Our first stop on our family trip was to The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal. What a great way to be introduced to Costa Rica! Our drive to the hotel from the airport in San Jose was about 3 hours, but the time passed very quickly as we had a wonderful driver (through Costa Rica Vacations) who was also an excellent tour guide. He even spotted a sloth with a baby in a tree by the road! Bucket List check! At The Springs we were met with open arms and quickly led to check-in. We were given a very extensive tour of the grounds and a delicious passion fruit drink (alcoholic or not-your choice).
Our room was a two room suite on the top floor (room 419 and 420). We were traveling with our adult children, and this set-up was perfect. There are two entrances to the rooms. The first room had two twin beds, an elaborate bathroom, and a jucuzzi soaking tub (separate from the bathroom) that faces a picturesque window with views of the volcano. The second room is the "master" room. This room has a sitting area, a huge king-sized bed that faces a HUGE window with balcony and volcano views, a GORGEOUS bathroom,and two doors on to the most breath-taking balcony EVER. The balcony has two rocking chairs, a table and chairs, and two hammocks. It also has a ceiling fan which helps with air flow and bugs! Again, the view is of the volcano. When we were there, the volcano was mostly cloud covered, but every now and then it would appear in all of its glory. The bathrooms are fully stocked. There is a bar, but careful! $$$$$ The room also has a safe and LOTS of closet/storage space.
The hot springs pools were so wonderful! The water temperatures vary in each pool. We used the lower pools at night. There is a bar available and a pool with a slide. These are all VERY MUCH in the jungle area. The lighting at night is so pretty! The pools closer to the main lobby are more hotel-like. There are several chlorine pools there. We didn't use them because we stayed in the mineral-infused hot springs pools.
The food was fine, nothing spectacular. There are several places to eat on the grounds. The service is fine as well. Although they may not move quite as quickly as the waiters in the states, the wait staff was friendly and engaging. They were very happy to accommodate us. The buffet had an assortment of traditional Costa Rican breakfast foods and American food. The meals are costly. Keep that in mind. This is NOT an all-inclusive hotel.
1. Go zip lining at Arenal with Sky Trek. AWESOME!!!!
2. Club Rio received rave reviews from other guests although we didn't go down there (we had another excursion planned, and we were only there 2 days). The excursions at Club Rio have a fee. Several activities there do not.
3.Yellow billed Toucans fly from tree to tree--BEAUTIFUL!
4.The waterfall sounds and bird songs are intriguing and relaxing. Take binoculars!
5. Lay in the hammock and take a nap.
6. Geckos are EVERYWERE. When we turned on our balcony light, they were on the ceiling above us. They eat the mosquitos and bugs, so keep telling yourself that they are your friends! ha
7. Room service runs at about 45 minutes to an hour.
Any room will be fantastic and face Arenal. :)
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