Arenas del Mar hosted my stay at the hotel, however the opinions that I share in this post are my own.
If you haven’t read my other posts highlighting my amazing stay at Arenas del Mar, check them out now. You can read about the hotel’s commitment to offering gluten-free accommodations, an overview of my stay at the gluten-free resort, and more about the gluten-free food that is offered.
If you have already read about my stay at Arenas del Mar, by now you have realize that it was pretty much the best gluten-free vacation in the history of life. The things that make Areans del Mar such an amazing gluten-free vacation destination involve the beautiful location of the hotel, the superior service, the various activities that were available, and of course the gluten-free food.
Eating dinner at Arenas del Mar was an exciting way to end each day during vacation because there was an array of gluten-free options to choose from and it always ended with a delicious gluten-free dessert.
The dinner menu at Arenas del Mar consists of a variety of gluten-free dishes. While certain items on the menu may change after the publishing of this post, you can rest easy knowing that there will be plenty of options for you to choose from if you visit the hotel. When it came to starting dinner off, you are served gluten-free bread with a complimentary dipping sauce every night. The sauces change and so did the bread, so it wasn’t the same ol’ thing every dinner. Then, while you’re enjoying the delicious gluten-free bread, you can take a look at the two appetizer choices – the From the Garden and the From the Land and Sea sections of the menu. My family and I tried just about every appetizer over the course of the week, each of us liking a different dish the best.
My favorite selection from the From the Garden section of the Arenas del Mar dinner menu was the 16 Hour Beet “Steak” with pan drippings, yogurt, and micro greens. I never would have thought that I’d order a beet steak, like ever, but it was balls-to-the-walls awesome. This was one of the fun things about staying at the resort – I expanded my taste-bud’s horizons because I felt safe knowing that the food I was trying was all gluten free.
Another favorite within the family (specifically my mom’s favorite) was the Tico Salad with cucumber, pickled mushrooms, hearts of palm and roasted corn. She ordered this on the first night and boy, oh boy did it make an impression on her! When it came to the From the Land and Sea section of the menu, my favorite hands down was the Chicharrones. This dish consists of corn tortillas, mandarine lime, “yucca”, “salsa picante”, and sweet plantain. I ordered it more than once because I enjoyed it so much! Those sweet plantains…mmm mmm good.
There are also other exciting gluten-free options like the Charred Pacific Octopus, which I admittedly did not order, but my stepdad did. He enjoyed it, but I’m just not that adventurous! There were several dishes to start the dinner out with had the freshest seafood imaginable and a creative chef behind the scenes.
Just as there is no shortage of dishes to start the meal off with, there is no shortage of gluten-free entrees to choose. One entrée that I enjoyed was the Free-Range Chicken Breast with smoked tamarind glaze, white rice pilaf and market vegetables. Everything about the dish was delicious. I also loved the Arroz con Pollo, a classic Costa Rican dish with chicken, rice, string beans, cilantro and pico de galla salsa. It was exciting to actually be able to eat the dish of the country without fear that it was prepared with gluten!
You can see all of the entrées available at Arenas del Mar by clicking here.
Now this is where things get amazing. We had gluten-free dessert with every meal. How often do us gluten-free folks get to do that without repeating the same dish over and over again? I can’t say enough good things about the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake that was made gluten free for my mom and I. WOW. It was amazing.
We also enjoyed several specially made gluten-free dishes. Since the entire waitstaff knew that my mom and I were gluten free, we would be notified at dinner that the chef prepared a special gluten-free dessert for us. How amazing?! We weren’t the ones having to settle for the ice cream or sorbet, but instead we were fully accommodated right down to the chocolate cake!
Gluten-Free Costa Rica Vacation
If you are looking for a gluten-free vacation destination, I highly recommend that you look into Arenas del Mar. This hotel & resort is not only a safe place for the gluten-free community, but they offer an amazing experience for all. If you’re planning a vacation in September or November 2014, you should definitely check out the TWO SPECIAL WEEKS that Arenas del Mar is hosting for the celiac community. These weeks include special chefs and delicious gluten-free options. To learn more, contact Jeremy Allen by phone at 601.407.9371, or by email at AllenAllen@aol.com. Be sure to tell him that G-Free Laura is the one who told you about the hotel’s gluten-free options!