Arenas is in one of the more built up areas of Costa Rica and one that we nearly avoided because we wanted to be more off the beaten track. That would have been a real mistake because the area has such a lot to see.
The hotel is set in forest grounds. We saw a mother sloth with her baby at eye level, porcupine, armadillo and lots more. Being on a very steep hill you travel around the hotel in golf carts and the drivers stop to point out anything interesting.
The contemporary style of the room blocks wasn’t to my taste but the rooms were comfortable and well fitted. Free international calls from the room were a bonus.
There are two restaurants, we only used the main one and the food there was good. There are a lot of fish dishes and the rest of the menu was a bit limited.
We visited the national park and although there were lots of people visiting we saw more wildlife here that at any other place in Costa Rica. It is worth going with a guide carrying a scope so that you can see high into the trees. The hotel can make arrangements for this and other trips.
We walked along the beach to the local town and had a nice meal in one of the local cafes. The area is mainly cafes and low quality souvenir stalls.
- 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