Having sent many families to this resort with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano, I wanted to see it for myself, so I planned a quick trip to check it out. There are many nice properties in the area, but this one is the first choice for families wanting a full-service resort experience. All the rooms look out on the volcano, which can only be fully seen when the clouds clear. This is the best view we had during our stay.
The 165-acre property is beautifully landscaped and features many mineral pools and springs, fed by the natural hot water beneath the earth. There are 18 free-form pools, many with waterfalls, of varying degrees and mineral content located around the grounds. The hotel also features a full-service spa, bars and restaurants, including a swim-up sushi bar. A highlight of our stay was the buffet breakfast (not included) featuring many traditional Costa Rican specialties and baked goods.
The rooms all have king beds and balconies or terraces, and rollaway beds are easily added for families. Our son especially enjoyed the hammock on our terrace. Vista rooms are ground floor rooms; I would recommend at least an Alta Vista room, which are 2nd and 3rd floors. For families, the family suites with loft bedroom or 2-bedroom junior suites are best. We found the rollaway beds not as comfortable as we would have liked, but for a kid, probably just fine!
If you choose to stay elsewhere in the area, you can purchase a day pass to enjoy the facilities at The Springs Resort. One must-do activity in outside the resort (and there are many!) is the Sky Trek zip line adventure. As the highest, longest and fastest zip lines in Costa Rica, they are quite exhilarating. You will scream with joy as you fly across the valley, 600 feet above the ground going up to 50 mph!