My wife and I decided to make this our last stop on our 40th anniversary trip, based on the raving reviews of this place. This place had been built since our last trip to the area seven years ago. When you arrive, you come in on a very narrow entry trail, that you hope you don't meet another car on. you park in a very small parking area, which is remote from the property. You are driven to the reception area by golf cart, so make sure that you get everything our of you car. The property itself is a semi ecolodge type facility. The rooms are nice, but not overly fancy. The room that we had, had a hot tub, with a sign telling you to only use it once during your stay. Give me a break! If they don't want you to use it, don't put it in the room. The beach area is once again, remote from most of the rooms. You can walk down, but unless you are in pretty good shape, wait for a golf cart to take you back to your room. It rained while we were there, and the porch are was covered with water, that ran under the door into the room, because the porch area was not sloped away from the rooms. The short of it is that the place is nice, although somewhat pretentious, and definitely overpriced for what you get. Will we go back, I think not. There are other places in the area that are a better for the price.
- 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