We’re in a party mood at Arenas del Mar!  Why?  This month is our 10th birthday!  A decade ago we were adding the final touches to what would become the very first Five Star hotel in Costa Rica.  We’ve since become the famous Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, an important presence in Manuel Antonio.

The only beachfront hotel in Manuel Antonio

10 years on and Arenas del Mar is still the only beachfront hotel in Manuel Antonio

Over the last ten years we’ve been able to really hone the symbiosis between luxury and sustainability.  We’re proud to have achieved a Five Leaf award for our sustainable hospitality initiatives, and have been inspiring guests ever since with our back of the house Easy Being Green tour.  Since day one we’ve planted over 7,000 trees on our 11 acre property, creating a nature reserve for the local wildlife.  We’ve been able to support various community projects and see Sabalo School flourish with the generous donations of our guests.  We brought the game-changing Dock to Dish program to Latin America too.

A nature reserve

7,000 trees later and we’ve successful created a nature reserve over the last decade

On the culinary side, we’ve created a gourmet gluten free culinary experience for our intolerant guests, and we’ve invited some top international chefs to inspire our chefs and delight our diners.  Our spa has also become a wellness center, now focusing more on overall wellbeing rather than just relaxation.  In addition to traditional massages and body scrubs, we now offer guided meditations and reiki.  And aesthetically, we’ve undergone a little facelift to celebrate 10 years.  That includes upgrading and moving our Mirador Bar as well as creating an infinity pool for the very best views in all of Manuel Antonio.

These are just a handful of our highlights over the years.

A gourmet gluten free culinary experience

We’ve created a gourmet gluten free culinary experience at Arenas del Mar

Many of our amazing staff members have been with us since the very beginning.  Some started out during the hotel’s construction and gradually climbing the ranks to management positions.  These staff members are the great storytellers of Arenas del Mar, and have far more to share than could ever be squeezed into a blog post.

Come and meet the Arenas del Mar family on your next vacation.  We’ll share stories that’ll melt your heart and ones that’ll make you feel truly part of our community.