This is a small hotel in the Manuel Antonio area. It consists of seven buildings, each three stories, with two units per story. On each floor there is a large suite type room with a small outside tub and an expansive outdoor terrace and the other room is a large room with a huge bathroom and also an extensive terrace. The buildings cascade down from the reception/restaurant area to the beach, this means that the buildings closer to the restaurant are higher and have nicer views. I stayed in the regular room on the third floor of building 7 (the highest one) and the wrap around terrace had the most amazing view. This building is also the closest to the restaurant so that means less uphill walking but note that there is a service which shuttles you up if you don't want to walk. Being on these higher buildings also means you are further away from the beach and if you don't want to wait to be brought up then you have quite a hike.
The hotel is lush with vegetation and there is ton of wildlife right on the premises. We counted four sloths sleeping on the beach one day, were visited by a band of white faced capuchins right in front of our room and saw a myriad of birds.
The food in the hotel is very good. The breakfast was the best meal, there is food and drink service on the beach and it was very good. The dinner was ok but we tried the two other "best restaurants" in Manuel Antonio and they weren't any better..if I were to go back I would just eat at the Hotel.
Anyone who has been to Costa Rica has to notice that the people are just the best, they are warm and helpful and just plain kind. The staff at the hotel was outstanding, everyone.
After staying in other more expensive places I find that Arenas is a great value and definitively the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio.
- 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