In the happiest country in the world, and in Manuel Antonio, where the rain forest meets the beach – both so beautiful, with their nature preserved, you will find a true feel of living amongst the locals & wildlife in the lush forest, with the most accommodating people everywhere you go!
I can’t say enough about Arenas del Mar, and at the same time, everything I have to say has been said before, but, the resort is really this incredible! I found this treasure last year after reading hundreds of trip reports on TripAdvisor. Visiting for the 2nd year in a row, hoping to get the same over the top service we had last year, and to our surprise, not only was the service impeccable, but the warmth of the staff and all they do to make your stay perfect, made us feel so special. Not only did they all remember us, and have a fruit plate in our room + water bottles at check in, we were also presented a gourmet-fancy dessert plate that had a personal welcome in chocolate!! Whatever we needed, it was always ‘a pleasure’ for them to help you. Unbelievable!!
The hotel grounds and rooms are beautiful, and the huge balcony w/Jacuzzi is the best! They have 7 buildings built into the cliff side. #1 at beach, and #7 at top, that has the lobby, bar, restaurant (good breakfast), and spa (loved it). We stayed in the 700 building (a long walk to the beach, but some did it!!), and we loved the golf cart rides on the beautiful paths through the hotel. Every driver was fun, and always available!
The beautiful & clean beaches are great (+ all to yourself!), but the current can get very strong, so if I had kids, I would not let them to go in too far. Boogie boards available to strap on for safety (& fun!).
The weather was part of the fun for us, as we experienced awesome thunder & lightning storms, and then it clears up, and always warm, so you can stay in your bathing suit & cover-ups!
Went on the private horseback tour (2nd time) w/ValmyTours, run by Valentin for 12 years on his family’s 90 acre farm, which has the most incredible setting for a ride through the rain forest, and the horses are specially bred, and very cared for. The ride includes getting off your horse and taking a dip in a small pond. We swam across the water where we climbed the rocks. It then it started to rain, so we came in and watched it rain for 10 minutes – then it stopped – and there was a waterfall right where we had just climbed! Can’t recommend this tour enough! Let me know if you need info.
Also went on the kayak tour through the mangrove – amazing. Happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this tour.
Don’t miss the tour at the Manuel Antonio National Park – lots of wildlife, especially howler monkeys! Ask for Melei – she was great.
I love, love, love this hotel, and would be happy to answer any questions.
One more thing I must say regarding the bumpy dirt road you take off of the main road to get to the resort – I have seen some reports complaining of this, and how they felt they even had to stay on property for dinners & such! But the whole Costa Rica experience is so eco-friendly, which is part of the beauty of this country, and with the hotel actually built into the wilderness, right at the edge of the beach, it would be ruined if you drove right up! We had fun taking the taxi rides into town on the bumpy road that the friendly drivers are all so experienced. One driver called the ride “A Costa Rican Massage!!” and we loved it!!
- 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 And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park