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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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“The best vacation ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I travel quite a bit for business and pleasure, so my standards are high. Our trip to Costa Rica and in particular, our stay at the Arenas del Mar was out of this world. The hotel, the food, the environs, and most importantly the staff, made this our best vacation ever. We will return!

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  • Stayed May 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, May 10, 2013
Dear ddenisoff,
Greetings from Arenas del Mar and Manuel Antonio National Park. Thanks for taking the time to write such a "to the point" review of your stay with us. We are sure that this is appreciated by many travelers. We are very proud that we were able to meet your very high standards of a seasoned traveler. This is a great motivation for us to work even harder on getting all the details right every time. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the hotel, but are especially excited about your comments about the staff. We agree that service makes all the difference in the world. We hope that your busy travel schedule allows you to come back and stay with us again in the near future. All the best and Pura Vida!!!
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

situated on the edge of Manuel Antonio park, and in the jungle at the water's edge, with spectacular sunsets over the water, This hotel/resort has everything. There are monkeys on the property, sloths in the trees, beautiful birds - and no bugs. Iguanas patrol the patio. Breakfasts are wonderful around the pool, with ocean views. Service is excellent. It is easy to walk along the beach into town, and to the park - a wonderful nature preserve. The hotel itself is excellent with excellent amentities.

  • Stayed October 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
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Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Arenas del Mar is a wonderful boutique hotel that offered our family (kids 17 and 14) a place to truly reconnect. The rooms were spacious enough, clean and well maintained. The unbelievable view of the ocean from our balcony was quite stunning. The staff was warm and truly professional. The meals were exquisitely prepared, offering a good variety of typical local food with a sophisticated twist.
Playing in the rough waves was by far the most memorable parts of our stay there. Pure delectable fun that brings out the kid in you...
The lunches at the beach were very enjoyable as well...we felt like we were alone...far far away from everything. We cannot wait to return....

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the the last floor with a view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed for several days for our 10th anniversary. Everything was wonderful. The staff, present 24 hours a day, are instantly available. Both restaurants offer a large regional variety of great food. The northern beach is private and secluded whereas the southern beach has people, culture and a town nearby. Very romantic and great for kids too.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Not much to add to the reviews for this resort that have not been said before about this lovely resort. We stayed in an Ocean Breeze Suite which was extremely comfortable with everything you could possibly want – large bed, two bathrooms, fridge, coffee making facilities and of course the huge terrace with the hot tub. The only minor fault with the room was the lack of drawer space but other than that, it was certainly one of the best rooms I have stayed in.

All staff were great but the guys that drove the golf carts seemed to be the most genuine and it was them we usually asked for tips on places to visit. Location was perfect – we were glad we chose to stay on the beach as it made for a lovely lazy holiday and from the hotel you can easily walk to the National Park and back (approx. 20 / 30 mins walk along the beach). On an evening taxis are fairly reasonable but we found the hotel and resort to be very quiet on an evening with minimal nightlife - most places were deserted after 10pm.

Getting to the hotel is a bit of an experience – the first time we drove over the bump and down the steep hill to the hotel I had my eyes closed!

To sum it up, this place is excellent for a bit of relaxation in very comfortable accommodation with beautiful surroundings. I could quite happily go back if it wasn’t so far away from the UK.

Room Tip: We were in the building near the beach which was great for the convenience of being able to pop back...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

The staff was welcoming and extremely attentive without being over bearing throughout the five days we were there. Everyone knew our names by the second day. Concierge was very helpful with recommendations and helped us plan out excursion trips such as zip-lining and rainforest tour.
Room was comfortably designed and having a private veranda was a bonus. Very soft sheets, relaxing bed and a huge shower also came with the room. Food in both restaurants were excellent with a local flair (which is seafood). The private beach was steps away from our room and that was truly amazing. We were there everyday even though the waves were powerful.
I highly recommend Arenas Del Mar and cannot wait to be back in the near future. It truly was one of the most memorable vacations I've had.

  • Stayed April 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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Clifton Park Center, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

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

Room Tip: Room 401 had ocean and rainforest views, and a private jacuzzi on the balcony.
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  • Stayed April 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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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 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Luxury 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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