This place is magical. We came here on a rare clear, sunny day and were greeted in the lobby by a stunning view of the whole volcano. The next 3 days were spent on 1/2 day or 3/4 day excursions (all excellent to outstanding), followed by late afternoon and evening soaks in the hot springs. The pool is beautiful with a swim up bar. The rooms are nice - we stayed in a two bedroom opporendola (?) suite. The suite takes up two stories, with the top floor being a large open room that has a sleeping area, sitting area and master bath (two sinks and large shower).The top bedroom easily accommodated my husband and me in the "bedroom" area, and our two kids who had a portable bed set up by the picture window. The room is so large that there is a sitting area in the middle with a TV. The bottom room is smaller, and well suited for a couple. It has its own TV, and bathroom with shower and separate soaking tub. The two rooms are connected by a small foyer and interior staircase, so there is a common entrance (but each room has a door you can lock). Very comfortable sleeping arrangements.
The facilities are great - lots of paths along the springs. Also two water slides for the kids. It can get crowded as visitors can buy a day pass to the springs. The main dining place has buffet options and menu options. Food is decent but pricey, and there is no place within walking distance. Also the road to the springs is long, winding, and poorly paved. It is quite a hike, and even with a taxi it takes 15-20 min just to get to the main road. However since it is off the main road, the resort really feels secluded and a magical haven in the midst of the rainforest.
It is very romantically lit at night. There are definitely families with children too so the afternoons can be noisy but really not too bad as the resort is huge.
I enjoyed taking early morning walks around the property to hear the birds and the sound if flowing water. There is a small zoo on the premises with rescued animals that is worth checking out with the kids. You can feed the monkeys! There are hummingbird feeders on the balconies which were cool to watch. All in all, I would definitely love to go back, but will need to save up before we go again!
- 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