Arenas Del Mar has the unique distinction of being the only hotel in the country to have bagged the 5 stars and 5 Sustainability Leaves rating (the highest points in both categories) awarded by the Tourism Ministry ICT of Costa Rica. This 38-room property located at Manuel Antonio has been built with the idea of combing attributes of luxury (in the form of a chic beach resort) with sustainable tourism. The knowledgeable core team that manages this property is constantly devising innovative methods for creating a more environmentally responsible vacation hotpot for revelers. The exclusive beach resort is not as crowded as some of its touristy counterparts and is nicely hidden by a picturesque landscape comprising stunning looking hillsides and secluded beaches. The plush luxury resort boasts of a couple of pools, two beaches and a dripping-with-luxury spa. The 12-acres of pristine rainforest and beach landscape represent the most spectacular eco-luxury appeal of Costa Rica. Beautiful tropical birds, colorful butterflies and rare wildlife species are always greeting guests at this world-class eco destination. Arenas is one place that takes its sustainable tourism very seriously complete with making its patrons leave their cars behind and travel in an electric cart. Arenas Del Mar is classy mixture of an eco vacationing property and styling holidaying.
Excursions and Activities
Arenal’s property and surroundings offer guests a large selection of nature and adventure based activities. Visitors can enjoy a whole gamut of experiences from savoring a romantic meal at Playitas Beach (to the background music of the rhythmic waves) to letting their hair down at the Jacuzzi of the Ocean Breeze Suite (overlooking the mesmerizing rainforest landscape). A hike via the Espandillas Beach to the Manuel Antonio National Park or along the rough paths of the rainforest (with an expert local guide) are other favorite visitor activities. Other hot eco-friendly local pursuits include canopy tours, sustainable tours and beach massages at the Las Brisas Spa. Guests looking for more exotic and indigenous experiences can dance at the Bailes Tipicos, while the more eco-responsible travelers can plant a tree at the hotel’s private reserve.
Accommodation and Service
Arenas Del Mar’s service is a perfect blend of luxurious 5-star pampering and an adventurous back-to-nature eco-friendly holiday lifestyle. The staff here is known to be friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, and always enthusiastic about sharing their almost encyclopedic knowledge about the wildlife and other natural elements surrounding the lodge.
Accommodation at the Arenas Del Mar is comprises standard rooms, suites and further upgraded premium suites. All rooms are specifically designed to offer guests sweeping views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the private beached, the Pacific Ocean and neighboring rainforests.
Each room also features complementary Wi-Fi, cable television, a mini-bar, a safe deposit box, a coffee makes, a closet area and an iron. The appeal of these rooms is stylish, roomy and expansive, with the “green” elements being present in everything from feel-good natural fabrics to mysterious native art. There are comfortable king-size beds and large bathrooms (with round glass brick shower spaces) in each room to offer guests a classy mix of convenience and sophistication. The private terraces here feature mosaic-tiled tubs (in some rooms) to offer cozy open-air seating.
The high season rates at Arenas Del Mar vary from $ 360 USD per room/per night for a Rainforest View Suite to $ 650 USD for an Ocean View Premium Suite. The rates include a complementary a la breakfast and a couple of tours: the Tortillas at Petatillo and the Easy Being Green tour. Rates are also inclusive of internet access and international calling facility.