My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Arenas del Mar and we weren't disappointed at all. When I planned it, I was looking for a place that was beyond just somewhere to sleep but also not the super-pretentious and stuffy luxury resort that keeps you locked up in their compound. I also wanted to find somewhere where my wife and I could experience the local culture, get to know the people, and get a taste of what life is like there. Arenas del Mar did just that.
We loved our room. It was quite large with a very comfortable bed. We stayed in an Ocean View Premium Suite. If you're lucky, you'll get the room we had: 703A. Everytime we mentioned which room we were in to the staff, they all said it was the best room they offer, and I couldn't agree more. The view was amazing, especially from our balcony hot tub. All of the facilities were great. The pools were well maintained and clean and offered great views as well. The main restaurant (for breakfast and dinner) was open air and had a delicious menu. The lunch restaurant near the beach was relaxed and comfortable (think casual beach front cafe) but still offered great service and menu options. The tours they offered were all enticing, and when you finally decided which to take, the arrangements were as easy as picking up a phone and letting the front desk know which you wanted.
By far, the greatest asset that Arenas del Mar has is their staff. Sorry if I misspell any of their names, but some need to be mentioned. Ersel was an awesome tour guide of Manuel Antonio. He offered great insights to the local wildlife and ecology and helped us appreciate where we were staying even more. Carlos was our waiter when I arranged for a honeymoon dinner on our balcony and he was great at making our evening special. Alexandra was always a joy to see hosting the restaurant and seemed to genuinely enjoy seeing us. Jeffery, I wish he could come here where my wife and I live and bartend at our local place. Always great to talk to and treated you like regulars, if not, family. There were many many more that made our stay there memorable. It was also great knowing that they were all local to the Quepos area and took great pride in their local heritage. It really was the staff that made our trip so wonderful. We hope to come back again someday.
- 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, this hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views as it is 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—the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. 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 And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park