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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I almost hate to write this because I want to keep this place the hidden gem that it is! I've stayed in places, good and bad, all over the world and this place ranks right up there near the top. Everything, from the staff to the grounds to the beach were spectacular. The rooms, however, were otherworldly. Just over the top. So good that I actually tried to book an extra day but couldn't get the flight changed.
My only reason for not giving it 5 stars was the food. While the breakfasts were great and lunch was delicious they dropped the ball on our dinners. I had to send my surf and turf back and my son was less than thrilled w his filet. They were very apologetic and took my meal off of the bill w out my even asking and the service was great at all meals.

Room Tip: The A rooms are amazing! B's are smaller but still very nice.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed for four nights and had a great time. We had a spacious sea breeze room right by the beach. The beach is pristine and pretty much exclusive. The whole hotel is spread out in its own tropical rain forest with golf carts for the weary to get around. The restaurant, whilst sometimes a bit quiet, has an amazing view out over the bay and is way above the standard of the rest of the town. I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Stayed December 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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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Wonderful hotel by the ocean! Amazing service! We had an apartment to ourselves and we were by the beach. Lots of wildlife around, great food. Loved the views from the restaurant area. I think the best place in the Manuel Antonio area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Arenas del Mar provided luxury amenities, ideal location, and superlative service. Book your stay here with confidence. The hotel has a philosophy - learning, connection, experience, and relaxation, and it delivers! My husband and I stayed for three nights.

LOCATION: This is the ONLY hotel in M.A. with DIRECT BEACH ACCESS. Other hotels provide "shuttles" to the beach, and bring you to the busy center of town to access it. At Arenas del Mar you can walk out of your room and onto the beach. It's the most northern end of the long chain of beaches in M.A. so it's pristine and quiet, and you can walk the entire length of the beach if you wish - into town or even into the national park. I love the beach and water, so for two days we walked the entire length of the M.A. beaches, stopping at times and negotiating for chairs and umbrella, usually for two hours (US$6.) It was ideal. The section of the beach that the hotel fronts is lovely, and you can just stay there, where the hotel provides chairs, tables, an infinity pool, and an outdoor restaurant. You don't have to "pack up" to go to the beach! Request a room at Playitas Beach.

SERVICE: You are an individual at the hotel - it has only 38 rooms, and a staff of nearly 100! I don't need someone to fluff my pillow and keep my water glass full, although of course they do. The high level of service emphasizes CONNECTION, one of the hotel's goals. You get to know the cart drivers, the waiters, the tour guides, the receptionists. They will share with your their knowledge and love for their country. If you are interested, you will get to know about their families, and their dreams for the future. We opted for the free "tortilla tour". With Roger you go to the outdoor, covered staff cafeteria, and make tortillas with the staff "Mama", Dona Lisa. Then you enjoy them with her, your guide, and whichever staff members are around. What a lovely way to make a connection. Another example of service: When we checked in my husband mentioned that he likes tamales for breakfast. Laura our host said that tamales were not available for breakfast, but if my husband likes tamales, she'll get some. We had forgotten about it, and then one afternoon after an long day on the beach, we returned to our room, went to mix a drink, and there in our room refrigerator were four gorgeous tamales! We had them for dinner on our balcony.

LEARNING: It seems as if everyone is a naturalist. We asked our lunchtime (at Playitas Beach Restaurant) waiter William what type of tree we were sitting under. Not only did he identify the almond tree, he bent down and picked up three big pods - one immature, one maturing, and one with an almond inside!

RELAXATION: With perfect location, impeccable service, making new friends, and learning about your environment, relaxation naturally follows. We had a perfect stay at Arenas del Mar, and we believe that it's THE hotel of choice in Manuel Antonio.

Room Tip: Request a room on Playitas Beach for easiest beach access, an infinity pool, and outdoor restaurant.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We loved your review of your stay at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. You really understood what we are all about. Finding that symbiosis between Luxury and Sustainability through the concept of Experience, Learn, Connect & Relax. We hope your review inspires many future guests to take part in the activities that we offer and connect with the local culture. Oh, and thanks for mentioning the part on the only hotel in Manuel Antonio with DIRECT beach access. We hope you come back soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We visited in early January and had a very good stay. The views from the beaches are amazing and the staff was incredibly friendly and always remembered what we had been doing that day (waiter from the night before asking us in passing how the fishing was the next day as one of many examples). The monkeys came and played around the beach, and there was a sloth on the nature trail. I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay.

The restaurant on the beach was very relaxing and I loved the fact that the beach had tons of shade so we could pick out the perfect place to lay out and enjoy the views. As a heads up, the public beaches are gay friendly. The surf school was fun and I got up for the first time.

Only improvement could have been the rooms being a little bit higher quality.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This really is a marvelous place to stay in Manuel Antonio National Park. You merely have to look outside your room to see the wildlife, monkeys and sloths and iguanas and myriad exotic, colourful birds. The staff are friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. The rooms are bright and clean. The food is delicious with a wonderful selection including of course plenty of the local fruits. Beaches are close by. Is is a short walk into the National Park and the jungle with its exotic flora and fauna. We went as a couple but this would be a great place to stay with children too because there is so much natural beauty for them to enjoy. We had left behind a miserable winter in Amsterdam and our spirits were so uplifted by this lovely hotel in its sunny, relaxed environment.

  • Stayed December 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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Holmdel, New Jersey
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6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stayed here on the 2nd leg of our Costa Rica vacation. And we loved every minute of it. The staff at this hotel are extremely friendly and helpful. Plenty of monkeys & iguanas and the occasional sloth were spotted by my children daily. To be noted: this hotel is a series of small structures built into a steep slope overlooking the ocean. Golf carts, which come very quickly when called, are needed to get from your room to the restaurant or to the front gate to meet your van/tour. side note: we walked back behind the hotel past the staff housing... thats where we saw the sloth(s)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach 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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