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Playa Playitas Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 311-6350, Costa Rica, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.9 / 5Outstanding

Score breakdown (from 99 reviews)

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    4.9
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    4.9
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    4.8
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    4.8
  • Neighborhood
    4.8
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Most Amazing Vacation- Best Resort Manuel Antonio"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
I have no words- this is the most beautiful hotel in the area with the best service anyone can ask for.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip with friends Dec 19, 2012
LM
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Nice people"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Really exciting, everything was perfect and the stuff really makes the best effort to make you feel comfortable
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Dec 3, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"The best eco-luxe rainforest and beach experience"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
I've traveled extensively and have stayed in the best hotels worldwide. I like authentic experiences. Arenas delivered - it's true to the rainforest and beach atmosphere with it's layout, design and architecture which seamlessly fits into the beautiful landscape. Perfect in every way for me to experience the best of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - eco-chic, great service, character driven, great location, private, incredibly comfortable, quiet, good food. Will def book again in Costa Rica.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Nov 19, 2012
Ann
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"book it without hesitation"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
friendly staff, delicious breakfast, amazing view, knowledgeable guides, great place to enjoy your vacation
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 5, 2012
amy
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Rainy days"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Nice recluded resort with beautiful ocean views. However, the Superior Room was very small to accommodate 2 people (for couple guests) - no desk with chairs - making it uncomfortable. Continental Breakfast and restaurant staff were wonderful. Resort offers Free Wireless Internet and free international phone calls!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Oct 24, 2012
W&S
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great Resort"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
The Hotel was built into the rain-forest with lush tropical trees and vegetation everywhere. Lots of wildlife, monkeys, sloths, ect... You can relax on beach or pool. You are taken by electric cart wherever you would like to go on the premises. No waiting, you call and they are usually waiting for you when you come out of your room. Staff are wonderful. Only complaint is we couldn't stay longer. Did I mention there's a personal hot-tub on the huge patio.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Oct 25, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"amazing place"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
service was amazing. staff was super nice. golf cart pickup to/from room was awesome and fast. beach is down the hill from the resort, prob not walkable but they drop u off in golf cart. amazing private beach, cool views... would def recommend to friends.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Oct 20, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great for family or couples..."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
From arrival t departure, this hotel is 5 stars. The staff, the facilities, and most of all the location, are what memories are made of. The drive to the hotel in no way prepares you for what you will find when you arrive. We were treated to the best life has to offer. Don't miss out on this place if you are planning to stay in Manuel Antonio.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 17, 2012
Timothy
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"PARADISE."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica was our stay at Arenas Del Mar. I think the biggest key to their success is the amazing staff they have. Each person there made us feel like VIPs, and they were so genuinely kind and wanting to help us. I loved it!! One of them even came to our room to let us know when the monkeys were really near by because we had been wanting to see them. We saw WAY more wildlife on the property than we did at Manuel Antonio Park (I would suggest just skipping that!!!) The park is really convenient to get to - it's a 10 minute walk down the beach. Overall, loved this hotel and definitely recommend it to all my family and friends. Thank you, Elaine, Sergio, Alex, Rodbin, Ariel, Ronny, Pedro, and Yahaira , and the others that I may have forgotten!!!! We miss you guys already!!!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Oct 4, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Good for everyone"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
This is an excellent place to stap for anyone. The views, the beach, the food is excellent. The people that work here are wonderful. I saw monkeys, sloths, lizards and more right here
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 27, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great option for relax and enjoy the beach"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Hotel in front of the beach, it'samazing!! The only butis the food quality for dinner, in my opinion the food quality is not aligned with the res of the hotel facilities
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 27, 2012
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A must stay!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
We loved everything about this hotel!! Everyone was so friendly and gracious, always greeting us by our names. The restaurant was wonderful. The easy access to beach and surfing was awesome. The kids especially loved seeing the monkeys, sloths, iguanas hanging out at the property! Fun fun time. Would definitely come back again!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Jul 30, 2012
Wee
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Must Stay AMAZING PLACE!!!!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Had high expectations with all the great reviews. They lived up and beyond them all!!!! LOVED everything about this place and wish I could go back every year!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night trip Jul 11, 2012
Tish W
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Paradise"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Wonderful place and wonderful people. Gorgeous views. Food and drinks were excellent!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Aug 8, 2014
A Traveler
MX
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Would not hesitate to stay again"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Will recommend to anyone
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Nov 25, 2013
John
MX
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"incredible grounds"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
This is my third visit to this hotel and I've stayed in other hotels in Manuel Antonio. This is the best hotel in Manuel Antonio
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Sep 7, 2013
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Amazing Wildlife at Resort"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
My husband and I just spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and 4 nights at Arenas del Mar. This property is pretty amazing. We saw a ton of wildlife right on the premises including: monkies, sloths, iguanas, ducks, raccoons and even a scorpion. The views from the rooms are second to none. We had a blast swimming in the ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and lunches at the restaurants. The dinners were good, but not exceptional. If you are looking for a unique boutique property and love wildlife this is the place for you.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night romance trip Jul 28, 2013
Natalie H
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Relaxing place to stay for couples or families"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
I can't say enough about this hotel and its staff. The food was amazing, the staff were so incredibly helpful and friendly and the room was so comfortable. My husband and I travelled with our 1 year old and she was treated so well that it made our trip relaxing while allowing couples there without children to enjoy their quiet time. The hotel provided us with a crib, highchairs, toys for the beach, extra food while we waited for our meal in case our little one was a bit impatient..... The hotel went out of their way. The views from the Ocean View rooms were worth every extra penny. The massage at the spa was relaxing. The beach was clean and great for body boarding. You can walk along the beach to the entrance of Manuel Antonio park (recommended).
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 8, 2013
Jen
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"6 stars out of 5!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
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    -
Without a doubt, the best resort we have ever been to. Not only was it in an beautiful location and built to a very high standard but the staff were simply incredible. Their attention to detail and genuine friendliness made our experience the most fantastic we've had on any vacation. The room was amazing, the food excellent, and the fact that the resort operated with high attention given to sustainability and environmental impact was a huge plus. A special thank you to Allen and Rodbin who went above and beyond. If I could give it 6 stars I would!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 31, 2013
John
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A peace of paradise"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
A little hard to find by car but once there we do not want to move! All staff is discreet and attentive to our needs. We spent 2 lovely days in this little paradise on the beach on the Pacific coast. A perfect end to the trip before returning.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 17, 2013
Ray
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Awesome"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Arenas del Mar took our breath away. We only stayed there a few nights because of the cost but it was the highlight of our trip. The rooms were great and the service was wonderful. The staff really went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay there. The private beach is a real gem and guests can access a second beach and walk to downtown Manuel Antonio if they want. The only negative comment is the fact that we had to take a taxi to get to and from town, but it was not expensive so we wouldn't let that deter anyone from staying there.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Feb 26, 2013
Gregg and Pauline
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great Resort"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Spent 3 nights at this great resort. Room was a bit small but the outdoor patio with sink and bar fridge is where we spent our down time. Resort was on the mountain but our room was right on the beach. Staff would pick yoou up on a golf cart and take you anywhere you had to go on the resort. this was an exceptional resort and I look forward to returning.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Jan 27, 2013
Rob
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Perfect!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
We couldn't have wanted anything better than this place, simply perfect with outstanding service!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Jan 15, 2013
A Traveler
IE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
The staff were amazing, the cart drivers all remembered your name and were so very helpful!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip Dec 1, 2012
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"One of a kind!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Amazing! We spent three nights here during a 17 day trip to Costa Rica - our honeymoon. Monkeys everywhere, staff was super friendly, the hotel premises were divine. A slice of paradise. Very private and super romantic. Take the nature hike with Roger into the national park. He is very knowledgable and friendly. He genuinely likes nature and we were lucky enough to spot sloths, monkeys, and even a snake! Once again the staff made this trip extra memorable as they were incredible hosts and welcomed us. They are all about the "pura vida". 100% worth every penny. One thing though, the premises is full of steep walks and a taxi is necessary to get to Manuel Antonio proper as well as to Quepos. As for getting around the hotel itself staff is readily drive you around in their many golf carts.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jul 24, 2012
MikeTO
CA

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"מלון מעולה"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
מלון מעולה בכל קנה מידה. שרות נפלא. מיקום נהדר עם מפרץ פרטי שיש בו חול רך ונעים,צל וכסאות.חדרים עם נוף יפיפה.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Feb 15, 2015
A Traveler
IL
2.0 / 5Fair
"Quelle mauvaise surprise, cet établissement."
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Il s'agit d'un vieil hôtel, les chambres sont petites ( par exemple la no 502 ), les oreillers vraiment mauvais, la douche a un pommeau des années 1970, les piscines sont minuscules et une est toujours à l'ombre. Le personnel est plutôt sympathique, sauf au restaurant une certaine Yendry qui ne sourit jamais et est presque rude. La plage publique est remplie de voitures sur la plage, et de chiens qui bien sûr font leurs besoins devant vous. Non, cet hôtel ne vaut pas le quart de son prix. Une partie du chemin n'est pas éclairé, le soir. Nous avons trouvés de bien meilleurs établissements à 70 km de là, des vrais palaces cette fois.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Feb 13, 2015
Pascale
FR
3.0 / 5Good
"gute Lage, jedoch in die Jahre gekommen"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Schönes Hotel in guter Lage mit Zugang zu zwei Stränden. Leider ist dass Hotel bereits in die Jahre gekommen was man hier und da schon merkt. Preis/Leistung ist meiner Meinung nach nicht gut.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 20, 2014
A Traveler
DE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Emplacement exceptionnel"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Merveilleux, localisation extraordinaire.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip Aug 17, 2013
Joëlle
CH
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Service impeccable"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Tres bon souvenir .Hôtel un peu difficile à trouver mais une fois que l on y est , on est charmé par la gentillesse du personnel qui fait beaucoup d'efforts pour apporter au client un service personnalisée. La plage quasi privée ,la vue exceptionnelle des chambres et des terrasses , ainsi que la qualité du restaurant en font un hôtel très agréable et recommandable pour y passer quelques jours .A noter que le parc Manuel Antonio est accessible à pied par la plage en une vingtaine de minutes.A conseiller ,un des plus beaux hotels de notre séjour .
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Aug 15, 2013
Muriel
FR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Excelente hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Lo unico que no es excelente es el servicio de restaurante, caro,lento, calidad y cantiddad de la comida no de acuerdo a los precios. Por lo demas lindo lugar, personal atento y amable, excente ubicacion.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Aug 2, 2013
Turista de Costa Rica
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Paradijs op Costa rica!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Prachtig gelegen hotel met privestrand en een prachtig regenwoud met enorm veel dieren (slangen, apen, krabben, luiaards, leguanen, vlinders) op eigen terrein. Het personeel is zeer vriendelijke en stelt alles in het werk om je verblijf tot een geweldige ervaring te maken. Eten is voortreffelijk en goed geprijsd. Wij hadden een superior room met zeezicht aan te raden, want het uitzicht is prachtig. Je kan lopend over het strand naar nationaal park Manuel antonio. Ga niet ik het weekend, veel te druk. Zou zeker terug gaan naar het hotel. Kan geen 1 min punt bedenken...
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 4, 2013
A Traveler
NL
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Minivacaciones de ensueño"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Como médico, después de una ardua semana de trabajo, nada mejor que haber llegado a Arenas del Mar, en una escapada romántica con mi pareja. Este hotel abarca todo lo que estaba buscando: una habitación de lujo con hermosa vista al mar, jacuzzi incluido en cada habitación, el baño no podía ser mejor, incluyendo el shampoo, acondicionador y jabón corporal debidamente elaborados con materiales silvestres. La limpieza impecable, en un lugar que invita a fundirse con la naturaleza. El personal fue encantador desde nuestra llegada hasta nuestra salida. El desayuno presenta una variedad de platillos a escoger que fácilmente te ponen en una encrucijada para decidir por cuál escoger porque todos parecen deliciosos. La naturaleza que rodea el lugar es impresionante, tuvimos la bendición de observar dos osos perezosos de cerca. Me encantaron las piscinas y las bancas para descansar. Alrededor de la hermosa playa pude leer algunos capítulos de un buen libro que compré recientemente mientras degustaba el mejor batido de mango que he probado en mi vida. Recomiendo este hotel a ojos cerrados!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jun 22, 2013
A Traveler
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Exquisito"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Generalemente soy muy particular y tengo algo negativo que decir sobre cada lugar. En este caso, simplemente no tengo ninguna queja. Todo fue preciosa. El servicio fue espectacular. Muy impresionante.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip May 13, 2013
Katie S.
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Servicio y Ubicacion de preimera"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Viaje solo esta vez. Regresare con me familia. Es un lugar hermoso!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Apr 21, 2013
A Traveler
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Einfach nur perfekt!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Ein Service und Freundlichkeit, die ich bisher sehr selten erlebt habe.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 16, 2013
A Traveler
DE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Excelente estancia"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Un lugar realmente mágico. Excelente atencion. Definitivamente regresaria!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Apr 5, 2013
A Traveler
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Excelente, recomendado!"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Excelente ubicación, puedes disfrutar de la playa y el bosque a la vez, el contacto con monos, perezosos, mapaches y demás animales es casi garantizado. Las habitaciones son de alta calidad con vistas exquisitas del océano!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Mar 16, 2013
Rony
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Exc"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Muy buen servicio y excelente atención al cliente
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Jan 12, 2013
Harold
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A proximité du Parc"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Excellent établissement dans un petit paradis.Le personnel très attachant est au petit soin sans être dans le trop conventionnel.A recommander
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Dec 21, 2012
Patrice
FR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great place!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Great hotel, great people, great atmosphere!! The only issue I may say is the room is a little bit expensive, but restaurant and bar prices are ok. Highly recommended!!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Sep 1, 2012
Martin
CR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Jul 13, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Feb 14, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night business trip Jan 12, 2013
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Nov 22, 2013
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Aug 31, 2013
Sylvia
MX
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Sep 15, 2014
A Traveler
MX
4.0 / 5Excellent
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    5.0
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    4.0
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    4.0
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    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night business trip Jun 19, 2014
A Traveler
DE
5.0 / 5Outstanding
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    5.0
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    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
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    5.0
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    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip May 25, 2013
A Traveler
CR

TripAdvisor reviews for Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Overall rating:Based on 1246 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"Secluded and beautiful!"
07/04/15 Outtahere20902 Silver Spring, Maryland
This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we selected this place because we wanted to experience the beauty of its natural setting rather than being in a hotel with the "all inclusive" touristy feel to it. We were not disappointed. Since it is situated in the Manuel Antonio National Park (a rainforest), we were immediately treated to a the beauty of the verdant surroundings which included orange, black and white Halloween crabs (I thought they were plastic toys!!), humming birds, butterflies and vibrant flowers. Check in was seamless. We were in an ocean view room in Building 5-- got a gorgeous view of the trees and the ocean. Unlike other beach hotels we've visited, although we could see the beach, we had to walk a ways downhill to actually get to it. Another option would have been to hitch a ride on a gas-powered golf cart (the place has sustainable equipment and practices). We enjoyed the walks down and always got a ride back up the hill. There are two beaches-- the one which belongs to the hotel which is book-ended by huge rock formations, and the "public" beach which is on the far left, just on the other side of the boulder at the far end. To get to the public beach, some guests climbed over the boulder however my husband and i hitched a golf cart ride. Most of the time we enjoyed the privacy of the hotel beach -- most days we were the ONLY folks there. There is a restaurant right there on the beach... and the staff will come by to ask if you need anything. Rooms were very nicely appointed and clean. One word of warning-- watch out for pesky raccoons.. we had several adventures with them doing everything from coming into the room (that was the first day when I left the balcony entrance slightly open) to raiding our unlocked mini bar (my fault again...lesson learned!). They are not afraid of humans and not vicious-- just driven to get to food source despite being shooed away several times. There is only one restaurant for dinner and the food was good. They are working on improving the menu but I have no complaints about what we were served. Note: Breakfast is free, and despite it having the appearance of being a la carte, you are permitted to order as much as you'd like off the menu and may also place special orders (they aim to please). The staff is WONDERFUL. We made quick friends with FREDDY who appeared to do everything from check in to repairs;great guy! Check out was just a smooth as check in... we hated leaving though. Would highly recommend staying here. We will be returning. PS- LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CALLS ARE FREE!!! Laundry service is also free if you stay a requisite number of days (we were there for 8).
Overall Rating
"Exquiste"
07/01/15 Lori K Short Hills
This remarkable property is like no other I have ever been to. It is a perfect family vacation or couples retreat. You have the rainforest and at the same time you are on the beach. The staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful and the food at the restaurants is delicious. The rooms are all fabulous with jacuzzi's on the deck and views of the oceans. There are monkeys swinging in the trees plus a whole variety of other wildlife. It's definitely a place I would like to come back to.
Overall Rating
"Perhaps the best travel experience I have ever had."
06/30/15 frazzledinptc Georgia
There are over 1000 reviews here already that can help explain the unique beauty, wildlife, and accommodations of this wonderful resort, so I won't address those. For me, the staff at Arenas del Mar was the best I have ever encountered at a resort. Each and every one went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Each time we got in a golf cart, the driver asked us about our plans and had helpful suggestions to make. After a disappointing dinner out one night, my daughter asked if she could have pancakes from the resort hotel. The waiter she asked seemed genuinely upset that they could not accommodate her, and the next morning at breakfast, the same waiter told her that they would have pancakes available for her that night if she wanted. When learning that my husband and son were fishing one day, the front desk staff encouraged them to bring the fish back for dinner that night, which they did. The chef prepared a wonderful dinner with the red snapper, with a number of excellent side dishes. My daughter and I went to the tortilla making lesson, which provided a view behind the scenes, where many of the staff live. Overall, it was a perfect experience and I hope to return soon.
Overall Rating
"Perfect Retreat"
06/29/15 Shenley R Boston, Massachusetts
My family spent a week at this hotel exploring the region and going on various adventures. It was perfect in every respect and was just the antidote we had all been looking for. The setting is spectacular and the service - from every single person we encountered- really is exceptional. I had many questions and was always treated graciously and kindly. There was nothing that was too much trouble. The ultimate luxury of this hotel is the setting in the rain forest and the view over the bay. It is a special property with an alluring atmosphere. Although I can tick it off my list of places to visit, it has whet my appetite for more and I hope to visit again one day.
Overall Rating
"Awesome Family Vacation!"
06/29/15 DanB1966 San Clemente, California
Everything about this property is amazing. Our family of five just returned from a five-night stay and I can't rave enough about the accomodations, service and beauty of Arenas del Mar. First, the staff is amazing. The excursions they planned for us (canopy tour, river rafting and horseback riding) were top-notch and the hotel handled every aspect of these trips. The staff got to know my kids by name and went out of their way to show them animals throughout the property. My son's birthday was the day before we arrived and we didn't even mention this to the staff, but they somehow figured it out (passport probably) and went out of their way to sing happy birthday and bring him an excellent dessert. The hotel is very steep but we did not wait for a golf cart for more than 2 minutes on any occasion. The food at the hotel is excellent (although I would recommend heading into town at least once or twice for dinner). My kids want to go back next year and I can't say I blame them! What a trip.
Overall Rating
"Great hotel in a truly special location"
06/28/15 HoxtonZig London, United Kingdom
This hotel is 10 years old and the buildings could probably do with some updating. Notwithstanding that, it is a fantastic place for a family holiday to Costa Rica, being located a few hundred metres from the entrance to Manuel Antonio, the closest national park to San Jose. The staff are delightful, welcoming and knowledgeable and the food, which makes good use of top-quality local produce, is excellent. The site itself is beautiful, giving a true feeling of being in the rainforest. The pools are a little small, but so welcome after the tropical heat. The hotel is close to the beach and surf lessons and body boards are readily available. The excursions available, whether within the property or out into the park, were fascinating. The Manuel Antonio National Park includes one of the best beaches in the world. The is a brilliant way to introduce children to Costa Rica's compelling story of sustainability and respect for the natural environment.
Overall Rating
"Stunningly located eco- hotel with fabulous activities"
06/28/15 tigl0nd0n London, United Kingdom
Opening our windows on the first morning onto the sea view as monkeys jumped in the neighbouring trees and a variety of lizards joined us over a tropical fruit breakfast was the perfect antidote to London life and a great start to a fantastic trip which encompassed many nature treks at different times, Manuel Antonio national park and beach side lunches. The staff are fabulous and very helpful, food gorgeous- I had a spectacular grilled octopus which was out of this world , plus one of the best massages Ive ever had- in a room with ocean views high on the cliffs. This would be a good hotel to bring all the family and is relaxed and yet quite glamorous at the same time. Our room was fabulous with amazing sea views and a jacuzzi! Bliss!! Adored every bit of it. Take mozzy repellant but you need really little else!!My only criticism would be that I wished there was a bigger pool where you actually swim- the sea is a surf sea so not good of you want to swim without waves- but this is a very small criticism. Pura Vida!!!
Overall Rating
"Awesome staff, service and location."
06/26/15 uthack Texas
We recently stayed at Arenas. The service was exceptional. Bell staff were fantastic. The food was terrific at both restaurants. Breakfast was wonderful, especially overlooking the ocean. We echo all the other reviews except the decor and design of the rooms. We had one of the better located ocean front suites. The rooms can use a little updating, Furniture did not seem well thought out. No table on the beautiful deck overlooking the ocean. Side chairs only, no sofa in room. Bathroom layout did not make sense. I think there were 4 different light switches in there. Closets were an afterthought. No drawers for clothes. We were surprised the rooms are less then 10 years old. We came from Nayara and the rooms do not compare at all. Location is perfect.
Overall Rating
"Paradise"
06/23/15 beachnut0416 The Woodlands TX
I have been so depressed since leaving this resort! My husband and I have been to Costa Rica twice before many years ago. This was by far our best experience. The staff couldn't have been nicer and our room was amazing. We stayed in room 503A. It was apparently one of the best ocean view rooms on the property. I think if we return I would request the building next to ours which seemed to offer ocean and a better jungle view. You do rely on golf carts for transportation but we never had to wait more than a few minutes. The private beach is beautiful and the staff were all very respectful of our privacy but always available if needed. We are not pool,people but the 2 pools were inviting and families seemed to enjoy them. The restaraunts were wonderful. They cooked our snapper from our fishing trip and only charged for the sides. Our last night we enjoyed a private dinner on the beach which we will cherish forever. If you have the opportunity to visit this resort do it! The amenities were amazing as well. They even gave us a full bottle of shampoo/conditioner at checkout because we commented how much we liked it. Only thing I would suggest is if you want bottled water in your room let them know ahead of time. They do not keep plastic water bottles on the property. However I requested 4 bottles each day be left in our room and they did so at no charge. Please consider making a donation to one of the many charities they support.
Overall Rating
"Amazing service, amazing beach, amazing vacation"
06/22/15 Dani K Potomac, Maryland
I cannot say enough good things about this hotel! My family had the most amazing stay. The staff is incredible and made our vacation extra special. We will definitely be coming back! The Arenas del Mar was by far our favorite hotel in Costa Rica.
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