The three nights our family spent here in April left us wanting for more! This was our first stop in Costa Rica and was a great introduction to the country. We dealt directly with the hotel and they were extremely helpful with driving directions, accommodation choices and local recommendations.
We stayed in an Ocean Breeze suite, and this was perfect with our teenager. The accommodations are huge! Our teen had his own bed on a pull out couch in a large sitting room and his own bathroom, and my husband and I enjoyed the master suite and gigantic master bath! Our room faced the ocean and had a large patio that encompassed both the sitting room and master suite. The patio was completely furnished with comfy chairs, couches and table. A sunken hot tub was in the middle of the patio and was a great place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Did I forget to mention the iguanas that sunbathed right in front of the railing!
The staff was friendly, and genuinely interested in customer service. The property is quite hilly, and the car park is probably 1/8 of a mile from the hotel itself. Extensive use is made of golf carts to transport guests from the welcome pavilion/car park area to the hotel proper. At first we felt funny calling for carts, but the staff was so generous that it became another chance to get to talk to 'Tico's', or take a walk
Our only constructive comment is with regards to the breakfast service. The food was quite good, but one needs to allow one hour. This is non-negotiable. The kitchen just needs one hour for everything. Most of the tours leave quite early, so the 'leisurely' breakfast pace needs to be planned into your time frame. We didn't figure this out until the day we left and it made for stressful breakfasts. It would help if the staff would advise guests upon check-in that an hour is needed. We ate lunch down at the Playitas Grill and the pace was fine. An alternative would be to figure out how to speed up breakfast service or provide a buffet option
The location of the hotel is great for activities in the Manuel Antonio area. The town of Manuel Antonio can be walked to along the beach and taxis are plentiful for a night time return. We used both beaches and liked them both. The beaches here have good waves for body surfing, but are a little rougher if you want to paddle around in calm water. The water temperature was divine!
- 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