Incredible Places to Stay Around the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal is the perfect romantic destination for couples
The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal is the perfect romantic destination for couples | Courtesy of The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal / Expedia
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3 September 2021
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Up until December 2010, the Arenal Volcano was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It’s now ranked third behind Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba. The area surrounding the volcano is rich with wildlife, beautiful rainforests, waterfalls and natural thermal hot springs. There are also many exciting, family-fun adventures and nature tours available in the area. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

Nayara Springs

Bedroom suite with four poster bed with a terrace and swimming pool at Nayara Springs
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Nayara Springs is an adult-only, romantic and luxurious boutique hotel on the fringes of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Your backdrop is of the active volcano and pristine lush rainforest. Each villa has a 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.

Nayara Gardens

Balcony with a hammock and seating overlooking the jungle from Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
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Nayara 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.

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

Path way through greenery leading towards Arenal Volcano - at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
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The Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa is the closest hotel to the perfectly cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, only 2mi (3km) away – and you can stay there by joining Culture Trip’s specially curated small-group Costa Rica trip. At this incredible lodge within the Arenal Volcano National Park, you’ll have convenient access to hiking and biking trails that go through forests, 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 at Arenal

Outdoor decking with hot tub at The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal
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The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal 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 on a honeymoon.

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa and Resort

Interlinked ponds outside The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort surrounded by foliage
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The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa and Resort offers a harmonious blend of nature and luxury. This 54-room luxury boutique offers stunning views, natural hot springs and multiple pools, a full spa, international gourmet cuisine and several bars. It’s also within proximity of all the adventure and nature tours that you could possibly want. In 2016, the Royal Corin won the World Luxury Hotel Award.

Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa

Double bedroom with TV, chairs and a view down into the green valley at Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
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Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites and 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, private thermal pools just a short walk away and the 27-acre (11ha) property is bursting with beautiful plant life.

Hotel El Silencio del Campo

Outdoor pool surrounded by foliage at Hotel El Silencio del Campo
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Hotel El Silencio del Campo is a village-like resort of 20 cabins on a breathtaking piece of property. There is a restaurant, a spa, a 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.

These recommendations were updated on September 3, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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