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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Nature Resort
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Nature ResortFeb 10, 2012
Sustainable Luxury in Costa Rica

You may not need to be convinced to plan your next vacation at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, but if you did need convincing, there are two great reasons to become familiar with this tropical paradise. First, the Arenas del Mar resort is an award-winning eco-resort, known for its eco-consciousness as much as it is known for its fabulous location and delicious cuisine. The second reason you may want to start planning your Costa Rican vacation now is to experience the beauty of this unique getaway nestled in a rainforest within Manuel Antonio National Park. Here, in this beautiful paradise surrounded by white sand beaches, leafy native plants and exotic wildlife, you will be able to experience the adventurous vacation of a lifetime and learn firsthand about the people, nature and culture of Costa Rica.


Hans Pfister is the CEO and principle of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, which manages Arenas del Mar along with several luxury eco-lodges in Central America. "There is no other luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio that combines direct beach access with spectacular Ocean and Park views and that is set in the middle of a rainforest," he explains. In fact, the inspectors who awarded Arenas del Mar its five-star luxury rating praised the resort for the way it was integrated into the natural beach and rainforest landscape without disturbing the local natural beauty or the local wildlife. It was an aspect of the planning and development of the resort that was very important from the beginning. Hans says, "Starting with construction over five years ago and now during operation, sustainability has been a big priority for owners and operators. Arenas del Mar is Costa Rica's first and only hotel that has received maximum ratings for luxury and sustainability from the Costa Rican Tourism Ministry."  The resort received a five-star luxury rating from the Ministry and a five-leaf sustainability rating under the Certificate for Sustainable Tourism.


Guests who stay at Arenas del Mar will be treated to the highest luxury standards from the moment they arrive. The resort offers rooms, suites and premium suites, all with amazing views of the surrounding ocean and rainforest. You may even be able to experience the biodiversity of Costa Rica right from your private deck, as the resort has planted trees, bushes and flowers that attract some of the 180 species of birds that reside nearby. Within each room, guests are treated to amenities including the resort's own organic soaps, lotions and shampoos. Premium rooms and suites may feature ocean views and private hot tubs, while the Ocean View Premium Suite offers the best eco-luxury lodging option in the area.


When planning a stay at the Arenas del Mar resort, guests may want to leave plenty of time to experience all there is to see and do in Manuel Antonio. Some guests may look forward to cool tropical drinks on the nearby white sand beaches. Others may seek out the numerous exciting activities available to all resort guests, some only steps away from the resort's main lodge. The resort's resident naturalist guide is available to guests for questions, information and, of course, tours. While staying at Arenas del Mar, you can take birding, hiking, nighttime, nature and garden tours. You can also go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, whale watching and mountain hiking. In between all those fabulous adventures, make time to enjoy fine dining at one of the resort's two gourmet restaurants, El Mirador and Playitas Restaurant and Bar. Both venues feature fresh seasonal options and local Costa Rican cuisine.


With such luxurious surroundings it may be easy to forget that the Arenas del Mar is the most eco-friendly lodging option in the area. Building mass was limited to 25% of the total property, making the resort seem like part of the natural surroundings. Use of solar panels, recycled roofing tiles, careful waste and water management and eco-friendly products also contribute to the resort's sustainability. The Arenas del Mar Resort takes "geotourism" - sustainable tourism that promotes and supports concepts such as culture, conservation, and character - seriously. In doing so, Arenas del Mar has created a true luxury eco-lodging option that ensures this bit of Costa Rican paradise will be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.

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