While this resort was georgeous, I had very mixed feelings about it. They run a special where you get a 20% discount if you book at both of their properties: The Springs and their sister property The Peace Lodge. We spent 5 nights at The Springs and 2 nights at Peace Lodge and frankly preferred it over the Springs. While both properties are remote, Peace Lodge just has more charm and there is more to do. I also wrote a review about The Peace Lodge you can go check out for more info on that resort.
The Springs is absolutely beautiful, and frankly I have difficulty even identifying what it was that I didn't like about it. Our room was elegant and comfortable, with an amazing view of the volcano. I can tell you that The Springs is like a ghost town--you rarely see much of anyone around which I guess would be a plus if you were on your honeymoon and craving alone-time. Otherwise, even though we went on some amazing tours to get off the property, the place almost had a "Groundhog Day" feeling about it.
The staff drags in everyday and most of them seem cautious and nervous about doing something wrong in their interactions with the guests. There was a big city feel when dealing with the staff, and suffice to say that they definitely were not as relaxed, wlecoming and kind as the staff was at Peace Lodge. The food at the Springs was dreadful--without doubt the worst we had on our trip (which is unfortunate because it costs you $40 RT to catch a ride to La Fortuna where you can get a decent meal). The Springs is located at the end of a long, bumpy and horrible dirt road, and so it is miserable to leave there even if you don't mind spending the money to escape.
There are some great tours to take off property (ziplining, hanging bridges (fantastic), and a couple of river cruises (our favorite was the closer river tour where you float down in an inflatable yellow canoe--the wildlife viewing opportunies were incredible). The tours are not run by The Springs, but by various local tour companies. Do NOT bother to take the miserable bus ride down to The Spring's Club Rio--it is the biggest bunch of nothing you could imagine.
Would I recommend The Springs? Maybe to a couple who are in the early stages of their relationship and who want to be able to really focus on one another. But honestly, I would probably suggest instead that you spend a few nights at Peace Lodge, and then look for a different resort in Arenal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A world class luxury resort featuring spectacular Hot Springs, picture perfect views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including our famous Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining. Enjoy our 18 mineral-laden, artesian hot springs and our 14,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. On our exclusive 165 acre rain forest and riverfront property we offer horseback riding, river activities, ATV and hiking tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- The Springs Hotel
- The Springs Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park