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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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“Wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Everything is perfect, except the surf for the inexperienced was unapproachable at the small beach closest to our unit. We had a wonderful Ocean front suite and highly recommend that.
Food was good. We arranged with the hotel for private tours to the national park and hanging bridges and to go kayaking in the mangroves and were well pleased.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We loved this hotel! Beautiful grounds, great breakfast, and wonderful service. Highly recommended! You get both the beach and the jungle.. We saw monkeys, slothes, and iguanas on resort grounds. Free fresh coconut on the beach and breakfast was soooo good. You get fresh pastries, fruits, and choice of one item from the menu.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

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!!

Room Tip: Go for the ocean view superior room. Totally worth the extra money. The view of the ocean was fabulo...
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  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We loved this place! Staff was extremely accommodating. Our "room" which was really 2 rooms with 1 large bath and 1 small one, was perfect for our family - including 2 teens. We had a large balcony as well looking out at the beach, the trees, sometimes full with monkeys, and partial ocean view. We loved being able to walk right out to the beach. (there are rooms up by the restaurant and main building as well). Food was good and concierge was great. So many things to do in the area and then come back and chill. Great vacation spot!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was a wonderful place. We had capuccin monkeys playing outside our balcony and the waves crashing. The employees were kind and courteous. I honestly could have stayed forever. Only negative was that the menu wasn't exactly kid-friendly, but they seemed willing to modify anything to suit even picky eaters (such as my pescavarian, salad- and sauce-hating kid).

Room Tip: The pool and rooms further from the hotel lobby seem more child-friendly. There are stairs and no el...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
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63 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We booked this hotel solely because it is one of the few hotels, if not only, with direct beach access. We are so glad we chose this hotel! Although the ride into the property was a little scary, were pleasantly surprised upon check in. You really feel like you are in the middle of the rainforest. We saw many monkeys, sloths, lizards and birds during our stay. The rooms were large and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent...we especially loved the fresh fruit juices. Happy hour is great, as is the spa. We can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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19 hotel reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

From the moment we got to the resort we felt special :-) The staff knew our names before we even checked in!
The grounds are lush and green, the hotel is located on the beach and the rooms on the hill so you get the best of both worlds, beach and amazing views! The hotel concierge helped us with everything, including taking our bags to our room while we were at the beach enjoying lunch.
We were in room 502A which was amazing! It had a king size bed and a fold out couch the beds were so comfy!!! It also had huge balcony over looking the ocean with beautiful furniture AND a Jacuzzi tub.
The food at the restaurant was amazing every time and the service was wonderful too.
We really didn't do much other then relax at the hotel, we didn't need to go anywhere because we had everything we wanted.
The private beach was awesome! There was beach service as well which I rarely encounter, even at luxury hotels... Arenas served us on the beach without a fuss, in fact they were happy to help us in any way.
My friend and I really enjoyed staying here, she is from Seattle and this was a great costa rican vacation for her and a awesome staycation for me :-)
I plan on returning with my husband in May for a romantic getaway
Shout outs to the golf cart drivers: Robin, Brandon, Alexander and a couple more I forget. Wilber for showing us our room, the waiters Julio and William. As well as Andrea at the spa for a relaxing cappuccino scrub.
See you all soon!
Nicole & Jessica

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, April 3, 2013
Dear cabobunny,
thank you for taking the time to write such a great review about your stay at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio. We are happy that as a "local" you were able to show off the "best of Costa Rica" to your friend from Seattle. Thanks for all the nice mentions of our staff. This is very motivating and rewarding for them. You very well pointed out that at our hotel we have the best of both worlds: direct beach access and spectacular views. We think you could add to that the setting in the middle of the rain forest with great wildlife watching in your room or at the beach... the best of three worlds? We look forward to your return with your husband. This time of the year our resort becomes very popular with romantic travelers and honeymooners. Thanks again and see you soon.
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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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#3 Top resorts 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*
Number of rooms: 38
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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