My wife and I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and loved every minute of it. This eco-friendly hotel opened in Nov. We were upgraded to 703-A for 2 of the 3 nights which we were repeatedly told was one of the nicest rooms in the entire hotel. Well it has to be! The large suite had gorgeous nearly panoramic views of the ocean, Manuel Antonio Park, the hotel, the beach etc. The balcony was very large and wrapped around the side of the building and had a jacuzzi too. If you are going, I highly recommend the buildings in the 700 section (I heard 600 is good too). 2nd and especially the 3rd floor are best. We then had to sadly move to a room in the 200s which would have been wonderful, but for the fact we had just stayed 2 nights in 703-A.
The hotel staff was fabulous from the time you pull up to the downstairs gate (the hotel is a little tough to get to as you have to drive up and down some pretty steep hills but it is worth it). Everyone, including the groundskeepers greeted us and asked if we needed anything. Victor, who drives everyone around, was so helpful and went out of his way to make our stay so nice. Ask for him, he has great knowledge of the area. The (new) restuarant manager was also very nice too. The food at the hotel was decent. Breakfast was best. Dinners were good but they use a lot of sauce on everything.
The location of the hotel and the logistics of getting your car do make it a little tough to get into the city or Quepos, but the hotel does run cart service at all hours so you can get to the car its just a little bit of a challenge.
The beaches are nice. Be warned the Playitas beach is a legacy gay beach and families were clearly initially taken aback until they realized what was going on. Go check out the other beach and walk into the park and spend some time at Manuel Antonio beach which is gorgeous. Those beaches are nicer and the waves/water are calmer than the ones at Playitas.
All in all a wonderful hotel, with a great staff, 5 star accommodations and hospitality! We highly recommend anyone to stay there. We hope to go back very soon!!!
- 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