On our recent birding vacation in Costa Rica, we spent three days at the Arenas del Mar Resort near Quepos, Costa Rica. This was my second stay at Arenas del Mar and, like my first visit, was an exceptional experience. The property is fantastic with great views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park. There are exotic birds everywhere -- with the help of our guide, Ersel, we spotted 40 species in just over two hours on the Arenas property. We were greeted each morning by the calls of howler monkeys and saw several white-faced monkeys scamper through the trees on the property. They have beautiful beaches – both public and private, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful staff. They gave us a coffee tasting that was fun and informative, with great coffees. The food at Arenas del Mar was exceptional. On our last night there, we had a five-course dinner prepared by Chip Roman, a well-known chef from Philadelphia, who used Costa Rican ingredients with an American approach to preparation. It was truly a unique experience and exceeded our expectations. The owners of Arenas happened to be there that evening and spent time with us asking about our stay, our guide, the service and staff, and the dinner that Chip Roman had prepared. Overall, an experience that cannot be missed.
- 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