The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal – Alajuela, Costa Rica – Imagine the windows rolled down, wind breezing through your hair, as you travel the long, winding road through Costa Rica’s countryside. The scenes jump to greet you – farm houses, villages, and small towns separated by tall, cascading waterfalls and large patches of rainforest. It’s a magical setting, indeed. Located within and unfolding down a steep hillside is Arenal’s Springs Resort & Spa.
Just a short shuttle’s ride from the main clubhouse is Club Rio – the playground at the Springs along the Arenal River. There are bike paths, horse stables, tubing on the Arenal, and rock climbing, just to name a few of the activities. If you love animals, you’ll have to check out the animal enclosures – ever wanted to see a wild cat up close? Or monkeys? Sloths? It’s all possible at Club Rio.
All of the guest suites at the Springs mimic the main clubhouse – high cathedral ceilings made of the best locally sourced hardwoods from the furniture to the walls themselves. Many suites even have their own private terrace, hammock, and views of the great Arenal Volcano.
But the real draw of the Springs Resort are the near 30 thermal pools cascading through the rainforest. These sculpted pools have healing properties, and with so many thermal pools, you won’t have to share with many other guests. You might even get lucky and get a pool all to yourself.
When you’re ready for a meal, you have lots to choose from – gourmet buffet dishes at Tres Cascadas, Japanese fare at Ginger Sushi, or Costa Rican traditional dishes at Las Ventanas. Get there early and ask for a window table – you’ll be rewarded with panoramic canopy views. After dinner, go out for a cocktail at one of the five onsite clubs and bars. Don’t worry – in the morning, you can shake it off at the Spa at Arenal.
Activities away from the resort are plentiful also. Consider taking a tour of Arenal National Park to see the volcano of the same name. The lava flows aren’t visible from the resort’s property, so a sunset tour of Arenal National Park gives you access to the flows and a picture-perfect sunset. What more could you ask for?