Sometimes one romanticizes a vacation and the resort to which one visited...over the course of a year, I had hoped this wouldn't be the case...and indeed, our return trip to Arenas Del Mar,was nothing short of spectacular! The staff welcomed us as though we were family! Our suite was just as I had remembered and loved...facing the Pacific and glorious sunrises! We were treated to the best breakfasts poolside...with a side order of Spanish lessons,compliments of Ricardo! We had amazing dinners prepared by Chip Roman,of Blackfish and Mica,here in the states ...we had informative and fun filled cooking lessons,rum tastings,and coffee tastings from the staff!
My spa experience with Priscilla was just as I had remembered,only better...if that is possible!
This trip, we spent an afternoon on the resort's private beach and were rewarded with a show of dozens of Pelicans...hawks...and a staff member presenting us with freshly harvested coconuts whose milk and fruit was delicious.
At one point in the afternoon,we were approached by the security guard who asked if we would like to see a Boa Constrictor consuming an Iguana....ah,Yes! High up on a cliff near the ocean, there was this awesome sight! That was truly a once in million chance to see something so extraordinary. But, this we have found, is typical at Arenas Del Mar...the staff is always on high alert to show their guests amazing things!
At breakfast by the pool we were alerted to a huge Sloth up in a tree,there were White face monkeys, and a Squirrel monkey....but on the last day,right before we left for the airport, Erzel pointed out an Aracari...quite rare and what a wow!
The bartender,Juan Diego, delighted us with his delicious tropical infusion drinks....pairing herbs with Rum was a particular favorite.
The staff from the front desk to the waitstaff to the naturalists to the wonderful crew who shuttles you back and forth to the reception center...to a person, they are welcoming,friendly, informative,and eager to make your stay memorable.
Arenas Del Mar is truly Pura Vida!
- 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