We see monkeys all the time here in Manuel Antonio. What we don’t see is that the monkeys drink water from hotel pools. Arenas Del Mar is probably an exception. First, we are located in the middle of the rainforest with views of the National Park and we treat our pools without harmful chemicals. Our ionization system kills bacteria, but does not kill animals or the skin of our guests. If you don’t believe us, just ask this little white face monkey taking a sip from our pool…
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
A few weeks ago, officials from the Costa Rican Environment Ministry visited us to ask for help with a Green Iguana Project. They had found 400 eggs in danger of not hatching properly and brought them to Arenas Del Mar to bury them in the sand. About 30 have hatched already. The first few weeks, they are held in a small protected area to make sure they are not eaten by other animals on the property. By the way, the first week of their lives, they eat "big iguana poop" and so one of our gardener had to collect iguana poop in different locations here in Manuel Antonio...fun stuff. We will keep you posted on progress and within the next months, you should be seeing many Green Iguanas all over Arenas Del Mar.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort has reached its dream of achieving the highest rating for sustainable tourism within two years of operation, and was awarded five “leaves” last week by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the first resort to achieve this distinction so soon after opening.
Managed by Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, Arenas Del Mar joins its portfolio now of four properties which have all received five leaves, including Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Harmony Hotel.
In addition, Arenas Del Mar, which opened in 2008, was awarded three stars (highest ranking) under the "Bandera Azul Ecológica" (Ecological Blue Flag) program.
Arenas Del Mar was created with sustainability in mind beginning with the planning and construction phase. The total construction of the hotel covers less than 25% of the property itself; the rest has become a private nature reserve that acts as an ecological corridor to expand the area surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park. Since the hotel’s opening, the resort has been participating in an extensive reforestation program, planting over 7000 native species of trees on the property. Another goal was to have Arenas Del Mar “blend into” the natural rainforest environment.
ICT Inspectors were impressed that Arenas Del Mar actively engaged its guests in learning about sustainability and the resort. Arenas Del Mar’s sustainability tour allows guests to get behind the scenes to find out how the resort has incorporated elements of environmental stewardship and social responsibility into its day-to-day operations. High marks were also given for the staff’s commitment of managing the sustainable operations of the resort while balancing the need to keep the property in a pristine condition that defines an eco-luxury property.