We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay here. We arrived by shuttle and were dropped off under a big pavilion in the woods/rainforest. The security guard called for a golf cart to have us transported to the lobby area. As we drove up to the lobby area, the cart driver talked about the hotel, the area, and he pointed out a sloth for us right in front of the lobby area. When we checked in, we were offered a delicious welcome drink. The property is quite hilly, so we were again transported by cart to our room. Let me add, that we thoroughly enjoyed the little cart rides throughout our stay. The cart drivers were very friendly and informative, and we never had to wait more than a minute for a ride. That being said, we occasionally walked to the lobby, as well. Our ocean view suite was very spacious including a long hallway, an area with a table, bar and refrigerator, big bathroom, two sitting areas on the deck along with a Jacuzzi. TThe balconies from our room, 201, faced the pool area and the spot where the carts stopped. It was all very entertaining for the two of us (friends.) A couple might prefer another room. We enjoyed the pool, and the two beach areas are beautiful. Be warned that there are rip tides in the area. We ate at both the main restaurant and the pool restaurant. The food was fine, but not outstanding. The breakfast, however, was wonderful. A variety of fruits and pastries were served buffet style. In addition, there are a variety of yummy items that can be ordered from the menu. We both ordered something different each day and were never disappointed. One morning, we went to the spa, and my friend and I agreed that our massages were amazing – highly recommended. After the spa, we sat by the pool area finishing another complementary drink (from the spa) and the white faced monkeys put on quite a show for us! They came really close to us. Even a mother with a baby on her back came within 8-10 feet of us. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me. Who would have known I would have needed my camera for a spa trip! As for wildlife, the tour arranged by the hotel to the Manual Antonio Park was fabulous! We had a great guide, and we saw more wildlife on this tour than any where else during our Costa Rica trip. We even saw a sloth crawling on the ground (they only come down from their trees once a week!) The hotel is very concerned about the environment and is eco-friendly. We can highly recommend this great hotel!
- 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