"Great for family or couples..."
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
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!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good for everyone"
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 hereGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great option for relax and enjoy the beach"
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 facilitiesGenuine Expedia guest review
"A must stay!"
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
"Must Stay AMAZING PLACE!!!!"
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
"The Honeymoon Costa Rica Destination"
We stayed at Arenas Del Mar for 5 nights for our honeymoon. We flew in late at night...so we stayed in San Jose for one night before making the trip out. It took 2hrs 45min to get to the hotel from San Jose in our rental car. The hotel is amazing - it's right in the jungle..but steps away from the beach. Need golf carts to get around...but once you […] call them, they come within minutes, so it's not a hassle. (You dont have to tip for each ride) The best part was the food - amazing continental breakfast - gourmet pancakes, french toast, burritos, "typical" costa rican breakfast dishes. We ate at the restaurant one night - amazing too. Happy hour everyday from 6-7pm at the bar (which closes at 10pm) - the drinks were amazing too. The area is great - drive up a steep hill, and you have world class restaurants just 5 minutes away driving (Kapi Kapi, Rafaels Terrazco, Salsipuedes). The place is just 10 min driving from a great national park - manuel antonio - and also 10 min away from awesome zip lining ($60 per person), and 15min driving away from a must-do mangrove forest boat ride. You must stay here! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Where else can you sit on a private beach, stay in a 5 star hotel and see monkeys on property!!! Great place to stay!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Best hotel stay I've ever had. The service was personal and impeccable. Though the hotel is located in a busy/ touristy area, it is quite secluded and feels rather private. Lovely beach. Incredible breakfast included with the room. Perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. Highly recommended!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Amazing property - great location to Manuel Antoni"
We had an amazing time in Costa Rica and Arenas del Mar was completely amazing. The staff was incredibly attentive. The property is in a great location and loved going to the beach. They took care of all of our needs.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Arenas del Mar"
This was a beautiful hotel. We loved our room, bed, tico bar, the beaches (which were so close and easy access compared to many other hotels in the area). The staff was so nice, all of the time and very helpful with tours. We would go back tomorrow if we could. the shower and comfy beds were outstanding. And the dinners in the evening were wonderful. […] Very tasty, gourmet meals. Only thing we didn't cre for was the "romantic dinner" meals at the Playitas beach one night. They were quite disappointing ...wished we 'd had eaten in the main restaurant again that night. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Arenas Del Mar, what a way to experience Costa Rica! This small hotel is truly amazing!! We flew into San Jose around 2pm and were on the road about 3:30 to begin our over 3 hour journey to Arenas Del Mar. We arrived after dark so we weren't really able to experience the beauty of this hotel. We were greeted by smiling faces and taken to our room by […] golf cart. We stayed in an ocean view suite and when we walked into the room we could hear the waves crashing but couldn't see anything when we looked out to the balcony. It wasn't until the next day when we opened the drapes that we were blown away. Our view was amazing!!! We sat on our balcony that morning watching monkeys in the trees with the ocean in the background. The food was out of this world. The grounds were simply beaurtiful and so clean. The wildlife was abundant ~ we saw monkeys, sloths, iguanas, birds, and lizards. Surprisingly it was not buggy. The weather could not have been more perfect. We had a great time learning Spanish with the staff who we will miss so much. I can't say enough for the people working at Arenas Del Mar, they are a special group of people. Being surrounded by genuinely kind, happy, friendly faces with a zest for life is in its own way magical. We cannot wait to go back!!! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"LOVED Arenas Del Mar and you will too!"
We LOVED our stay at Arenas. The website and description do not do this resort justice. Location is amazing although be prepared for a bit of a commute to get there as it's a 3 hour drive from San Jose. Or shorter flight via Sansa to Quepos, then 20 minute ride to resort. Arenas has two beaches, one of which is about as secluded and as private as you'll […] get in this country where all beaches must remain public. Also two beautiful pools, two great restaurants, and an amazing staff. We found the tours and prices (Mountain Tour, and Safari ZipLine Tour) to be much more reasonable than arranging for tours on our own. Great excursions offered including an on-site bird-watching and tortilla making experience. Even our college students enjoyed these activities once we got them off the beach! Nearby town of Quepos is fun for a short visit and the restaurants at Manual Antonio are fun and reasonably priced. Recommend the hotel restaurants as well; great service excellent food and we enjoyed the poolside tables for dinner and breakfast. Oh, and the breakfast that's included - amazing! Bowls of fresh fruit and pastry that changes every day, fresh juice, unlimited coffee, and a choice off their breakfast menu as well for more traditional egg, beans and rice, waffles, etc. Breakfast was enough food to carry us through until dinner. . Our Ocean Breeze room still had a ocean view, and was very comfortable with a huge bathroom and open shower. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Wonderful place and wonderful people. Gorgeous views. Food and drinks were excellent!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Would not hesitate to stay again"
Will recommend to anyoneGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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 AntonioGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Amazing Wildlife at Resort"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Relaxing place to stay for couples or families"
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). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"6 stars out of 5!"
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! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A peace of paradise"
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
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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 retu […] rning. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We couldn't have wanted anything better than this place, simply perfect with outstanding service!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The staff were amazing, the cart drivers all remembered your name and were so very helpful!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"One of a kind!"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"gute Lage, jedoch in die Jahre gekommen"
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
Merveilleux, localisation extraordinaire.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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 . Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"Paradijs op Costa rica!"
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... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Minivacaciones de ensueño"
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! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"Servicio y Ubicacion de preimera"
Viaje solo esta vez. Regresare con me familia. Es un lugar hermoso!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Einfach nur perfekt!"
Ein Service und Freundlichkeit, die ich bisher sehr selten erlebt habe.Genuine Expedia guest review
Un lugar realmente mágico. Excelente atencion. Definitivamente regresaria!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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
Muy buen servicio y excelente atención al clienteGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A proximité du Parc"
Excellent établissement dans un petit paradis.Le personnel très attachant est au petit soin sans être dans le trop conventionnel.A recommanderGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"un Lugar paradisiaco"
Excelente, el hotel supero todas nuestras expectativas, no solo pos las instalaciones sino por la atención de todo el personal del hotel, un lugar sin duda para volver a visitar.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pura Vida Honeymoon"
08/26/14 Tommy H
I could not think of a better place to spend my honeymoon! We went during June (the green season) but the occasional showers did not hold us back at all from doing anything we wanted to do. In fact, the highlight of our trip was included in our "green season honeymoon" package: the private dinner on the private beach! As other reviewers have noted, the food is incredible. Complimentary breakfast from the restaurant was a wonderful way to kick off each day! The staff, from manager to intern/trainee, are top-notch and treat guests with unbeatable class and service. We did a surf lesson with Alex on the beach, which was very fun. My wife and I chose to walk most places, which is do-able for the young and adventurous, but the staff will drive you in golf carts if you so prefer. Our room was a suite in building 4 (room 401) that had incredible privacy, view, and ammenities (read: jaccuzi tub). Ours was an "Ocean Breeze" not an "Ocean View" suite, but it's hard for me to imagine a better room in the resort as our view consisted of part rainforest, part ocean! The location was great too. A simple walk down the beach gets you to Manuel Antonio, and Quepos, including the little airport there, are about 10-15 minutes away in a car.
08/25/14 Jennifer P Fort Lee, Virginia, United States
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and were AMAZED by the impeccable customer service and peaceful facilities. The hotel room was way bigger and nicer than we expected, and we were treated like royalty the entire time. There wasn't a single bad item on the menu, and we had something new everyday! Thank you Arenas Del Mar for an incredible vacation!
"great family vacation"
08/22/14 ToniS2583 New York City, New York
We loved our stay at this resort, the food was amazing, we had a great meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We stayed in building 2 which overlooks the pool, it was very clean, and the bed was super comfy. The balcony was nice, and had a great day bed, in which i found myself taking plenty of afternoon siestas. The staff is super friendly, and they take the time to answer any questions that you may have. We had an amazing time at this resort, and i have to thank the staff for this, they truly know the meaning of great service!
08/21/14 Diane D
We just got back from Arenas del Mar. The location of this resort is perfect. It is on the edge of the rain forest bordering on a long, beautiful beach. We stayed in building 4, which I like very much because you are high in the rain forest and very close to the restaurant. Buildings 4-7 are high up on the cliff and buildings 1-3 are on the smaller beach. We saw monkeys, sloths and raccoons right from the balcony of our room. The staff, especially our favorite guy Angel, is so pleasant and engaging and happy to fulfill your every need. You are driven to the beach and to your taxi in golf carts which creates a fun experience. There are surf lessons right on the beach and the entrance to the National Park is a 20 minute walk down the beach. The restaurant is wonderful and we dined every morning at our table by the pool. The food is excellent and I consider myself a good judge because my son and his wife are both great chefs. Breakfast includes everything from pancakes to french toast to omlettes to Costa Rican egg specialties. Dinners were delicious with my personal favorites being serviche and mushroom risotto. And great burgers and mac and cheese by room service. Weather was sunny and humid with showers most afternoons. We only had one day of clouds. We would love to go back.
08/21/14 Megan H Logan, Utah
Arenas del Mar was all that we hoped for - a quiet, secluded paradise right on the Pacific. The hotel has its own private beach, along with access to the larger public beach. We had planned to do lots of excursions in Manuel Antonio, but once we arrived at this oasis, we were not eager to leave. The rooms are beautiful, with their own private balconies overlooking the ocean. Breakfast is included and it is delicious. Dinner is slightly pricey but pretty yummy. The hotel staff is fantastic. They drive you around the hilly property in little golf carts and are very friendly. If you are looking for a great experience near Manuel Antonio, don't look any further! We can't wait to come back!
"Wonderful experience in Manuel Antonio"
08/20/14 interterra Miami, Florida
This is a small hotel in the Manuel Antonio area. It consists of seven buildings, each three stories, with two units per story. On each floor there is a large suite type room with a small outside tub and an expansive outdoor terrace and the other room is a large room with a huge bathroom and also an extensive terrace. The buildings cascade down from the reception/restaurant area to the beach, this means that the buildings closer to the restaurant are higher and have nicer views. I stayed in the regular room on the third floor of building 7 (the highest one) and the wrap around terrace had the most amazing view. This building is also the closest to the restaurant so that means less uphill walking but note that there is a service which shuttles you up if you don't want to walk. Being on these higher buildings also means you are further away from the beach and if you don't want to wait to be brought up then you have quite a hike. The hotel is lush with vegetation and there is ton of wildlife right on the premises. We counted four sloths sleeping on the beach one day, were visited by a band of white faced capuchins right in front of our room and saw a myriad of birds. The food in the hotel is very good. The breakfast was the best meal, there is food and drink service on the beach and it was very good. The dinner was ok but we tried the two other "best restaurants" in Manuel Antonio and they weren't any better..if I were to go back I would just eat at the Hotel. Anyone who has been to Costa Rica has to notice that the people are just the best, they are warm and helpful and just plain kind. The staff at the hotel was outstanding, everyone. After staying in other more expensive places I find that Arenas is a great value and definitively the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio.
08/20/14 Margherita_krupp Caracas, Venezuela
A fantastic vacation with our family. The place is beautiful, clean, with a good location and amazing views. The staff was friendly and always in a good attitude to help and provide information. We had the monkeys coming over every day for breakfast!
"Everything is awesome!"
I was scared to go anywhere that lacked the word "four seasons" in it, let alone in a developing country on an adventure that was planned by someone that I hold dear but has exhibited the decision making skills of 1990s Robert Downey jr. or Scott Weiland. In the nights leading up to the trip, I fantasized that a bankruptcy, a natural disaster, or an extreme illness would cause people to sober up and cancel the trip or redirect us to somewhere with a tree logo. I was all up in my head and totally wrong. Arenas del Mar is an amazing incredible place worthy of five stars. There are three things that set it apart. First, the people. Everyone that works there exhibits passion and caring. We arrived after a 7 hour red eye flight and a 3 hour van ride from San Jose. We got there at 10 am and they told us breakfast was over at 10 and the next meal was at noon. We told of our travel and they kept the kitchen open. georgette served us and treated us like family. The kids dove in the pool between fruit courses. My mother in law, who generally reacts quickly to stress, exhibited a sense of calm and happiness not seen since i put the ring on her daughters hand some 15 years ago. My significant others in law put away his hand sanitizer and sketched a smile. Aside from Georgette, every staff member was outstanding. Angel, Luis, Ersel should be on the Costa Rican Mt Rushmore. Second, the rooms. We had two rooms two bathrooms a huge balcony with a spa and 360 degree ocean views. The shower was built for a giant and the beds and air conditioning were so comfortable. My brother in law, who is the money guy,estimated it was $20 million view. Third, the location. You are in the middle of the rainforest on a beach. You are surrounded by monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and yet, you can raise a smile and whatever you want will be delivered to you by people who care. There is no corporate manual, they will get you whatever they want. Pineapple juice, seafood risotto, you name it. They get it. Just so you know I'm not totally drinking the kool aid, there are some things that could be improved but you could say that about a Beatles record. Total nits but the food could be better, happy hour could include snacks, and there could be more seats around the pool.
"Fantastic accommodations at Arenas del Mar"
08/17/14 Beth D Cortlandt Manor, New York, United States
This is my first entry on trip advisor and even though we went to Costa Rica in June, I still have wonderful memories of our trip and have wanted to write this review since the day we came home. My family and I went to Costa Rica for the first time and we stayed at Arenas del Mar in June 2014. We all loved it so very much! The staff were amazing! All of the staff were so warm and friendly and so accommodating! We felt like family! We stayed at Arenas del mar during the World Cup and the hotel guests and the staff all watched the soccer games together and they painted our faces with the Costa Rican flag. We all cheered and hugged when the Costa Rican team won. The staff and management went out of their way to make our trip so memorable. Our room was immaculate as was the whole resort! The beach was beautiful and we enjoyed the waves and the kids loved their surfing lessons with Alex. Alex gave us a pineapple and the bartender gladly cut it up for us and we all shared it! We still talk about the fantastic food and fruit that we got on our trip!! We loved the nature tours, the beach and surfing, the food and the pools! I especially enjoyed the functional training workouts in the early mornings! At first I was disappointed because there was no fitness room, but these workouts were more challenging than any workout I could have done in a gym and they were lead by the hotel manager!! Thanks for everything! I would highly recommend Arenas del Mar to families, couples or single individuals!!! Beth and Frank
We travelled with 2 of our kids aged 22 and 26. Had 2 rooms right next to the office. One was a suite with a jacuzzi and the other without. Perfect location and perfect for convenience. The staff is amazing and is available 24 hours a day for questions. We arranged prior to the trip our adventures for the nature walk(Hannia finds animals where you would see nothing without a guide, she is incredible), white water rafting( so much fun) and hang gliding ( superman is great-$40 extra lasts a minute but worth it ). The food doesn't disappoint either. Try outside the hotel at Kapi Kapi , Victoria's , Ronny's and Raphael's also. You never wait for a golf cart or the staff calls for a cart. The trip from start to finish is phenomenal.
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