Our stay at The Springs Resort in Costa Rica held up every expectation for us. Forget the picturesque vista from every window, the awe-inspiring Arenal volcano in your backyard, the steaming hot springs, the ever-helpful staff, or the impressive accommodations. The Springs Resort and Spa holds much more: for you, your friends and your family. Not only will you be able to enjoy your surroundings, but you will have the opportunity to learn, experience, and ultimately relax.
Our vacation was a FAMILY REUNION. My 80-year old parents were joined by their 4 children, their spouses, and 6 of their 13 grandchildren…ranging in age from 5 to 80. The staff made all of us comfortable and went out of their way to accommodate our big group—not an easy task, but done with effortless grace and always with a smile. It is easy to say that there was something for everyone. No one left unsatisfied. Certainly everyone left over-the-moon.
Some of us learned something new. Our entire family went on the Safari Raft Tour. We must give a special thanks to Hector...who mightily deserves the best teacher award...and Luis! Our daughter has a video of Hector explaining where we would find pi (leaf ants) and prime numbers (cicadas) in nature. She is excitedly sharing it with her Algebra II teacher later this week. Hector indulged us with new perspectives on many levels which was a tremendous treat! We saw the tree from Avatar, monkeys galore hanging above our heads, monkey babies, crossing cows. We visited a Costa Rican family’s home and enjoyed freshly made sausages, homemade yucca bread, homemade queso fresco, and freshly squeezed mango juice.
We also went on the Arenal Hanging Bridges Ecological Reserve where we learned an assortment of ways to survive in the forest. We crossed erected bridges that were 3-148 feet high over a rainforest of painted greens. We saw toucans and more monkeys, poison dart frogs and lizards of all sizes, butterflies and birds, and a waterfall. The list is never ending.
Some of us did something we never would have done otherwise. Yes, the Zip Line! We flew over 130 feet above the lush rainforest at speeds that make your eyes water. But the view and the adrenaline rush make you quickly forget the fear. Note: our 20-year-old daughter has not and will not do rides at any amusement park. Her friends encouraged her to do it because the opportunity may never come along again. And, our 19-year-old daughter is desperately afraid of heights. She also reasoned with herself that she had to do this, although she almost didn't...we had to push her off the mount. But, they did it and are ecstatic they did! Pride & personal gratification followed them back to college. Our 14-year-old High School freshman, will do anything death-defying. She ate up every current of energy. Even we 47-year-olds did it. Although, I will admit that I closed my eyes for part of the first big run. When I did open them, I could not believe the incredible view with a humbling perspective, and the feeling of utter exhilaration. The zip-line was a bucket-list moment that may never be topped.
Some didn’t have to leave campus at all as there was the awesomeness of Club Rio (special accolades to Nichole!). The tubing was fun and perfectly wet. It was a nice way to begin our Springs adventure. The Wildlife Preserve was an ideal size. We enjoyed the silly monkeys, feeding the toucans, and watching the assortment of wild cats. They were a joy, particularly Mike Tyson and Simba. The climbing wall was fun for the kids. But, in all honesty, the horse moments stole the show for us! Nano & Oscar, our very special resident cowboys, were pure awesomeness. They were both fantastic and welcoming and kind and pleasant and patient. The rides were calm, but progressed slowly as we grew more confident. They gently encouraged us on. We rode more than ever before. It was my husband and youngest daughter's first time on horses, and now definitely not the last. I never thought we would ride the way we did and am so glad the horses allowed us to explore as newbies (I hope Negro is feeling better...poor baby had me for 3 days!) We cannot say enough about the Rio Gang...they were ALL fabulous. They became part of our family.
Of course, all of us were able to relax (and have simple fun). The cooling pools, the spa, the water slide in Perdido Springs, the fruity drinks at the various bars (there is even one IN the pool), the numerous shaded areas to read or play chess, and the game room. But the volcanic Hot Springs were THE gift, especially after riding the horses! The food was terrific: we especially loved the breakfast buffet...the bagels were wonderful. The queso fresco, the fresh fruit, the plantains, the avocados, salsas, bean dips, the salads, the fried snapper...wow! And, the staff...again, family! Exceptional.
Our family had the experience of a lifetime! Probably unbeatable. Certainly one that was both memorable for all.
- 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