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Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica   |  
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“Jungle Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

12 of us recently stayed at Arenas del Mar for a week and every one of us left delighted with our experience. I was personally impressed with the eco-friendly features of the property. The General Manager, Robin, gave me a tour of their recycling/composting area and nursery. The rooms themselves are super comfortable. Everyone raved about their bed - I normally have a horrible time sleeping but could hardly keep my eyes open after my head hit the pillow.

I noticed one of the other reviewers complained about the hotel being remote from the road and parking lot. This is one of the best features of the hotel!!!. Upon entering or leaving the property you always encountered wildlife - howler monkeys, sloth, white faced monkeys, Halloween crab, raccoon, guinea pig like rodents, huge iguana, jesus christ lizards....we saw more there than at the national park.

My absolute favorite thing was the Playitas (little private beach). We spent several lazy days lounging on the wicker chairs, sipping fruity drinks and playing in the waves. Nothing can quite compare.

Room Tip: Rooms in 700 and 600 are closer to the front desk, restaurant and bar and are much more convenient...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed at Arenas del Mar for 3 nights at the end of November. The property is beautiful and the staff was amazing. Our room was in building 3 and had an amazing view of the beach and ocean. We could hear the waves at night. We did the tortilla tour and that was one of our highlights. It was great to connect with the local people and culture. We loved everything about the hotel and also all the food was amazing too!! Thank you for a wonderful time!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I can't say enough good things about this hotel, from the moment we arrived in reception to the point of leaving, the whole place surpassed our expectations (which were quite big already given some of the feedback on this site). The staff are superb, keen to help, really friendly and always go above and beyond at any opportunity. The rooms were amazing, the view fantastic, the local area is nice and you only have a short walk along the beach to Manuel Antonio national park. The rain hammered down (we were there at the tail end of the rainy season) from about 3pm every afternoon but the rooms are so nice that you don't mind being inside, plus the rain is rain of epic proportions so its an event in itself. Best hotel I've ever stayed in, I'd go back in an instant.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My wife and I decided to make this our last stop on our 40th anniversary trip, based on the raving reviews of this place. This place had been built since our last trip to the area seven years ago. When you arrive, you come in on a very narrow entry trail, that you hope you don't meet another car on. you park in a very small parking area, which is remote from the property. You are driven to the reception area by golf cart, so make sure that you get everything our of you car. The property itself is a semi ecolodge type facility. The rooms are nice, but not overly fancy. The room that we had, had a hot tub, with a sign telling you to only use it once during your stay. Give me a break! If they don't want you to use it, don't put it in the room. The beach area is once again, remote from most of the rooms. You can walk down, but unless you are in pretty good shape, wait for a golf cart to take you back to your room. It rained while we were there, and the porch are was covered with water, that ran under the door into the room, because the porch area was not sloped away from the rooms. The short of it is that the place is nice, although somewhat pretentious, and definitely overpriced for what you get. Will we go back, I think not. There are other places in the area that are a better for the price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry that your expectations were not quite met. We were looking for detailed comments on the experience in terms of our staff, service, activities or restaurant services and did not find any in your review. It seems like the rainy weather we had the past days negatively influenced your experience and that the layout and infrastructure was not exactly what you expected and were looking for. There might have been a misunderstanding on the Jacuzzi use as well. We very much encourage our guests to use their Jacuzzi as many times as they please, but for sustainability reasons, recommend that they reuse the water during their stay. But again, this is just a recommendation and you make the final decision. We are also finalizing the process of updating the rooms in terms of décor and furniture and will have a new look ready for our guests by mid-December. Greetings from Manuel Antonio.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Stayed at the arenas del mar for 4 days- we were spoilt by an awesome experience in arenal but the hotel was great. The staff were great and at hand whenever we needed them.. The hotel is removed from the main road down a steep hill, and the hotel staff were more than happy to make sure we had transportation in and out. What really made the experience GREAT though was Iguana tours - cant find them on the things to do list. We did white water rafting, horseback riding and a guided tour of the national park all through this team and they were AWESOME! Safe, knowledgeable and most importantly fun- if you are looking for a great set of people to take you through these experiences then look no further.. I cannot say enough fat things about the entire team at iguana!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Arenas del mar in an ocean breeze suite w/ hot tub overlooking the ocean. The staff were terrific, the rooms luxurious, and the location prime! The breakfasts were outstanding and the lunch restaurant served wonderful wraps and frozen drinks. The airport transfer was pricey, as were the dinners, but all in all, a great place to visit to see wildlife in an Eco-friendly setting.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Agree with the bulk of comments set forth on this resort. One of only a few resorts in Manuel Antonia with direct beach access. Ask for Ocean View rooms if you desire a fantastic balcony view of the off shore islands. The beach is a short 5 minute walk (200 feet elevation change) from here or take the golf cart. Ask for Ocean Breeze if you wish to be close to the water. Bonus: In the week of our stay (Nov. 3-10th) we pretty much experienced the same wildlife in the jungle surrounding Arenas del Mar as we did in Manuel Antonio Park - howler, squirrel, and white face monkeys; two and three toed sloth. The staff are accomodating and friendly at all times. The restuarant is fine. This resort specializes in providing a tranquil beach side experience for couples and families. If you seek night life, are 20 - 30s something budget tourists, or desire a vibrant social scene this might not be your watering hole. We walked to a number of restuarants along the Quepos MA road but it is a steep 1 mile envigorating hike from Arenas del Mar. To take a cab or resort van to the strip is $16 round trip. It is a nice 20 minute beach walk to the park. I recommend management place a printed list of available tours around MA (rafting, zip lines, guided park tours, etc.) in the rooms for patrons to review. There is much to do and guests would benefit from the info prior to contacting the concierge.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 4.5*
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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