We stayed for 11 nights which is a long stay for this resort, and we would have happily stayed longer as everything is perfect! I cannot recommend this resort enough!!
Service is second to none here. The staff are all so helpful and friendly, and nothing is too much. Pretty much every member of staff we met made our honeymoon the best it could be. In particular, we would regularly chat to:
Gabriel, Ronny, Laura and Elaine (front of house / white shirts)
Alex, Brandon, Wilberth, Rodbin, Sergio and Paul (carrito drivers / green shirts)
Danier (night security / brown shirt)
Ramiro, Minor, Kenner, Pedro and Julio (bar/restaurant staff / light blue shirts)
Roger (guide / brown shirt)
Leo (management / navy blue shirts)
and there is so many I've missed (my list of names is written elsewhere)
OK. So this place is not cheap, but what you get for your money is great value. The resort is very eco-friendly earning them 5 leafs, and with a 5 star service/hotel rating, that makes them a 7 star resort - the only one in Costa Rica (I think). Pretty much everything in the resort is recycled and this does not come cheap to do, so the money you pay for the room is vital in helping them continue to be eco-friendly and therefore preserve the rainforest and the nature in it. Even the water is 100% pure, and the pool only has the minimum requirement in it!
Furthermore, you do get a wonderful breakfast included in the price (which you can request takeaway if you're off on an early morning tour) with a daily stocked fridge with a few snacks and free phone calls from your room (international as well!)
Rooms are very clean and well-presented. There is enough storage for clothes/etc and we had packed enough clothes for 3 weeks even though we were only there 11 nights - all this was put away and the suitcases hidden from view. We were in room 302b to start with which I am guessing is an Ocean Breeze standard room - the view was of the Playitas beach, and you could hear the sound of ocean waves at night. I would recommend that you do lock the cupboard door to the fridge as we heard many a story of guests losing their snacks to raccoons. We had no problems with mosquitoes at this resort either, but we were heavily covered in repellent most days and nights - the wildlife does do a good job at keeping the population of mosquitoes down though ;o)
After 302b, we were upgraded for free to 203a for our last 4 nights! This Ocean View suite was amazing with some much floor space, two sinks in the master ensuite, additional shower room, sitting room, jacuzzi on the balcony and large sofa. The view was fantastic from the room, but I personally wouldn't spend the extra money on this room for a couple as the extra space was unnecessary for our needs - plus, 302b was actually so much more private!
The location is perfect. Right on the beach, one (kinda private) beach called Playitas and then access to beach that connects to Manuel Antonio National Park called Espadillas. With the resort in the rainforest you can actually see many of the animals you can see at the National Park with some of rarest animals like a Mono Titi (red back squirrel monkey) which we only saw on the drive down the very steep road to Arenas del Mar. You only have to stay by the main restaurant/bar called El Mirador for an hour or two to see at least one Capuchin (white faced monkey), and at night you can often hear the howlers. Oh, and look out for your breakfast if you eat by the pool - an iguana jumped up onto the table while my wife and I were eating; had to grab our plates just before he got his chops around it! *lol*
We had a couples massage at Las Brisas and it was fantastic and well worth it - very relaxing!
- 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 And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park