The grounds of this hotel is over the top. Truly stunning, truly natural and very large! They have 2 beaches available on grounds. One is truly private, the other is one end of the giant Manuel Antonia beach, which feels private. Both have towel service. Views are over the top! Restaurant staff , golf cart drivers and spa gals, all so friendly, professional […] and personable. My reason for not five stars are Felt a bit stranded at times. Golf cart drivers were there fast if you could reach reception. A few times called multiple times for long lengths no answer! Huge hilly place, difficult if dressed for evening! Called for ice, never came No directory in my room for numbers, front desk, room service, restaurants etc. no map of the large property Far from other restaurants and nightlife, Lots of waiting for taxis etc Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best Hotel in Costa Rica!"
Amazing hotel, staff and location. While it is a bit tough to locate, once there you will never want to leave....Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This hotel was fabulous! Phenomenal hotel staff, loved William, very friendly and concerned about your stay. They offer complimentary classes such as planting a tree or learning how to make Costa Rican tortillas. We did the tortilla class and they took us back to the living quarters of the hotel staff, show us where they live and eat before the class. […] I was amazed as to how detailed and clean their quarters were. Much cleaner than my own house LOL! And there are over 100 hotel staff that live there. The class was interesting and one of our favorite experiences of the trip. The hotel lies on the side of a jungle mountain that connects to two beaches. One beach has strong waves and currents for the adults, the other is mild, perfect for children. Both are spectacular. Both beaches have a lifeguard and 24 security. Area around the hotel if full of jungle wildlife that never pester the guests but are close enough to enjoy. I will definitely return to this hotel! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We didn't know what to expect, we just wanted to get away from it all and wow! Hotel Arenas del Mar is a beautiful and wonderful place. I have never been around a more pleasant staff. They truly take pride in their job and their facility. The views are amazing...so many things to do! I plan to make several more visits to this property.Genuine Expedia guest review
Arenas del Mar is a lovely resort that honors their commitment to being ecologically responsibility without compromising comfort. While the rooms, grounds and facility are lovely, they are eclipsed by the unsurpassed hospitality of their superior staff. From the first interaction to the last, the staff of Arenas del Mar endeavored to meet our every […] need, going above and beyond to make sure our every need was met. If you enjoy being around warm, friendly, cheerful and helpful people, book a stay at the Arenas del Mar, you will never want to leave! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Absolutely Incredible Stay"
I have never written a review before, but I feel it would be a shame not to give this resort the credit it deserves. From the minute we arrived we were treated with such genuine respect and a great "pura vida" attitude. We were a bit cranky after a 4 hour drive from monte verde, however, one look at the beautiful view from the beautiful property, and […] our moods were instantly transformed. Everyone is super nice and willing to help. We come from San Francisco, the mecca of restaurants on the west coast, and are very critical and particular about our dining experiences. The dinner we had was truly one of the best we've ever had. It was original, unique, fresh and just incredible. We had planned on going into town for other meals to add some diversity, but had no desire to give up an incredible (and so affordable) culinary experience. A big salute to the owner, management, and most especially to the staff for executing the vision of this wonderful resort. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We loved our stay at Arenas del Mar. Fantastic, personal service. We really felt like the staff knew us and were very happy in their jobs (it felt genuine to us.) The location of the property cannot be beat. With its own little beach front and easy walking access to Manuel Antonio, it really has everything within easy reach. The restaurant was incredible […] with a skilled chef and wait staff that made the experiences really enjoyable. We come from a city with excellent restaurant and Arenas' would be right up there with the best. All in all a very positive experience. We would definitely return. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful hotel right on the beach"
Highly recommend this hotel! The staff were extremely attentive and knew your name. Dont recommend taking children here, its more of an adult hotel. I called it my Nirvana!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Amazing service and beautiful location"
The service here truly sets this hotel apart. Everyone is very friendly and eager to help. The hotel itself is located on a beautiful secluded beach with easy access to Manuel Antonio park, but you don't even need to visit the park to see all the wildlife since its available at the park. We saw sloths, monkeys, birds, lizards, and more right at the […] hotel. Our AC broke in our room and ended up dripping water onto the bed, so they immediately upgraded us to a suite which was amazing. Great place! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Amazing resort and exceeded all expectations"
This was by far the most amazing resort and vacation I have ever taken! The resort staff was nothing short of helpful and accommodating with plans, hospitality, and services. The included breakfast was superb! The cuisine and chef were top notch. I was so impressed with the fact that the resort was right on the beach, but we could also appreciate the […] fact that we right in the middle of a rainforest! Best of both worlds! We will definitely be back! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Experience of a lifetime"
This hotel’s employees truly take the personalized customer’s server experience to an entirely new level. We had a chance to meet the resort’s owner who was a phenomenal human being and treated the staff very well and held them to considerably high standards. Every employee seemed to be at the top of their service game and made every attempt to make […] our stay more enjoyable and personalized. I could write an entire book on how great the stay was but I am limited by time and space. Also, I would like to thanks Rodbin and Aresal for their service, personalized attention and humor… these guys rock! This place is truly the crown jewel of Central America. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
One of my best vacation experiences. Nature outside your window, beautiful beaches, kind people.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Couldn't ask for more"
Hotel staff super friendly and caters to your needs. Room have spectacular view of ocean and wildlife. Recommend it for anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful place to vacation.Genuine Expedia guest review
This was one of the best hotels I have stayed at. The service is perfect. Everyone is extremely nice and are always trying to make sure you are enjoying your vacation. If not, they will make every effort to make it better. It is a little pricey but not over the top. It is well worth it. This hotel was developed without impacting the natural environment […] and so everywhere you go, there is beauty. We saw tons of wildlife! I would definitely recommend this place for couples or families. The lower pool was perfect because you could watch and hear the waves crashing with a full service bar right next to it! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful hotel/views and impeccable service!"
ADM was absolutely perfect! The hotel staff went above and beyond every day. We brought our 1-year-old son and they couldn't have been more accommodating. I had high hopes for the hotel and it far exceeded my expectations. Easy top 2 places we have ever stayed!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful great staff"
Beautiful hotel excelente views great staff we had a wonderful time everything was greatGenuine Expedia guest review
"Ok but definitely not luxury"
This hotel bills itself as luxury. It frankly is not. It is above average if you are looking for something standard. The rooms are fine, but not fancy. The entire exterior of the place could use a scrub down and all of the curtains and cushions need replacing. The location is good on the beach but even the beach set up is not optimized. Go here for […] value and convenience but not for luxury. The restaurant is also overpriced and underwhelming. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Top notch! A great way to end our vacation in CR."
Beautiful and luxurious. My son had a blast at the private beach and drank his weight in milkshakes! One of the nicest hotels I have had the pleasure to stay in. Service was out of this world!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Spectacular in every way"
Although this wasn't my first time in Manuel Antonio (I actually live in Costa Rica), this was my first time in Arenas del Mar. From the moment we had our first contact with the hotel staff we could easily tell how friendly they were. Once we settled in, we decided to head for dinner (around 8:30). Talking with the waiter, I mentioned my wife and I […] were visiting to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary, and he gave us a "congratulations" as we expected. When we finished dinner, we didn't order dessert, and after 2-3 minutes of waiting for our waiter to come to the table so we could order our check, we simply got up and signed at the bar. While walking to our room our waiter was literally running behind us with a plate and mentioned we didn't give him enough time to serve us a courtesy dessert, which was a chocolate brownie with ice cream with the words Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. This was only one of the many small details we continuously received from the staff. I'm a frequent traveller and the level of friendliness compares to what you experience in luxury hotels in Asia, but with Latin Flavor. The rooms were nice, they have a beautiful private beach with umbrellas, chairs and mattresses, and with a pool, complete restaurant and bar and restrooms less than 50 feet away. We enjoyed so much we're going back mid september to celebrate our munchkin's 3rd birthday with our kids. Thanks for a great weekend!! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Arenas del Marvelous!!!"
We spent a weak at this hotel in Manuel Antonio. Wonder views from the large, well appointed rooms. Clean and beautiful upscale accomadations with a very focused staff. We enjoyed the beaches and the excursions booked directly through the hotel. This made everything effortless and very relaxing. I would definitely return to this hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Right on the beach in the middle of the rainforest"
Such an amazing place. So glad we stayed there. The views are amazing, the cocktails were amazing, the staff were super friendly and helpful. It's nestled away a bit in the rainforest and right on the beach. Can't ask for a better place.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Amazing views, excellent customer service"
We just returned from spending 2 nights at this hotel and it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The property is beautiful, located in the middle of Forrest with astoning views to both the ocean and the jungle. arenas del mar has direct access to the beach, another great thing since very few hotels in Manuel Antonio have direct beach access). […] The place is very well managed and the level of customer service from everyone was superior. They truly live their values!!! They greeted us with a delicious welcome drink, a tour ( they offered us two complemtary things: 1) class on how to make tortillas which was very good even for Latin people who are used to cooking a lot and 2) a sustainability tour of their facility. The food at their restaurant was excellent (get the tuna!), the happy hour in the afternoon was great and they make excellent cocktails!. Our room was very comfortable with a very nice view and the bed/pillows were so confy!!!! We also stayed at La Mariposa for 2 Nights because arenas del mar didn't have availability for all 4 nights and let me tell you there is no comparison between the 2 hotels. Arenas del mar is much much better!!! Not even close! While there we also checked out Si como no and Gaia (although we didn't stayed there) but we also validated that arenas del mar seemed better. We will go back for sure! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Last stop in a 2 week Costa Rica Vacation. Incredible hotel...beautiful location w/ private beach...amazingly friendly staff...delicious breakfast and smoothies. My wife and I saw more wildlife on the property every morning than the rest of our trip combined...howler monkeys, white face monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas, raccoons.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Awesome view from our room of the coast. Very attentive staff. Excellent facilities. Food was also excellent. Luis the waiter is a gem. Brandon was also a great asset. He was the one who gave us our orientation. Every staff member was friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Can't wait to return1"
I don't know if they have a manager, because I never saw one...they don't need it! Every staff person is empowered and know how to make your stay a wonderful experience, they go far and beyond to on the individual likes, dislikes and needs of their guests. They care about your safety, are your advocates when things don't go as planned with a third party, […] look after you and make you feel like a family member. Staff has great team work! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MANUEL ANTONIO"
If you are planning to visit Manuel Antonio / Costa Rica, you HAVE to stay in this hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful rainforest/beach location"
The staff were very attentive and seemed truly happy to assist their customers. The property is very well maintained and the natural beauty of the location cannot be beat!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful Grounds and more..."
Great service, beautiful grounds, delicious breakfast. Monkeys all around!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice and close to the National Park"
The staf at this hotel really make the stay a very enjoyable experience. The location is amazing and the beach access is great. Highly recommend this hotelGenuine Hotels.com guest review
From the moment we arrived to the day we left to go back home, we were pampered like kings. The hospitality is unmatched. It truly is a paradise here. You have your own private beach just for ADM guests and can get to another adjacent beach very easily. We highly recommend this place. There is absolutely nothing we can say to offer areas for improvement […] because they are the best place we've ever been! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Beautiful location just far enough from the park. 4 star service and romms. I can't reccomend this hotel enough!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel Arenas del Mar, Manual Antoinio, Costa Rica"
The hotel is a paradise however the road leading to the hotel parking is disastrous and very dangerous. We had to think twice every time we wanted to go out for dinnerGenuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely eco-hotel in tropical rainforest by beach"
We were extremely happy with the lovely bedroom, light colors, big windows, but private. Comfortable bed. Great breakfast. But above all the gorgeous scenery, quiet beach and luxuriant vegetation, the staff care stands out. Extraordinary service, unobtrusive but thoughtful and friendly.Genuine Expedia guest review
The location doesn't get any better. We saw more animals in our first 5 minutes at the hotel than we saw our entire trip in Costa Rica. We really enjoyed getting to know the staff better during our golf cart rides between resort buildings. The staff members were super nice and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our time at the resort. They […] often took extra time to show us animals which we loved. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great experience, private beach is the real bonus."
Very secluded and driving in at night will have you nervous about where you finally end up. The exclusive private beach is the real bonus. Rooms are fine and the service was very fast. There are lots of stairs and steep walks so be in good shape or plan on riding golf carts to breakfast .Genuine Expedia guest review
"A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!"
From the moment you arrive, the attentive and professional staff welcomes you to this gorgeous oasis in style and class. Upon arrival, a refreshing delish-ious beverage is tray delivered to you. Which is really a smart move from the hotel, because it immediately makes you feel very special. In addition to beautiful sprawling surroundings and beach access […] that feels like a private paradise, the food was also fantastic. Please ask for Louis if you want an amazing dining experience. He is truly a treasure! The room was clean and comfy and the ocean view was gorgeous. But above all, the service is just fantastic. Overall the experience was very memorable and this is a place that we would definitely come back to...again and again! Thank you for a wonderful experience Arenas Del Mar. You helped make our trip very special. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is really nice and the attention was incredibleGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel with the mix of wildlife and luxury"
This hotel took me by surprise. I had read several reviews that mentioned it being such a great place to stay but that tends to be the general sentiment with reviews either being overly positive or overly negative. In this case the hotel just has an essences about it that pulls you in and honestly puts a smile on your face. The staff is great- each […] member of the staff is very passionate about the hotel, Manuel Antonio, and Costa Rica. Throughout our visit they went out of their way to make sure we saw the local wildlife within the limits of the resort. Our wish was within their command. The breakfast is setup in such a great fashion! Can't go wrong with this hotel! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A wonderful stay...."
My husband and I were very pleased with The Arenas Del Mar Resort and Spa. The best part about it was the staff, especially the golf cart drivers. They were all so friendly and helpful. The views are spectacular and the grounds of the hotel are lush and filled with monkeys, birds, iguanas, and sloths. You get the best of both worlds here! The only downside […] to our stay here was the fact that they don't offer a complimentary shuttle service to the top of the hill, which is very long and very steep. They charge you $8-$12 to go to any of the local restaurants (each way). Other than being able to walk down to the other end of the beach, you fill a bit stuck at the resort. My husband and I would suggest that they offer a complimentary shuttle service at least to the top of the hill and then let the guests walk along the road to various restaurants/shops in town. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Beauty and the beach"
everything was amazing..except the food was dissapointing.Rooms, view, staff, fantastico!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
A little tough to get to, but everything in Costa Rica seems to be tough to drive to. The roads can be narrow, winding and rough. But this place was a real gem and all the staff are wonderful and nice. We really enjoyed our stay. The pool, beach, and nearby attractions are wonderful. Really can't say enough about how nice the staff are.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Ideal Manuel Antonio Resort!"
This is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. We were there only two nights but treated like royalty during the entire experience. Quality and attentiveness of the staff made our time there so enjoyable. Welcomed with cold towels, fruit and and ice cold fruit beverage, transported everywhere by golf cart. One of the best things about this resort […] is that it has its own private beach (also has easy access to the Manuel Antonio beach). They put fresh juice, milk and local snacks in our room each day, and the morning coffee was quite fresh. Our room had a beautiful view of the ocean. We partook in a free tortilla making class at the resort which was quite enjoyable (and delicious). Candlelit dinner on the beach of the restaurant is romantic and worth every penny. The specific staff members who made our trip extra special: Brandon, Paul, Elaine, and Hereira. The hotel places a lot of emphasis on sustainability and ecofriendly operations (e.g., not a lot of chlorine in the pool water, bamboo straws in the drinks, etc.). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Experience! Great weekend!!"
The best attention ever!! Staff is amazong and the location of the hotel is the best!Genuine Expedia guest review
Absolutely amazing hotel, very relaxing and clean. The service was great and food was always fresh and delicious. The suites closer to the beach are perfect for family with kids. We had a low floor suite with ocean view and it was perfect with the outside jacuzzi. We all enjoyed it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wow what a beautiful resort"
Truly a well designed beautiful resort. With Ocean on one side and the secondary forest on the other, it is a very restful and tranquil place to stay. They have their own private beach and beautiful shady trees where you can spend your whole afternoon eating lunch and enjoying the views...And the hospitality was amazing. Everybody knows your name and […] are concerned about your comfort. Very charming staff. Loved this resort very much. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Amazing romantic getaway"
This was the most wonderful hotel experience we have had in years. The staff was professional, helpful, considerate..all around amazing people. The hotel was gorgeous In nature. The wildlife goes beyond your "wildest" dreams. If you allow yourself, you'll be submerged in the jungle and the beach!Genuine Expedia guest review
"STAY HERE IN MANUEL ANTONIO"
Luxury amenities, ideal location, superlative service. The ONLY hotel in M.A. w/ DIRECT BEACH ACCESS. Other hotels provide "shuttles" and bring you to the busy center of town for beach access. At Arenas you don’t need to pack to go to the beach! Its beach is the northern end of the long chain of beaches, pristine and quiet. Request the section hotel […] Playitas beach. The hotel has 68 rooms, and a staff of nearly 100, facilitating CONNECTION. You get to know cart drivers, waiters, tour guides, and receptionists who share their knowledge and love of country. You’ll get to know about their families and dreams for the future. On the free tortilla tour, naturalist Roger took us to the outdoor staff cafeteria to make tortillas with staff Mama Dona Lisa. We sat with her, Roger , and other staff members. When we checked in, my husband mentioned he likes tamales. Our host said tamales were not available. One afternoon after a day on the beach, we returned to our room, and in our refrigerator were four gorgeous tamales! Everyone is a naturalist. We asked waiter William what type of tree we were sitting under. He identified the almond tree and bent down and picked up three big seeds - one immature, one maturing, and one with an almond inside! With perfect location, impeccable service, new friends, and learning about the environment, relaxation naturally follows. Our stay at Arenas del Mar was perfect. It’s THE hotel of choice in Manuel Antonio. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Most Amazing Vacation- Best Resort Manuel Antonio"
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
Really exciting, everything was perfect and the stuff really makes the best effort to make you feel comfortableGenuine Expedia guest review
"The best eco-luxe rainforest and beach experience"
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. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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