We stayed 5 nights here in Feb 2013 and I would highly recommend this property to anyone. This was by far our favorite stop in Costa Rica. The hotel is quiet, relaxing, family friendly and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio.
We stayed in a premium suite on the hilltop and loved our room. The balconies on the premium suites are very large and offer multiple views as they wrap around the building. Our balcony was nicely furnished with comfortable furniture and had great spots to cozy up with a book, while monkeys and birds passed by regularly. In fact while we were watching one monkey in a tree his partner ran in our room and attempted to raid the refrigerator. The room furnishings and bathrooms are not ultra luxurious but are tastefully decorated and the views and balcony are so spectacular that it is not an issue. The beds are very comfortable with quality linens and comforters. All of the electrical wiring and fixtures are US style so voltage converters are not required.
The swimming pools are small but very conducive to small children and peaceful relaxation as they are never crowded.
The resort uses golf carts to transport people so there are no cars beyond a certain point. This helps to maintain the jungle feel of the property. The grounds surrounding the property are kept very natural and lend to the natural beauty of the resort. The amount of wildlife that can be seen from the property is outstanding. We had great sightings every day. The Iguana makes regular visits to unsuspecting diners at breakfast!
The beaches are quiet and beautiful. The surf can be a little rough for small children however for a change of pace we visited a protected cove a short ride away (end of the long driveway). The hotel shuttle dropped us off and picked us up. This water is almost tide and current free and has snorkeling rentals on site.
We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast each morning. The dinner on the beach was also a worthwhile treat. The main restaurant for dinner was ok but not my favorite. We ate better food at restaurants in town a short cab ride away. Using cabs we felt completely safe traveling with a six year old. As a side note we only encountered wonderful helpful people in our entire stay in Costa Rica. We ate lunch at the lower restaurant on the beach a couple days and it was ok.
As amazing as the scenery and property is the staff members just may be the crown jewel, they really deliver above and beyond with great sincerity. They are all incredibly friendly and helpful. Roger is amazing and is worth seeking out for a natural tour. The tortilla tour is a local tour and is great fun. My daughter and momma really took a liking to one another. If your travels bring you to this area I highly recommend staying here. You will be hard pressed to find a better place to stay. It is with partial reluctance that I rave so highly about this place…Please save a room for me when I return.
- 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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- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park