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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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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Arenas Del Mar the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This place is the best. We have been here 4 times now and will be back again and again. The best is breakfast in the morning overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and trees and monkeys and colorful birds. Wow, wish we could just stay there.
The excursions are about anything you could want. We went to the "Vanilla Farm" and picked the bark off a tree for Cinnamon, then had a lesson on how to make chocolate then went to the top of a building to see all around for miles and had delicious chocolate cooking and hot chocolate too.
We went on a safari and saw so much on this trip with our guide that it is impossible to describe.
Back to the Hotel where the accommodations are luxurious, having a hugh shower with surround tile and a balcony overlooking the ocean with all the sights and sounds.
In the dining room is an array of wonderful choices every evening to choose from with activities for young and old alike.
If you have not been here, you must treat yourself at least once (you'll be back)

Room Tip: The third floor has the best view. It is spectacular.
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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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Windermere Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This resort should be on the top of anybody's list of Costa Rican destinations. Overlooking the Manue Antonio National Park and beach, the views from the reception, pool and restaurant areas are spectacular. It is a very plesant walk between the resort and Manuel Antonio Park. My wife and I and friends have been to Arenas Del Mar 4 times. The rooms are spacious and most include verandas with hot tub, lounging area and incredible views. The property is located on a very steep road (but negotiable) and is centered in the rain forest. You can walk between resort activities if you want to, but electric carts are manned at all hours to quitely transport guests between beach, reception, pool etc. Monkeys, birds, butterflies and an overwhelming array of rain forest flora are everywhere. This is no accident since the hotel is one of a few 4-Leaf rated ecology resorts in Costa Rica.
There is a very nice SPA and open air restaurant, as well as a bar and restaurant at the beach. The food is very good and artfully presented.
While these amenities are all first class, it is the outstanding staff that sets this resort apart. To a person, they are helpful, friendly, speak very good english (which is hepful to some Americans) and are knowledgeable and effecient at their jobs. The staff will gladly make arrangements for some of the best fishing in Central America, kayaking through the mangroves, a jetski ride, zip-lining, whitewater rafting or what have you. All are generally nearby. If you want to stay in paradise, help a country that helps itself (the resort helps support a local school and environmental efforts) and kick back with some exciting overtones... this is the place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

If you are into a sustainable life style or not, this place is a treasure. I don't think my husband and I have ever had a better vacation in a resort. Not only is the location incredible- not over stating- but the staff is the best I have ever encountered. Going to sleep at night listening to the ocean was the best, even with the doors closed. The wildlife is everywhere and amazing to watch. The naturalist Ercil ( hope I spelled that correctly) is so enthusiastic. Don't miss a tour with him. We saw a toucan nest, monkeys, a flock of macaws and a viper. Not to mention beautiful flora and fauna. Just go. You will love it.

Room Tip: ocean view
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  • Stayed September 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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VA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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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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 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Luxury 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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