The volcano is the star here. Showing a different mood in every light, it is visible large on the horizon from every bungalow. The lanes connecting the bungalows invite one to stroll at a leisurely pace, winding back and forth through the resort. Off to one side there is an undeveloped field which offers good bird-watching. A small stable near the entrance houses a few horses who patiently allow the animal-starved tourist to connect with them. The pool area is superb -- different pools for adults and children, and a hot-spring pool with swim-up bar and waterfalls giving wonderful neck massages. At a nearby resort, zip-lining and horseback riding are available. The zipline has a series of eight cables running from platform to platform down the hillside over the trees, and the staff members will take pictures of you with your own camera as you are zipping down towards them. The food at Arenal was delicious during our first dinner here, although not so good the second night, maybe because it was Sunday and the cook's night off? All in all, we were very happy with Arenal Springs as a base from which to explore the area. We just hope that the adjacent land doesn't get developed and that the resort doesn't get any bigger -- the open vistas and unhurried feel of the place comprise much of its appeal.