It's not inexpensive but it is worth every penny. The property, rooms and amenities are phenomenal here and the staff couldn't be more friendly and accomodating. But what you don't know until you get there is that this is the _only_ hotel that is actually on the beach. And what a beach is is! Spectacular sand, sun and waves, not to mention clean, not crowded, plenty of shade trees and no one selling you anything. And many of the types of animals you can see in the neighboring wildlife preserve also live on the property - in 5 days we saw capuchins, squirrel monkeys, several sloths (even a juvenile), an anteater, an agouti, and a huge variety of lizards and birds.
The complimentary breakfasts were really excellent. Dinners weren't flawless (service problem one night, overcooked fish another) but were always very good.
We stayed in 2 ocean view rooms while we were there and both were really fabulous, though the standard size is maybe a little small. Fortunately the weather was fantastic (HOT - 90-95 every day with high humidity, fortunately there's a sea breeze) so we could occupy the balcony with its seating area and minibar. However, the first room were assigned (which we immediately got moved from) had no real view of the water and all you could really see was a broken tree and an air conditioning unit. I think it was room 302B, so beware!
All in, I would give them a score of 95 out of 100 - we will absolutely be back!
- 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