Finally, Manuel Antonio has a hotel that combines the best of all worlds -- direct beach access, a rainforest setting, fabulous views, and luxurious accommodations. Designed and built by the folks behind Finca Rosa Blanca outside San José, this place is deeply committed to sustainability. Very little was done to disturb the land or surrounding ecosystems during construction. Not all rooms have ocean views, so be sure to specify if you want one. However, all are spacious, with tasteful decor, cool yellow tile floors, and plenty of wood and tile accents. Most have outdoor Jacuzzi tubs on their private balconies. The apartments are immense two-bedroom, three-bathroom affairs with a kitchenette, perfect for families and longer stays. The restaurant, lobby, and main pool are set on the highest point of land here, and several spots have fabulous views of Manuel Antonio's Punta Catedral. Note: The beautiful patch of beach right in front of Arenas has for decades been the town's de facto nude beach. Those who might find this offensive can walk farther down the beach or stick to the pools.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010