Central Pacific Coast Hotels


Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Nature Resort

At a Glance


  • best of both worlds: luxury and eco-consciousness
  • best beach access in Manuel Antonio
  • wonderful bird-watching and wildlife viewing
  • beach with surf lessons and lifeguard


  • very steep paths and stairs
  • humidity can leave bathrooms somewhat musty
  • pricey

Fodorite Reviews

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Nature Resort Review

On hillsides sloping down to two pristine, almost-deserted beaches, chic and elegant rooms are decorated with gorgeous natural fabrics and flamboyant local art and have huge private terraces with comfortable outdoor seating. Bathrooms are spacious, with round, glass-brick shower stalls, and some rooms have mosaic-tiled hot tubs on their terraces. Amenities include two pools and a spa, and the surrounding forest is alive with birds, butterflies, and wildlife. It's not uncommon to be visited by a monkey at your breakfast table. The main restaurant is practically in the trees, and the menu is innovative and ambitious. There's also a more casual daytime restaurant at the lower pool nearest the beach. The property offers complimentary cooking classes, rum tasting, and sustainability tours that give a behind-the-scenes look at how this five-star resort managed to earn five leaves for its green practices. All rooms here are nonsmoking.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Far west end of Playa Espadilla, down El Parador road, in Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, 60601
  • Phone: /2777–2777; 888/240–0280; /2777–6281
  • Website:
  • Location: Manuel Antonio

    Hotel Details

  • 38 rooms, 10 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 04-14-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort Review

    This place was a great find. I went with my husband and our kids and was shocked to find such amazing views, excellent food and a really warm, inviting staff. This hotel is also the only hotel in Manuel Antonio with direct access to a private secluded beach.

    by Millay_W, 12/18/09

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