Set within an 11-acre private rainforest reserve located a few minutes from Costa Rica’s most popular national park, Arenas del Mar Beachfront Resort & Spa offers guests the very best location in all of Manuel Antonio. The hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers direct access to two sand beaches with gentle waves for swimming and surfing. Resident naturalist guides help guests explore the abundant wildlife on the property; agoutis, sloths, coatis, howler monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys are frequently spotted. Each of the 38 rooms and suites feature a spacious balcony with ample room to relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and coastal vistas. Two restaurants offer elevated local fare including seasonal catches from the Dock-to-Dish program. Staff is uniformly friendly and welcoming; from Tatiana at the Concierge Desk to Luis at Playitas restaurant, the staff is committed to ensuring that guests soak up the Pura Vida vibe.
Arenas del Mar offers guests a myriad of ways to explore the surrounding rainforest and beaches. Choose from a carefully developed selection of small group or private tours to Manuel Antonio or beyond; learn to surf or SUP; go zip-lining through the canopy; swim beneath waterfalls; go horseback riding through the rainforest or learn about Costa Rican culture during visits to the market and Los Campesinos Reserve. A member of the Cayuga Collection, the resort is proudly Carbon Neutral and employs sustainable practices throughout all levels of operation.
Ocean View Premium Suite (11), Ocean Breeze Suite (10), Ocean View Superior (7), Ocean Breeze Superior (8), Garden Rooms (4)
Bed & Breakfast and Full Board
Yes, Throughout and Complimentary
Open Year Round
Traveller Made, Andrew Harper Travel Alliance
Las Brisas Wellness Center offers massages, body & facial treatments
Two pools, exclusive beach access, on-site surfboard & SUP rental, complimentary Tortilla Making Experience, Sustainability Tour & Plant A Tree Project, complimentary boogie boards, complimentary 'Tico Bar' in room.
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From $990 per room per night in Ocean Breeze Superior Rooms
From $580 per room per night in Ocean Breeze Superior Rooms
From $440 per room per night in Ocean Breeze Superior Rooms
Children under 12 are free of charge when sharing a room with adults. An additional person 12 or over is $75 per night. Rates do not include government taxes (13%).
LOCATION: MANUEL ANTONIO, coSTA RICA
Closet Domestic Airport:
Quepos (XQP) is the closest airstrip and is about 2 miles from the resort. Quepos is a short 20 minute flight from Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose via SANSA or Nature Air.
Costa Rica has two international airports that receive flights from North America. Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is located in the capital of San Jose and Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport (LIR) in Liberia is located in the northern Guanacaste region.
Most guests access Arenas del Mar by flying between San Jose and Quepos or by overland transfers between Manuel Antonio and San Jose or other locations along the Pacific Coast. The drive from San Jose take approximately 3 hours. Arenas del Mar can coordinate private transfers.
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WHEN TO VISIT
Costa Rica has two well defined seasons; the dry season from December to April and Rainy Season or 'Green Season' from May to November. However, the rain, especially on the Pacific coast, typically occurs during the afternoon or evening. Warm temperatures are characteristic throughout the year making Arenas del Mar and Costa Rica a good option for travel year-round.
Manuel Antonio & the Pacific Coast experience a short mid-year mini-dry season towards the end of July and beginning of August. Rainfall typically decreases significantly for three or four weeks, especially in the northern Pacific, making this a great time to plan summer family vacations. September & October typically experience the most rain, but crowds are significantly less during this 'Green Season.' Wildlife tends to be very active around this time and excellent discounted rates are available.
Manuel Antonio is an excellent destination for families. The wildlife is abundant and easily spotted on short walks (good for little legs) and the beautiful beaches and warm water offer endless enjoyment & activities.
Arenas del Mar especially caters to families and children. Suites can accommodate two children and two adults and many interconnecting room options are available. When sharing a room with adults, children under 12 years of age may stay at no additional charge. Full breakfast is included for them and other incidentals are charged at regular price.
During peak holiday times, Arenas del Mar organizes complimentary kid-friendly cultural activities, nature walks and movie nights, leaving parents free to enjoy happy hour or dinner together. Additional amenities include two pools (one infinity edge), secluded Playitas Beach which is regularly accessible only to hotel guests, complimentary boogies boards, a complimentary “Tico Bar” snacks and drinks in the rooms, and three complimentary on-site experiences that are family-friendly (Tortilla Making, Plant a Tree and Sustainability Tour).
RECOMMENDED LENGTH OF STAY
Three to Four nights is ideal which will allow guests to explore much of the surrounding area on excursions but still provide for down time at the property and beach. From previous guest feedback and our personal experience, doing a half day excursion in the morning combined with a half day free to relax by the pool or on the beach is ideal. Or embark on a full day of touring followed by a full day free at the resort; Arenas del Mar has their own naturalist guide on site to help guests discover the resident wildlife in the reserve. It's lovely to wake up early, enjoy a cup of coffee on your terrace and listen to the waves, howler monkeys and bird song.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
Location, location, location. Arenas del Mar is the only luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio with direct beach access + a surrounding rainforest environment. While no beach in Costa Rica is private, Playitas comes close as it is really only readily accessible via Arenas del Mar.
Despite offering the amenities of a much larger resort, Arenas del Mar has only 38 rooms and employs over 120 full time staff. Rooms are spread throughout the property and are accessed via electric golf carts.
While Manuel Antonio National Park is a main attraction, the wildlife that travels through the Arenas del Mar private reserve is equally impressive and without the crowds. Sloths, monkeys, parrots, coatis, agoutis and even anteaters are regularly spotted.
The wealth of activities available in Manuel Antonio is staggering. Active children and teens will be endlessly entertained by the excellent wildlife viewing, surfing, zip lining and waterfall adventures while travelers looking for a more 'chill' experience with low key beach and pool time can find that as well.
Unlike many hotels that seasonally downsize their payroll, the staff at Arenas del Mar are employed full-time, year-round. This fosters a unique sense of community and ensure seamless, friendly and experienced service regardless of when your guests travel.
BEST COMBINED WITH
A 3 or 4 night stay at Arenas del Mar combines well with a variety of other destinations in Costa Rica. Many travelers opt to begin their rainforest wildlife experience with a stay in Arenas del Mar to access Manuel Antonio and then continue south to the Osa Peninsula & Lapa Rios for a more remote and wild rainforest immersion. Arenas del Mar also combines well with a few days at either Arenal or the Monteverde Cloud Forest for a week-long taste of Costa Rica's highlights.