This was our second visit to Arenas del Mar and we didn't think it could be as good as the first but it was even better! The location is simply breathtaking, rooms are awesome, the food is excellent but the frosting on this tropical cake is the staff. Attentive is an understatement. We were 1 of 4 families traveling together, 8 adults and 9 kids,(ages 6-16),, and from the moment we arrived we were taken care of. Every staff member made it a point to know our names, even the kids, not sure how they do that. All they wanted to do was make us happy. At one point my brother in law broke his sunglasses, a waiter offered to buy him some Crazy Glue in town, thank you Julio, we love you!
Saying good bye to the staff was so hard, hugs all around as well as some tears, they made us feel like family and we treated them as members of ours,
We've traveled a lot, stayed in so many places and I have never had an experience like the care and kindness of the staff at Arenas de Mar, such an incredible enhancement to a wonderful place, (Costa Rica).
Ersel, the wild life expert on staff, took us to the Rainmaker Rainforest for a hike and a swim, his knowledge of every insect, plant, lizard or frog we came upon was incredible. Our children, ages 13 and 16, were awed by the wealth of information he had.
Even the golf cart drivers, bellmen, knew our names and treated us with such kindness that the most cynical person could not resist. Ariel always greeted us with a smile and a greeting by name, an open heart goes a long way, we miss him already.
We promised our friends, (the staff), that we would be back again to see them and we plan to do just that. If you're going to Costa Rica and you really want to experience life in the rain forest while being beach front, there is no other place to stay!
Did I mention how incredibly comfy the bed were??
- 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