Arenas Del Mar – What else can I say but WOW?!?! As a traveler who has had extensive experiences both internationally and domestically I can honestly say that I have not stayed in a finer or more welcoming resort. From the warm waters of the Pacific, the outstanding mix of food and wine, to the friendly and likable staff – I never wanted to go back home to Manhattan. For reader convenience, I have broken the below review down into four distinct categories: Resort ambiance, quality of dining, accessibility (both for travel to the resort and away for available excursions), and friendliness of staff.
Resort Ambiance –
Overall, I was specifically impressed with this aspect of my stay at the resort. Management did a terrific job of designing a resort that offers great spaces for kids to enjoy the beaches and pools while still maintaining adequate seclusion for couples wishing to enjoy more of each other’s company. The ocean and rain-forest views from all around the resort, including many of the rooms, are second to none!
Quality of Dining –
As a traveler who does not particularly enjoy Central American cuisine, I was a bit nervous about what I would eat before I arrived. To my delight, the resort’s chefs were able to prepare many typical American foods with just enough Central American ‘flavor’ to make me feel like I was trying something new. Keep in mind if Central American food is what you would prefer, then based on the rest of my group’s stay I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed. This mix of food would also be terrific for families traveling with small children who might also prefer food they are more accustomed to.
As someone who lives and works in Manhattan, I know that traveling is not always as quick or easy as we all wish it were. This was not the case in going to Costa Rica. It was a very easy flight and I was very impressed with the overall accessibility of the resort in that they do everything from sending drivers to the airport upon request, to shuttling you around in golf carts once you arrive. The golf carts are available to avoid walking up any steep hills, as the terrain is somewhat mountainous. The carts usually arrive within a few moments of your request and the drivers are more than happy to take you wherever you would like to go within the grounds.
Friendliness of Staff –
The staff at Arenas Del Mar were incredible. By the end of the week it seemed like everyone knew me by name and always had a smile on their face when they saw me. They were all incredibly helpful and willing to go out of their way to make the guests happy. One morning my group was running late for an excursion and the waiter had the chef prepare breakfast to go boxes for all of us so we could make our excursion on time. I know this seems simple, but at a resort as nice as Arenas, it’s the simple things that really set it apart.
Overall, I had an outstanding time at Arenas and cannot recommend it highly enough. The Resort, food, beaches, and staff were all absolutely outstanding and I truly never wanted to leave. My girlfriend is already busy planning our next trip and it cannot come soon enough – 5 Stars!!!
- 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, our hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views, 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. As well, we are proud to be the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to have been awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. With this stunning location and a myriad of personalized services, on-property activities and land and water-based tours catered for honeymooning couples and families alike, Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base for exploring on your Manuel Antonio vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park