This is probably the most amazing hotel I've ever been to. The grounds, rooms, and beach are beautiful, quiet, and comfortable. There are tons of giant iguanas hanging around and at times troops of monkeys romping around (early in the morning, aka 6am, we saw about 15 monkeys swinging through the trees in front of our room then parading across the roof of the reception area and restaurant. I also saw an iguana literally steal a croissant from someone's breakfast table by the pool…although I think there was a little boy who set it out as bait and encouraged the iguana to come get it.
The staff here is SO friendly and accommodating. Yes, you need a golf cart to take you down to the beach (if your room is at the top of the hill), but there are always several at the reception area waiting to take you down. The beach is beautiful, private, classy (wicker beach chairs!) and there were always chairs available (even though the hotel was at capacity). The beach service and service at the restaurant close to the beach is pretty slow, but that's the only complaint I have about this place.
We stayed in an ocean view superior room in building seven (at the very top of the hill next to the pool/restaurant/reception area…there are 6 buildings that are planted going down the hill) which I loved because our room was on the top level and above all the other buildings so there was complete privacy (which lended itself quite nicely to naked sunbathing on our balcony!). The room was beautifully furnished and the mattresses were SO comfortable. While the room itself isn't huge, the wrap-around balcony with amazing ocean views was GREAT. There's a sink, countertop, coffee maker, mini fridge, comfy couches and a mini table outside on the balcony. They restock the mini fridge with fun local snacks and beverages every day…which is included in the price!
The food at the restaurant is good but the dinner menu doesn't have very many options for people who don't like seafood.
I was so pleasantly surprised by the fact that the breakfast, which is included, was NOT a buffet, but in fact you're given a menu with a ton of options, all of which are DELICIOUS.
I wouldn't recommend the spa because it's really expensive and my mani/pedi didn't last very long.
Also, if you're thinking of doing the candlelit dinner on the beach when it's offered, don't. It isn't well lit, there aren't very many menu choices, and there's fist-sized crabs running around (which I found to be terrifying). The service was also pretty slow for that meal.
All in all, this was the most amazing hotel I've ever been to. It definitely has the best location of all the other hotels in the area. I will totally be back one day!!
- 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, our hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views, 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. As well, we are proud to be the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to have been awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. With this stunning location and a myriad of personalized services, on-property activities and land and water-based tours catered for honeymooning couples and families alike, 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