Set on a bluff overlooking the beach, Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort delivers one of the most luxurious hotels in Manuel Antonio. The thirty-eight room boutique style hotel has left little to the imagination, providing everything one could wish for out of a beach and rainforest hotel. The hotel carries not only a five-star rating but also a five-leaf rating for the Sustainable Tourism Program in Costa Rica. Guests will enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, spa, WiFi in most areas, and tropical gardens.
Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica's most popular beach destination. The palm-studded beaches are gorgeous, backed by rolling green forested hills. Wildlife is abundant not only in the national park but also in the entire area. It is not uncommon to see monkeys, sloths, or parrots right behind the beach!
Manuel offers visitors loads of fun and memorable activities. A visit to Manuel Antonio National Park is practically obligatory. The park is the smallest of Costa Rica's national parks but one of the best for observing wildlife. A guided visit to the park will likely yield the best animal photos of your vacation! Romantic catamaran cruises will take you along the lush Central Pacific coastline. They allow you to relax with a few drinks and enjoy a slower pace. Adventurers will not be disappointed with Manuel Antonio as it offers more adventure activities than any other area in Costa Rica. Enjoy high-flying canopy ziplines, whitewater rafting in tropical rivers, canyoneering down rainforest waterfalls, or surfing the warm Pacific waters.
While Manuel Antonio has plenty to offer, you can also just relax and enjoy the resort amenities. The hotel is on an 11-acre plot of rainforest that is loaded with wildlife and ends at the beach. The beach below and in front of the resort is gorgeous. Walking the property and looking for exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths can be a lot of fun. Of course, swimming, boogie boarding, and relaxing down at the beach is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The resort also offers complimentary yoga classes.
Arenas del Mar's own Las Brisas Wellness Center provides a variety of health and beauty treatments and therapies. Enjoy a facial, a massage, or a custom treatment. Reservations are necessary for spa services, and the hotel recommends doing so at least a day in advance.
Dining at the resort's restaurants is delightful. They focus on offering healthy dishes with local ingredients whenever possible. Overlooking the beach, the open-air El Mirador Restaurant and Bar offers fresh seafood and Costa Rican dishes for breakfast and dinner. They offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes on request. The El Mirador Bar offers a large variety of tropical drinks, craft beers, and an extensive wine selection. The Playitas Restaurant and Bar serves lunch and drinks at the beach area of the lower part of the property.
All rooms at Arenas del Mar Resort are tastefully decorated and offer air-conditioning and ceiling fans, cable TV, coffee maker and local coffee, WiFi, phone, in-room safe deposit box, bathrobe, and a spacious bathroom with shower. Please check the Amenities Section for a detailed list of what is included in each room category.