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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

This was our second visit to Arenas Del Mar and it was even better than the first! We never wanted to leave.
The hotel has the perfect location sitting in the edge of the rain forest with expansive views over the ocean. We were delighted by the monkeys, iguanas and even a sloth right outside of our room! The private beach is superb for swimming and lunching.(best nachos ever!)
Rooms are super comfortable. The staff is over-the-top friendly and helpful. Some of the nicest people we have ever met anywhere.
A highlight was a private dinner on the beach for our 20th anniversary. The table was lit with multiple candles and surrounded by torches and decorated with red flowers. The single most romantic dining experience we have ever had. Imagine sitting on the beach and hearing the waves crashing just feet away while sipping wine and eating a fantastic dinner.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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GuestserviceADM, General Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2011

Dear w0rldtravel2,
Thank you for your nice review. It was an honor for us to have you stay with us for the 20th anniversary. We hope you come back many more times. Thanks for pointing out all the great things that make the Arenas Del Mar experience so special. The ocean views, the wildlife, the service and of course… the nachos. (-:

See you soon,

The Arenas Del Mar Management Team

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Reviewed 20 January 2011

This was our second trip to this Hotel. In the 2.5 years since our first visit, the property and grounds have been well maintained. The location is simply amazing. The combination of beach, wildlife, and views are hard to beat anywhere in the world. The staff is well trained and tries to delivery great service. As with most of Costa Rica, the people are genuinely very friendly. If the desire is to have a low key relaxing beach holiday in a rainforest in luxury accommodations Arenas del Mar is the place. Per other reviews, the property is on the side of cliff, so not a great place for those with limited mobility. The staff is always there to give rides in a golf cart. The food is good, but as the property is isolated, it can get old. Take a taxi some of the nearby restaurants (Pizza del Marco is great) for a change or walk to Manual Antonio. All the tours we took where great, but sitting on the beach was great too.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

Of the three hotels we stayed in while in Costa Rica, Arenas del Mar is the one which we liked the least. We decided to go there having stayed at its sister property Finca Rosa Blanca, which we particularly liked.
The first problem is the location, which is not the fault of the hotel itself: had we known how overbuilt Manuel Antonio was, we probably wouldn't have gone there. There are hotels all around the park and Manuel Antonio is so overcrowded with tourists that it almost feels like a zoo. The hotel itself feels very impersonal. The reception staff is professional but not particularly helpful. Just to give an example, the internet connection in our room never worked and even though we informed the reception staff it was not fixed in our three day stay. Given that we were staying at La Playitas (the beach area), this meant that each time we needed to use the internet we had to call a golf cart to get to the reception. The food is pretentious, expensive and not very good. In addition, there was music at every meal, which given the setting seemed a little incongruous. One would expect the guests would want to enjoy the sounds of nature.
On the plus side, the spa is truly excellent.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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GuestserviceADM, General Manager at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2011

Dear Iriz,
Thank you for taking the time to write your review on your stay. We are sorry to hear that Manuel Antonio and Arenas Del Mar was “not – the right destination and hotel - for you”. We wish we could have made a difference and show you the beauty of Manuel Antonio and convey the warmth and personalized service of our staff that has been pointed out by so many of our other guests. We apologize for the fact that the internet did not work in your room. In terms of the music, it is always hard to please a varied set of guests and while we might agree with you that the sounds of nature are beautiful, most of our guests do like music during the meals. We are happy that you enjoyed the spa and its services. Once again thank you for your feedback, we will continue to improve on the areas that you pointed out and that are in our control. All the best.

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Reviewed 15 January 2011

We spent a lovely week at Arenas del Mar Resort, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The hotel location is wonderful, with access to great beaches and simply impeccable service!!! The staff was the most friendly I ever met, and I have been around a lot. This is a perfect place to relax for a few days, enjoy the beach, and nature. We ate in-house all days, contrary to our normal practice. And we did not regret, as the food was really nice, focused on the superb local ingredients. All in all, a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

We traveled with a 3 and 14 years old, both had a blast. The service is impeccable, warm and very kids friendly. Our room was away from the main building where the restaurant is, which offered its own private beach, pool with a lot of privacy. The design of the hotel respects the natural surroundings as well as give you absolute comfort.
We also indulge to a few spa treatments that were wonderful.
One evening, after a long day visiting and at the beach we decided 45 mns before dinner reservations to see if a babysitter could stay with our very tired one. Being very last minute, a female staff volunteered to stay late so that we could enjoy a quiet and delicious meal.

By far the best place in Manuel Antonio and our favorite hotel during our trip to Costa Rica (stayed in 4).

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Address: Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: ₹ 23,885 - ₹ 54,586 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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