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
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Whimsical rain forest escape, with volcano views, thermal pools, a spa and a riverside adventure playground
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. Echoing the main building’s soaring cathedral ceilings hewn from gleaming tropical hardwoods, all guest rooms have a unique, organic look, with Costa Rica–made furnishings, delicate woodwork (designed to evoke the rain forest), and many with private terraces with hammocks and volcano views. The star of the show is the 28 sculpted thermal pools that cascade through the rain forest. For an alternative water world, adventure seekers can get their fix a mile down the hillside at Club Rio, 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, 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 visited the Springs as part of a 10 day vacation in Costa Rica. The resort was first class, and the staff was helpful and amazing. I think this fits perfect for families, even those with small children.
We visited this resort on the last part of our week long vacation through Costa Rica. We were very excited to stay in a "resort"...we were not at all disappointed! From the greeting upon arrival to the staff throughout the property they could not have been nicer. We kept saying to each other "they have thought of every little detail to make this resort special". The view from our room was absolute breathtaking, the open air feel at the restaurants were comfortable and fresh, the fresh flowers placed throughout the property, the golf cart transportation on demand, and so much more. I highly recommend staying here. We stayed for 2 days but definitely need a few more days...
We really enjoyed our stay in the Springs Resort and spa.
Service was outstanding.Our room was clean and view was spectacular.
There are quite a few activities nearby and natural hot springs pools and were very enjoable.
Wenare definitely coming back.
The Springs is an amazing place to spend some time. The ground, rooms and common spaces are not common if you know what I mean? We spend some time there for vacation and the friendly people are great. The whole country is made up of super friendly people and we enjoy our time there. We are even considering buying property and making a retirement plan.
This place is paradise. Everything was beautiful. The fresh flower arrangements were over the top. It was not at all crowded as I had read it would be. Enjoyed solitude in the hot pools. We loved our kayaking experience.