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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

How to begin... We did not stay at the hotel but our concierge booked a private (intimate) dinner for me to surprise my wife on our 20th wedding anniversary. Ricardo was our waiter for a incredible experience at Arenas del Mar. Upon arrival he actually had 2 beautifully set dinner tables for us. One under the cover of the bar area in case of rain (it is the rain forest) and duplicate table set out on the beachfront with spectacular views of the sun setting over the Pacific. With no rain we opted for the beachside table and the view and sounds of the crashing surf was absolutely amazing. Ricardo personally prepared us amazing cocktails and guided us through the menu offering us his insight into the more local fare items on the menu (when in Rome, right). He was spot on with all his suggestions and we enjoyed the ambiance and the amazing meal. My wife was totally taken back by this one of a kind experience and I cannot thank Ricardo (and the staff at Arenas del Mar) enough for making it all so unforgettable.

Room Tip: The food is amazing!
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

This hotel is nestled in the middle of nature while respecting its' integrity. It is such a beautiful place full of animals such as sloths, iguanas, monkeys and even bats. All the people working here are wonderful and live by the phrase "Pura Vida" which they say when they great you.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Great location, tucked on the side of a cliff running down to the beach. Breakfast each morning was wonderful, including the fresh juices. Rooms were a bit on the smaller side and slightly dated, but otherwise excellent.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is a wonderful place - the rooms are great (we had a suite but all the rooms are good), the surroundings are beautiful, the beach is stunning and the people who work there are second to none. There is a special ambience at Arenas Del Mar, not sure if its how much they care for their beautiful evironment or if it is the dedication and care that all the team show when going about their work. Everyone is friendly, helpful and smiling and nothing is too much trouble. The location is ideal for a good walk along the beach in the early morning, all the way down to Manual Antonio village and the national Park. The village has a couple of nice restaurants, good for a break from the sun at lunchtime. The (Dragonfly?) Thai was lovely and there are a few shops selling the usual beach dresses and sunglasses; try a fresh coconut from one of the vendors at the Manual Antonio end of the beach.
Don't waste the taxi fare for a journey into Quepos, it's the nearest town but what a dump!
We stayed 5 nights at Arenas Del Mar and it just wasn't enough. Watch the waiters dance on the salsa lesson evening - those guys can really move!!
Thanks to all the team for a fabulous holiday.

Room Tip: Higher rooms in blocks 1,2,3 will not have pool noise from below but still have a great view.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank George9693
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

I stayed at Arenas del Mar in May 2012 and again this past April and I cannot describe enough how much I love this hotel! It's something you really need to see for yourself! It is beautiful and there is so much wildlife to see. There is a baby sloth outside the main lobby which I had to visit every day :) We also saw a few monkeys and a lot of lizards! The rooms are nice with very comfy beds and amazing showers. The balconies are great too, love sitting out there and listening to the ocean :). There are two pools and two beaches (one private, one public) and both are beautiful with lots of shade if you want it. If you go to the public beach you can walk all the way along it into the little town of manuel antonio or keep going to the park! The staff here is AMAZING!!! Seriously, I miss them. Everyone is so friendly and they remember you and your room number! Only one issue with the hotel is the dinner options. There is one restaurant open for dinner and it has the same menu daily and the options seem limited. Plus it is pricey. We stayed there for four nights but only ate their the first night. The restaurant for lunch is so awesome with a much bigger menu and larger portions so I'm not sure why dinner lacks so much. Again, this hotel is amazing and I still would go back there a third time but i'd keep going into town for dinner :). Also, there are a lot of hills at the resort but if you can't walk them it is ok because there are tons of golf carts the staff will come pick you up! I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Manuel Antonio!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I really can't imagine staying anyplace else in Manuel Antonio. We had booked an Ocean View Superior Room and were upgraded to a suite upon arrival. Even without the upgrade, I'd still give Arenas del Mar a rave review. The property is truly magnificent and guest rooms were extremely comfortable and immaculate. The staff were consistently friendly, competent, and always willing and eager to do whatever they could to make the guest experience special. My wife and I love spending time on the beach, and Arenas del Mar is somewhat unique in that the hotel basically has its own beach--most of the other hotels in the area do not, requiring gests to use shuttle vans to get to the beach. Furthermore, Arenas del Mar's beachside restaurant serves excellent food (loved all the salads) and extremely reasonably priced drinks. Finally, we had asked the hotel to arrange a private visit to Manuel Antonio Park and all the arrangement were handled perfectly and the guide we had--I believe her name was Anya--was fantastic.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Would definitely return here. There is no other property like this in the area. Our room was stunning (building 2) staff was incredible. So willing to help us spot sloths monkeys etc. I got some incredible photos.
Not 5 stars because the moved my friends family away from us without asking. They thought they were doing him a favor but we really wanted our kids to b close. They could have asked first. Great place though

Stayed: February 2014
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Address: Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $274 - $965 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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