Arenal Volcano Resorts & Hotels

The quiet town of La Fortuna is famous for the majestic Arenal Volcano. Whether you desire to stay at an eco-friendly bungalow or an upscale resort, we hand-picked the best hotel choices.

Where to stay?

The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourism attractions in the country. The hotels, lodges, and luxury resorts in the area are as diverse as the landscapes of the region. Among the best hotels near the Arenal volcano, you will find upscale, all-inclusive, 5-star resorts, in the form of luxury bungalows and resorts, as well as more rustic, eco-friendly hotels in and around La Fortuna. Our team has selected what we feel to be the finest for each budget and taste, in terms of both service and facilities. It’s time to start planning your next vacation to Arenal, Costa Rica.

What’s the Best Luxury Hotel near Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica?

Let’s start our tour with the best luxury hotel. Arenal is home to some of the best hotels in Central America, and you don’t have to take our word for it. Nayara Resorts is repeatedly voted the number one hotel in Central and South America and even number 4 in the world by reputable travel magazines! From your first hour there you will understand why it is raved about around the globe.

Luxurious personalized service like no other goes hand-in-hand with the seclusion of Nayara’s “casitas,” or bungalows, sprinkled among lush tropical gardens, with excellent volcano views and intimate outdoor jacuzzis. What more is there to ask for? Well, there’s also exquisite dining, a wine bar full of fine worldwide selections, and an indulgent spa experience to take all your cares away! Nayara is the place to get pampered! If all the relaxation makes you hungry, don’t worry. La Teraraza, Asia Luna, Nostalgia Wine & Tapas Bar, Mi Cafecito, Amor Loco, Altamira, and Mis Amores are restaurants and cafes offered between the various Nayara properties.

Nayara Springs is for adults only. You’ll have a private host there to help you with anything you wish for, such as spa services or complimentary laundry. You’ll stay in a hidden villa, with a private terrace and a plunge pool that has thermal, spring-fed water. Pleasure is in the details there. For example, there are towel warmers and both indoor and outdoor rain showers. Extra touches like free yoga classes and live music are added in too. Couples enjoy cushy lounge beds for two on the deck and covered terrace. Fitness enthusiasts love the floor to ceiling volcano and rainforest views from the gym.

Nayara Gardens does allow kids and is fun for families seeking to indulge. This is a luxurious place to slow down, stay a while, and make some memories. Connect with the rainforest as you reconnect as a family.

Nayara’s newest and most luxurious option is Nayara Tented Camp. Although a name can insinuate some possible discomforts that go along with your regular camping, Nayara tents go way beyond any other glamping option out there. The combination of accommodation, natural setting and level of service is unparalleled. Each tent has a private deck with direct views of the towering volcano, and a natural thermal water plunge pool. Any modern comforts you can wish for is probably already listed under amenities. Outdoor shower, an i-Home studio system… You name it, they have it. Nayara is, by far, the best luxury hotel in La Fortuna.

Hotels with Onsite, Private Hot Springs & Luxurious Spas

Next on our list are The Springs Resort and Spa, Arenal Kioro, Royal Corin, and Tabacon because they all offer on-site, private hot springs set among stunning tropical gardens, relaxing and soothing spa experiences, and impressive international dining options.

The Springs Resort and Spa is “The number one relaxation spa hotel in Central and South America,” and “One of the seven resorts with the most spectacular views in the world.” It’s also a favorite among celebrities so keep an eye out. “The Bachelor” was hosted there twice! The Springs combines upscale luxury with endless adventure. So much is offered right on-site, from five cocktail bars to fine dining, and from horseback riding to kayaking. There’s tubing, mountain biking, fishing… something for every member of the family. There’s a giant waterslide and a wildlife reserve too. There you’ll find rescued pumas, monkeys, sloths, turkeys, scarlet macaws, margays, jaguarundis, and ocelots. Extensive menus are offered at this large resort. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is whether to eat at the Treetops Grill or Las Ventanas. There’s fine dining, a poolside grill, a buffet restaurant, and a sushi bar.

Arenal Kioro has well-maintained gardens and seven on-site hot springs. It’s eco-friendly and known for spectacular service. It’s positioned to face the iconic volcano. The specialty at it’s Heliconias Restaurant is meat and seafood.

The Royal Corin has a more contemporary resort ambiance. It’s elegant, upscale, and zen. The Emperador Restaurant there has a buffet breakfast and a la carte meals later on. There’s also a top floor bar for pizza and tapas with a panoramic view.

Tabacon offers a range of accommodations to suit many budgets. There are two on-site restaurants and three bars. The buffet breakfast goes above and beyond. Tabacon won awards for Best Luxury Spa Day and Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa. Treatments are done in private ranchos, with the sounds of the jungle to help you relax. I recommend the volcanic mud wrap.

Budget-Friendly Options among Hotels in Arenal Costa Rica

Family, budget-friendly options among hotels in Arenal Costa Rica, with great amenities, include: Arenal Manoa, Arenal Springs Hotel, Volcano Lodge and Lomas del Volcán.

Mountain Paradise features uninterrupted panoramic views, a pool and wet bar, and free transportation to La Fortuna and the hot springs.

The Rio Celeste Hideaway has elegant bungalows with Balinese hardwood furnishings. It offers paths to Rio Celeste, a river that glows bright sky blue because of volcanic chemicals. Postcard worthy pictures are taken there everyday.

Arenal Manoa is a charming place. It even has a small on-site farm that young children adore. Suites come with modern amenities yet have a rustic charm. You can see the volcano from bed! Honeymoon suites have Jacuzzi-style hot tubs. Get a massage in your room or check out the restaurant for gourmet international cuisine paired with some of the best wine in Arenal. There’s a family pool with a swim-up snack bar. This hotel prides itself on its Level 3 Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

Arenal Springs Hotel has on-site cold and hot springs, spa services and even a yoga pavilion and full-service fitness suite. It’s a rustic resort with great views from each room. It uses solar panel technology and has a Level 5 Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. There’s a sushi swim-up bar and an Italian restaurant there. Don’t forget to get some chocolate therapy at the spa.

Volcano Lodge & Springs is another affordable option. It has gorgeous botanical gardens with exotic plants, nature trails, a small playground, a pool with a sunken pool bar, and thermal hot springs. There is an on-site gift shop and also a spa, called the Volcano Spa. The Surá Restaurant is intimate and has a great breakfast buffet.

Lomas del Volcán has rustic cabins in the foothills of the volcano. Each cabin has a volcano view from a private terrace. There are 1.5 miles of nature trails and a pool and Jacuzzi. The on-site restaurant, The Lomas Restaurant, uses quality local ingredients. Don’t miss the “Moonshine Mojito” at El Volcán Bar.

Arenal, The Adventure Capital of Costa Rica

Whether you prefer an eco-friendly boutique and/or a family-friendly one, or even the most luxurious hotel stay of your life, we’ve got you covered. Any stay in Arenal, Costa Rica is sure to be full of as much adventure or relaxation as you desire and tons of volcano views from your hotel, restaurants, pools, and ziplines. Speaking of ziplines, did you know that Arenal is the adventure capital of the country? As wonderful as your hotel is, make sure to leave a few times to go on excursions like rappelling, hanging bridges, birdwatching, and nighttime wildlife tours.

There’s also tubing, white water rafting, ATVing, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and so much more. Take a guide with you on your hikes so they can point out easy to miss wildlife. Keep binoculars close at all times because you never know when a squirrel monkey will show up close to the hotel’s pool. Likely when you least expect it. In Arenal, learn to expect wildlife sightings daily, hourly even. Be on the hunt for new creatures from your hotel window, outdoor shower, and thermal pool to complete your Arenal, Costa Rica experience.

Trying to figure out which hotel is best for you by just looking at these photos and descriptions can be tough. Our travel consultants know them inside out and will gladly help you pick out what’s best for your travel personality!

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