip lining and were thrilled! We ate like kings thanks to a special guest chef event the hotel was hosting!

Thank you to the near perfect staff at the hotel, they always knew what we wanted about the same time that we wanted it!

Pura Vidal!!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

The Pros: (1) We saw all three species of monkeys that live in the area - howler, squirrel, and white faced. We saw enormous iguanas and a sloth move so quickly to get out of a thunderstorm that we initially thought that he was a monkey! We also saw snakes and baselisk lizards by the pool. Very cool. (2) The grounds are nice at this resort. The actual resort is located way off of the main road. It is secluded and private and guests are really in the forest. There are no cars on site. Guests either walk or call for a golf cart to navigate the steep paths. (3) Restaurant food was pretty tasty - sea bass truly delicious. (4) The entrance to Manuel Antonio Park is a 20-30 minute walk up the beach. We did not have to call for a taxi or anything to get to the park or the restaurants over by the park. Very pleasant walk. Try the yellowfin at Marlin's. (5) Staff very nice people.

The Cons: (1) Our room was really, really small. We had been in La Fortuna for the previous 4 nights, and our room there was like a condo. Our room in Arenas del Mar was about the size of a budget hotel in Paris or London. A few feet of clearance on either side of the bed, and that was it for the bedroom. The sitting area was outside, along with the wet bar and mini fridge. Bathroom was okay, but the water pressure was not great. Scented toilet paper! There was a small flat screen on the wall, but you had to watch TV in bed. I know, I know, you don't go to a rainforest resort to watch TV. Unless, of course, there is a torrential, unending downpour and the US Open is on. (2) Drinks were expensive. On the first night, there was a very heavy rainstorm and we did not want to venture out. We went to the restaurant, and they tried to seat us near a family with two in high chairs and another couple with a baby. I asked to be moved away from the children, and they moved as a little. One kid got up and was touching and rearranging the stemware at an unoccupied table, and the parents were not doing anything about it, and the staff did not step in. I understand that it is not the responsibility of the staff to step in and control another guest's ill-behaved brood, but it did not do much for the atmosphere. We decided to drink away the presence of the bratty children, and it was a very large tab indeed. (3) No TV in the bar (Federer was playing!) (4) Calling for ice from room service was a pain. They would usually bring ice in a legitimate ice bucket, but a few times they came with a margarita glass of ice. Enough for one-and-a-half mixed drinks. Not okay. (5) I felt that there was a bit of a rip-off going on with regard to the tour guides. We were told by the concierge that we could get a guided tour for $60 USD per person to go through the park. We booked it for 7:00 am the next morning. We later went down to the town, and booked a tour for $30 USD per person for the same thing. From what I could determine, all of the guides cooperate. When one person sees something cool, he whistles and everyone on the path can come look. Don't be afraid to go off resort for things like this.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Memphispubcrawler
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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Dear Memphispubcrawler (quite a Tripadvisor name!!!),
greetings from Arenas del Mar. First of all, thank you very much for your constructive feedback on your stay with us in early September. We appreciate the great comments about our unique location in the rain forest with walking access along to the beach to the National Park and were were happy that you found our food and especially the sea bass to be spectacular. Thank you. To address some of the areas that you pointed out that need room for improvement. As you noted, the rooms are laid out to spend as much time as possible outside on the terraces enjoying the warm temperatures, spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the monkeys and birds that are ever present at the resort. We understand though that due to bad weather (especially in the months of September and October which is the height of our rainy season) the area cannot be used all the time. If you are a guest that is looking to spend more time in your room, we suggest you opt for a suite that has a living area in a separate room. The superior rooms work very well for guests that are looking for an active stays with many tours and adventures. We are sorry you were not able to see all the games of the US Open. We believe that keeping the public areas TV free is a plus, though for very special occasions, we have set up a screen for our guests. Early September is still a time when we have many families stay with us and we understand that this can sometimes create conflict with couples that are looking for more peace and quiet. We try to manage this very carefully. We will take immediate action on improving the way we deliver ice and watching for kids touching silverware on tables. In terms of the guides, we would like to clarify that we do not "rip" anybody off at the hotel. The rates for a tour booked at the hotel with a private guide from Arenas del Mar (Ersel has been mentioned in many previous TA reviews) are a bit more expensive, but our tour provides a much superior experience than going with guides that hang out at the entrance of the Park. We strongly advise you not to go with those guides as we have received various complaints from previous guests. Once again, thanks for your feedback and we hope that the positive memories of your stay with us outweigh the details that you mention in the cons category. All the best.
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Property: Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Address: Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#3 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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