This is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the hotel itself, the grounds, the staff and the wildlife that lives on the property make it all the more special. I cannot single out any of the staff, they were all incredible. One of the guides, however, who works at the resort is exceptionally special. His name is Ersel, and if you want a very exceptional tour through the rain forest, please ask for him personally. We did both the morning and evening "hikes" with Ersel and both were terrific. You can check him out on YouTube. Enter Erselcostarica.
Back to the hotel: our room was close to the lobby (that was very handy, although if you are farther away, the golf cart will pick you up anytime 24/7). If you want to be in town, choose another place. Cab ride is $10 each way (no problem getting a cab). For us, it was worth it in spades. Several good restaurants in town, all prices and easy to get to (for $10). Other excursions we did were white water rafting and zip lining, both booked through the hotel and both excellent. Biggest problem: you will not want to come home.
- 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 National Park