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Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We arrived at Rainforest Casita with Hot Springs in the midst of a 3-day long rainstorm and thank goodness we rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle because this place was absolutely worth every back road you must take to get to it. We were greeted by Kathy's wonderful smile and hospitality as soon as we pulled up. She took us directly to our casita and showed us around the property. Its absolutely gorgeous and there was only one other couple staying there so it was as if the place was ours! Kathy recommended a local caterer for some local tico food and it was delicious! So good, in fact, that we ordered breakfast from her for the next day too! After 14 hours of travel, we were quite eager to jump into a hot springs, rain or no rain. A night there is light around some of the pools so its easy to find your way. The casitas were cozy and we slept great! Even though it was raining in the morning we still enjoyed a morning dip in the pools back in the woods before we left. Kathy and Bernie are wonderful hosts!! If I ever return I will be sure to spend more than just one evening with them. Oh, and share some love with Pepe their dog. He is just as much of a greeter as Kathy and Bernie. Pura Vida!!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed there from Feb.27 to Mar.3 2013.
Very nice and quite.
Kathy and Bernie,our host live on site and were wonderful.We became good friends
and plan to return.
My lady friend left her purse and we were 1 1/2 hours away.Kathy called Airbnb and they
notified us.We called Kathy and she had the purse and we went back to get it.My friend said
she just wanted to see Kathy again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank UncleJoe34
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Good thermal pool area with nice ranchos and cooling pools by each. Accommodations are just OK. Location is the problem here. Several miles of bad road make it an undesirable base for visiting other areas. Go for the day and enjoy the facilities but stay somewhere else. Day pass is cheap.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Michael C
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biothermales, Owner at Bio Thermales Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2016

Well, some people rave about the accommodations.
As for the roads the first 2 miles are already paved and the second and last 2 miles are scheduled to be paved by the end of 2016.
Bernd Zabel, Owner

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Engineering + Artisan = Bio Thermales. We stayed in the Casita for a week, and would have stayed longer if we didn't have to fly away. My husband and I have been travelling for a year now, and we have to say this place is in the top two of all the places we have visited. It is a destination location built atop a hill in the jungles of Costa Rica. Hard to imagine that it was all jungle just 4 years ago! The casita was immaculate, artistically designed, with comfy indoor and outdoor living spaces. Hand crafted all the way...by an engineer so everything was just perfect! Then, the pools were unbelievably awesome! Carved above hot thermal springs cascading from pool to pool offering different temperatures depending on our mood. The waters were so soothing (no sulfer smell) and therapeutic that our sun exposed skin healed almost immediately. And clean!!! They regularly drain each one and scrub them down, so you have no qualms about soaking away all your tension any time day or night. Since it is a destination resort, we often had all the pools to ourselves, especially at night which was so private our swimsuits just fell off a couple of times :) Kathy and Bernie are world travellers themselves so they really have an appreciation for what is comfortable for people on the road. We would highly recommend this place, and look forward to our next opportunity to stay at this paradise destination! It rocks!!!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

In our month visit in Costa Rica, we had the opportunity to be immersed in true paradise. Fortunately for us, we planned a weeklong stay at the Bio Thermals with owner-operators, Kathy and Bernie. No website review or boast can prepare one for the genuine hospitality, gorgeous jungle surroundings, healing and relaxing rainforest hot springs and the cozy, comfortable casitas in which we were so fortunately lodged.
There is much to do here in this tucked away paradise near La Palmera. We took advantage of the many hot springs scattered through the 30+ acre property. They are built as if part of the natural environment, which truly gives the feeling of oneness while bathing in the mineral-rich healing waters. After a day trip in Quesada ( a nearby town), La Fortuna the volcano town, or just a day out exploring the incredible green mountain trails, you can come back and at whatever time submerge your tired body into the pleasantly warm hot spring. From the pools to choose from, I especially enjoyed the one “primitive pool,” as I call it, which is nestled in between jungle trees, the views alone from the hot pools are pretty picturesque. The landscape and design is carefully and artistically laid out. The house we stayed in was hand crafted by the owners, and engraved with such delicate design to detail. We saved a lot of money by utilizing their kitchen and kitchen ware here.
We really enjoyed making our Costa Rican inspired meals here and then dining outside to our much beloved patio space. Hammocks, swinging benches and beautifully crafted wooden chairs assisted in keeping you comfortable while enjoying the natural beauty outside. The diversity of plant life is truly remarkable here in the jungle. What a pleasant escape watching butterflies, colorful hummingbirds and even the occasional chicken to greet the new day!
We couldn’t be more accommodated, and kindly hosted by the owners, and their assistants at the Bio Thermals. They are quick to help out with any needs or curiosities you may have as well as offer incredible recommendations for the “must see’s.” They helped our family plan a wonderful river rafting tour with a local biologist who had rich knowledge of the land and wildlife. They are the true definition of “Buena gente,” and we were so lucky to have had such a great experience here at The Bio Thermals! As a woman who loves to travel (and not lavishly) I highly recommend this place. Make sure this Costa Rican getaway is in your plans, you will be so happy you did!!

Cassandra Noboa, Austin, TX

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We spent a couple of nights here in July with two kids and we had a wonderful time. It was relaxing, quiet, non-touristy. Everything we were looking for.

The first night we stayed in the beautiful Mariposa Casita. It had everything we needed: a well-equiped kitchen, super clean, lovely bathroom. Double bed was comfortable. Single beds, not so much. We would have stayed for days if we could.

The pools are simply amazing. There is nothing like floating on your back, looking up at the canopy, listening to the birds and watching the butterflies go by. Heaven.

The second night we stayed in the Treehouse. We were really excited about this and thought the kids would love it. We were wrong! We wanted to go back to our lovely Casita Mariposa.

Now, we had been travelling in CR for awhile so we were used to the bugs but the Treehouse broke us!

We realized we were in the jungle but it was just too much. The upstairs with double bed was just crawling with hundreds and hundreds of little flying bugs so all four of us spent the night on two single beds on the main floor. No one was very happy.

I will go back in a heartbeat but i'll stay on ground-level and take a casita.

The owners are also very nice and you can tell this place is a labour of love.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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biothermales, Owner at Bio Thermales Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2012

Dear jomuise,

I am Kathy, owner of Bio Thermales, along with my husband Bernie.

Thank you for your lovely review of Bio Thermales and the Mariposa casita, but I am so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with flying insects in our Tree House.

We thank you also for letting us know about this problem because we wish to make every guest’s visit splendid, and your feed back has helped us do that.

The Tree House is quite new – it was completed in April – and so it is likely that we were still in problem solving mode when you visited. It’s obviously easier to make a masonry casita insect-proof than a wooden tree house up in the trees.

We have installed a mosquito net and Bernie spent several days constructing a new railing by the upper bed for safety, and also caulked any little spaces where insects could gain access to the Tree House.

We have received no reports of flying insect problems since then.

There is one type of problem with flying insects that we have no control over – if guests leave the door open, particularly at night with indoor lights on. Only guests can control this, and we warn them to keep the door closed at night when the lights are on.

Again, thank you so much for your lovely review and your thoughtful and kind manner in advising us of the problem.

All the best, Kathy

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Reviewed March 19, 2012

The hot spring pools are to die for. There is nothing like taking a soak at night and looking up at the stars. The Casitas are wonderfully built and decorated. There was a lot of love put into creating Bio Thermales. Take a walk in their jungle - you are bound to see some great birds, butterflies and maybe monkeys!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: La Palmera, Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Aguas Zarcas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Aguas Zarcas
Price Range: $65 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rainforest Casitas at Bio Thermales Hot Springs are charming handcrafted masonry cottages and a Tree House with kitchens and access (included in rental price) to 9 natural hot springs pools and natural cool spring swimming pool on 35 acres of rainforest in north central Costa Rica, 40 minutes from Volcano Arenal and Fortuna. Our hot springs are ancient deep Earth sources, rich in bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium. ... more   less 
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