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Arenas Del Mar

Central Pacific

Rating: Deluxe    

Arenas Del Mar overview

If you want to experience the wildlife of the rainforest and the beauty of some of Costa Ricas' finest beaches while enjoying top quality accommodation and facilities, Arenas del Mar is the place for you. With 2 beautiful white sand beaches to the front and flanked by dense rainforest, Arenas del Mar has an enviably perfect location and to top it all off, the hotel is within walking distance of the Manuel Antonio National Park.

The accommodation is across 5 different categories but all have king size beds, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, WiFi, telephone, TV, coffee maker, minibar with local snacks and drinks, safe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a supply of locally-made organic toiletries. Combine this with creative cuisine, 2 swimming pools, a top quality spa and you might never want to stray beyond the confines of the hotel. But with the lush rainforest and rich wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park a stones throw away you'll certainly be tempted to explore. The variety of plants and abundance of animal and bird life is dazzling. Add to that the thrills of a canopy tour, watching impossibly vividly coloured frogs in an aquatic garden, opportunities to go surfing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and your days can be action packed. With so much choice and so many attractions it's easy to see why Arenas del Mar is a popular choice with people of all ages.


Open: Arenas del Mar is open all year round.

Location: The hotel is adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park which is within walking distance, and there are two beaches to the front of the hotel.

Rooms: There are 38 rooms and suites in 5 different categories. All have king size beds, air conditioning and ceiling fans, WiFi, telephone, TV, coffee maker, minibar with local snacks and drinks, safe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a supply of locally-made organic toiletries.

Activities: There are so many activities on offer here, enjoy tortilla making lessons, an 'easy being green' sustainability tour, nature and night walks in the private reserve, bird watching tours, guided tours in Manuel Antonio NP, surf lessons, kayaking, catamaran cruises, canopy tours, white-water rafting, botanical garden tour, whale watching (seasonal) and golf and tennis are available locally (we told you there was a lot to do here).

Facilities: There are 2 restaurants and 2 bars serving up tasty and varied cuisine and snacks. The hotel has a lounge area with comfy seating where you can relax. There is an on-site spa and there is easy access to the two beaches in front of the hotel and the outdoor area boasts 2 swimming pools in amongst the tropical gardens.

Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables, in the location of your choice.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel offers activities geared towards children such as guided nature walks, a visit to the butterfly gardens and a boat trip.

Health: Costa Rica is a low to no risk malaria area.

Communication: There is free WiFi available.

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Professor Brent Davies

"The setting for this hotel is stunning. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. The smaller beach had lots of shade and was excellent for lunch and the pool. The only downside was that the rooms were rather small for the money."

Ms. Gail Trotter
"Cannot wait to return. Everything exceptional. Outstanding location."
R and Y Smith
"Great helpful staff and buggies everywhere to help you get around the steep site. As far as the room goes, on the positive side the air con was good helped by the ceiling fan, the bed was large and comfortable as were the pillows and there were good bedside lights for reading. A couple of negative points were that the wardrobe seemed small for the two people the room accommodated and though the shower room was large it did not have aircon or a magnifying mirror for shaving. In fact, the only mirror in the bedroom was on the back of the shower room door and the lighting in there was not particularly good. However, there was a great balcony overlooking the Pacific with a couple of seats and a table and a fridge containing complementary drinks and snacks - 3 free beers a day, 2 herbal drinks that tasted better than they looked and some packets of locally produced snacks. There was also a coffee machine, kettle coffee and four types of tea. The fridge is inside a locked cupboard to make it monkey proof. During our stay we were visited by white faces capuchins on balcony and woken by howlers at 5.30. In the restaurants the food was good but with no breakfast buffet just individual choices from the menu, if you have an early start, it’s best to pre-order the day before. For lunchtime food down at the beachside there was a good choice and for dinner in the evening there seemed to be less choice but the quality was good. The main restaurant near reception has a wonderful view over the bay at breakfast time but in the evening the plain walls and low ceiling height seem a bit stark. Water and towels are provided at both beaches and there are toilets at smaller one where the lower pool and restaurant are situated. The pool outside the main restaurant and bar has the same great view over the bay. As we were setting off for an early morning visit staff at reception offered us a reusable, filled water bottle to borrow. "
Mrs. Joscelyn Olive
"We were thoroughly spoilt here, excellent room/suite away from the main hotel areas. We hadn’t realised that we were going to benefit from an outdoor spa was used everyday! We loved that fact that you could be taken around the resort in a golf buggy, the drivers were always on the lookout for sloths for you. The restaurant was excellent and you could as much or as little as you liked there. We would definitely return for another stay there."
Mrs. Stefanie Gaisser
"A beautiful beach hotel with two lovely small pool areas. The hotel staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful and we had the best food during our journey at this hotel. We also saw lots of animals like squirrel monkeys, white faced monkeys and iguanas within the hotel grounds. The beaches were beautiful and clean."

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