This is a huge resort property that has several amenities for even those just spending a day there. When we first arrived, the concierge sat us down and gave us an overview of the property…what dining options they had, where the pools and hot springs were, and where to meet the bus down to the Club Rio portion of the resort. We began our day down at the pool bar, which was nicely heat to around 88 degrees, and has amazing views of the Arenal Volcano. There are several pools in the main area (Las Lagunas) of the resort heated to various temperatures, so it’s a good idea to wander around to find a pool that suits your mood. We didn’t wander too far from the pool bar at first. There are a few hotter pools just a few yards away. These pools were more “natural” and weren’t filtered like the pool bar, so there was plenty of minerals floating through the cloudy water. Since we visited during the off season, most of the water features, such as waterfalls, of some of the pools were turned off. It didn’t detract too much since we were just lounging. I concern with some of these hotter pools in the main area is that they are very very shallow. You had to sit down if you wanted to submerge your upper body and there wasn’t an easy way to climb to the higher and hotter pools.
Locker rentals are $5 for the day and towels are $20, so I recommend bringing your own towels. The pool bathrooms and changing rooms are spacious and warm so you’re not freezing as you step out of the pool to go change.
The Perdido Springs (natural hot springs) were located a short walk down hill. Pay attention to the signs or you’ll quickly get off track. Again since it’s the off season, the natural hot springs were deserted at 10AM. There are several amazing waterfalls and pools of various temperatures that you can lounge in. There is a tiki hut bar near the bathroom facilities at the end of the natural hot springs you can take advantage of, if they’re open. They open sometime after 11AM. The last pool in the natural hot springs area also has a waterslide you can go down. Make sure you use one of the slide mats that are located at the bottom pool, otherwise you’ll damage your bathing suit. I tried going down the slide without a mat, and the results were underwhelming so grab a mat to slide down.
Club Rio is the onsite adventure activities that also has the wildlife reserve. Activities that require additional cost are kayaking, tubing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and a rock wall. The wildlife reserve is free. Club Rio has a restaurant that you can grab a quick bite before participating in one of your selected adventures. You can also hike/walk around the area and enjoy the river and natural waterfalls close to the restaurant. They have several lounge chairs that you can sit and relax and several changing rooms and bathrooms for your use. The wildlife reserve is a must! It’s promoted as a cat preserve, but they have several more animals to see. We first stopped in the toucan area where they are more than eager to land on you. Make sure you remove any shiny objects that they can easily get to. The toucan I held kept trying to take my watch. The wildlife preserve also has monkeys and they are currently building a section for sloths. But the highlight is the cat preserve. Several cats were rescued and placed in this reserve.
There are several dining options on the property. Be aware that if you want to go to Las Ventanas, it’s fine dining establishment that requires slacks and a button-up shirt. If you purchase a day package, lunch or dinner is included at Tres Cascadas. Lunch is typically a buffet and dinner is a pre-fixed meal. I recommend doing dinner. We sat at a table on the balcony that overlooked the volcano. Amazing view especially with a lightning storm on the other side of the volcano that gave us a great dinner show.
They also have a game room/area you can take advantage of. The main gaming room with video games and big screen tvs requires you to be a guest of the hotel to use, but the pool table and darts are open to anyone.
Very beautiful property with a lot of amenities. Good place to stay if you prefer a more pampered experience.
- 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