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“Wow! A completely WONDERFUL experience!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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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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Saratoga, California
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“Wow! A completely WONDERFUL experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and it turned out to be an incredible vacation! We stayed for 8 nights at Arenas Del Mar so we really got to know the hotel and restaurant staff well. This is a first class property with staff to match! Everyone from the restaurant staff, the concierge, bartenders, housekeeping, the "golf-cart" drivers, etc, etc. were polite, friendly, and upbeat (Pura Vida!). The hotel is situated perfectly - surrounded by lush jungle and just steps from a beautiful beach. The food in the main restaurant was delicious - we tried nearly everything on the menu during our stay. We spent half of our time simply relaxing - walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, eating/drinking, etc -- the other half of the time we were busy with activities i.e. zip-lining, ATV, exploring Manuel Antonio Park, renting a Vespa (type) scooter, and swimming in a waterfall lagoon. We had an awesome time and will DEFINITELY come back here again!!

Room Tip: We stayed in 102B - it was a great location just steps from the pool/bar/small restaurant/and beach...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, July 23, 2014
Dear Robert,
thank you for taking the time to write such a rave review of your recent stay with us. We are excited to hear that we have exceeded your expectations and hope that your review will inspire many other travelers to visit us in Manuel Antonio. You took great advantage of what Arenas del Mar has to offer: the unique location in the rainforest offering spectacular vistas with access to two beaches and the National Park as well as the perfect mix of nature adventures and relaxing. Thanks for pointing out how great your culinary experience was. We are about to start our culinary weeks with guest chefs from North America in September. How great that you were able to get a feel for the Costa Rican "Pura Vida" feeling through our staff. We are all proud and happy to serve our visitors from around the world. Come back to Arenas del Mar or another Cayuga Collection Property in Costa Rica soon.
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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We loved our visit! The hotel is lovely, our big room overlooking the forest and ocean was perfect for viewing animals or sitting in our jacuzzi. The staff could not have been more gracious or helpful.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We took our teenage granddaughters to Costa Rica this past June for a week and stayed at Arenas Del Mar. It was the PERFECT choice! My husband and I had been to Manual Antonio/Quepos once before and were frustrated by the lack of beach access. Arenas Del Mar is one of the few resorts that is directly on the beach and offers rainforest experience by being built up along the rainforest cliffs. This resort is wonderful in so many ways. We chose a 3 room suite that connected to a central foyer with 3 baths (a must for teen girls) and we had two huge, spacious balconies, one with a jacuzzi. Besides the great accommodations, the hotel staff took care of everything. We used the concierge to book two different zip line trips. They called taxis for us to go Into town. They have ocean side tables and serve lunch on the beach and there is a huge beachside cabana bar, also serving everyday until 5. The staff is extremely attentive and courteous. The coolest thing about this location is that we could walk down to the little town of Manuel Antonio, play on the beach, explore in the resort's trails and look and watch for monkeys and sloths that live on the hillside rainforest (which goes all the way down to the beach)--without ever having to leave the area. The hotel also offers nighttime wildlife walks and Eco tours of the facility. The hotel is very eco-friendly and eco-conscious. The level of service was the best we have ever experienced and we have traveled extensively in South .America, North America and Europe. It was wonderful to feel like we were living in a rainforest, right on the Pacific Ocean, and yet were staying in such upscale surroundings. They have two pools, a poolside restaurant and another restaurant at the top of the hill, along with a huge bar and reception lodge. The views from both the top and the bottom of the resort are spectacular. We are definitely planning to go back to Arenas Del Mar and would not consider going anywhere else in Costa Rica. Arenas del Mar provides the total Costa Rican experience.

Room Tip: We found that the rooms next to the beach were the most convenient for the 5 of us. We had a close...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed here three nights and the stay was excellent. The staff could not do enough to make the stay wonderful. On the day we arrived we saw and heard howler monkeys on the way to our room which was an ocean view room. We also saw sloths and a boa on the property.

We booked a park tour through the hotel and a guide was provided for us. She was great and we went in the morning and saw lots of animals. The park is nearby.

The restaurant provided most delicious food and the breakfast outside by the pool with an ocean view was fantastic.

If there are better hotels in Manuel Antonio I am not sure how they could be.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stayed for 5 days and I can not stress enough how EXCELLENT this resort is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The staff treated us like family and we were totally spoiled by the attention. I congratulate this hotel for its staff, location, luxurious surroundings. Just magestic!!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We did not stay here. We only visited the resort to eat two times. I am Celiac and they have gluten free choices at both restaurants! The food and service were wonderful. The resort property is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We spent 5 nights here and did not want to leave. The location, beauty, friendly and helpful staff, great facilities, restaurants, etc., all were just great. Their participation in sustainability and respect of nature and ecology are unique and a great example. Also, the staff really seemed like a big family that enjoyed working there. This spilled over to the guests and everyone seemed to get along so well as a result. We definitely want to go back.

Room Tip: Ocean breeze rooms have fine views at less cost than Ocean View
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Top resorts 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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