There is little that I can add to the last fabulous review, other than to state again that what makes Arenas del Mar stand out is the joyous ambiance that fills the place. Everyone who works there is happy, smiling, welcoming and greets you by name. You have to be careful what you express aloud, because the people who work there feel that it is their responsibility to make your wishes come true. From Marco, who works at the beach, Diego in the bar, Ricardo at the beach restaurant, Yahaira and Kener in the restaurant, to Alan at the front desk, Ercel, the naturalist, and most importantly Rodbin who was like a fairy godmother to us while we were there. You are taken into their embrace and you can have a perfect holiday, if you know what you want. If you want a room up on the hill, it can be yours. If you want to be down by the beach, there are accommodations there as well. We found the only weak spot to be the dinner menu, which did not have enough variety in quantity or price. We know that they are working on improving this area.
If you are driving there on your own, be forewarned that to get there you have to drive over a very steep incline. We were not sure, arriving in the rain and at night, but this is the correct way to go.
While we were there, 2 of the owners were present for the chef events , of which we attended three evenings. Jeremy Allan, in particular, could be found at all hours, talking with guests, seeking suggestions to improve the resort, and overseeing the general well-being of the guests. The staff follows his model.
- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park
- 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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