My husband and I travelled to Manuel Antonio National Park and stayed at Arenas del Mar for three nights in august. We truly enjoyed our stay from the second we drove in to the property. Every single staff member we encountered was genuinely friendly and very eager to help make our stay better in any way possible. Everyone seems to remember who you are, your names and conversations you have already had with them. They really engage in the guests and get to know them. Here are some highlights about the hotel from our observations:
Very unique, beautiful, naturally situated hotel. we loved being in the middle of the forest but right on the beach. the beach is spectacular but there are large waves so be careful. they have a flag system that will warn you about conditions. the beach was never crowded. we swam a lot in the pool down by the beach since we stayed on that side of the resort. there is a nice snack bar to get drinks and food down by the pool/beach as well. one of the highlights of our stay was swimming in the beach side pool around 4pm when a troupe of white faced cappuchin monkeys were finding some dinner. they were swinging from to tree to tree right next to the pool so we had an up close view of them chomping on their dinner. be ware of raccoons and monkeys stealing food from your fridge. they provide locks for a reason!
the food was delicious in our opinion. the breakfast in costa rica was a highlight of the trip and especially at arenas del mar. they start you out with some fruit and fresh baked pastries/bread which is a nice treat. then you get to order off a breakfast menu and you get a full breakfast. definitely one of the very top included breakfasts we have ever had at a hotel. the service was excellent.
the room had a nice balcony space to enjoy the outside which included a tico bar. the bathroom was large and nice. i slept well in the beds. the only complaint is that the rooms seemed a little dark. there just weren't many windows the way they were designed which is good for sleeping. we didn't spend much time in the room anyways so the room was fine. the room isnt the most spectacular thing we have ever stayed in but we felt other aspects of the hotel more than compensate and its a very adequate room. we had a middle of the scale room.
there is a lot to do in this area. we walked down the beach to the manuel antonio national park. this is a must see. it was a long walk in total. we did a hike within the park as well and went swimming at a gorgeous beach. the tours seem expensive but if you want door to door service it might be for you. we like to explore and do our own thing. we did take a kayak tour to the mangroves at islas damas which was quite spectacular. the guide that arenas del mar set us up with was top of the line. he pointed out so many things and provided us with lots of information about costa rica in general. we also swam a lot in the pool and hung out at the beach.
as i mentioned before the staff is amazing here. they go above and beyond to make you comfortable. its hard to explain but they have this seamless organization and communication that a lot of hotels really lack. its hard to put into words but they seem to communicate with each other at a very high level to ensure the best possible vacation for you. they anticipate your needs and everything is just really easy. the hotel is extremely well run and everyone is so happy and friendly to be around. while we were staying, there were a lot of families at the hotel. the kids were so cute and well behaved and seemed so engaged with the surroundings and activities. id imagine this is a great place to bring a family. its one of those rare places that is family and couple friendly it does both very well.
even though the hotel was at full capacity, the pool/beach never felt over crowded, the service did not suffer one bit and the hotel was still nice and quiet. we highly recommend this hotel based on location to the surrounding activities, direct access to a nearly private beach, amazing service, delicious food and beautiful grounds.
- 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