My husband & I wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary "off the beaten path" in an exotic, tropical location. After much consideration, we chose Arenas del Mar. One of the best decisions we've ever made. From the very moment we were greeted at the entrance, we felt like we belonged there. The entire staff was so genuinely friendly, and patiently helped me strengthen my very weak Spanish skills. We were fortunate to be given room 201, which had a large bedroom, a bathroom that I seriously want in my house (that shower!), and outdoor living areas with our own private jacuzzi tub that overlooked the pool next to Playitas Bar & Restaurant, which also overlooked the beach. The overnight rains and sounds of the waves lapping the shore were so relaxing. The food at both Playitas and the main restaurant El Mirador was not only fresh and delicious (a party for the tastebuds, really), but was presented so beautifully as well. My massage at the spa was literally like a physical therapy session. After one of the most amazing deep tissue massages I've ever had, Andrea then visited with me about what she worked on and why.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to watch the Costa Rica v. Uruguay World Cup match at Playitas. The place erupted in cheers when Costa Rica scored, and it was easy to be drawn into the excitement!
Our tour with Arsel through "The Rainmaker" Hanging Bridges and Waterfalls tour was more magnificent than words can express. My eyes literally welled with tears at the beauty surrounding us.
Every view from every location throughout the resort is breathtaking. The friendly staff is second to none. The food is magnificent. The beach offers great waves to play in and squish toes in the sand. I simply cannot express how spectacular this stay at Arenas del Mar was.
- 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