Just got back from Costa Rica and stayed at this wonderful hotel. My wife and I stayed in 3 different rooms over 4 nights at this facility and, frankly, they were hit and miss. Room 403 had a bed, that's it. 401 was fantastic - sea view, large jacuzzi (which we never used, but it was impressive all the same), room for a table and separate seating area. 501 was not quite as nice but had a jet for a shower. Enough of the quibbling - the staff was fantastic and bent over backwards to assist - and did so with a smile on their faces. The beach access was ideal - there was access to a "private" beach (locals could technically get to it, but it was not easy) and a public beach.
We took signed up for two tours, one to the Manuel Antonio reserve. It was okay, but expensive, especially in light of the fact that over the course of our stay we saw nearly every animal (and then some) on the property itself! I HIGHLY recommend the bird tour which takes place on the property. It cost $25 and was an exceptional value. We were the only 2 on the tour and the 1 1/2 hour tour lasted 3 hours. We saw over 25 birds (including a rare juvenile red footed booby - apparently blown off course), 3 types of monkeys, 2 & 3 toed sloths and innumerable lizards.
And did I mention the beach....
One other very small downside - the food was only fair at the hotel (but we found some good food at the Gaia hotel).
I'd give this place an extra 1/2 star but that's not possible here.
- 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