Jungle Resort with Mineral Pools Overlooking Arenal Volcano
Although it recently became inactive, Arenal Volcano still dominates the northwestern Costa Rican landscape, rising nearly 5,500 feet above the surrounding jungle in a conical peak. The Springs Resort & Spa sits atop a neighboring ridge just across the valley, where it overlooks breathtaking views of the famous volcano. The paradisiacal resort echoes the surrounding landscape with colorful bromeliads, tiered waterfalls, and 18 lagoon-style pools. The setting is so romantic that it was chosen for a group date night on the 2011 season of ABC's The Bachelor.
The property’s main building feels like a cross between a castle and a zen temple, surrounded by a handful of swimming pools. Many of these pools are fed by mineral hot springs thought to have therapeutic benefits. To continue the rejuvenating process, pay a visit to the 14,000-square-foot spa, where the staff uses volcanic clays and rainforest-botanical extracts.
You can see spectacular views of Arenal Volcano from almost anywhere at the resort. One of the best perspectives is from the Las Ventanas restaurant—its name means "the windows”—which is enclosed by wall-to-wall plate glass. Guest rooms look out onto similarly dramatic views. Alta Vista rooms frame the peak through triple-arched windows, and the Villa Calatea and presidential suite complement the view with private plunge pools surrounded by sun decks, hammocks, and stained-glass windows of jungle animals.
Get up close to real wildlife at the onsite preserve, home to ocelots, capuchin monkeys, and sloths. The preserve is part of the Club Rio Outdoor Center along the Arenal riverfront, where guests can reserve tubing, kayaking, and horseback-riding trips (extra fees apply) or take a morning bird-watching tour to try to spot passerini’s tanagers and chestnut-mandibled toucans.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano, Soothing Hot Springs, and Exotic Birds
Until very recently, Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It’s dormant now, but the surrounding region is no less stunning, with hiking trails, fertile rainforests, whitewater rapids for kayaking, and a lake that's perfect for watersports. And many tourists still come to see the volcano, which punctuates the varied topography of Arenal Volcano National Park.
The park contains a diverse ecosystem near the center of Costa Rica. Birders come here from all over the world to glimpse some 850 species of feathery friends, including the rare and striking Resplendent Quetzal. The rich landscape is marked by waterfalls and a few rivers ideal for whitewater rafting, most notably Rio Toro. The park is also a prime spot to take a scenic hike through dense cloud forest by way of hanging bridges.
A more rugged trek awaits at Sendero Coladas, or Lava Flow Trail, which leads to a field of jagged volcanic rock that formed after the eruption decades ago. Due to its geothermal activity, the park is also home to a number of natural hot springs. These therapeutic springs are a nice spot to unwind after a hike or a sing-off with a howler monkey.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport?
Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is about 70 miles from the property.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon?
Depending on option, the Groupon covers two guests in an Alta Vista room, four in Villa Calatea, or six in the presidential suite. Adding occupants above standard is $50 per night for each additional guest 12 or older; $40 per night for each additional child 11 or younger.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation?
Groupon customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits?
Resort credits are not included with the Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code?
For information regarding your dining options, please click here or call (954)727-8333.