Updates & Enhancements at Arenas Del Mar

Updates & Enhancements at Arenas Del Mar

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Arenas Del Mar, the only luxury beachfront resort in Manuel Antonio, celebrated ten years in
November 2017. To commemorate a decade of creating exceptional holiday memories in one
of Costa Rica’s most sought after destinations, the resort further elevated the guest experience
with refurbishments and improvements both small and large. Read on for a complete review of
what’s new and not-to-miss the next time you book Arenas Del Mar for your clients.

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El Mirador Lobby & Lounge

The Mirador Lobby and Lounge has a whole new look. Teak replaced bamboo in the public spaces, creating an open-concept floor plan that is lighter and brighter, with more areas carved out for relaxing and lounging. There’s also a new tienda highlighting locally made products and a welcoming Concierge Desk where the dedicated team is at the ready to arrange tours in and around Manuel Antonio or confirm dinner reservations.

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In the lounge, you’ll find a fully redesigned bar where friendly bartenders will mix your
favorite cocktails, or encourage you to step behind the counter and master the art of mixology
for yourself. Within view of the bar is a glassed-in entertainment room, perfect for weekly screenings of kid-friendly movies, or reserving for private events such as a family-reunion screening or a small meeting.

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The pool overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park has been expanded, with an infinity edge
and comfortable teak loungers across the deck for more refined relaxation. And while it may appear that traditional palm thatch still makes up the roof of El Mirador, look closer and you’ll see that this palm-frond look-alike is actually a recycled plastic material. Manufactured by Palmex, a Canadian company that repurposes the plastic used in fruit shipments, this plastic roofing does not contribute to deforestation, is fully recyclable, lasts 20 years and doesn’t break down or attract bugs like traditional palm thatch. 

Swanky teak loungers...

Swanky teak loungers...

And sustainable recycled Palmex thatching.

And sustainable recycled Palmex thatching.

Restaurants and Menus Revamped

El Mirador, the fine-dining option with views over Playa Espadilla and Manual Antonio, has reopened with a new menu, a rotating true catch-of-the-day selection courtesy of the Dock to Dish program and a continually evolving list of International Guest Chefs. This culinary program invites top talent from around the world to come to Arenas Del Mar, use their imaginations and put their hallmark twists on local Costa Rican ingredients. Past participants include Tory McPhail & Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Commander’s Palace), Chip Roman (Blackfish), and Jennifer Carrol (Requin & Bravo’s Top Chef Season 6 Finalist) among others.

Chef Pablo Bonilla recently visited Arenas del Mar to highlight the gastronomy of Costa Rica's indigenous Bribrí, Cabécar and Boruca tribes

Chef Pablo Bonilla recently visited Arenas del Mar to highlight the gastronomy of Costa Rica's indigenous Bribrí, Cabécar and Boruca tribes


Beachfront dining continues at Playitas, which has introduced themed dining evenings such as “Costa Rican Street Food” or Beach BBQ for a greater variety of casual and kid-friendly options that will still please foodie parents. A revamped regular menu is also in the works and will be released soon.



Room Soft Refurbishments

All Ocean View & Ocean Breeze Superior Guest Rooms and Suites now have teak furniture inside and on decks – the darker wicker and bamboo is gone. A complimentary mini-bar stocked daily with assorted typical “Tico Snacks” as well as local beverages is standard, and thankfully close at hand when a sudden 'snack attack' happens after a day of swimming and playing on the beach. 


While all rooms are fully air-conditioned, guests can fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore; sliding screen doors feature interior locks to allow the breeze in but keep the rainforest critters out. In the Suite Categories, living rooms adjacent now feature trundle beds in lieu of pull out sofa beds. This means that two children can comfortably sleep on separate mattresses in the living room while adults can share a king bed. Remember, kids 11 and under are FOC when sharing a suite with adults.  Throughout 2018, Arenas Del Mar will continue to update their rooms. Plans include replacing veranda railings with ‘infinity glass’ and installing new bathroom fixtures.

Activities & Wellness

Manuel Antonio is adventure central on Costa Rica's Pacific coast and Arenas Del Mar provides
more in-house activities than anywhere else. New kid-friendly programs are implemented weekly, including movie nights, mask painting, themed food evenings, beachfront soccer and volleyball games, trivia and other interactive experiences led by the amazing staff, giving parents a quick break to enjoy a quiet cocktail or meal together.

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Arenas Del Mar recently debuted their new Surf and SUP school. Two enthusiastic instructors
from the local community teach surfing basics on soft and sandy Espadilla Beach where guests have access to a whole fleet of new soft top boards in a variety of sizes.  Book a private lesson or learn with a small group in the gentle waves on this sandy and soft stretch of beach. Kayak and snorkeling tours, led by in-house naturalist guides are also under developments and will debut soon.

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Lastly, weekly yoga and fitness classes are now available on a complimentary basis. Join one of the on-site instructors for a morning cardio burn on the beach or stretch it out next to El Mirador Pool. Complimentary Group Yoga is offered 5x/week during peak season and 3x/week during the Green Season. Private instruction is always available for an additional fee.  A schedule of classes is posted in El Mirador Lobby or guests can just inquire with any of the staff to learn more.