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Arenas Del Mar holiday reviews

R and Y Smith

Date of trip: 03/04/2019


Number of people: 2

"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. "

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

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Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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