We are actually waiting to check out...sadly. I would give a 6 out of 5 if I could! We really cannot think of any issues or complaints about the resort! We have even stayed for 6 nights and 7 days so there was plenty of time for us to truly experience the resort!
Our room, 503B provided us with the perfect ocean view we requested as we watched sunrise over Manuel Antonio and the beach and a glimpse of sunset along the semi private playa down the hill. Our room even in proximity to other rooms, felt very private the way all balconies are constructed for privacy. As other reviewers noted, the resort is very steep, and while we frequently enjoyed the walks to/from the pool and beach, a ride in the electric cart was always available immediately or at least within a few minutes.
The restaurants, while only one open at a time, offered a nice variety, large portions, fresh ingredients, local flavours and specialties and wonderful flavours! The breakfasts, the charred octopus, the snook, and the ceviche were particularly great! With 7 days between the 2 of us, we nearly tried everything, and never felt bored with the meals! We enjoyed new dishes each day and still enjoyed a few favourites a couple of times. Note: it can be more difficult to eat meals outside of the resort without a car (we enjoyed the seclusion).
From the hotel and our room, we even spotted most of the local wildlife including howler monkey, white faced monkey, sloth, agouti, lizards, iguanas, hawks, pelicans. At the top of the hill out of the resort we listened to and saw several black mandible toucans. We also enjoyed several tours away from the resort: zip lining with El Santuario and white water rafting with Amigos del Rio. Finally, we ended our stay with wonderful deep tissue and hot stone massages from the spa...very nice.
We spent non-active days lounging on our balcony, lounging at the semi private beach or at one of the two pools. I am not sure where everybody else went, but we truly felt that we had the resort to ourselves! The hotel seemed fully booked, yet we always felt we were alone at the pool or the beach!
Finally, the staff: all of them were wonderful from waitstaff, to front desk, to maintenance, to housekeeping to spa! They all called us by name, helped us in our very poor Spanish, asked us about our plans and experiences and were always open to sharing more about the culture of Costa Rica (one of our favourite reasons to travel!). So, to the staff, we are grateful!
Ok, that almost covers it...I could say more but I am going to enjoy my last half hour...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park