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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

We recently stayed here for few days of relaxation and for the Eco tours. The hotel is well kept and beautiful. We had a great room with a spectacular view. Our misfortunate was that we had 2 tropical storms hanging over the area for the duration of our trip. Despite the weather, the staff was cheery and very knowleadgeable about all aspects of the hotel, town and the Manuel Antonio area. Although we had a glitch w/ the A/C in our room, they were very responsive and helpful and took great care with us to be sure we were made comfortable. The General Manager Jairo and his whole team were amazing as they tended to our needs. Breakfast was hearty and healthy. The monkeys and sloths are plentiful in the surrounding treees so be sure to have your camera with you at all times when walking the grounds or while be transported in the golf carts. We are already planning our return trip during DRY season.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

I stayed at this magnificent resort in September, I can not say enough good things about the resort, it's facilities, the service Staff from Cindy at the from desk who upgraded us to a great suite to Mariana at reservations, Rodnin who was always around when we needed anything, Andres at the restaurant facilities, Edwin the best and fastest bartender I have ever seen. All of you were terrific! What a pleasure is to travel and experience not only a beautiful resort, but great people and service as well.

Looking forward to our next visit,
Guido & Noemi

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ququi
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Reviewed October 2, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights for the first half of our honeymoon. The service was excellent -- so warm and gracious. The staff seemed truly happy to work there. I can't remember everyone's names, but Cindy at reception, Luis and Julio at the restaurant, and all the employees, actually, contributed so much to our enjoyment of the resort. The location is really excellent compared to the other hotels in the area. It sits along a steep hillside and goes right down to the beach. We didn't feel isolated at all and had zero problems either walking or requesting a golf cart. We got off the property every day for an excursion, and after driving through the nearby town and main street where the other hotels were, we had no interest in exploring the surrounding area anyway. We were in the building closest to the reception (building 7). The building was the highest one on the bluff overlooking the beach, and we were happily upgraded from the Ocean Breeze Superior to an Ocean View Superior on the top floor, which had an unobstructed view of the ocean. The room itself was very good. Not necessarily luxurious, but very comfortable, and only showing a bit of wear and tear. We loved the veranda. The free daily breakfast at El Mirador was excellent -- not only do you have a full hot buffet of rotating items, but in addition you order off the a la carte menu. In general we really enjoyed the food. I loved the Playitas Poki at the beach (where capuchin monkeys visit every day). We stopped by several other hotels due to shuttle pickups for our day trips, and I definitely felt like Arenas Del Mar was the best place to stay in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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GuestserviceADM, General Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2010

Dear nec80,

Thank you for your great review of our hotel. Thanks for spending part of your honeymoon with us. We are happy that you liked the wildlife viewing at Playitas restaurant. We appreciate your nice comments about our staff. One note, right after your stay, we closed building 7 for maintenance and it has just reopened this week. Looks like new again and now the living area in the suites also has air-conditioning installed. For your next stay, maybe an anniversary!
Pura vida,

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Reviewed September 28, 2010

If the following appeals to you, Arenas Del Mar will not disappoint:
-Troops of capuchin white face monkeys passing through trees just in front of your balcony
- Two resident sloths perched near a picturesque wood lobby tastefully integrated into surrounding rain forest, all on a cliff overlooking Playa Espadilla
- Sincere attempts at sustainability, earning among the highest ratings for sustainable tourism in Costa Rica: http://www.turismo-sostenible.co.cr/es/directorio/hoteles/por-nivel/nivel-5/index.php
- Seclusion and privacy without undue inaccessibility. The resort is partway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, and the marked elevation change on the property has the effect of seemingly transporting you miles away from other guests.
- Impeccable service with a friendly smile.

Arenas isn't for everyone. But it is certainly among the finest upper echelon hotels in the region, and the value is reasonable when one factors the added costs of sustainable architecture and food products. My wife and I selected Arenas largely for the convenient location adjacent to the remote end of Playa Espadilla, approximately 1.5 km from the entrance to Manuel Antonio along the beach, as well as the excellent sustainability record of the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised with the intimate encounters with wildlife; minibars are often emptied from suites to avoid enticing passing-by capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys are regularly seen, and the comically named Jesuschrist Lizards are everywhere. In fact, we saw more wildlife in our first hour at Arenas than we did on a sunrise tour of Tortugeuro National Park. We were also impressed with the service. The cart drivers all knew our names within moments of arrival, and the receptionist kindly greeted us by name with each call. The on site restaurant is very good, and we found the room service reasonably priced, relatively rapidly delivered, and tasty.

If you are a younger person looking for a festive party scene accessible to lots of bars, this is not your lodging of choice (I would argue Manuel Antonio shouldn't be your destination of choice!). If you are looking for an inexpensive stay in a place that won't give you bedbugs, again, you may be disappointed. Finally, if you are looking for a powder white beach where it is sunny all the time, Arenas, and Manuel Antonio, are probably not ideal destinations, especially during the rainy season. That said, Playa Espadilla, and particularly the much more private Playitas, offer immaculate vistas of the Pacific with relatively fine grain light sand and access to surfable waves.

The area is a magical combination of rain forest and solid beach, and few (if any) hotels so skillfully incorporate the area's inherent advantages without blighting them by their very presence. At Arenas, they go a step further and ensure they are doing their part to preserve the area for future generations.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

If you don't mind a little pricey, I advise you search no further. This place felt like Jurassic Park (in a good way), surrounded by lush, wild greenery. In fact, our first night there, monkeys attacked our balcony refigerator and absconded with apples. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The bed and bed sheets were very comfortable; the restaurant stellar; drinks during Happy Hour excellent (try Monkey Business); and the private beach a nice addition.

My only complaint would be to construct better signage, both coming from Quepos and on the road leading (near Barba Roja restaurant). We came in when it was dark and pouring rain, and found it extremely difficult to actually locate the hotel. But I suppose that's the price of serenity.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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