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Arenal Springs

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- Large, mid-range hotel with good facilities
- Man-made hot springs
- All rooms have volcano views
- Great variety of water and land activities

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Arenal Springs is a large, mid-range hotel perched on a mountain ridge just six kilometres away from the towering Arenal volcano in northern Costa Rica. What this somewhat sprawling property may lack in authentic charm, it makes up for with really good facilities. The extensive on-site network of man-made thermal springs is a particular draw, along with the lovely tropical gardens which boast some fantastic birdlife. There’s also a huge variety of water and land-based activities to choose from in the area.

The 90 rooms comprise Junior and Master Suites. The Junior Suites are fitted out with a range of natural materials and feature a number of artworks by various local artists. They are quite simple in their design with basic facilities on offer and either one king or two queen-sized beds. The seven Master Suites are considerably larger in size, sleeping four to ten people. They come with a living area, a walk-in wardrobe and a wider range of amenities. While the décor in general may be somewhat dated, all rooms are pristine and offer plenty of space along with a private terrace area complete with uninterrupted views of the volcano. Families are welcome and there are various options for interconnecting rooms and the provision of additional beds. Note that the power generators do generally create a bit of a background noise.

The hotel’s pretty grounds feature over two dozen manmade hot spring pools spread across four acres. These pools are open daily from 8am to 10pm and when they close for the evening, they’re completely drained and refilled in order to keep them clean and prevent the growth of algae. The hot springs system is very well designed, with lots of vegetation and natural features used to make them look as authentic as possible. There are also no fewer than three freshwater swimming pools, with some special swimming areas just for children. Wheelchair access is provided throughout the hotel.

The activities on offer are broadly divided into four categories. There are ‘Adventure Tours’ for adrenaline junkies and those who enjoy physically challenging activities, ‘Wildlife Tours’ aimed at those looking to discover more about the local nature, ‘Hiking Tours’ that are ideal for those who will appreciate the breath-taking scenic views and ‘Water Tours’ out on the Arenal River. Some of the many options include zip lining, canyoning, birdwatching walks, volcano hikes and a boat tour to a nearby wildlife refuge centre.

When not out and about, there are plenty of on-site amenities to make use of. There’s a well-equipped gym along with an outdoor gazebo where complimentary early morning yoga classes are held daily. For those looking to completely unwind amidst the tropical surroundings, there’s the Natria Spa, which comprises three private, open-air bungalows and offers a good range of treatments. There’s also a shop selling sundries and souvenirs, along with three restaurants and several bars, one of which is a swim-up bar.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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