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.
"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."