I just finished a 2 week tour of Costa Rica. Of the places we stayed, I enjoyed Arenas del Mar the best. Location is right in the middle of the forest. The rooms were great. However, they are clearly not meant for a family of 4!! The resturant was fantastic. In fact we ate there 3 nights in a row and we almost never do that if there are other options!! The views form the lobby area are magnificent. I was a little concerned that it might not be a great family resort. However, there were other families there and I was pleasantly surprised.
The road to the hotel is horrendous! You are heading straight down a single lane road with no lights or markers on the side of the road which is a 12 inch ditch. Under no circumstances, attempt it on your own at night as I ended up in a ditch and had to be towed out. The hotel was extremely helpful but I am sure they all had a good laugh. Even though you are in the rain forest, there is tons to do in the area. You are still near enough to civilization. I would definately return
- 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, our hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views, 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. As well, we are proud to be the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to have been awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. With this stunning location and a myriad of personalized services, on-property activities and land and water-based tours catered for honeymooning couples and families alike, 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 & Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park