My boyfriend and I stayed here for six nights after three nights in their sister property Finca Rosa Blanca. They helped us prearrange a private transfer between properties. Once we arrived we were greeted at the reception area and given a brief overview of the hotel before a golf cart ride took us up to the concierge area. Check in was easy and right away we were blown away by the fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean!
We were staying in the Ocean View Premium Suite which was amazing! We had two bathrooms, a wrap around balcony, lounge area and nice sized bedroom. We couldn't get enough of the view from our balcony looking towards Manuel Antonio National Park.
We had great service all around, we went on two fishing charters and the guys driving the golf carts would always ask us how we did and they would remember from day to day that we had an interest in fishing. We also had great service at both restaurants the one by the concierge and the one down by the other pool and playita. We were on a first name basis with most which made us feel welcomed. Juan Diego made some awesome mojitos, Ricardo and Christian were very attentive, Alex and all the others who drove the golf carts were very kind.
We got to talking with Harold a great waiter and we told him we would like some red snapper for dinner he said no problem come to dinner tomorrow night and I will have it for you. The next night the hotel was having a Calypso band playing at the Playita where you could eat on the beach. Harold came thru with some amazing snapper and we enjoyed the band as well.
Just sitting in the pool by concierge we saw Sloth, iguanas and white face monkeys! By the reception area we saw squirrel monkeys.
We did a half day tour of Manuel Antonio with our guide Ana, she was very knowledgable and pointed out wildlife to us that the average eye would walk right past.
We decided after dinner one night to see if there was availability for a canopy tour which we read about in the book in our room that provided all the info on the tours. We called concierge and they said no problem and we were all set for the next morning. That was an amazing time!
One night we decided to try another restaurant in town and they had no problem helping us arrange transportation to and from the other place.
Overall we had a great time at Arenas Del Mar and we would recommend this place to everyone looking for a great place on the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed practicing Spanish and conversing with everyone we met. Pura Vida!
- 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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- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park