My family of 5 arrived on a 19 minute Nature Air flight to Quepos airport from La Fortuna where we stayed at The Springs(see my review of the Springs for info about the best resort in Arenal and info about rainforest adventures). Our taxi driver Javier drove us 20 minutes to the La Mariposa hotel where we had to stay for one night due to a miscommunication between Arenas Del Mar and me. Although La Mariposa had beautiful views and a friendly staff, it was disappointing coming from the Springs and from what we were about to experience at Arenas Del Mar. My wife and I have stayed at the Four Seasons Costa Rica up North and could not imagine another hotel could compare to that in Costa Rica but Arenas came close. We went to dinner at Arenas the first night in Manuel Antonio and met Mariana,from reservations, and the GM Fabian while at the bar having drinks. Both apologized profusely for the mix up and offered us complimentary dinner. Just prior to sitting down for dinner, Fabian came out and told us he had a family that couldn't get out of NY due to the snow storm. He offered us the rooms at no charge, (We had already paid for rooms at La Mariposa, at about half the cost of Arenas). That was an unbelievable gesture and that was the story of our stay there. The accomodations AND service were exceptional. The review posted by the person from New Jersey was hard to believe as we were there during those same days. I could go on and on but if you are accustomed to high end accomodations and service, Arenas Del Mar is really the only place you will want to stay in Manuel Antonio. Their private beach is at the end of the long, sandy, public beach we we were able to rent Jet Skiis. This beach also leads into Manuel Antonio state park. The Ocean view suite with connecting room was perfect for our family. The pacific water temperature had to be in the high 80's and we there were great waves. We had great beach service by Julio, Davy, Luis, and others, they always had a cold Imperial ready for me.. Andres was our waiter for two dinners and he was exceptional. I had an excellent massage with Paloma. Although the food was great at Arenas we chose to eat in town for dinner a few nights. We had typical food in town but the best food was at our hotel. Our family vacation to Costa Rica couldn't have been better with 4 nights of adventure in Arenal at the Springs and 3 nights on a gorgeous beach at Arenas del Mar. One more thing: we again chose the 19 minute Nature Air flight to San Jose to stay overnight at a beautiful cozy hotel in San Jose, Grano de Oro. Although San Jose is not a place you want to spend much time in, the restaurant at Grano de Oro is excellent, the best dinner we had in Costa rica.
- 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