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Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal

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With its superb views, thermal pools and warm, welcoming service, Arenal Springs Resort & Spa offers good mid-range lodging in the heart of Costa Rica’s adventure capital, Arenal. Each of the well-appointed suites overlooks the iconic Arenal Volcano, and there is a range of dining options in resort. Guests can make use of the plentiful onsite facilities but to properly explore all that Arenal has to offer we recommend trying the activities and tours on offer - perfect for releasing your inner adventurer.

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Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
  • rooms

    Junior Suites are bright and airy, with colourful throws, crisp white sheets and windows looking out to Arenal Volcano. Rooms are individually designed, but all feature high ceilings, natural materials and local art on the walls. Bathrooms feature rainfall showers, candles and toiletries made in resort. Master Suites have more space and better views, and feature private thermal water jacuzzis in the bathrooms. They also have a living area, complete with sofa and coffee table, large-screen TVs and fully-stocked mini bars.

  • facilities & activities

    As its name suggests, the resort’s prized facility are its hot springs. Four pools, heated to different temperatures between 34C and 39C, cascade through tropical gardens, giving guests the feeling of being immersed in the rainforest. Their mineral-rich water - naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano and its underground rivers - is said to moisturise and refresh skin. The springs are open daily from 8am to 10pm and guests have complimentary use of towels and lockers. There is a swim-up bar serving sushi and drinks, so you can wallow in warm water with a bite to eat.

    There are also three freshwater pools - including some with children’s areas - open daily from 8am to 10pm. Keen yogis should head to the lovely open-air yoga deck for complimentary classes, held Monday to Saturday at 6:30am. There is also a gym, spa and souvenir shop selling everything from sunscreen to bird guidebooks, as well as a vegetable garden. For days away from the hotel, optional tours include kayaking, white-water rafting, zip-lining, mountain-biking, canyoning and bird-watching.

  • dining

    Choose from three restaurants, each with its own distinct style. Named after the Maleku Indian word for River or Spring, Tai-Cain is the main restaurant, serving traditional Costa Rican fare, such as Gallo Pinto, fried plantains and Carne en Salsa (Shredded beef), as well as American favorites like pancakes, waffles, and hash browns. The breakfast buffet - included in your stay and available from 6:30am to 9:30am - is served inside its lovely wooden, open-air interior.

    An low-lit Italian Restaurant is set near reception and offers everything from cold meat platters to pizzas oozing with mozzarella, plus wine from Chile and Argentina. For a lazy lunch, try Sakana Sushi Restaurant, which is located in the pool area. Open from 10am to 9:30pm, the restaurant has a swim-up bar and a menu comprising Japanese favourites from California rolls to Asian salads.

  • family

    The resort welcomes families, and although there is no dedicated kids’ club, there are a number of family-friendly touches. Children will love playing on the rocks in the family pool, while parents can watch from one of the sun-loungers. Older children and teens will love the great range of activities on offer nearby, such as kayaking and zip-lining. 

    A family of four can sleep in a Junior Suite with two queen beds, but those looking for more space should book either two connecting Junior Suites or a two-bedroom Master Suite (which can accommodate four to ten people).

  • location

    The resort is set in Arenal, the adventure capital of Costa Rica, around 70 miles northwest of San Jose. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Arenal is home to lush forests, waterfalls and sloths - but is best known for the conical Arenal Volcano, dormant since 2010. The resort makes the most of this natural feature, with rooms offering fantastic views of the country’s youngest volcano and volcano-heated pools for easing aching muscles after trying activities including hiking, biking, kayaking and zip lining.

    The nearest town is La Fortuna de San Carlos and the local airport Arenal/La Fortuna is served by several domestic flights.

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