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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Arenas del Mar rounded out the last few days of our honeymoon to CR. In short, this is the most magnificent hotel we have ever experienced. The service was impeccable--we constantly felt as though we were the only guests, and we were impressed with how the staff anticipated and exceeded our needs at every turn. The staff was beyond personable--they treated us as though we were guests in their home. Their pride in their country and culture and their willingness to share it with us was what made our time at Arenas so memorable. The private beach and lush rainforest settings in which the buildings are nested allow you to commune with nature, where it's hard to see where a "hotel" stops and nature begins. In fact, we had better access to animal sightings (e.g., monkeys, sloths, etc.) here than we did at the National Park. Make sure to read the in-room guide book when you first arrive so you can make sure to take advantage of some unique options such as the Sustainability Tour (so impressive!), hiking trips, and other excursions. If you're looking for a truly unique and memorable experience, Arenas is the place to be!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon in August of 2011. They were very accomodating and we had a lovely time. The food is great- especially the black bean soup and the delicious fruit. They sent us a complimentary bottle of wine and fruit simply because it was our honeymoon. The property is lovely. They offer golf carts to guests but we really enjoyed walking around it. The beach is beautiful and the pool and lounge area is nice. We really enjoyed our tour of Manuel Antonio National Park as well. Unfortunately, the park is quite crowded but our tour guide did a great job of helping us find animals and explaining things to us. We really enjoyed the staff who taught dancing one night and they let us practice our Spanish with them.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed 5 nights at the start of our 2 week visit to Costa Rica - everything was fabulous and a wonderful treat. We had an amazing room with an even more amazing view that comfortably slept my husband and I and our 2 teen-age daughters. The staff, the food, the monkeys and the ambience was just perfect. The icing on the cake was the baby sloth who lived in the tree outside the building our room was in. I would highly recommend this hotel and cant wait to return some day!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

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Greetings from sunny Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. Thank you for taking the time to write your review about your family vacation with us at Arenas del Mar. We are happy to hear that you fully enjoyed everything during your stay from the room to the food and especially the wildlife. There are few places that combine Ocean views, direct beach access and wildlife viewing from your balcony in just one place. We promise to take good care of baby sloth and hope you can come back to check him or her out as a teenager soon. Thanks again and see you soon.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here for the first three nights of our honeymoon in Costa Rica and it was perfect. The grounds were beautiful and our beachfront room with outdoor hot tub was spacious and extremely relaxing. The beaches were amazing and the food and staff at Arenas Del Mar far exceeded our expectations. Roger was a fantastic tour guide for Manuel Antonio National Park!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I’m very late in writing this, but because our experience at Arenas del Mar was so wonderful, I want to thank the resort staff. Everything about the resort is incredible-the refreshing welcome drink, beaches, property, rooms, food, and most of all, the staff. Ersel, the naturalist, is so knowledgeable about the wildlife that can be found all over the grounds. He was so kind and shared lots of interesting information. There were a couple of sloths that were easily visible (once Ersel pointed them out and explained the type of tree they like) during our stay and it was a lot of fun watching them move ever so slowly. The property sits on a steep hill but the bellmen are always right there when you need a ride.

We began each morning with a wonderful breakfast on the patio next to the pool, watching the iguana in the tree and listening to the birds singing. Each day ended with a soak in the jacuzzi tub on our patio watching the stars and listening to the ocean. Our room was an ocean view premium suite and it was absolutely amazing.

We spent an afternoon at Playitas, the small, private beach, and enjoyed watching the monkeys playing in the trees and on the beach. We were also treated to fresh coconuts….so refreshing and sweet! The current is very strong at this beach so be careful if you take a dip.

I can’t wait for my next visit to Arenas del Mar!

Room Tip: Go with an ocean view premium suite in the building next to the pool area if you can - you won't...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We loved our stay at Arenas del Mar, where we spent 5 nights at the end of October! We agree with the highlights other reviewers have mentioned - friendly and helfup staff, beautiful property, amazing beach location, great food, peaceful and tranquil environment, comfortable rooms, great views.

But perhaps what most impressed us most is that this hotel is unique in Costa Rica because it is both 5 "star" and 5 "leaf" (I think the first, and until recently the only one with that status). The 5-star rating is well deseverd, with excellent service and all the comforts one could hope for. Initially less evident to the casual observer is what it means to be a 5 "leaf" hotel in Costa Rica - we highly recommend taking the free "sustainabilty tour" offered to understand and see first-hand what this means.

Piero, the sustainability manager, gave us an amazing tour of the property and insights into what "sustainability" means for Arenas del Mar - from reducing waste and recycling, use of biodegradable products, a pool-cleaning system that does not use chlorine and thus enables local birds to drink from it, an innovative laundry system that reduces water use, and purification of waste water to irrigate the property, to providing additional benefits to employees and direct support to address needs of local communities living in poverty. Most of this had been invisible to us prior to taking the tour, and it made us appreciate our stay much more!

Here are some of the highlights that we most enjoyed during our stay at Arenas del Mar:
- Starting each day with a great breakfast that begins with fresh fruit, fruit juices, pastries and wonderful coffee outside on the pool deck with an amazing view of the ocean from the top of the cliff;
- watching the sloths in the trees on the hotel property at the "playitas" beach (the friendly hotel guard at the beach was always happy to point out where to find wildlife);
- an incredibly comforable bed;
- great food, at both the main restaurant and the smaller one at the beach (we love seafood, and enjoyed many of the selections, but the tuna is definitely a highlight);
- daily happy hour at the outdoor bar in the lobby area (passion fruit moijitos and mango daquiris were amazing);
- walking down the beach to the Manuel Antonio park (we took a tour to the park once, but went back ourselves another day at our own pace - it's nice not to have to depend on a vehicle, and it's a lot quicker to walk the beach to get there!);

We stayed in an ocean breeze suite and enjoyed using the jacuzzi on the deck and hanging out in the ocean breeze. While we had a view of the ocean, we were on the ground level and soon realized we needed to heed the instructions to keep our sliding door to the patio locked to avoid sharing our suite with the local raccoons - indeed, we watched how a brave racoon was able to open the sliding screen only to find the glass door obstructing his entry! We appreciated that we were in wildlife terrain, so resigned ourselves to keeping the glassdoor shut and turning on the air conditioner instead of inviting the ocean breeze into our bedroom.

We took a couple of the tours recommended and arranged by hotel staff, and enjoyed them and found the guides to be excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Arenas del Mar. This was the second hotel we stayed in that was run by Cayuga - the company that manages small eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica. The other was in the Osa peninsula, an amazing rainforest that was our favorite spot in the country. We highly recommend both!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We stayed for eight days at the beginning of December. It is hard to add to what has already been said by others. The resort has a wonderful location and the staff is incredibly friendly and constantly goes out of their way to assist in any way possible. We had an Ocean View Premium Suite (room 603A), which had a large veranda and an excellent view of the ocean. Even with the bedroom door to the deck closed at night, you could still hear the ocean. We were visited one morning by white faced capuchins at breakfast and another morning we were awakened by the howler monkeys. We did a number of activities, all arranged through the hotel. We particularly enjoyed the hanging bridges tour and the visit to the Villa Vanilla farm. The highlight was a dinner on the beach, which we received as part of the romance package. The beach restaurant closes at 5:00 pm, so we had the whole beach to ourselves, save for our server. Overall, we highly, highly recommend Arenas del Mar!

Room Tip: The Ocean View Premium Suites are pricey, but have great decks and fantastic views.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $427 - $1,089 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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