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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Arenas del Mar provided luxury amenities, ideal location, and superlative service. Book your stay here with confidence. The hotel has a philosophy - learning, connection, experience, and relaxation, and it delivers! My husband and I stayed for three nights.

LOCATION: This is the ONLY hotel in M.A. with DIRECT BEACH ACCESS. Other hotels provide "shuttles" to the beach, and bring you to the busy center of town to access it. At Arenas del Mar you can walk out of your room and onto the beach. It's the most northern end of the long chain of beaches in M.A. so it's pristine and quiet, and you can walk the entire length of the beach if you wish - into town or even into the national park. I love the beach and water, so for two days we walked the entire length of the M.A. beaches, stopping at times and negotiating for chairs and umbrella, usually for two hours (US$6.) It was ideal. The section of the beach that the hotel fronts is lovely, and you can just stay there, where the hotel provides chairs, tables, an infinity pool, and an outdoor restaurant. You don't have to "pack up" to go to the beach! Request a room at Playitas Beach.

SERVICE: You are an individual at the hotel - it has only 38 rooms, and a staff of nearly 100! I don't need someone to fluff my pillow and keep my water glass full, although of course they do. The high level of service emphasizes CONNECTION, one of the hotel's goals. You get to know the cart drivers, the waiters, the tour guides, the receptionists. They will share with your their knowledge and love for their country. If you are interested, you will get to know about their families, and their dreams for the future. We opted for the free "tortilla tour". With Roger you go to the outdoor, covered staff cafeteria, and make tortillas with the staff "Mama", Dona Lisa. Then you enjoy them with her, your guide, and whichever staff members are around. What a lovely way to make a connection. Another example of service: When we checked in my husband mentioned that he likes tamales for breakfast. Laura our host said that tamales were not available for breakfast, but if my husband likes tamales, she'll get some. We had forgotten about it, and then one afternoon after an long day on the beach, we returned to our room, went to mix a drink, and there in our room refrigerator were four gorgeous tamales! We had them for dinner on our balcony.

LEARNING: It seems as if everyone is a naturalist. We asked our lunchtime (at Playitas Beach Restaurant) waiter William what type of tree we were sitting under. Not only did he identify the almond tree, he bent down and picked up three big pods - one immature, one maturing, and one with an almond inside!

RELAXATION: With perfect location, impeccable service, making new friends, and learning about your environment, relaxation naturally follows. We had a perfect stay at Arenas del Mar, and we believe that it's THE hotel of choice in Manuel Antonio.

Room Tip: Request a room on Playitas Beach for easiest beach access, an infinity pool, and outdoor restaurant.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cayuga S, Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We loved your review of your stay at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. You really understood what we are all about. Finding that symbiosis between Luxury and Sustainability through the concept of Experience, Learn, Connect & Relax. We hope your review inspires many future guests to take part in the activities that we offer and connect with the local culture. Oh, and thanks for mentioning the part on the only hotel in Manuel Antonio with DIRECT beach access. We hope you come back soon.
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We visited in early January and had a very good stay. The views from the beaches are amazing and the staff was incredibly friendly and always remembered what we had been doing that day (waiter from the night before asking us in passing how the fishing was the next day as one of many examples). The monkeys came and played around the beach, and there was a sloth on the nature trail. I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay.

The restaurant on the beach was very relaxing and I loved the fact that the beach had tons of shade so we could pick out the perfect place to lay out and enjoy the views. As a heads up, the public beaches are gay friendly. The surf school was fun and I got up for the first time.

Only improvement could have been the rooms being a little bit higher quality.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This really is a marvelous place to stay in Manuel Antonio National Park. You merely have to look outside your room to see the wildlife, monkeys and sloths and iguanas and myriad exotic, colourful birds. The staff are friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. The rooms are bright and clean. The food is delicious with a wonderful selection including of course plenty of the local fruits. Beaches are close by. Is is a short walk into the National Park and the jungle with its exotic flora and fauna. We went as a couple but this would be a great place to stay with children too because there is so much natural beauty for them to enjoy. We had left behind a miserable winter in Amsterdam and our spirits were so uplifted by this lovely hotel in its sunny, relaxed environment.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Holmdel, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stayed here on the 2nd leg of our Costa Rica vacation. And we loved every minute of it. The staff at this hotel are extremely friendly and helpful. Plenty of monkeys & iguanas and the occasional sloth were spotted by my children daily. To be noted: this hotel is a series of small structures built into a steep slope overlooking the ocean. Golf carts, which come very quickly when called, are needed to get from your room to the restaurant or to the front gate to meet your van/tour. side note: we walked back behind the hotel past the staff housing... thats where we saw the sloth(s)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had a wonderful adventure with three couples who have travelled together far and wide. We rated our stay at Arenas del Mar as even more relaxing than our usual cruises, and that's saying a lot! Loved the staff, all very friendly and helpful, by the second day they all know your names and seem like longtime friends. Rooms were gorgeous and very clean, even saw a mama humpback whale with her new baby rolling in the surf from the spacious balcony on our first day. Sloths, spider monkeys, howler monkey and iguanas came to visit us right at the resort. Choice of two lovely beaches, one secluded and extremely relaxing with great food, drinks and lounge chairs.under the trees. The other beach was perfect for the walk to Manuel Antonio Park, the hotel staff even waited for us at this beach entrance as it was dark when we finally strolled back. The front desk was very helpful with side trips, we enjoyed a sailing adventure where we saw more whales, a swinging bridge park tour with the hotel nature guide, and the national park, they gave great advice and took care of all the essentials. Others with us went on a succesful deep-sea fishing adventure and the hotel Chef graciously created a masterpiece with the bounty. A very nice spa is on the property with big windows overlooking the jungle to watch the monkeys playing while enjoying the ultimate relaxing massage. We honestly can say we will return at every opportunity. So much to do and experience with superb surroundings to just relax and veg out, whatever your heart desires. This trip will certainly be near the top of all the great adventures!

Room Tip: Seven buildings choice of great ocean views or more secluded jungle settings.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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california
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

This hotel is a jewel! The rooms are great, clean, comfortable beds. Service is wonderful, stuff is friendly, eager to help and acomodate any request. Spa treatments are exeptional ( ask for Andrea,magic hands). You do not even have to leave hotel to see monkeys, birds, iguanas or racoons...Kids friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Wilmington NC
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here after a stay at Nayara in Arenal. To be very fair, if we had stayed here first the rating would be higher, but the comparison with a true 5 star hotel lowers the score a bit. We arrived and were met with a cool drink at check in, which was professional and quick. We were given an unexpected upgrade to oceanfront suite instead of oceanfront room, which was very nice. The accommodations were nice, and the deck and view were beautiful. There was a tv in the bedroom, but not the living room, which seemed a little odd to us. The fridge was stocked with drinks and snacks, but these disappeared before we used them. The bed is extremely comfortable and we loved the large feather pillows. The pool, bar and restaurant areas are very nice with outstanding views. The food was ok. Breakfast selections are somewhat limited, but tasty. Dinner was okay, but there are some better choices in the area. The wine list was not up to par, with limited selections. Staff in all areas were friendly and did their best to help with your needs. The cart drivers are a good bunch (Sergio). The van is a nice touch as an alternative to taxis (Bernie is great). The hotel offers their own tours, and the Manuel Antonio Park tour with Ercel was excellent and highly recommended. The "behind the scenes" tortilla tour is very informative. All in all, a nice place right on the ocean, with two semi-private beaches and lovely sunsets.

Room Tip: The direct oceanfront have lovely views. We stayed in 701A and it was a perfect location.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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