My husband and I travelled with another couple and shared one floor of a building near the beach -- two bedrooms and adjoining living room. A bottle of wine and a fresh cheese plate awaited our arrival. Our room had a view of the rainforest and we slept to the sound of crashing waves in an insanely comfortable bed. We had delicious breakfasts around the pool with a view of the Pacific, lunches served on the sandy beach, and dinners in the open air restaurant. Jen Carroll, top Phila chef, cooked that week and did not disappoint. Every morning we walked along the stunning -- and incredibly unpopulated --one mile public beach. Tours of all local spots were easily arranged with the concierge. The hotel staff are THE BEST. We have stayed at top rated Four Seasons, Ritz, etc and the staff of Arenas del Mar were, in comparison, so genuinely hospitable. Their concern for our well-being was above and beyond. The staff ratio is high and they are successful in meeting their goal of learning guests' first names within the first 24 hours. Many of the staff drive the golf carts which are always available to take guests around the hilly property. The drivers are very knowledgable and eager to engage in conversation about things to do on and off the property. They know how to make you feel at home in an exotic setting.
- 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