Sustainability can be a daunting task when you look at the big picture. At Arenas Del Mar we have an ozone water filtration system for our pool, electric vehicles for transporting guests, luggage and supplies, a large protected area and a grey water management system to clean our used water.
Getting on the road to sustainability starts from small steps. When we designed Arenas
Del Mar we knew we wanted to build around the natural environment instead of building on top of it. This means that we have some trees that come up right through the floor of our restaurant! The roof of the restaurant is made of bamboo which we are able to farm and purchase in Costa Rica for construction. The “palm leaf” roof is actually made from recycled plastic bags. The same type that are used to cover bananas. This means we don’t have to replace the roof every few years and we are able to take thousands of bags out of landfills.
Kitchen compost bins.
Recycling is another very important thing that can be done. We make sure all of our waste is separated into the different materials to make sorting at the recycling plant as easy as possible. You can see here our bins for metal, paper, and organics for compost.
One of the most important things you can do to get on the road to sustainability is to make sure you are re-using materials as much as possible.
The less “garbage” we create, the better! We reuse all of our large containers for other items. In this case we have a sour cream container that is now a sugar container, no paper packets at Arenas Del Mar.
We’d love to hear from some of our guests on what kind of sustainability efforts they make at home to live a sustainable lifestyle.
Las Brisas Spa offers treatments for everyone to enjoy. With plenty of options to choose from, Las Brisas will make sure that you are feeling better than ever. They can personalize the treatment to your liking to make sure that you have the best experience possible.
Enjoy a relaxing massage while staying with us in Manuel Antonio.
One of the top spas in the Manuel Antonio area and situated steps away from two white sand beaches, the atmosphere alone in Las Brisas Spa will take the stress from your body. Enjoy a treatment at Las Brisas alone or with your loved one. The Las Brisas staff will be sure that you are feeling more relaxed than when you arrived.
Choose from a Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone massage, or many more. Las Brisas Spa at Arenas Del Mar also offers different types of body wraps including a volcanic mud mask, a cappuccino scrub, and an aloe wrap. And if you aren’t looking for a massage, try out a pedicure, manicure, or facial.
Ceviche, a fish dish cooked with acidic fruit juice is a very popular dish in Costa Rica.
Many of the guests who visit Arenas del Mar have not had it before so it’s always fun to show people how to make it.
The secret of course is the freshness of the ingredients. Luckily at Arenas del Mar we are able to get some of the best fish, produce and spices (ie: Salsa Lizano!) in the world. The freshness of these ingredients really makes the ceviche taste amazing.
It’s fun to learn how to make it yourself and we welcome you into our kitchen to learn how to make gallo pinto and ceviche with our executive Chef.
Just let the front desk know you’re interested and they will have the ingredients ready for you.
Mid-World Adventures is our zip-line adventure partner. They offer the fastest, safest zip lines around with the best guides and they plant a tree for every large group! You can’t beat that.
Going to mid world adventures
The superman zipline is the highlight of everyone’s tour. You get a special full body harness that puts you into a laying down position. As you race past the canopy you will feel like you’re in a wingsuit! The speeds can reach up to 70 km/h. There’s also a full high ropes course, multiple ziplines, a tarzan swing and an atv tour! Mid-world has it all.
If you’re interested in going on a tour with them our air conditioned bus will pick you up at the hotel after breakfast and you will be above the trees before you know it.
There’s loads of different hotels in Manuel Antonio. Each hotel does things differently which gives them their own style.
Students from the tourism college in Quepos job shadowing.
Arenas Del Mar focuses on sustainability, families, and luxury. This is our backbone of our business. But what is it that sets us apart? The Staff. The staff is the heart of our operation.
Without them we wouldn’t we able to provide the incredible level of service that we have here.
We’re happy that we can offer housing to our staff on site so they do not have to commute. We also have a recreation area and kitchen for staff meals. If you do the Tortilla tour you will get a behind the scenes look at our staff area (and our cool recycled wall!).
Thanks everyone!! Ultimately it comes down to the great guests we’ve had and the incredible reviews they have left for us on TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google+. If you have stayed with us we always like to keep in touch.
We’re so excited to be recognized in this way are even more excited that our sustainability efforts have been recognized as one of the most important aspects of a guest’s trip.
One of the nonprofit organizations we work with, Titi Conservation Alliance, is holding an online auction from October 21 – November 24. By bidding on one of their 30+ items, you’ll be helping to support our efforts to protect the endangered grey-crowned squirrel monkey whose only place they call home in the entire world is that of the region surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park. A stay at Arenas Del Mar is one of the many great options to choose from in their online auction.
We hope you’ll help us reach their fundraising goal of $15,000. With those funds, TCA can continue to support responsible entrepreneur initiatives and local people, ensuring long-term conservation of titi monkeys in their unique habitat along Costa Rica´s Central Pacific.
Visit their online auction site and bid today!
The jungle around us creates lots and lots of debris. This includes sticks, leaves, and countless types of grass and other growth. Managing all of this can be tough and we want to make sure that we are using as much of the organic matter as possible. Here’s three things that can be done with all of it.
- Composting. This is the most obvious one but the benefits are unbelievable. Composting prevents the loss of nutrients from the soil as we are able to put back all the goodness that has grown out of it.
The compost bins at Arenas Del Mar
- Make straws! Even our drinks are sustainable! The straws that you get in El Mirador restaurant are made out of bamboo that is grown and harvested locally.
- If it’s not in the way, then leave it be. The rain forest is an incredibly resilient and efficient manager of its own resources. Just leaving trees, leaves or branches to decay in the forest is perfectly acceptable and sometimes the best course of action. Trees can house other life, push nitrogen back into the land and provide cover for new growth.
Read more about our sustainability efforts on our website
Arenas del Mar Beachfront resort sits atop a small hill overlooking the beach.
Our perfect location ensures that all our guests get a perfect view overlooking the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline. Our hotel is right beside Manuel Antonio national park which makes it a perfect hub for nature lovers and adventurers.
Looking back at Arenas del Mar from the ocean off the Manuel Antonio coastline.
Looking out over the sea is a very calming and relaxing experience, much like your stay at Arenas del Mar. We’re lucky to be part of such an amazing ecosystem and are so happy we are able to share it with our guests, family and friends. Contact us today and book yourself a room to look out over this amazing space.