View from balcony was spectacular. You could see Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park. Beautiful birds everywhere. Sloths, white faced monkeys and howler monkeys made daily appearances. Breakfast by the pool and lunch by the ocean were unbeatable. The staff was always attentive, friendly and happy to be there. They appreciated the nature as much as us tourists. Ersel the nature guide was the best. We went with him on birding tours daily and he never disappointed. I got to see the rare Resplendent Quetzal on my 50th bday thanks to him. Something I'll never forget. We had a blast! You know you experienced a special vacation when you are sad to leave.
I would have preferred a room in the A group. They are more spacious and have a tiled spa tub on the balcony. Our fault we booked late. The room was nice and clean.
If you go, you have to book a trip or two or three with Ersel. He really made the trip an unforgettable one. Tell him Susan from Utah sent you and that you want to see a white-crested coquette (a rare hummingbird). You might not see one but it will be fun trying.
We would return and I don't say that very often. In fact I can't wait to go back.
- 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