The resort is nice, but for the kind of money you pay, you still expect something more.
It's cut-off from the rest of the town... It may be ok for some, but you need a cab to go anywhere outside the hotel (restaurants, park, etc).
As far as the hotel is concerned, we had a couple of issues. (1) the bedroom is rather small (2) the restaurant service was poor (though the food was good).
On the positive side, there is free international calling and we made good use of that :D
You need a golf-cart to travel within the resort, but we never had to wait for the cart ever. If you are attentive, you can spot of lot of birds and animals within the resort. I will go as far as to suggest skipping the MA park altogether :)
And finally, a comment on the "green-ness" of the resort. It's true that they have done a lot of things to reduce their energy usage, but the resort is on a small hill. and you need a lot of energy to move people, water, trash and everything else.
- 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