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The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal

Where the word "Vacation" is truly defined.

With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, five unique dining experiences, and an impressive full service Spa, The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design.

This Costa Rica luxury resort perches one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north of the active volcano but safely outside the government declared danger zone. Our luxury hotel’s higher altitude relative to other hotels in the area allows for not only incomparable views of the Arenal volcano, the lush valley, and the surrounding towns that sparkle at night, but also access to the area’s famous prevailing breezes. In fact, the name Arenal volcano is an indigenous word meaning “Window of the Wind”. With an average daytime high temperature of 80˚F in the shade and nighttime lows averaging 70˚F you are sure to enjoy countless comfortable hours in your balcony hammock, al fresco dining, or sipping a frothy tropical cocktail in one of our spring pools or our private Arenal hot springs.

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The Springs Resort and Spa is a 165 acre luxury boutique five star hotel in La Fortuna, Arenal, Costa Rica with the best view of the Arenal Volcano and the most onsite guest amenities including a 14,000 square foot full service Spa, hot springs, a kilometer of frontage on the Arenal River and a wildlife rescue preserve. We are the best hotel for bird watching in Arenal along with hiking, river fishing, kayaking and wildlife tours.  We have been rated one of the best five star hotels in the La Fortuna, Arenal area of Costa Rica. 

We are best described as a romantic boutique hotel that is a perfect honeymoon destination, but we are also a great family resort with many children’s activities. We are 20 minutes drive from the main town of La Fortuna in a secure, self contained and family-friendly resort atmosphere.  We are a true Costa Rica family resort and a romantic honeymoon hotel at the same time.  With 28 hot springs pools spanning over 4 acres of landscaped recreational area there is plenty of room to spread out and relax.

If you are not staying with us at the resort but in another hotel in the area we offer the best hot springs day tour in Arenal, La Fortuna. Chemical analysis of the minerals in our hot springs shows that we have the best hot springs in Arenal, La Fortuna with the highest parts per million of beneficial minerals.  We offer a two day pass for only $68 per person and this includes the hot springs tour as well as access to our five great restaurants and five bars.  Day visitors can also book additional tours with us.

Natural Hot Mineral Springs, Pools and Waterfalls

Volcano View, Arenal Costa RicaOur freeform, landscaped pools provide our guests with great views of the volcano and a multitude of options.  With temperatures ranging from 83˚F to 103˚F and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences our guests can find the perfect pool for their mood and the current weather conditions.  Tests of our hot mineral springs reveal an ideal natural combination of high bicarbonate and high chlorides with relatively low sulfur content to provide a safe and clean soaking experience.

Las Lagunas (The Lagoons)   Located at the base of the reception building this area encompasses two acres of lush landscaping and an assortment of multi-level sun and shade terraces surrounding twelve pools.  Four of the pools are fed directly by water pumped from our Hot Mineral Springs and the other eight are chlorinated but heated to various temperatures by our Hot Springs through a heat exchange system.  These pools range in temperature from 83˚F to 103˚F.

Perdido Springs (Lost Springs) is a connected system of trails and seven spring fed pools located within a forest canyon just a short 100 meter walk from the lowest level of the Las Lagunas pools.  The trail to these Hot and Cold Springs, called the Heliconia Walk, is lined with 150 different species of flowering Heliconias along with beautiful rainforest trees, plants and vines.   In the center of these pools is a small jungle bar called Los Perdidos (The Lost Ones) along with a water flume called the Monkey Slide.   These pools range in temperature from 90˚F to 101˚F.

The Springs Spa and Fitness Center

Our fourteen thousand square foot full service Spa encompasses one entire level of our reception building and reflects our serious commitment to provide a complete treatment experience to replenish your mind, body and soul.  Massages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures are offered in a luxurious and holistic setting administered by trained professionals with the latest technology.  Our treatment menu utilizes tropical botanical ingredients indigenous to the country as well as a variety of lab-tested, therapeutic volcanic clays harvested on the property near the hot springs. 

For our guests who enjoy staying in shape while on vacation we offer a comprehensive collection of the latest technology cardiovascular and strength equipment.  To enhance your workout experience the cardio room features an inspirational view of the volcano and surrounding valley.  

Our Spa facilities include a common lobby with spectacular views where both male and female guests can enjoy a relaxing break together between treatments as well as separate Ladies’ and Men’s relaxation areas for added privacy between treatments.  Of course, the locker rooms are equipped with steam and sauna rooms as well as private shower and changing accommodations.

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Dining & Cocktails

We are pleased to present a varied selection of dining options sure to please even the most discriminating palates. Whether you crave an Angus Beef hamburger served poolside at Treetops Grill or a Blackened Mahi Mahi with a Latin Touch at our fine dining restaurant Las Ventanas, we are sure to satisfy your culinary desires.

Las Ventanas (The Windows) - Reservation Required

Dinner 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Enjoy the finest dining in our incredible restaurant Las Ventanas where the only thing better than the view is the food. Be careful to avoid the window seats if you are afraid of heights because the windows are angled out to allow you to look almost straight down a thousand feet to the river below! At night the distant mountains twinkle with the lights of cities thirty miles away. Be sure to dine here at least once during the evening to capture the complete experience. Our Chef has created a menu blending the latest fusion concepts and the finest ingredients found on Costa Rica’s farms and in its two oceans. The menu is a well balanced combination of beef, seafood, pork, and homemade pasta as well as vegetarian fare. The incredible desserts are prepared using some traditional Spanish cooking methods combined with the natural flavors of Costa Rica.

Tres Cascadas (Three Waterfalls)

Breakfast 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunch 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM  
Dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Room Service: 6:30AM to 10:00PM
Our House restaurant would be appropriately described as a “Tasting” experience. Here you will sample to your heart’s content a variety of salads with signature dressings, hot or cold soups of the day, assorted fresh baked breads, and a selection of hot entrée items and snacks including fresh seafood from the pacific coast, imported steaks and local Latin cuisine. Our dessert menu offers a variety of classic and local signature delights with a unique art touch. When available, enjoy our international Dinner Buffet which includes a variety of Salads, Entrées, a complete dessert bar with small size delicacies and a pasta station with very fresh ingredients and sauces.

Ginger Sushi

The kitchen opens to orders from other restaurants from 1:00 PM
Sushi Bar: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Whether you just want an afternoon or late night sushi snack or an entire meal, Ginger Sushi is your ideal option.  You can dine under the stars or under roof in our festive open air Games Level.   Our fish arrives straight from Costa Rica’s fertile fishing grounds where they consistently catch Yellow fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sea Bass and Snapper along with an assortment of other tasty seafood delicacies. What better place to have a light, healthy snack while enjoying the view of the Volcano and perhaps a game of chess, checkers or backgammon.

Treetops Grill

Open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
We are not sure whether to describe the experience as poolside, cliff-side or tree canopy dining.  It all depends on which way you turn because you are surrounded by waterfall pools, while overlooking the tree canopy, down a slope which falls one thousand feet below, while the prevailing breezes rustle the palm fronds shading you from above. Add great food from the grill including the best hamburger in Costa Rica, an informal dress code, and some tropical music to the equation and you might realize that you have found the definition of the word “vacation”.  Bathing attire is not only permitted its suggested.  Even better, if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your poolside chaise lounge, we will bring the menu to you.  Because after all, we think this is what your vacation is all about.

Heliconia Bar

Open 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Located on the fourth floor of the reception between Las Ventanas and Tres Cascadas, this bar is perfect for a relaxing drink before or after dinner or for an afternoon cocktail. The seating presents a magnificent view of the volcano. The bar is decorated with cut Heliconia flowers from our on site collection.   The flowers are so magnificent you have to touch them to make sure they are real. 

La Laguna Bar (The Lagoon Bar)

Open 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Located in the center of our largest pool named La Laguna (The Lagoon)is our ever popular swim up bar.  This unique pool has multiple waterfalls and contains chlorinated water that is heated to a more than comfortable temperature by a heat exchange system using the hot water pumped from our natural hot springs.  Another unique feature of this bar is the warm curtain of micro-bubbles emanating from its base that creates the sensation of sitting atop a flowing spring.
When there is a televised sporting event this becomes the best sports bar in La Fortuna, Arenal where you sit in the warm water and watch the game on our flat screen TV's. Spending a few hours at this bar which has the best view of the Arenal Volcano is one of the best things to do in La Fortuna.

The Ranchito Bar (The Little Rancho)

Available for Functions and Private Parties

Located next to Canyon Falls, we believe this bar boasts the most beautiful setting in the reception pool area. Its higher location on the upper level of the Cascada Grande Pool allows you to see out towards the volcano, down over Playa Piedra Pool and Lower Laguna Pools, back towards the largest waterfall of Cascada Grande and out over the La Laguna pool and down to the valley below.  There is also a heated Jacuzzi a few steps away.

Los Perdidos Bar (The Lost Ones)

Open 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Located at the nexus of the trails within Perdido Springs (Lost Springs), this is a rustic palm thatch jungle bar that is surrounded by hot spring waterfalls on three sides and gardens on the other. There will be waiter service to all seven of the Perdido Springs Pools from this bar. This is a great place to watch the adventurous take a ride down our water flume the Monkey Slide..

Game Lounge

The Game Lounge, located on the second floor of the hotel, right alongside the Ginger Sushi Bar is the perfect entertainment location for children and adults alike. The various gaming consoles including a large screen Nintendo Wii, all of the newest gaming consoles, various puzzles and board games, table tennis, a chess board as well as foos-ball provide for everyone’s entertainment needs, whatever they may be. Although this is not a baby-sitting service we usually have a staff member in the room to assist the children with the games. Having the Ginger sushi bar at the entrance to our game room allows for adults to dine and enjoy a few cocktails while their children play right in the next room. We love to see our guest families spending quality evening time with their children in this family friendly environment.

The Springs Wildlife Preserve

Inconjunction with the MINAE (Ministry of the Environment and Energy) we operate a preserve for Costa Rican wildlife that has either been confiscated from poachers or donated by other private preserves or individuals.  We currently care for a multitude of animals including jungle cats, monkeys, among many others!


Recreational Activities

On-site Activities


Club Rio LogoClub Rio Outdoor Center located 1.5 kilometers directly below the resort along our beautiful stretch of Arenal River frontage.  This is a “Must See” amenity of The Springs Resort and Spa where we offer some of the most unique adventure activities in Costa Rica including Inflatable River Kayaking, River Tubing, Horseback Tours, Hiking Trails, Nature Tours, Hot Springs, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Swimming and a Wildlife Preserve for rescued animals.  Our restaurant and bar, Rancho Club Rio, is open for beverages and snacks and is a great place to relax in a beautiful atmosphere and watch the activity on the river and absorb the nature surrounding you.

Before or after your activities you can relax in hot spring pools just meters away from the scenic Arenal River or take a dip in a natural river pool where hot water percolates from the sand beneath your feet.  In certain areas of this pool you can lay in the hot sand while the cool river water flows over you.  It is a spectacularly beautiful and natural environment great for swimming or relaxing in a lounge chair and watching the river flow over the rapids.  . 

Club rioPlease don’t miss our “Calcium Canyon” hiking trails where you can take a quick circular loop hike and see natural hot springs welling up from the forest floor and the beautiful calcium formations the water makes on its path to the river.  Midway along this hike there is an incredible “Guacima” tree that has enormous buttress roots 20 feet wide and offers a mystical photo opportunity.

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Off-site Activities







Five Reasons Why You Should Choose The Springs Resort & Spa

We want you to have the greatest vacation experience possible and we feel that our property Day Visitor Package offers considerably more than other local hot springs for the following reasons:

  1. Superior View of the Volcano and Valley.  We are located on a high mountain ridge that allows for an eye-level view of the entire volcano (from base to top) along with the surrounding mountains and the valley below.  On a clear day the view extends for over 25 miles.  Even when the volcano summit is cloudy you still have an unbelievable view of the mountain range and valley.  The other hot springs in the area are located at the base of the volcano (most within the government declared danger zone) and they only have a view looking up to the top of the volcano, so when the top is cloudy they have no view at all.

  2. Various Pool Temperatures.  Clearly no one wants to sit in 104˚F hot water for a prolonged period on a 90˚F sunny day. At The Springs Resort and Spa when it comes to bathing experiences we are all about options.  In the Las Lagunas pool area alone we have eleven pools with seven different temperatures, and at Perdido Springs we have eight pools with eight different temperatures.  Our Laguna Pool Bar has an ideal regulated temperature of between 88˚F and 90˚F for enjoying cocktails without sweating or getting cold on either sunny days or rainy nights.  All of these pools are in close proximity to each other so it is easy to hop from one to the other.

  3. Five Dining Experiences and Five Bars- Unlike other local hot springs that offer limited dining options, generally a basic buffet without a view of the Volcano; we offer five restaurants (Fine Dining, Gourmet Buffet, Sushi, Riverside Rancho, and Pool Grill), all with a picture perfect view of the Volcano and Valley.  Of our five bars, only one bar, Los Perdidos, does not have a view of the volcano because it is located in an incredible rain forest setting surrounded by waterfalls. 

  4. More Space to Spread out and Relax.  Whether you are interested in basking in the sun or relaxing in a hammock in the shade we offer an extensive area of sun and shade terraces surrounding our pool areas with comfortable lounges, rocking chairs and hammocks, all with a perfect view of the volcano.  The other area hot springs give you just the option of sitting in the hot water or on the edge of the hot water, or fighting for one of the few lounge chairs. 

  5. Cooler Air Temperatures and Prevailing Breezes.  The Arenal Valley can get extremely hot on a sunny day and that is why we are pleased to be located five hundred feet above the valley plateau on a mountain ridge in the path of the prevailing breezes.  The name “Arenal” is an indigenous word meaning “Window of the Wind” because of the prevailing breezes created by the differential pressures of the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans.  All of the other local hot springs are located down in the valley and are not able to take advantage of these breezes.  With an average daytime high temperature of 80˚F in the shade and nighttime lows averaging 70˚F, you are sure to enjoy countless comfortable hours sipping a frothy cocktail in one of our spring pools or dining al fresco at one of our restaurants.

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