Arenas Del Mar

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Costa Rica Eco Lodges | Comments Off on Arenas Del Mar

Location: Manuel Antonio
Price: $360-$650/night
Features: Ocean view, spa, rainforest, beaches

.Arenas del mar


Arenas Del Mar has the distinction of being Costa Rica’s singular hotel to achieve 5 Stars and 5 Sustainability Leaves (the highest rating in both categories) conferred by the Costa Rican Tourism Ministry ICT. The 38-room Manuel Antonio located property is created with the concept of integrating a luxurious beach resort with sustainable tourism, based on the values, knowledge and expertise of its core team of managers and administrators. The touristy crowd-free, clutter-free Arenas Del Mar is nicely camouflaged by surreal-looking hillsides and isolated beaches. Its property premises boast of two-pools, a couple of beaches and a luxury-epitomizing spa. Even the 12-acres of beach and forest are all dripping with ‘eco-luxury’, while helping guests savor the beauty of forest birds, butterflies and rare wildlife species in style. The eco-conscious holidaying is followed fastidiously by Arena, right down to making guests leave their vehicles behind and traveling to the open-air lobby in an electric cart. Arenas Del Mar is a chic, sophisticated and green destination that combines to form a heady concoction of sustainable vacationing and classy living.

Amenities and Activities

The premises and surroundings of Arenas Del Mar offer a huge medley of activities for the nature enthusiast. Guests can do everything from enjoying a meal at the Playitas Beach (to the tune of gentle breezes and rhythmatic waves) to unwinding at the Jacuzzi of the Ocean Breeze Suite (that overlooks a spectacular rainforest). Another popular activity is a hike along Espandillas Beach to the Manuel Antonio National Park or through the rugged paths of a rainforest with a knowledgeable local guide. Canopy tours, sustainability tours and massages by the beach at the Las Brisas Spa are other eco-friendly indulgences offered by Arenas Del Mar. In addition to this, guests looking for off-beat and unique local experiences can plant a tree at the resort’s private reserve or learn dancing at the bailes tipicos.

Accommodation and Service

The service at Arenas Del Mar is a conscious blend of chic 5-star luxury and back-to-nature sustainable living. Arenas’ staff is known to be extremely friendly, well-informed and accommodating, while always appearing eager to share information about the surroundings and wildlife with enthusiastic guests.

Accommodation at the Arenas Del Mar is available in the form if standard rooms, suites and premium suites. The rooms are designed to offer guests picturesque views of Manuel Antonio National Park, private beaches, the Pacific Ocean and a series of adjoining rainforests.

All rooms are equipped with complementary wifi, cable television, mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker, irons and closet space. The look is chic, airy and spacious, with hints of “green” in the stunning natural fabrics and mystifying local art. King-size beds and huge bathrooms (with circular glass-brick shower spaces) in all the rooms combine comfort with elegance. The private terraces (some featuring mosaic-tiled tubs) provide several comfortable open-air seating spaces.


Arenas Del Mar’s high season rates range from $ 360 USD per room/per night (for a Rainforest View Suite) to $ 650 (for an Ocean View Premium Suite). All rates include a complementary full a la carte breakfast and two tours: the Tortillas at Petatillo and the Easy Being Green tour. The rate is also inclusive of internet access and international calls.