This was our first time to Costa Rica - and traveled with my 24 year old daughter. We arrived at SJO airport, and then took a 3 hour private transport to the resort. The private service did stop about 1.5 hours into the trip at a local restaurant, and we bought souvenirs at the shop next door. The van service was through Desafio - a nice van, with WiFi service and air conditioning. (our driver did not speak English) The ride to the resort is a very long, winding drive through the lush green hills of CR. Beautiful along the way (but if you are at all one to feel motion sickness, then you would need to sit in the front!)
The last road up to the resort is a VERY BUMPY ROAD! When you reach the resort, you are in paradise! This resort is the most beautiful place that I have ever stayed at! The rooms are beautiful, very clean, and our room had a beautiful view of the volcano. We were in room 108. The room had nice robes, the bed was very comfortable, plasma TV, ipod docking station, patio had 2 hammocks, table and chairs, and two leather rocking chairs. There is a hair dryer in the bathroom (leave yours behind), as well as two umbrellas (came in handy).
We did spa services - There you will find a sauna, and steam room - and the facility is beautiful. There is also a fitness room.
In the morning, there is a buffet (or a regular menu) - you might as well pay for the buffet in terms of price. There is also a sushi bar (I think they open after 3), but if you are dining at one restaurant, we found that we also could order off the other menus. They were very accommodating in that regards.
The restaurant Las Ventanas (the fancier one with the view) was very nice - food was excellent there! We enjoyed a lightening show that evening.
We took a taxi service to La Fortuna ($40 R/T). Walked around (take umbrellas - just in case) and bought souvenirs there. A great place to eat (recommended by the locals) is Nene's. Order the tilapia! Or the kabobs (or maybe whatever else is from their specials). The meal was very inexpensive - and a lot of food!!
You can expect to pay 23% on your bill (10% is an automatic tip to the staff), and then %13 goes to the hotel tax (or whatever that is). There is also another line to include additional gratuity if you desire.
We really enjoyed the mineral spring pools! Don't wear white bathing suits! (they'll be orange by the time you leave!)
Definitely pack rain jackets - we needed them off and on every day (but never for too long).
We took advantage of water tubing at the Club Rio (nice time, very pretty there). Also went to the animal sanctuary (not rushed at all, and enjoyed the time spent observing the animals there, and feeding the toucans.
I definitely would recommend The Springs Resort and Spa! I would love to come back to CR!!
- Also Known As:
- The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Hotel
- The Springs Hotel
- The Springs Resort And Spa At Arenal Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
- 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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