The Best 5 Hotels in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Established in 1972, the Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. In 2011, Forbes ranked it 12th on their list of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Despite covering an area of just 3 square miles, the park boasts of immense land and marine biodiversity. It is home to 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds – some of which include the mantled howler monkey, squirrel monkey, two toed sloth, black spiny tailed iguana, green iguana, toucans, woodpeckers, turkey vultures, parakeets, motmots etc. The park is adorned with 4 beaches – each more spectacular than the other! Often, dolphins and migrating whales can be spotted from the beaches. Outdoor activities include snorkelling, kayaking, mountain biking, rappelling, hiking, scuba diving and even fishing. The place offers something for everybody – be it adventure junkies, honeymooners or nirvana seekers. No wonder 150,000 tourists visit this celestial piece of land every year! The park also features world class accommodation; check out our list of the best 5 hotels in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

1) The Preserve at Los Altos Resort


In 2001, a group of people happened to visit the captivating town of Manuel Antonio. They immediately fell in love with the area’s dreamy charm and decided to share their spellbinding experience with others. Thus, they built the Los Altos Beach Resort, which is one of the most sought after Manuel Antonio Hotels. The property is located on top of a hill right beside the beach. And mind you, the beach is reserved exclusively for guests of the resort. Other goodies include the delightful Infinity pool and the Karolas restaurant which serves up culinary masterpieces with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. If you happen to like the food (you definitely will), you can also learn to cook by attending cooking classes. The Preserve boasts of its very own spa and wellness centre and also a gym and fitness centre. The management and service is outstanding – the resort regularly hosts weddings, parties and even corporate events. The attention to detail is simply mind boggling. If you are looking to dwell in the true lap of luxury, book a suite a The Preserve at Los Altos Resort. Hurry up!


2) Tulemar Bungalows and Villas


This property is located across an area of 33 acres. It features everything from 1 bedroom bungalows to super luxurious 5 bedroom villas. The scintillating Tulemar beach is just a stone’s throw away! The views are absolutely brilliant and exotic birds and monkeys are a common sight throughout the property. This hotel is considered to be one of the best in Manuel Antonio and thus, it is fairly popular among tourists. Still, it never feels crowded or noisy and is perfect for people seeking some solace and privacy. If warm tropical waters, palm lined beaches and spectacular wildlife are your thing, look no further than Tulermar Bungalows and Villas. The excellent service and other bells and whistles like private chefs, online concierge and spa treatments are the icing on the cake. The hotel can also arrange transportation and other fun-filled activities such as horseback riding, sailing, butterfly watching tour, jungle tour, helicopter ride, ATV rides, mangrove safaris and a lot more. The only downside to this hotel is that owing to its ever-increasing popularity, you have to book well in advance!


3) Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort


If you would like to experience paradise of earth, then head straight for Arenas Del Mar. This Manuel Antonio beach hotel offers million dollar views, outstanding service, top notch rooms and total piece of mind. It is a Cayuga collective hotel – which means that it promotes local culture and eco-friendly tourism. There are 2 restaurants on the property – Playitas and Mirador. Playitas is situated right on the beach and has a more upbeat feel while Mirador leans more towards fine dining. The location of this hotel is located in Punta Quepos, a small town with a few eateries and dance club (salsa, bachata etc.) However, despite the surroundings being idyllic, you will never be bored as plenty of curated activities and tours are available. 5 beaches are within walking distance of the hotel; one of them is a private beach accessible only to Arenas guests and 3 are located in Manuel Antonio. The friendliness of the staff at Arenas is legendary; they make guests feel like true amigos!


4) Hotel Plaza Yara


Located in the center of Manuel Antonio, this hotel is just a 5 minute drive from the national park. Hotel Plaza Yara is a very pocket friendly property – the rates during April to December are just 95 dollars a night (plus taxes). Well, not exactly dirt cheap but still affordable, thus if you are looking for a budget friendly hotel in Manuel Antonio, this option is worth considering. It has a pool, is located near to the beach and offers fabulous views. So you are not really compromising on anything! The rooms are clean and well-furnished and the service is great. The in-house restaurant, Gondola Gourmet servers mouthwatering food. Basic amenities include cable TV, concierge service, WIFI, Jacuzzi etc. The hotel even has its own art gallery!


5) Gaia Hotel and Reserve


This is an adults only hotel but it now offers a separate section for families as well. It has been nominated as the Leading Boutique Hotel for the 22nd World Travel Awards. It is perched on a hilltop not far from the beach. The hospitality is unparalleled and so are the views. Visitors who book online become entitled to the VIP Guest Service Package. The hotel has pools, a restaurant, bar, gym and a host of other amenities. This is an eco-friendly hotel with its own animal reserve!

We hope that you will have an enchanting stay in this beautiful tropical destination!