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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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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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