Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a gorgeous hippie-meets-hipster seaside enclave that has grown in popularity over the years to the extent that now there are many properties to choose from, depending on your style and budget. But splurging on Manuel Antonio’s only luxury beachfront property—and Costa Rica’s first hotel with a perfect rating of 5-star luxury and five-leaf sustainability—is absolutely worth it!
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resortprovides guests with spacious, air-conditioned rooms, decks with built-in jacuzzis and ocean views, a choice of two gourmet restaurants, and a range of guided wilderness activities. This rare combination of sophistication and sustainability is perfect for nature- and animal-lovers.
The hotel is a Shangri-La of suites connected by walkways and ramps, which you can stroll if you wish, or you can call for a golf cart to transport you. Lazing on property is encouraged and we recommend a romantic couples massage at the lovely spa, which is set on the bluff of the cliff high above Playa Espadilla. It’s so tranquil to relax to the sound of the waves gently below you.
"Our Ocean Breeze Suite overlooked
a beautifully secluded little beach
where we ordered BBQ for lunch
and watched the waves roll in."
Our large, gorgeously appointed Ocean Breeze Suite, complete with an in-deck hot tub, overlooked a beautifully secluded little beach (Playa Playitas) where we ordered barbecue and cocktails for lunch and watched the waves roll in. There is also easy access via the property grounds to the stunning long Playa Espadilla that is fringed with jungle and connects with the beautiful eco-paradise of Manuel Antonio National Park.
The attentive and friendly staff at Arenas Del Mar can book you a guide to take you through the ecoparadise of Manuel Antonio National Park. Our friendly female guide was trained in biology, a lover of wildlife, and a genuine conservationist—like most Costa Ricans.
Our guide took us along the lush walking trails and, with her telescope, spotted the diverse wildlife for which Costa Rica is famous: howler, white-faced, and squirrel monkeys, sloths, colorful frogs, crabs, butterflies, parrots, and songbirds. When you return to Arenas Del Mar you will share some chilled fruit and refreshments, but save room for the restaurant’s sublime menus featuring fresh local ingredients presented with flair.
This property is part of The Cayuga Collection—not your average hotel chain but carefully curated and managed ecolodges, resorts, and sustainable hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Some guiding principles form the backbone of the Cayuga experience: landmark properties in unique settings; a commitment to sustainability and luxury; respect for local culture and customs; impeccably trained staff who go above and beyond the standard benchmarks of the hospitality industry.
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