The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal
What We Love
- Guests save 10 percent at the Club Rio Outdoor Center and tours booked through the concierge
- Despite its secluded isolation, the Springs offers easy access to the Arenal region’s vast array of adventures and eco-tours
- There are 28 thermal pools, ranging in temperature from 83?F to 103?F
- Beautifully designed and decorated rooms, all with hammock-strewn private patios
- The 14,000-square-foot spa, which offers massages using tropical botanic oils
What To Know
- Arenal volcano is often cloaked in clouds
- The Springs is isolated — about 25 minutes from the town of La Fortuna
- Rent a car to explore the area
- Facilities are also used by daytrippers
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The road to the Springs Resort & Spa winds its way through the Costa Rican countryside, farms and towns interspersed with crashing waterfalls and swaths of rain forest. In this magical setting, the Springs Resort & Spa unfolds down the steep hillside from the red roofed main building to scene-stealing thermal pools. A short shuttle ride away, Club Rio is the resort’s adventure playground beside the Arenal River, with bike paths, animal enclosures, stables, rock climbing, and tubing and kayaking on the river.
Bed and Bath
Echoing the main building’s soaring cathedral ceilings, which were hewn from gleaming tropical hardwoods, all 47 guestrooms have a unique, organic look. Costa Rica–made furnishings and delicate woodwork (designed to evoke the rain forest) mix with all the modern essentials, including WiFi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and more. Most rooms have private terraces with hammocks and volcano views, and all have large marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers.
As the property’s name suggests, the star of the show is the series of 28 dramatically sculpted thermal pools that cascade through the rain forest at temperatures ranging from 83˚F to 103˚F. For an alternative water world, adventure seekers can get their fix a mile down the hillside at Club Rio (the road is too steep to walk, so jump on the shuttle), the Springs’ riverside club for tubing, kayaking, biking and climbing adventures, as well as animal encounters in the sloth, toucan, monkey and wild cat enclosures. On the dining front, options range from gourmet buffet fare at the all-day Tres Cascadas, Japanese cuisine at Ginger Sushi, informal grill options at the low-key Treetops Grill, and international and Costa Rican favorites at signature restaurant Las Ventanas (tip: ask for a table by the windows for panoramic views of the jungle canopy). For some vacation indulgence, work your way through the five eclectic bars or book a restorative massage treatment in the 14,000-square-foot spa.
In the Area
If there’s a chance of seeing the mountain, book an afternoon trip to Arenal Volcano National Park. Lava flows can’t currently be viewed from the hotel property, so make sure your tour includes sunset from a better vantage point. The Arenal area offers several options for exploring the rain forest, ranging from serene hanging bridges to view-packed cable cars, to one of several zipline canopy tours. Alternatively, enjoy fishing, birding and other water sports either on sparkling Lake Arenal (scenically situated at the base of the volcano) or at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, which protects a pristine natural waterway. Hikers will enjoy the steep path down to La Fortuna Waterfall or rappelling Lost Canyon’s cascade.
How to Get There
We stayed here during the rainy season and it rained A LOT. It did not deter us from having a very good time. The hot springs were nice-we didn’t mind the rain while immersed in a warm pool. They were really nice but stained a few of our light colored swimsuits. We never saw the entire volcano.
Our room was in the Aracari section—nice but I thought a little worn. The rooms were huge, as was the bathroom. We had a veranda with a hot tub and a hammock. At one point a coati crawled on to the veranda.
We ate in most of the restaurants. My family liked the sushi at Ginger. The breakfast at Rees Canada’s is nice if included with your room. We had a nice dinner at Los Ventanas. Drinks were really over priced in all areas and the food was expensive for what it was. They kind of have you captive though. They seemed pretty allergy-aware and accommodated vegetarians and those on special diets.
We went into La Fortuna a few times and the taxi ride was expensive and some tours charged an extra fee to pick up and drop off here.
Everyone that works there was lovely and attentive.
The one major thing lacking for us was a laundry room. You are wet constantly. On many of the active tours you get dirty. Our clothes were hung around the room as we tried to dry them.
All in all we enjoyed our stay.
This is by FAR the best hotel I have stayed probably in the whole country. Me and my girlfriend enjoyed the whole weekend we stayed there. Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet is WOW! Hot springs areas are so relaxing and enchanting surrounded by nature. Rooms and installations are beautiful and neat!
Amazing overall experience! 5 stars and above!
What a great place for our three boys - 18+ pools, water slide, tubing on the river, ATV tour and more. We visited both this property and another in Manuel Antonio on our Costa Rica adventure and our boys think this was the best. The family suite was very comfortable. The food options were good. The drive from the airport is long and winding - we took dramamine when we landed in San Jose in preparation and were glad we did. Highly recommend!
My wife, son and I had the privilege of staying at this resort and I certainly would call it a resorts +6 stars A couple of weeks ago and were lucky enough to have a great view of the volcano and a spectacular perspective from our room. As everyone has said the grounds arms so gorgeous and it feels as though there are not many people there because it is such a large property and you often have mineral pools all to yourself. I would particularly like to mention to individuals that stood out during our visit and one was Oscar who was our bartender friend at the main swim up bar and the other was a spectacular waiter server and bartender at the sushi restaurant whose name was Donald. Donald went beyond the call of duty as he was very knowledgeable about his City and ins & outs of different tours and restaurants. He was extremely friendly and personable and made our trip extra special so thanks again Donald and thanks to the staff of the Springs:) Gracias, Mark, Angelica & Cameron
This was our second time here. Unfortunately it was cloudy the whole stay but that’s Mother Nature. Still had an great time here. Friendly staff and great thermal waters. The restaurant staff was great too.