Arenas Del Mar
Arenas Del Mar is a beach and nature resort located in walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This luxurious lodge offers more than the typical luxury hotel experience. Unique among the hotels in Manuel Antonio, this carbon-neutral property is the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award.
Sustainability at Arenas Del Mar
Arenas Del Mar is a part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. The property encompasses 11 acres of nature with private trails filled with wildlife and access to two beautiful beaches. Its total construction area only covers less than 25 percent of this land. Committed to demonstrating that a world-class resort can successfully combine the highest levels of sustainability, rigorous standards in environmental stewardship and social responsibility, all while operating completely carbon neutral, Arenas del Mar offers a complimentary Easy Being Green Tour to educate guests on the sustainable efforts at the resort.
All transportation on property is run on clean-burning, electric-fueled golf carts, which help drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help maintain a quiet atmosphere. All organic waste is reused in an onsite composting station to produce a natural fertilizer used in the native plant garden. In addition, solar panels heat hot water, coupled with energy-saving auxiliary water heaters; there is energy-efficient lighting and illumination throughout the entire property; and the resort uses chlorine-free ionization systems to clean pool water, low-flow toilets, bamboo straws and non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products.
From the initial construction of Arenas del Mar in 2006 to today, strict measures ensure that all practices meet the highest possible sustainability standards. Pioneering initiatives include: underground electricity systems that do not interfere with surrounding wildlife; eco-friendly construction practices like no tractor use and several roofs having trees penetrating their eaves to avoid cutting any trees during the construction process; and roof tiles made from discarded plastic bags from the banana industry.
Arenas Del Mar was built on what used to be a plantain farm which had a lot of early growth secondary forest springing up around the farmed areas. Over the last 20 years, the resort has planted 7,000 species of native trees and thousands of endemic plants that would have been found in the area before it was converted to agriculture.
Accommodations at Arenas Del Mar
Guest rooms at Arenas Del Mar offer stunning views of Manuel Antonio National Park, the Pacific Ocean, secluded beaches and surrounding rainforests. Enjoy breathtaking views from your private deck while listening to the sounds of the rainforest and crashing waves. Standard in-room amenities for the 38 luxurious guest rooms and suites include: King-size bed with 400-thread count, organic cotton linens; air-conditioning and ceiling fans; spacious bathrooms with overhead showers; locally made organic soaps, lotions and shampoos; WiFi and complimentary local and international calls; 29-inch flatscreen TV with cable; coffee maker and complimentary local, organic coffee; complimentary “Tico-bar”: a mini bar with a rotating menu of local snacks; laptop-sized safe; and twice-daily housekeeping service.