- Upmarket beach hotel
- Direct beach access
- Night time wildlife treks, waterfall hikes
- Water sports & yoga
The Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort is located within walking distance of the hugely popular Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s central pacific coast and is, quite simply, the most luxurious offering in the area. What sets this high-end property apart from the many other hotels in the immediate area is that it’s set within its very own private nature reserve and provides direct access to the beach. Staff are friendly and attentive and there’s an extensive choice of activities plus some superb facilities including a clifftop pool from which to soak up the sunsets, a second swimming pool also in scenic surroundings, a spa, a gift shop and two restaurants offering rich, sumptuous meals made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. The resort not only boasts a unique and breath-taking ‘rainforest meets beach’ location, but also successfully combines ecotourism with adventure, comfort and relaxation.
There are 38 chic and elegant rooms and suites, all with a classy yet homely feel. Rooms have wonderful views of either the Pacific Ocean or the reserve’s lush rainforest; all ocean-view rooms come with their own private covered balcony. Amenities common to all rooms include a ‘Tico Bar’ stocked with local snacks and drinks, ceiling fans and air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and complimentary toiletries. There’s direct beach access from all seven accommodation buildings, a feature unique in the area to Arenas del Mar.
There’s a broad range of activities and experiences in the area, some focussed on animals and nature, others more about wellbeing, mindfulness and relaxation. Popular pursuits include learning about local wildlife during waterfall hikes, bird watching trails and night time animal spotting treks. There are also river rafting expeditions, snorkelling sessions, kayaking adventures through the mangroves, surfing lessons, yoga classes, beach exercises, tortilla-making classes and more. Some activities are somewhat physically challenging, while others are a lot more chilled out so there really is something for everyone.
The private nature reserve covers an area of 11 acres and has a number of trails running through it which provide the chance to spot some of the native wildlife such as sloths, exotic birds, iguanas and monkeys. For relaxing back at base between activities there are some great on-site facilities including the aforementioned spa and two superbly positioned swimming pools.
The hotel is family friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Many of the on-site facilities and activities are suitable for younger ones and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. The hotel’s restaurants also offer special children’s menus.
- Quirky, characterful accommodation
- Reliable mid-range option
- Waterfall rappelling, boat excursions
- Canopy biking, parasailing, yoga, riding
Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
Kind regards, Carol
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It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
Kind regards, John
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