Recently my wife, friends and me went to Arenas del Mar in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio region of the west coast of Costa Rica. For those unaware, Arenas del Mar is an award winning “sustainability” resort. It is a complete carbon neutral site, which, in this day and age, is very hard to find. From the moment of arrival, we were whisked to the reception area in electric golf carts that emit no carbon dioxide and run quietly to maintain the serenity of the resort.
Everything about the resort is geared to energy savings. From solar heated hot water, non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products, ionization systems that are chlorine free to water treatment, they have thought of everything. Using only native plants, the need for pesticides and fertilization is eliminated. All organic waste produced on site is composted on site and reused for the plants.
The restaurant chefs use only locally grown fruits and vegetables that are fertilizer free. Daily supplies of locally caught seafood and locally grown beef/poultry insure the highest quality meals. Their daily surprise fruit drinks are even served with bamboo straws from locally grown bamboo. Their menu offerings were so good; we stayed at the resort for all of our meals.
The resident naturalist, Ersel Villalobos, is among the most knowledgeable nature leaders in the country. The resort has 75% of its property as a private nature preserve. Minutes away from the resort is the Manuel Antonio National Park & Rain Forest. The resort can set up terrific tours for you. Surfing and surfing lessons, beach horseback riding, jet skis, parasailing, mangrove kayaking, white water rafting, zip lines etc. Whatever you can imagine you would want to do is at your fingertips. Not to mention the world’s finest off shore fishing and whale watching.
Your comfort is assured by unbelievably comfortable beds, cable TV (a lot from America), terrific Wi-Fi service, great phone service and very well appointed rooms, with balconies overlooking the Pacific or rain forest, all with cube refrigerators. Did I mention the awesome ocean views? The Playitas beach has terrific food, drinks and a fantastic pool area. And, the sunsets are breathtaking. A “must” for your bucket list.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park