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
We have 3 kids ... normally this means either connecting queen rooms or one kid and one room with two queens (and two unhappy kids have to sleep together). The Springs had the PERFECT set up ... They have a king room with a connecting room with three twin beds. And these rooms were HUGE with amazing views of the volcanos! This is a great hotel for kids ... the staff know how to cater to them... the pools are super cool, the game room is great and the hotel rooms are spacious and perfect for a family.
The food choices were so plentiful that we didn't need to leave the property the three days we visited (we even had sushi one night for dinner) and the breakfast buffet offered something for everyone. The kids loved the game room and the pools. My husband and I could sit by the pool bar and see them swimming or if they were in the game room we were one floor below them.
The staff was especially amazing! They worked together really well and took care of everything without being all over you. You will see the same staff for lunch one day and then breakfast the next etc... What blew me away is that they remembered us on the second day and knew what soda's the kids like and what wine I wanted!
We did Club Rio ... it was fun ... but there is also so much to do in this area that I felt like some of the other activities we did was a better bang for our buck! I would recommend the water repelling tour through Pure Trek and the white water rafting through Desifino.... But if you really want your trip to be spectacular ... Book the whole thing through Costa Rican Vacations ... They picked all of our hotels and adventures and this is how we ended up at the Springs Resort and did some pretty cool fun things!
This is our first visit to Costa Rica and I can’t be happier to choose this gorgeous hotel!!
We stayed in 3 Bedroom premier suit and it was perfect for nine of us! We never felt crowded and balcony with big jacuzzi and rocking chairs was very relaxing!
There is a very nice size game room with video games, ping pong, air hockey, American girls dolls, pool table, darts, picker table etc with free pop corns!
Staff are all friendly and nice. The service was great. We always called for a cart to take us from our room to main lobby and bus stop for club rio and they always came immediately to pick us up! But the walk to the main building is a few min walk with covered bridge so it’s not a problem to walk back and forth.
We all enjoyed monkey slide. It’s very short but very fast and the slide is well built and it’s in a very good condition so I never had a scratch from sliding on my back!
Yes it’s really far (3hr drive) from airport to this resort but it’s totally worth it!
We stayed here for four nights but we wish we had a week here!
Great views! Nice rooms (although a bit dated). Friendly staff. Lots of activities on premise - especially for kids. Food is good, not great. My only complaint is the breakfast buffet plus a bottle of water is $80 for a family of four (kids ages 5 and 7) - steep for one egg and a couple pieces of bacon for young kids.