We stayed he with a teenage son for 5 nights. My son has food allergies and we prefer less busy hotels.
LIKED - Our suite had two full baths, sofa in sitting area converted to double bed. Large balcony with jacuzzi, view of the beach, surrounded by trees that had monkeys on occasion. Small private sandy beach, could eat lunch and have drinks right along the beach under shady trees. Happy hour each night, turn-down service each night, a/c in rooms, mini fridge stocked with water, soft drinks and snacks each day all complementary, free international calls and wifi. Very friendly staff. Kitchen did it very best to accommodate our food requests. Quiet place for good sleep. Enjoyed some of the evening activities that start at 6:30. A long sandy public beach next door is easily accessible and hotel provides chairs and towels. My son took surfing lessons with Alex and enjoyed it. Loved the ice cream and sea food at the restaurant.
NOT LIKED - two small swimming pools, good for kids but perhaps not for adults. Distance between our room and reception/dining area including 8 minute uphill climb. (Golf carts drive you around on request and we never had to wait more than two minutes.) Food quality could improve for a 5-star hotel. The menu was same all five days. The surf is rough on the private beach and not ideal for young kids. The tours arranged at hotel seemed pricy. There is laundry service but not self-serve washer/drier.
- 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