Arenal Volcano hotels are strategically located close to Arenal National Park and are the perfect retreat for those of you interested in combining outdoor activities with top-notch facilities.
Hot springs, amazing views, and lush forests are just some of the things that can be seen in the nearby area of the volcano.
It is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica, visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Located in the northern part of Costa Rica’s lowlands the imposing Arenal Volcano is still an active volcano that use to spew a large quantity of gas, lava, and ash until 2010.
Starting with October 2010, the volcano entered into a new phase known as the resting phase and nobody knows how long will last.
Without any doubt, the Arenal area is famous for its luxurious hotels, high-class services, and top-notch facilities.
Most of the hotels are hidden inside the lush forests, pretty close to the national park area, and the hiking trails that offer you amazing views of the volcano and the rich fauna and flora.
1. Nayara Springs
With its 35 luxurious villas and amazing services, Nayara Springs is rated as one of the best hotels in Latin America and among the 10 best hotels in the world based on numerous travel publications.
This Costa Rica resort by the volcano is hidden inside the dense jungle and is considered by most tourists a truly hidden oasis with beautiful and colorful interiors and outstanding design.
The centerpiece of each villa is the private terrace that offers an amazing view of the volcano and the surrounding forest.
Each villa of this springs resort and spa has a private pool filled with thermal water that has healing properties for your skin and body.
During your stay at this luxurious hotel, you will have your private butler who will help you book your trips or spa treatments, or even order some delicious food from the menu.
Rooms are equipped with cable TV, complimentary minibar with snacks, soft drinks, and alcohol.
You’ll find an indoor and an outdoor shower as well as a towel warmer wrack on each room of this resort.
In the room rate of this Arenal volcano hotel, you have included a birdwatching tour twice a week, the open-air yoga pavilion with daily classes, a fancy piano bar with live music each night, and the beautiful Mediterranean restaurant Amor Loco.
2. Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Hotel Arenal Kioro is a beautiful Costa Rica resort volcano perfect for families, couples, and groups interested in nature and wildlife and looking for high-end services and amenities.
One of the most popular Arenal Volcano hotels is located right at the foot of the volcano close to La Fortuna town (the main access point to the volcano).
It is located just 15 minutes away from La Fortuna town and within walking minutes from the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Both international airports San Jose International Airport and Liberia International Airport are located 2.5 hours away from the hotel.
The hotel offers amazing views of the mountain, modern amenities, and great services, not to mention the delicious food you can try at their restaurant.
What I like most about this hotel is that it has a thermal spring right inside the resort with healing properties for your skin and body.
Everything is surrounding by lush vegetation and most of the rooms overlook the volcano, so you have high chances to see the summit.
The resort is extremely quiet, even during the night as there is no live music nor night entertainment at the premises.
3. Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
With a beautiful design and unique interiors, Lost Iguana Resort and Spa is another volcano hotel Costa Rica that I recommend for your stay.
The resort is nestled in the middle of the lush forest with spectacular views of the volcano and close to hiking trails that go deep into nature.
The hotel features a beautiful spa, a tasty restaurant serving international and local cuisine, a swim-up bar, a large outdoor pool, an amazing waterfall.
The rooms are big and spacious with tile floors, local artworks, and wooden ceilings for an exotic and peaceful atmosphere.
All the rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fan, safe deposit box, coffee maker, and mini-refrigerator.
All the beds have Egyptian cotton sheets and some of the rooms feature an outdoor Jacuzzi and an outdoor shower.
You can book a massage at the on-site spa, lay near the swimming pool or in a hammock, book a tour to explore the volcano area, or follow a hiking trail deep into the forest.
4. Nayara Tented Camp
One of the most spectacular Arenal Volcano hotels is definitely Nayara Tented Camp is a luxury camp that reminds you about the African and Asian luxurious camps located in the middle of nature.
This unique volcano hotel Costa Rica is an eco-friendly property nestled in the middle of the jungle but offering all the amenities you need for an unforgettable holiday.
Right near the hotel, hidden deep in the forest is a natural thermal pool with healing waters where you can relax and enjoy your time with your beloved ones.
Nayara is very committed to protecting the forest and wildlife, so on the property had been planted more than 1,000 Guarumo trees to provide refugee for sloth and other wild creatures.
There are 25 private tents out of which 14 have 2 bedrooms and can accommodate 2 couples or a family with two children.
All of the tents offer amazing views of the volcano and have a private swimming pool with thermal water and an outdoor shower.
One room of the most surprising hotel near volcano Costa Rica, Nayara Tented Camp has wooden floors, a huge bathroom with a beautiful tub in the middle, and a comfy bed with a botanical headboard mural.
5. Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
The next resort on my list with hotels close to Arenal Volcano Costa Rica is Arenal Manoa and hot springs, a beautiful resort located at the foot of the volcano.
The resort is located in the middle of lush gardens, featuring an outdoor swimming pool for adults and a special pool for kids.
The on-site spa offers a wide range of body and face treatments such as aromatherapy, facial therapies, hot stone massage, and reflexology.
At La Saca Restaurant you can try a wide range of international and local cuisine, while at the bar you can sip a cocktail, grab a snack and chat with your friends.
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What is interesting about this resort is the on-site farm, a place where you can see the daily activities from a typical Costa Rican farm.
All the rooms are spacious and clean overlooking the volcano and come with air conditioning, cable TV, coffee maker, mini-fridge, and hot water.
6. The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
Arenal Volcano hotels list continues with The Royal Corin Thermal Resort and Water Spa another beautiful hotel located close to La Fortuna town.
There are 54 rooms all spacious and modern, designed in a simple way, equipped with a minibar, wooden furniture, ceramic Vitro, and floor to ceiling glass panels for a great view of the volcano.
The largest and most beautiful room is the Master Suite and there are 6 of them, all furnished with high-quality pieces of furniture, an in-room Jacuzzi, and a sitting area.
Guests can serve all three meals at the local restaurant, Emperador Restaurant that serves a wide range of dishes from international and local cuisine.
On-site there are 3 bars, including one near the plunge pool, perfect places to sip a cocktail, relax and admire the surroundings.
Improve your experience at the resort’s spa, The Loto Spa where you can relax in the Jacuzzi, sauna, or thermal pools while a wide range of face and body treatments are available at extra charge.
7. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
Built-in 1987 as a research observatory used by the scientists from Smithsonian Institute, Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only resort located inside Arenal Volcano National Park.
The volcano lodge features a beautiful and large swimming pool, a Jacuzzi while horseback riding tours, volcano hikes, and miles of trails are available for you and a great opportunity to observe wildlife.
This is definitely the best place to go if you want to observe wildlife and get a better understanding of the Arenal area, as the property is known as the most authentic and educational resort in the area.
The lodge has 48 rooms spread in more buildings, most of them having a beautiful view of the volcano, the gardens, and the old lava field.
In the room rate, you have included breakfast, access to the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and morning hikes in the national park.
The standard room from the Arenal Observatory can accommodate 2 guests and have private bathrooms and a view of the volcano or Arenal Lake, while La Casona, the largest suite can accommodate up to 4 guests.
The most secluded room is called White Hawk Villa and it is located 0.7 miles away from the main building.
It can accommodate up to 8 persons and features a living room, two bedrooms, a dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen.
All these Arenal Volcano hotels are conveniently located close to the national park and offer breathtaking views of the summit and the surrounding area.
You can book bird tours and hiking tours in the surrounding area and explore the volcanic landforms that appear after volcanic eruptions.
These luxurious hotels are the best in the area and offer you privacy, relaxing moments, and a great atmosphere far from any city pollution.
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