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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
After traveling for almost 2 months during honeymoon, The Springs become the highlight of our honeymoon!
It started from the friendly welcoming of the staff (they know how to make you feel special!), and then the complimentary gifts (good wine and spa for both of us).
The hotel property is HUGE with so many different things you could do that we didn't leave the area for our whole stay. It is quite and peaceful (also thanks to the off season).
The Grande Vista room was just perfect for us, the room is really spacious and clean, it has a Jacuzzi bath and huge windows watching the beautiful Arenal volcano!
As for the activities - don't give up on the horse riding down in Club Rio! We had an absolutely amazing experience with our guide Nano who so friendly and kind to take beautiful pictures of us that will stay with us forever!!
The Spa is also really good! The facilities are very nice and our therapists -
Diana and Roslana were very polite and professional, making sure we feel comfortable and relaxed during the whole time and that the pressure is just as we want it.
To summarize it all in one word - Perfection!
I would like to say thank you to The Springs, for one of a kind experience, the the whole staff who do an amazing job here and special thanks to Nano, Diana and Roslana!
This place is beyond amazing! From arriving to a breathtaking view along with a specially made complimentary cocktail; to a stunning room with spectacular scenery of the Arenal Volcano. Words can not even describe or give justice to this place. You just have to experience it for yourself. The staff was friendly and helpful in anything that was asked for or needed. The food? OMG!!! The food was AAAAAAAAAMAZING! The breakfast buffet was my favorite. Dinner was delicious too. Bravo to the chef. We had a lot of fun tubing down the river, ATV's, and horseback riding all on the resort grounds. This place has it all if you like a little adventure along with relaxation. Great escape from the world.
checked in on aug 23, broke my hand on aug 24. it was at the river on their grounds where they have activities. I waded into the hot springs at the river's bend and after getting hot I waded out into the cooler river, didn't go far and was swept away by a strong current. Keep in mind the river looked completely calm. my left hand banged into what I think was a rock on the downslope under the water from the springs to the river. tried swimming against the current to no avail and kept going down the river, so I planted my feet where I could get my head above water, further down the river were rapids. the current was so strong it was actually pushing me backwards, my feet sliding back along the river bottom. had to stay calm and went to the closest river's side against a rock wall, mind you I was fighting to keep my head above water while doing this. found a hand hold. and used rock holds to painfully hand walk my way along the high rock wall back to the hot springs and out of the river, the current was incredibly strong and it was a struggle as my legs were pushed out from underneath me in the current, just imagine being stuck in this current and hanging on to rock holds. and I was totally on my own doing this. true they have a no lifeguard sign posted but there is no sign warning about the dangerous current, you know like you see at the beach or they don't even let you in the water. went to the hotel lobby area for first aid. had to wait too long for first aid but did receive it. thought my fingers were just jammed, first aid said bones in my hand were moving. they took me to a clinic, got xrays, saw a dr, and I have a broken metacarpal bone. the hotel comped part of my stay and paid med bills in costa rica and initially led me to believe they would cover whatever other med bills I would incur. next day I was told maybe not on the further med bills, hotel owner had to decide. so I cut my 9 day costa rica vacation down leaving on day 3 and came back to America on aug 26. saw a orthopedic dr. on aug. 27. Sent my American med bills to resort as they told me to do. Of course they didn’t get back to me until I called a few times. Was told owner had decided not to pay my American bills. Resort accused me of climbing on rocks, which I never did and never told them I did. So 3 more subsequent dr visits and a change of hand surgeons followed. Going on 9 weeks and my hand is still not completely healed. 2nd surgeon said I should’ve gotten surgery right away and it would be healed already. Hopefully, I will soon have my life back to normal.
In my opinion the spring & spa resort is negligent, absolutely so. When I was in the lobby with my hand everyone there knew exactly where I got hurt, they knew of the strong current, and it didn't seem to be a surprise to them at all I would get swept up in the current. And yet there was no warning sign. I told them they needed to post a warning sign for the current because if kids or someone not in shape got in that current they weren't getting out of the river. Hotel mgt just told me its the rainy season and the current is strong. well it wasn't raining that day and I cant read minds. I had to end my vacation short and return home injured, and while ive had more painful injuries its still painful and its very frustrating and inconvenient operating with just 1 hand.