Don't be mislead by the use of "base camp"! This really is a very beautiful hotel with a great staff. The hotel has a couple of naturalists onsite (Ersel and Anya) that are passionate about their work and can't do enough to help you see things you want to see. The hotel also sets up trips to Manuel Antonio and other nearby areas. What the hotel doesn't have, they work with other vendors in the area to make sure you experience everything you want to see/do.
There are two beaches, a large public beach, where you can take surf lessons, and a smaller private beach. A nice bar is located at the private beach. Also a couple of pools on site.
Our room was one of the ocean breeze suites and was very sapcious. A whirlpool is located on the deck. We had a very nice view of the ocean. Two bathrooms, small refrigerator, flat screen t.v. in bedroom. Wi-fi access throughout hotel grounds.
The lodge actually occupies some 11 acres and has several trails you can utilize. Vegetation is cleared from the immediate area of the rooms, probably to discourage "critters" from "visiting", but even so, be sure to keep your patio doors closed and locked. One of the couples in our group was visited by a racoon, who knew how to open the cabinet that contained the refrigerator and subsequently opened the fridge and virtually cleaned out everything. He did leave the money on the counter behind!!!
The only downside was the food! We felt the food was a bit pricey and service in the restaurant was slow. Room service hamburger and fries for $12 was really good.
Not sure about the value as this was part of another great prepaid package we arranged through Vaya Adventures and the hotel prices don't seem to be posted on the hotel website.
I used the term "base camp" as we actually spent very little time at the hotel, rather we took advantage of the various side trips, all of which were associated with the hotel or arranged through the excellent concierge staff. Having said that, I think this is a great hotel for folks who want to simply relax by a nice pool or enjoy a private beach and for sure it is an awesome “base camp”! Purda 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