If looking for a secluded, intimate, beachfront wedding venue in Costa Rica, Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio should be at the top of your list. It’s a fantastic venue for elopements and small to mid-sized weddings on the beach. You’ll be awed by its stunning views of the ocean and mountainous rainforest from their gorgeous luxury suites and most areas at the resort, from its restaurants to infinity pools. Then there’s the customer service! To say it’s fantastic would be an understatement. So, if planning to get married in Costa Rica on a beach, you should really consider Arenas Del Mar Resort.
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront Resort is a luxury Costa Rica wedding venue in Manuel Antonio Quepos that offers sustainable, luxurious lodgings immersed in a tropical rainforest teaming with wildlife. Unique among wedding venues in Manuel Antonio, Arenas Del Mar is a carbon-neutral property and is the first high-end hotel in Costa Rica to be awarded Five Star status and the Five Sustainability Leaf Award.
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which is about a 2.5-hour drive. Another option is to charter a plane or helicopter from SJO to Quepos La Managua Airport (takes around 20 minutes) and take a shuttle to the resort. Arenas Del Mar can arrange private transportation from either SJO or the nearby airstrip in Quepos to the resort in their private van for four people. The resort offers transport to and from either airport in their private van and can arrange transportation for larger groups. For pricing, please contact the resort directly.
History, Design & Reputation
Tucked away in dense rainforest teaming with wildlife next to Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas del Mar is an independently-owned 5-Star luxury resort operated by the Cayuga Collection, a Costa-Rica-based hospitality management company dedicated to managing and developing sustainable, luxury hotels in Central America. The resort’s suites and infrastructure are incorporated into the lush tropical rainforest in such a way that you are constantly surrounded by nature, leaving you feel as if you are immersed in it wherever you are. Given its design, location, reputation, and stunning beach, mountain, and rainforest views, Arenas del Mar Resort is a great venue for intimate to medium-sized beach weddings and elopements, honeymoons, anniversaries, and romantic getaways. Moreover, unlike most other wedding venues in Manuel Antonio, Arenas del Mar has direct access to two gorgeous beaches – Playitas Beach and Espadillas Beach – so it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from your luxury suite to your beach wedding!
Wedding Planning Services
The resort can take care of all your wedding planning needs. Elaine Solano, Arenas Del Mar’s wedding planner, will handle all your wedding arrangements, from your bridal bouquet and other floral arrangements, to the menu, table setting, entertainment and more, as well as provide you with a list of recommended wedding day providers, from DJs to photographers. This way, you can focus more on the experience and less on the logistics and vetting. For tips on choosing the right photographer, see our How to Choose a Wedding Photographer page, and visit our Wedding Planning Tips & Resources blog for great tips on getting married in Costa Rica.
WEDDING PREPARATION SERVICES
On your wedding day, Arenas Del Mar can arrange for your stylist do your hair, makeup, and nails done in the comfort of your suite while enjoying the gorgeous ocean and mountain views. If you prefer, the resort can also book a local salon for your wedding day preparation, along with transportation. If you need your wedding dress, suite, and other wedding-day attire, you can have it done at the resort.
Arenas Del Mar Resort has 37 luxury suites and guest rooms that can accommodate around 80 people. The suites are spread out over the resort and have stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the surrounding rainforest-covered mountains. You and your wedding guests will just love their accommodations. Below is a brief description of the rooms along with some photos.
1. GARDEN ROOM
With space for up to two guests, this room has great rainforest views, is located near the Mirador Ocean View Restaurant and Bar, is steps away from an infinity pool, has a full bathroom, a comfortable bedroom with a king bed, and a small outdoor terrace with a kitchenette and seating area.
2. OCEAN BREEZE SUITE
Accommodating up to three adults or two adults and two children, this has views of the Pacific Ocean through the rainforest, has a spacious bedroom with a king bed in addition to a large living area with a pull-out sofa bed, 1 full bathroom (some have 2), a kitchenette with a dining table, and a private hot tub with lounge chairs on a covered balcony.
3. OCEAN BREEZE SUPERIOR
Located on the first or second floor, this studio-style luxury suite has amazing rainforest and ocean views, can accommodate up to two guests, a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom, a full bathroom, and an outdoor kitchenette with a seating area.
4. OCEAN VIEW PREMIUM SUITE
This suite is one of their larger suites and has the best views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio that can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children. Located on the 2nd or 3rd floor, they come with a large bedroom and a living area with a king bed and full-sized sofa bed, two bathrooms, a covered balcony, and a private hot tub and day bed.
5. Ocean View Superior
This studio-inspired luxury suite is based on an open-floor design that accommodates two guests and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. In has a spacious bedroom with a king-sized bed, a full bathroom, a kitchenette and lounge area, and a large covered balcony with stunning views.
6. PLAYITAS SUITE
Ideal for families and group, the Playitas Suites accommodates up to 8 guests in its two bedrooms with either a king-sized or queen-sized bed, as well as a full sofa bed, three full bathrooms, an indoor kitchenette with a dining table and lounge area, as well as a covered balcony with a private hot tub and daybed. It also has the best ocean views of all the suites.
WEDING DAY EVENT SITES
Arenas Del Mar Resort is an ideal venue for smaller weddings can accommodate weddings with up to 50 people. Wedding ceremonies are held on the beach, and wedding reception take place either on the sand in front of their beach restaurant.
1. PLAYITAS BEACH – CEREMONIES
2. PLAYITAS BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT – RECEPTIONS
Playitas Beachfront Restaurant & bar is a fantastic place for your wedding receptions. It’s a minute or two walk from the area on the beach for wedding ceremonies. There’s a covered area as well as an area on the beach with trees and within a couple of hundred feet from the shoreline at low tide.
ARENAS DEL MAR WEDDINGS – SOME DETAILS
· Arenas Del Mar is not an adult-only resort · The entire property can be rented, which is ideal for Indian weddings · A DJ and live music is permitted · The cutoff time for wedding receptions is 9:30 p.m. · The is a Site Fee that covers the cost for waiters, furniture rental, and cleaning of the wedding reception area · Weddings can run from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. (from the start of the ceremony to the end of the reception · Weddings are not permitted from December 21 to January 4 · Availability for weddings is subject to occupancy
DINING – VILLA & LOCALLY
Arenas Del Mar Resort has to dining options: Playitas Beachfront Restaurant for a more informal outdoor dining experience on the beach as well a covered area with beach views, and Mirador Oceanview Restaurant, offering a more elegant open-air dining experience with views of Manuel Antonio National Park. Both restaurants strive to offer a unique culinary experience while accommodating your and your guest’s unique dietary requirements by offering vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as gluten free options.
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Relax and enjoy one of the many spa treatments at Las Brisas Wellness Center, from various types of massages, aromatherapy, therapeutic stone treatments to reflexology therapy, body and face treatments, body wraps, facials, and more, all while enjoying the stunning mountain and ocean views.
Then there are the infinity pools that overlook the beach and ocean, a restaurant on the beach with a full bar with beach service, daybeds and hammocks for lounging at the beach, surfing and surfing lessons, in-house nature tours, yoga and exercise classes and more.
ELAINE SOLANO ON WHY ARENAS DEL MAR
Arenas Del Mar is the perfect location for an intimate and memorable wedding in Manuel Antonio. Our luxury accommodations, the amazing ocean and rainforest views from our suites and common areas, our restaurants that serve unique gastronomical delights, and our emphasis on sustainability and first-rate customer service will make your wedding day and time at the resort an enchanting, unforgettable experience.