My family- myself, husband, and 17 yr old daughter recently vacationed in Costa Rica and Belize. Our first 6 nights were spent at Arenas Del Mar. Everyone at this resort was very professional and very friendly. We stood in an "ocean breeze suite" in an end unit with a view of Playitas beach. The room was large with a large bathroom and very clean. Hotel staff drive you around in golf carts- to the beaches, parking lot or even main reception & restaurant. The staff that drove the golf carts were all very friendly and personable. They will stop to point out animals, sloths, etc. if you ask them to. The staff in both restaurants were also very friendly. Playitas beach is a beautiful small, secluded beach. We really enjoyed the warm water and great waves! If you want calmer surf I would advise going to the larger neighboring beach- Playa Espadilla. I really had wanted to see the wildlife- monkeys, sloths, toucans and we were lucky to see the white faced capuchin monkeys during our first full day at Playitas beach! We were able to get some great pictures as there were many of them in the trees overhead. We also saw quite a few sloths, with one in a tree right outside of our room. We got to see Toucans during our horseback riding excursion with Finca Valmy Tours which we booked at the hotel. I would really recommend this and also the Canopy Safari tour that we also booked thru the hotel. Both were excellent! The food at the restaurants were good and we had no complaints. The prices were pretty reasonable, particularly the drinks compared to other places that we have stayed at. The hotel is located in a beautiful, peaceful area and only a short taxi ride away from the center of Manuel Antonio. We didn't want to leave and definitely hope to return soon!
- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park
- 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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