Quite possibly the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at in my life. We just stumbled on to this place when we heard they had a promotion for $25 hot springs. We had already visited Ecotermales and were just curious about other hot springs in the area. After driving 2 miles along the bumpy dirt road off the main highway, we stumbled onto this massive, massive project in the jungle. First reaction was: WOW......what is this?
We walked up to the main lobby and were greeted by the employees at the front desk. Inquiring about the hot springs, we were told that they were running a promo on hotel rooms and that the price of the room included the hot springs. I won't tell say what price we got the room.....it was a killer deal. You can see from the hotel website that this place is paradise.....and priced accordingly!
We stayed in the two - bedroom family suite. One word: Insane. Two massive king - sized beds (total luxury) -- pillow tops, luxury sheets, etc. Incredible mini bar (wines, liquor, etc).....massive bathroom (jacuzzi, great shower, his/her sinks--pure luxury). Incredible view of the volcano and valley (socked in with fog when we were there). Awesome balcony (two hammocks, great chairs, peaceful......incredible) for relaxing. The whole room was built with beautiful bamboo and other types of beautiful wood. Absolute luxury, is all I can say.
The hot springs were incredible. There are two hot springs: the main hot springs near the hotel and the "Perdido Springs." the main hot springs have a wide variety of temperatures -- just amazingly beautiful landscaping and views. They also have cooler pools (for those hot days) and pools that let you swim right up to the bar and get a drink.......WOW! (Just keep in mind, you can rack up a big bar tab quickly......cheapest drink is $8 and a drink w/ top shelf liquor will set you back $20+).
The pictures on the website and brochures don't give this place justice.....something you need to see in person. If you can't afford the room, just pony up the money to go to the hot springs. The "Perdido Springs" are a short walk down the hill -- and in my opinion, the best hot springs in Arenal. Think: it took 6 years to build this hotel (from what the hotel employees told me) -- and it shows. The landscaping at the Perdido Springs is unreal. I think I saw more flowers here then I did in many of the national parks! We actually saw toucans there, too (the only toucans we saw when in Costa Rica). The Perdido Springs are huge.....there is even a water slide and another bar! We went there at night and had the whole place to ourselves. Nobody else was there. It was incredible. We returned the next morning only to have the place to ourselves again. Very romantic at night and super fun during the day. The construction of the pools is incredible. I don't think I've EVER seen my girlfriend so happy as she was there. Yes.....it's like the Garden of Eden.
The restaurants in this place are incredible. First class all the way. Fairly reasonably priced meals (think Tenderloin w/ mashed potatoes and vegetables for $18)....but go for the sushi! (Sushi, in the rainforest??? Yes.) The ginger rolls----wow. I know it sounds crazy, but the sushi here was the best thing we ordered. When we were there, the electricity went out in the restaurant.....so we ate by flashlight (they cook by gas). The views from the restaurant are unreal. I would love to go back and have dinner overlooking the volcano (again, socked in when we were there).
They've also got a gym...(lots of equipment, free weights, etc--I worked out and nobody was there). A day spa for men and women where the only limit is your credit card! A maximum pleasure day could set you and your hunny back 1K easily......!
Keep in mind, this place has like 4 levels and they're planning on building a casino and dance club? We met the owner/manager.......that guy has some serious vision for building an uber-luxurious place in the jungle.
Does a place like this really fit in the rainforest? It's up for you to decide. On our vacation to Costa Rica, we stayed in a variety of places, from super-basic cabinas, to middle of the road ($70 buck a night) hotels, to this place. It was really interesting to see the variety of hotels available in the country. If you're a Four Seasons kind of person, this is the type of hotel for you. It was definitely a highlight of our trip. Highly recommended for honeymoons.
- 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