Up until December 2010, the Arenal Volcano was considered to be Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It is now ranked third behind Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba. The Arenal Volcano is the most picturesque volcano and has the iconic cone shape. The surrounding area is rich with wildlife, beautiful rainforests, waterfalls, and natural thermal hot springs, with so many exciting and family-fun adventure activities and nature tours available in the Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna area. Here are the best places to stay to enjoy it all.
Nayara Springs is an adult-only, romantic and luxurious boutique hotel located on the fringes of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Your backdrop is of the active volcano and pristine lush rainforest. Each villa has its own private plunge pool that is fed by natural hot springs. You also have a private garden, an outdoor dual rain shower, and a private host. The villas are elegant and incredibly comfortable. Nayara Springs is one of the top hotels in Costa Rica and Central America.
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Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens is the sister hotel of Nayara Springs. This luxurious, eco-conscious, and romantic resort is absolutely stunning and will be the most wonderful place to come back to after all your adventuring. There are private villas and deluxe casitas, as well as a world-class spa, several gourmet dining options, and a great selection of eco-tours. Plus, the views and scenery here are spectacular.
The Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is the closest hotel to the perfectly cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, at only 1.7 miles (2.7km) away. At this incredible lodge located within the Arenal Volcano National Park, guests have convenient access to hiking and biking trails that go through both primary and second forest, past waterfalls, and beautiful pastures. There are also 400 species of birds that make their home in this immediate area, so this is definitely a birding hotspot. This comfortable lodge offers several different types of accommodations, a spa, and a great restaurant.
The Springs Resort and Spa is one of the most romantic hotels in La Fortuna. Every detail of the place is luxurious. You can spend your honeymoon in a cloud-like bed with a perfect view of the Arenal Volcano, sipping perfectly crafted cocktails in a pool with a swim-up bar, melting in relaxation in one of the multiple natural hot springs, getting pampered at the spa, eating at the sushi bar or fine dining restaurant, and taking day trips to waterfalls and the rainforest. The Springs Resort and Spa has everything you could ever want in a honeymoon.
The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort offers a harmonious blend of nature and luxury. This 54-room luxury boutique offers guests stunning views, natural hot springs and multiple pools, a full spa, international gourmet cuisine, several bars, and close proximity to all the adventure and nature tours that you could possibly want. In 2016, the Royal Corin won the World Luxury Hotel Award.
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa is a luxurious and peaceful accommodation option. There are 53 spacious suites that all have panoramic volcano or mountain views. When you open your balcony doors you will feel like you are right in the forest. It is the most magical place to sit and have a cup of coffee and watch the clouds roll through the trees. There is also a hydromassage hot tub in your suite and private thermal pools just a short walk away and the 27-acre property is bursting with beautiful plant life.
El Silencio del Campo is a village-like resort of 20 cabins on a breathtaking piece of property. There is a restaurant, spa, pool, and natural thermal waters. Your cozy cabin will be your home away from home while you are up here enjoying all of the natural and adventurous wonders of the La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area. This peaceful place is family run and you will be made to feel like part of the family.
Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat, La Fortuna
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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is “more than just a place to sleep.” There are 10 unique accommodation options, including villas, cabins, and a tree house. This incredible cabin retreat is located on a vibrant piece of property where you will feel connected to nature. Your meals are farm-to-table fresh and often organic. There are multiple packages, workshops, and retreats offered at Leaves and Lizards throughout the year. This is a place that will definitely steal a part of your heart and stay in your memory forever.