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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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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Pura Vida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very nice friendly staff - they point out the wild life- great monkeys- lizards- sloths- very nice almost bungalow style room- not cheap but you pay for what you get- I took a private tour to the park with a hotel guy- a guide- nice guy- a little isolated and the road in a little dicey- a little steep too- but who cares it was pura vida

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Orlando, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Request ocean view, its breathtaking.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Arenas Del Mar is the place to be. The view is amazing, the rooms are clean, the bed very comfortable, there is a pool, activities (rhum tasting and presentation about the wild life in Costa Rica while I was there), 2 beaches and, of course, the rain forest! Massages are fabulous and the staff is wonderfull. They make it easy to book any tour you want and they know very well wich one are the best. You want to go to the Nacional Park with their guide, he is wonderfull to spot animals and makes it really funny and interesting! While I was there, there was a chef invited from Philadelphie. The food was delicious. I enjoyed their great drinks too. This is a peace of paradise and it feels like home.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Orlando Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Arenas del Mar is a must stay on your next visit to Quepos, Costa Rica. From the moment you arrive to the minute you leave you will be treated like royalty while on property. As you drive off the main road and down the hill to the hotel you are amazed that a resort could be located in a rain forest with a beautiful terrain. We were greeted at the parking area by smiling staff members who welcomed us and asked our name, by the second day the entire staff knew our names and room number. We hopped on a golf cart to head up to the reception area where we were welcomed by a smiling manager and a staff member who offered us a cold fruit juice drink. By the time we completed the required paper work at the reception desk our bags had been delivered to our rooms. And we were given a layout of the property by the front office staff.

The rooms are well appointed and the beds were very comfortable. Depending on your room, the views from the patios of the Pacific and the beaches are awesome, and views of the forest are equally beautiful. The free wi-fi on property was good, great TV reception and perfect telephone connection.

The golf cart drivers make you day from the first second you see their smiling face at the welcome center to each time they pick you up at any location on property. All the cart drivers make it a point to remember your name and ask you about your day, they are also very knowledgeable of the property and can answer any question about the hotel. Thank you to all of Rodbin's team.

All of our meals were delicious. We were fortunate to be on property when two guest Chefs from Philadelphia restaurants were on location to prepare wonderful meals for your enjoyment. Featured was Chef Steve Howells from Blackfish and Chef Joshua Lawler from The Farm and the Fisherman. You could choose to dine from the 5 course menu, with wine pairing or the standard menu. And, just like the cart drivers, the servers knew your name, room number and remembered your choices of drink from the previous day.

This beach front property is located close to many activities, if you would like to try zip lining, kayaking tours through the mangroves or white water rafting, the hotel concierge , Laura, will make it happen for you.

You will find the entire staff at Arenas del Mar truly amazing, especially the little things. At the happy hour one evening I requested a Moscato wine, which the bar did not stock. The next evening YES, they had a Moscato. The entire staff at ADM strives to make your vacation memorable.

We had an amazing vacation at Arenas del Mar and cannot recommend it highly enough. The Resort, food, beaches, and staff were all absolutely outstanding and I truly never wanted to leave. I am ready to bring my grandchildren in June.

Room Tip: Request ocean view or rain forest view rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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New York City, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

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.

Accessibility –
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!!!

  • Stayed August 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, September 27, 2013
Dear Matt G,
warm greetings from Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. Wow, what a review. thanks. Very complete and it seems like you were really able to get down to the essence of the experience at our resort. We are sure this review is very helpful for many future guests. We know that we have probably one of the best locations in the country combining incredible views with beachfront access and being located in the middle of a tropical rain forest. But the little details make the difference as you pointed out. And that comes from our staff that is proud to host you and share their culture with visitors from abroad. We will continue to work hard to further impress our clients and of course you and your girlfriend when you come back to Arenas del Mar soon. All the best and thanks again.
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New York City, New York
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have to say I was disappointed by this hotel. All of the reviews had be excited but when we compared it to the other hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica this one just missed the mark in a few ways.

The positives are that it is one of if not the only hotel in Quepos that is right on the bach which was a nice plus. There are two pools which was also a nice bonus.
Our room seemed clean enough and the beds were very comfortable. One key thing to note is that they DO have black out curtains which was a godsend given the sun comes up so early in Costa Rica.

We enjoyed our afternoon visit by a little cheeky monkey who was out hunting for treats left by other guests on their balconies.

The staff at the hotel are very friendly especially the guys that drive you around in the golf carts.

The negatives would be 1) the food at the hotel is ok. There is nothing wrong with it but its just ok. Nothing we ate was delicoius but it wasn't horrible either. 2) the bathrooms are a bit dated -perhaps it was just the color scheme? 3) no fitness center

Because the hotel is close to the beach you have to walk up and down the hills or take a golf cart to get around. Your car is left at the main gate so its not very convenient to pop out at night to a nearby restaurant or bar as we didn't want to drink and drive.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, September 26, 2013
Dear Islander 005,
we would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write this review. While we love the reviews that are named Paradise, Beautiful Resort and Pure Indulgence, we know that we can learn a lot from constructive criticism like yours. First of all, thanks for the nice comments on our beachfront and rain forest location as well as the friendliness of the staff. We are sorry that the food did not quite meet your expectations. We are currently working on a new menu to be implemented in November that should really impress you on a future visit. We were a bit surprised about the comments of the blackout. All of our bedrooms have blackout curtains and allow for sleeping in. Not sure what happened there. You will also be happy that by December 1st, all the bathrooms of the hotels will be remodeled and like new. Please come back in 2014 to check them out. Once again, thanks for the great feedback. All the best.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Arenas del Mar was one of the best resorts we've ever had the pleasure of staying. From the moment of our arrival to the checkout a week later, we were treated like royalty. The staff was amazing, learning all of our names by the 2nd day. The food was delicious and the chef would even take special requests. There were 5 people in our party, 4 adults and a 12 year old boy and we all had the greatest time. The resort is in the rainforest, and on a beautiful private beach. The rooms are very large and decorated impeccably with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. There were a variety of excursions near by like zip lining, learning to surf, etc. when we weren't enjoying the pool, beach and Manuel Antonio Park. We can't wait to go back and we are recommending it to all our friends.

  • Stayed August 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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach 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*
Number of rooms: 38
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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