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Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort  Hot
Hotels 5 Green Stars
  
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Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Central America
Country: Costa Rica

Arenas del Mar

Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort located next to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. "Unique and spectacular beach and nature experiences combined with highest levels of comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting" define the concept of Arenas del Mar Beach Hotel.

This Manuel Antonio resort caters to tourists that are looking for more than just another high end resort experience. Arenas del Mar Hotel offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica's nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Guest rooms, apartments and suites offer spectacular ocean views, upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products and personalized service that exceeds guest expectations.

Arenas del Mar is the perfect base to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Tours and activities offered in the area include whitewater rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, Canopy Tours and horseback riding excursions.

Sustainability is a key component of the concept at all levels of the operation and the Certification for Sustainable Tourism-a program designed by the Costa Rican Tourism ministry-serves as a guide for the building and operation of the hotel. Arenas del Mar sets out to minimize the impact on the surrounding nature, while maximizing the positive economic impact on the local community through employment.

Other hotel facilities include a small spa located below the main restaurant with breathtaking views of Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean, a gift shop featuring local art and souvenirs and a state of the art business center near the hotel lobby.


Green Star Rating Results:
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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Special Achievements:
Soon to be certified by Costa Rica´s prestigious Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST) In the process of being certified as CNeutral (carbon neutral)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Although Arenas del Mar has only been open for a few months now, we already have a very rigorous energy saving plan, and work diligently to improve upon it as well. Power lines have been installed underground (in order to protect monkeys and other types of wildlife). Additionally, we use solar panels to supplement our water heating needs. The property itself runs on extremely energy efficient equipment and lighting, using the latest technologies in air conditioning and refrigeration. Additionally, all management and staff have gone through rigorous training on energy saving techniques and practices, and starting this year, we will make a practice of writing up yearly energy saving goals.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - At Arenas del Mar, we have implemented several measures to reduce our consumption of water. We are currently working a wastewater management system that would reutilize wastewater for irrigation. Additionally our gardens are made up solely of native plants, thereby reducing our water consumption substantially. All of our cleaning and personal products offered to guests are biodegradable, and we have information for guests about water saving techniques (including a linen and towel reuse program). Additionally, all of our staff has gone through extensive training on water saving techniques and practices, and starting this year, we will make a practice of writing up yearly water saving goals.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Arenas del Mar has an extensive and rigorous recycling program. All areas of the hotel, including hotel rooms, are equipped with recycling receptacles, and all employees have received extensive training on waste management and recycling practices. Additionally, we have a composting system that uses worms deal with our organic waste. Starting this year, we will make a practice of writing up yearly waste-reducing goals.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Arenas del Mar makes a great effort to work on educating its guests on the importance of sustainability and on involving them with the local community. We have natural areas dedicated exclusively to conservation and encourage guests to immerse themselves and learn about nature. We offer a number of locally guided tours that go into the local community (including local conservation projects) and are in the process of offering a sustainability tour that looks at our various projects and practices in sustainable tourism. Additionally, all of our promotional material works to educate guests about the importance of sustainability and how they can contribute to our cause.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - While Arenas del Mar has only been open for a few months, we have great plans to work towards conservation, education and community development. In addition to maintaining natural areas that are dedicated solely to conservation, we will also work to support local education and a number of other community development projects. Guests are made aware of these programs through our on-site sustainability coordinator and through all of our promotional material.

Contact Details

Name:
Arenas del Mar
Address:
Manuel Antonio Hotel
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Telephone:
011-506-2777-2777
Website:
www.arenasdelmar.com
E-mail:
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Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

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Favorite place on Earth!, Thursday, 26 February 2009

Written by Jennifer Pirie

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Just loved it! Overall A+!
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we will be back - definitely!!!!, Wednesday, 04 February 2009

Written by Andreas Pfister

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my first vacation in 5 years. thank you harmony hotel for making it something special. me and my wife will be back!!!
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I love this place, Tuesday, 03 February 2009

Written by Taedra Kogan

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Arenas del Mar was a perfect place for my family vacation! BEAUTIFUL beaches, a great location (close to Manuel Antonio National Park) and excellent food and service. It was also really cool to hear about the hotel´s efforts in sustainability. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone
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