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What We Love

  • A suite with a private terrace in view of the famous Arenal Volcano, with breakfast and moreChecking out the famous Arenal Volcano from your junior suite’s private terrace
  • Swinging through the canopy on a Tarzan swing, or taking a day trip to the Rio Celeste
  • Dining at the restaurant, after a hot-stone massage at the spa

What To Know

  • The hotel has a hot spring pool with a swim-up bar
  • Located 10 minutes by car from the town of La Fortuna
  • Rooms are extremely spacious
property Bedroom bed sheet Suite yellow cottage colored

Overview

A four-star retreat near hot springs and the magnificent Arenal Volcano, with a spa discount

The Lowdown

It’s lava at first sight at La Fortuna’s Arenal Manoa Hotel, which directly faces Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano. Not hot lava, mind you – there haven’t been any eruptions since 2010. You will, however, be able to see where the lava cooled along the outside of the volcano, as well as where thousands of trees grew up around the former lava rivers. These lush, emerald-colored slopes are clearly visible from the hotel’s restaurant, the spa’s outdoor treatment tables, the hot-spring pool area and Jacuzzis and your junior suite’s private terrace.
Get a closer look at the sleeping giant on a tour of surrounding Arenal National Park. Let the staff of the property arrange a tour – one that takes you so high up that you’ll be able to see the Arenal Lake and maybe even lava rolling down, before visiting some of the local hot springs, if you like. But don’t forget about the other incredible natural attractions that there are in the region, either. Visit the hotel owners’ dairy farm, climb through the labyrinthine chambers of the Venado Caves, soar through the canopy, bird watch at the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, or embark on a day trip to the phosphorescent waters of the Rio Celeste.

Suites

 Your spacious, modern, air-conditioned junior suite affords a, truly epic view of the Arenal Volcano; better yet, you can admire this view from its very own private terrace’s rocking chair. Also included are a satellite TV and, in your bathroom, a small garden to remind you of the lush flora outside. 

Dining

 La Saca Restaurant’s fare samples from both national and international cuisines, with eggs and chicken from the adjacent dairy farm. It can be paired with lighter bites, along with drinks, from the two wet bars – one for each pool area, that is. All three eateries and drinkeries come with the best side possible: a marvelous view of the majestic Arenal Volcano. 

Spa

 When the views of the volcano aren’t relaxing enough, a therapy at the spa should calm you in no time. Pick from a hot-stone or Swedish massage, or mix it up with an aromatherapy or reflexology treatment or a facial. Several romantic options are on the menu, if you’re traveling as part of a couple. 

Location

 The property is nearly in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, which is visible throughout many common areas, your room and the Jacuzzis and pool areas – including one that’s fed by hot springs. To get a closer look, visit the surrounding national park, which features impressive lava fields; the staff will set up a tour, with an optional excursion to additional hot springs. Day trips to the phosphorescent waters of Rio Celeste, canopy tours, expeditions through the Venado Caves and tubing adventures on the Toro River can also be arranged. The hotel owners also manage a dairy farm, whose cows you can milk and sheep you can play with, on a separate guided tour.

How to Get There

Arenal Manoa Hotel
Route 142
San Carlos, Costa Rica

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2113 Reviews
Volcano Arenal Costa Rica
Reviewed 1 day ago

Beautiful resort....grounds gorgeous with nice view of volcano! Great for birdwatching...many varieties! Employees very gracious and always ready to assist! Spent two nights but would have loved another day!

Loved it
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are with Gate1 travel and this was one of hotels selected. Wow. After a whole day of revel in the bus this was just what we needed. Rooms were just fine (Gate 1 doesn’t do five star hotels rarely four stars) but completely adequate. Grounds are stunning and the staff was great. Everyone had a smile and welcoming attitude. The shuttle came promptly but we enjoyed walking. Dontakenthe free dairy farm tour it’s a walk through the rain forest to the resorts dairy farm where we got to milk a cow and see their operation. Our knowledge guide was Pedro. He ROCED THE TEO HOUR HIKE. We saw monkeys, beautiful birds and flowers etc. highly recommend. We did massages and they are reasonably priced and put gals were fabulous. I would rate them five stars. There is also a private hot spring pool to enjoy when you’re done. Breakfast was great, pizza good and we are headed to the dining room shortly. Thinking all will be good.

Wonderful hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was Hôtel was amazing with amazing service, views and facilities. We had an upgraded rooms with amazing sunrise views of the volcano Arenal.
The food was very good and spa excellent too. It was a haven

Amazing!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Booked this hotel last minute when our accommodations at another hotel were not up to par. We were blown away by this place. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Gorgeous views of the volcano. The rooms are extremely large and clean. The food in the restaurant was great. The front desk told us where to find a sloth on the grounds. We walked by the area and found it the first day. On the second day we walked by while the sloth was moving and were pleasantly surprised to see it had a baby! Cannot recommend this place enough. I stayed in 6 different places in CR and this place was by far our favorite.

A paradise-like hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything in this hotel is beautiful and gives you the sense of being in a paradise village. The room is very confortable, the view to the volcano amazing, the surroundings landscape unforgetable and the staff very friendly. Both pools are super nice and food and drinks delicious. Would love to come back.