After much research on TA and elsewhere we selected Arenas del Mar based on location near water and the consistently great reviews. We were not disappointed. Booked directly with the hotel and communication was very efficient. We booked a Premium Suite and were in building 4 which is totally private...possibily not the straightaway view as from building 7 but we preferred it because it was not right at the pool restaurant and reception area and therefore the terrace was very private. I believe the room was 403A. For a smaller room 403B had some view and also very private. The room was just as expected but be prepared that in any of the suite type rooms the sitting area in not air conditioned and many have sofa beds (for families) and it is really too hot so they bring in a very large a/c unit which does work but very noisy. There is talk of air conditioning the whole unit which probably should have been done when being built. The terraces are just beautiful and jacuzzi really nice. It was a great room and although very expensive worth it for the view and space.
Service at the hotel from the golf cart drivers to wait staff at the restaurant was very good as well as reception. We did receive some incorrect info on certain things at the reception but it worked out fine...one reception staff member was less than welcoming but most were very professional.
Spa experience very good...Paloma for massage one of the best I have ever had. Restaurant was good...it was very hot when we were there with not much wind so I must say I found it pretty hot in there and preferred to have a table by the pool which they set up about three for breakfast and dinner. Dinners were excellent ...breakfast buffet was okay but not the selection I was expecting.. Arenas del Mar is a great choice for your stay in Manual Antonio...very quiet and relaxing in a low key way while still offering everything you could want. There was a mix of families, couples and others staying there...I personally think the pool etc. is more geared to adults and most of the families were gone all day. The small beach area is nice for sitting under a tree and reading.....too many waves for serious swimming but beautiful. I know some people prefer the buildings closer to the water ie 1/2/3 but honestly the views are pretty blocked and I was glad we had not requested that area. We highly recommend this hotel.
- 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