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 stayed here for 4 nights and loved the place. We traveled with 4 adults and 4 boys ages 14, 12, 10, and 4. We all had a wonderful time here. The multiple pools were relaxing and fun for the boys. The pools were never crowded because there are so many different areas to be in. The Perdidos springs were the best because the pools are located under the rainforest canopy. It is a beautiful setting! We were lucky to have great views of the Arenal volcano the whole time we were there as well. The service was excellent throughout the stay. We also made some trips to La Fortuna and arranging transportation was easy and the drivers were all excellent. The only not so positive experience was the dining. The food options are so so and the quality was not great. We did not eat at the reservation only restaurant, so I can't say anything about that location. We ended up going to town a couple of nights for dinner and I would recommend that over eating at the hotel. We also did not experience Club Rio for activities as we spent a lot of time off the hotel for outdoor activities. Overall, a great place to stay.
I travel for business weekly and stay in hotels over 100 nights a year. This is one of the best properties I have ever stayed at...luckily this trip was for vacation. The staff is so friendly, passionate and enthusiastic. Facilities are clean and beautiful. Views of the volcano and rain forest from the room were outstanding. The restaurants provide good options. Club Rio offers several on site activities which is really convenient. Literally the only complaint is the shuttle from the resort to Club Rio is a really old bus. This could use an upgrade. Other than that, everything was outstanding and we will be back. Special shout outs to staff members that made the trip memorable - Jeremy and Antonio who provided exceptional service and conversation at the bars. Nano, Robert, and Jason in Club Rio were fantastic guides that made the activities really memorable. Michael at Las Ventanas was a spectacular waiter. If you are considering Costa Rica as a destination, this is the place to be. After leaving here we went to another resort at Peninsula Papagayo to see a different part of the country....within 10 minutes we were wishing we stayed at the Springs the whole trip! Look forward to returning.
This review is JUST about a day pass with club rio. Their website is a bit confusing. You actually pay for each activity separately which is a little less than the two activities and lunch listed. Also, you only have access to the lower portion of the resort, literally club rio. We thought we’d be an,e to enjoy the other hot springs, not just the 5 in club rio. Not so. This wasn’t explained to us either. The springs are not busy and likely this is bc you need to take a 5 minute bus ride to get there. The food was good and the river tubing was fun. Certainly mild, but were in our 30s and liked it. Also did the animal sanctuary which was cool, got to pet s sloth!
Separate note, we did get a couple massage. I was there with a friend but opted for the couples massage bc other reviews mentioned a waterfall in their room for this. Not the case for us. The room was a typical massage room and the massage itself was good, not great. However at the end they opened the windows and you see a BEAUTIFUL view of the volcano and have waterfall sound. This should have been opene the entire time! The spa was clean and we showered after.
The hot springs here were so invigorating. If you happen to go at the right time, you will see monkeys (Capuchin) playing in the trees above you. I also spotted a Toucan. The spa here is also a treat. The Resort is beautiful with all of its Teak wood.. The rooms were nice, but the bed seemed to need an upgrade. With the padding it wasn't terribly uncomfortable, but it seemed to be sunk in and the springs could be felt. In addition, I know the room had a slight problem with small ants (probably brought in with the fresh flowers). But, back to the positives, while there be sure to go to the animal preserve; it is absolutely amazing! The tubing and horseback riding is worth doing as well.
My wife and I traveled to this resort in late January 2019 and stayed for 8 nights. The photos do not do this place justice. This is most beautiful resort we have ever been to and cannot wait to come back. We stayed in a standard suite which was extremely nice and had its own porch area with hammocks overlooking the Arenal Volcano. The pools and hot springs areas were impeccably maintained. The lush jungle vegetation and flowers around each pool or spring was breathtaking.
The Club Rio area also had so many activities to keep us occupied if we got "bored" of lounging around in the pools or springs.
The only "negative" is the road trip from the airport to reach this slice of paradise. Even that 3 hour trek was well managed by the resort's own staff and vehicles. Our flight arrived almost 3 hours late and they still waited at the airport for us to arrive to make sure we got to The Springs as quickly as possible.