Imagine following a winding road, uphill, through tropical flora and fauna, feeling the warm embrace of the air, listening to the sound of birds calling and inhaling the scent of the ocean…. at the top of the hill, you come to an oasis, tucked away and so beautifully constructed that it fits naturally into it's surroundings…that describes my introduction to Arenas Del Mar! Arenas Del Mar is a sumptuous paradise of a resort with onsite access to two lovely beaches, a swimming pool, spa and two tasty restaurants. I was fortunate to be there the week of a chef event with Chef Chip Roman of Philadelphia and got to enjoy three exciting evenings of specially prepared meals. Each meal highlighted local flavors and spices including fish caught in the morning by Chef Roman himself! Aside from the meals prepared by the Chef, the food was delicious. The dining areas are outdoors with beach views (so you don't miss a moment of the splendor surrounding you!) and are well covered and easily converted in case of inclement weather. The menus are short and sweet focusing on serving fresh local fare.
It is apparent that every inch of Arenas Del Mar was perfectly planned taking into consideration the natural beauty of the area. The entire hotel was built with sustainability in mind and just flows into it's surroundings….the Iguanas, Sloths, Capuchins, etc. clearly are not disturbed by it's presence! I stayed in a room with a breathtaking ocean view that felt like a secluded bungalow and included a spacious bathroom with a magnificent shower and an ever useful bidet. The staff at Arenas Del Mar is outstanding…genuinely gracious and incredibly accommodating. I inquired about local yoga classes and within an hour was scheduled for a private class right there at the hotel! Almost anything you desire is yours for the asking and when you leave you will feel like you truly have new friends.
I visited during the "green" season and was so thrilled by the whole experience that I was undaunted by the rain. The warm tropical air made it comfortable enough to get out and explore…to hike through a rainforest, go ziplining, visit a local town, etc. The trip was a superb escape that left me with many fond memories. I'm looking forward to visiting 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