We spent 6 days in April 2013 at the fabulous resort. We arrived at the airport 4 hours late due to a problem on our plane, but there was Bernie waiting for us as we cleared customs. He was very gracious and made our drive to the resort very pleasant. He stopped at Crocodile Bridge and told us so much about Costa Rica. When we arrived at the resort it was late and we were greeted with a cold refreshing drink. Heiner kindly offered to let us postpone the check in procedure until the morning but we chose to do it right away. We were then brought to our suite- 401. It was spacious and very well decorated. We ordered room service as we were hungry and tired and it was brought to us very promptly.
When we woke up and went out on the balcony we were greeted by a spectacular view of the ocean and the rainforest. We had our own private jacuzzi and two sitting areas. We had our first visit by a group of monkeys on our balcony that morning as well as a variety of iguanas and other lizards.
We chose this resort because we just wanted a peaceful, restful vacation and to see monkeys- and this was the perfect place. The grounds were beautiful and Playita Beach was fabulous. We always walked down to the beach but took advantage of the cart ride back up the hill. Thanks to Alexander, Brandon and Paul for all their help and kindness as they drove us around the property.
Thanks also to Jorge for his friendly chats and advice whenever we saw him. Thanks also to Alan for helping us arrange for transportation to Quepos and Manuel Antonio.
We had a great breakfast every morning which was included and we had two fabulous dinners at the resort. We had a great dinner at Kappi Kappi and another at sunset at El Avion which was excellent. We also had dinner at El Gran Escape in Quepos which was very good, so there are plenty of places to eat near the resort.
We spent hours sitting at the beautiful beach in the shade of a tropical tree, walking along the beach and reading. Everyday the monkeys came to the beach and were so much fun to watch. There was a sloth in a tree right above us at the beach. The water was too rough to swim but we could go in a little ways which was fine with me. There are two beautiful pools to be enjoyed- one of which is an infinity pool near the ocean.
I would highly recommend this resort... the seclusion,spectacular views,plants and wildlife, the delicious food and beverages, along with the wonderful, friendly service and attention to detail, makes this a fabulous destination.
Lastly we would like to thank Bernie for all he did for us to make our stay special. He picked us up at the airport, he took us in the hotel van each night where we wanted to go and came back to pick us up. He always seemed genuinely interested in seeing we had a good time, offering suggestions and advice. He made our trip back to the airport fun as he stopped at a nice shopping area for one last chance to buy some nice souvenirs. Thanks Bernie.
I know there were others that made our stay wonderful so may I just say... Thanks to all for making our stay wonderful... And we would love to come back soon. God bless. Barbara and Neil
- 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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