This hotel was absolutely amazing! It was definitely our favorite place to stay and we didn't want to leave. The drive in was a little stressful, we bottomed out on the drive way, but once you get there it is paradise. From the moment we arrived the staff members were very attentive and nice. You park at the bottom of the hill, at the hotel entrance. Then a staff member drives you to the lobby in a golf cart. That is where you receive your room key, a delicious welcome drink, and information about the hotel. A staff member then drives you to your room in a golf cart and helps you get acquainted with the property. We saw a sloth and lizards on the the way to our room and the driver was kind enough to stop and point them out. The bedding was heavenly, the room was simple yet very comfortable. The mini-bar had free, local snacks and drinks. We were very impressed!
We quickly went to the pool for a drink. Compared to other places we stayed, the drinks were priced very reasonably, and were delicious! The details of the straws and garnishes were an added bonus. Don't miss happy hour at the main bar for great drink prices, views, and conversation! We had breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel and all of the food was very good (the pancakes for breakfast and mahi mahi fish sticks for lunch were our favorites).
All of the staff members were very accommodating and extremely nice. Some staff members needing extra highlight include: Jose & Christian (cart drivers who remembered us by name), Sergio & Bryan (excellent at the concierge desk), Angel (bartender/waiter), and Priscilla (masseur). We met one of the owners, Jeremy, during our stay which was an added bonus! He was very informative and clearly passionate about creating the best experience for his guests.
We went to Villa Vanilla spice farm (amazing!!- Giselle gave a great tour), visited Manuel Antonio National Park (definitely take a guide to see the animals), and walked the length of Esparilla beach & had lunch at Marlin restaurant. I definitely encourage you to RELAX while you were here. The views are amazing, there are lots of animals on the property, the staff are delightful, and the environment is perfect for decompressing. Enjoy it!
- 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 National Park