Arenal (in La Fortuna) was our first stop in Costa Rica after an overnight stay in San Jose. It was around a 3 hour drive which we took by private transfer. The hotel was amazing and the bungalow style rooms were all situated so that you could see the volcano from the door. It really was a beautiful site to wake up to.
The volcano is active and like other hotels in the area, many of the pools were heated via the volcano. The pools were lovely. There was a small children’s pool, swim up bar and various heated pools with small waterfalls. The boys were allowed in the heated pools but as they are under 12 an adult needed to accompany them.
The grounds themselves were beautiful and I spent many a day trying to photograph hummingbirds and lizards.
The rooms had 2 double beds and we were able to get a rollaway bed for little man. The shower allowed bright sunlight inside.
As we visited Costa Rica in August, it was green season and Arenal was the one place we visited where the rain was more erratic. It rained every evening. We also had a morning of rain. Luckily it doesn’t really bother you in a heated pool.
There are all the usual trips for Costa Rica around Arenal. Rainforest tours, white water rafting and zip lining to name a few. We chose to spend an afternoon at Tabacon Springs and a rainforest tour. More about them to follow!
The food at Arenal Springs Hotel was lovely. There is a main restaurant, a pool bar and a pizzeria. The latter does get filled quickly. All our meals were delicious and the staff were fine with the children sharing meals when necessary. There is a children’s menu available too. Breakfast was included and was buffet style. There really was something for everyone. Pancakes and omelettes were made to order.
Arenal Springs was a beautiful resort that I would happily recommend to anyone. The only downside is that if you haven’t rented a car, you would need taxis to get around. There is also no cheap snack options available, just the snack bar which is a minimum of $10 a dish. There is a small onsite shop if you want to buy some crisps or drinks but I would recommend going to a supermarket in San Jose to pick up some bits before you get there.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa really did set the bar for our stay in Costa Rica. I loved the heated pools, the friendly staff and great food as much as I did looking at the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. The fact that it accommodated a family of 5 in one room was the icing on the cake. A fantastic place to stay for your visit to Arenal.
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