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
Had a great time, customer service is the of the best, the employees a very nice and friendly, I would definitely recommend this place and will come back eventually, the views are spectacular, the food is delicious they also have a lot of activities to do, horse ridding was one of the best.
Me, my husband and our 25 yo son stayed here recently. Within 30 minutes of arriving we decided to stay an extra day. From the moment you turn onto resort grounds you know its going to be special. We literally didn't leave the resort area for 3 days! We went to all of the 28 springs, the monkey slide, club Rio, all the restaurants and bars! We loved everything the resort had to offer. We took the wildlife sanctuary tour and were so impressed with their rescue program. The staff was excellent! Fabiola in the fancy restaurant helped us with pictures and menu choices. The food is excellent! Jackcity was pouring us drinks and a good conversationalist. Boys at the pool bar pouring drinks were so much fun! The flower designers were terrific. Stay at least 3 nights.
Top quality and attention to detail. The accommodations and staff are excellent. They are extremely helpful and cheerful. The resort is lush with it’s 28 hot springs pools and waterfalls. There is a wide variety of activities to enjoy. I particularly liked the tour of the Costa Rican animal sanctuary. There are several restaurants from which to choose, and we tried all of them from the fine dining Las Ventanas to the swim up restaurant and bar. The food is excellent with generous portions. This is a great resort for families or couples or other groups. You can also relax, do nothing while always enjoying spectacular views. You can’t beat it. It’s a real winner in my book.