Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
What We Love
- The magical combination of beach and rain forest
- Popular with both honeymooners and families
- Ocean breeze–paired treatments at Las Brisas Wellness Center
- Sunset cocktails at El Mirador Bar—try the famous tico sours
- Long strolls along the white sand Espadilla and Playitas beaches
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- It’s a three-hour drive from San Jose
- Monkeys and raccoons regularly raid the decks
- The resort’s concrete buildings aren’t the most stylish
- Rainy season is from May to November, but showers typically happen at night
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Down-to-earth eco-chic comes standard at this 11-acre rain-forest-and-beach resort with a conscience. A go-to hideaway for adventure-seeking, luxury-loving travelers, Arenas del Mar harmoniously mixes creature comforts with authentic experience, without disturbing its pristine Pacific coast location. The setting is one of the resort’s greatest assets, and each of the 38 rooms and suites has a spectacular view of either the rain forest or one of two white sand beaches on the Pacific. Adding to the mix are perks such as high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and organic toiletries in the spacious marble and mosaic bathrooms. The real showstoppers, however, are the inviting private decks. For the best views—and wraparound terraces with private hot tubs—choose the beautiful Ocean Breeze Suites. Foodwise, it’s a feast. Arenas del Mar showcases local specialties with a seasonal twist, as well as standard international fare—mango strudel with ice cream, perhaps? The Mirador restaurant fittingly features plenty of fresh fish and, with a lofty position above Espadilla Beach, provides a spectacular spot for watching the sunset. There’s a more casual café next to Playitas Beach that serves breakfast and lunch and organic, shade-grown coffee from Finca Rosa Blanca, Arena del Mar’s sister property. After a day of outdoor pursuits (take your pick from kayaking, ziplining, whitewater rafting and more), unwind with an algae and clay wrap or a cappuccino scrub at Las Brisas Wellness Center. Or, for a different sort of wellness, take the Easy Being Green tour with the resort’s sustainability coordinator, who will explain the resort’s environmental program and its commitment to the local community.
In the Area
Take in Manuel Antonio National Park’s sparkling white sand beaches, clear waters, coastal rain forest and mangrove swamp, all filled with abundant wildlife: 109 mammal species and 184 types of bird. With more than 856 species of bird, Costa Rica is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Head out early in the morning with a naturalist guide and spot tanagers, euphonias, flycatchers, robins, woodpeckers and myriad other exotic birds. Be gutsy and head out into the nature reserve surrounding Arenas del Mar at night. You might spot snakes, spiders, opossums and owls – a one-of-a-kind chance to experience the thrill of seeing nocturnal wildlife in its natural habitat. The resort offers one of Costa Rica’s coolest boat trips; marvel at islands with jagged rock formations, towering cliffs and nesting grounds that are home to 16 species of marine bird. The cruise is best at sunset, when the sky turns multihued. Fly through the very top of the rain forest canopy on a ziplining tour, filled with animal sightings. Don’t miss the Tarzan Swing!
How to Get There
Really there are no words to describe this resort. The staff was top notch. The food and drinks were five star. The room was large, always clean and had everything that we needed. The resort property was well maintained and plenty of local wildlife to keep you entertained. We rented a car at San Jose airport and drove to the resort. This was nice to have to be able to drive around to local sites and able to see more of the area. I would recommended this hotel to anyone, singles, couples and families.
There are a great many reasons to love this hard to find resort. I first discovered them around 10 years ago, shortly after they opened.
The resort has a wonderful location and amazing staff that seem to love their positions there!
We stayed in 701B I believe. It is probably their second-best suite and views were stunning. A little close to the bar area, which was quite this time of year, but when you are nude on the balcony, you may experience less privacy then desired. We did not care.
Overall, the suite was wonderful. The bath area was quite nice, and the balcony was worth the visit.
The marketing is such to imply a couple’s oasis, but the place is full of families. Not our favorite thing, but not all that bad.
The nature walks were nice, and we enjoy walking the beach to the nearby park. Along the way is a terrific amount of wildlife. Early morning is best.
The staff should learn the guests name instead of asking what room we are in. I understand this is for security but take a few lessons from Four Seasons training!
The restaurant did a wonderful job and the food was perfect!
Overall, I would highly recommend this resort. A unique experience!
I came to Arenas to celebrate my birthday i was so impressed with the staff at the hotel, at check in I was greeted promptly and taken to my ocean view suite. The morning staff served me a delicious cook to Order breakfast I recommend the eggs your way with Costa Rican sausage. And pancakes, everything is fresh and amazing. They have golf carts to take you where ever you have to go. The beach staff works quickly to make sure your are safe and comfortable, I really felt like a prince. I can’t thank the staff enough for giving me an excellent birthday and yes they sang😂 if you want to be treated like royalty and eat like a God stay here. I really enjoyed everything they have too offer.
The scenery is amazing. The service is impeccable. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. And the food is to die for- worth every penny! There is much wildlife within the property to gaze at, including the pictured sloth.
I couldn’t fault this place anywhere, fantastic customer service from everyone and full of smiles. The food was amazing and so much variety. The room was amazing and cosy, with stunning views. The pool area was always clean and lovely and the spa they have is worth a visit as I could spend all day in there. I can’t wait to return and have a Holliday here again