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Arenal, Costa Rica
Best for: Honeymoon, Walking Trekking, Wildlife
Amor Arenal Rainforest lodge sits in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano, with luxurious cabins, a spa, gym, yoga pavilion, two hot spring pools, a cosy bar and a restaurant tucked away in a remote and tranquil setting.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Despite its secluded rainforest location at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, Amor Arenal is superbly well equipped with a range of amenities that promote both wellness and enjoyment, as well as offering a selection of activities. Combining its beautiful surroundings with modern technologies and sumptuously comfortable cabins, Amor Arenal has created a luxurious escape, enveloped by the rainforest with the deluxe amenities you would expect from a five star hotel.
The separate cabins are dotted through the jungle, overlooking the rainforest canyon towards the volcano. Crafted from natural materials, the hardwood cabins have thatched roofs and exposed stone walls. Spacious and light, the 872 sq. ft cabins include a large terrace with a view of the volcano and a plunge pool with warm spring waters. With air conditioning, a 55” TV, wifi and complimentary minibar, the luxurious rainforest retreat is complete.
The two restaurants of Amor Arenal share the same farm-to-table ethos, with a focus on organic produce sourced locally. The menus are seasonal, capitalising on the fresh ingredients from the area, including fish from the hotel’s own spring pools and fruit and vegetables from the gardens. Breakfast, lunch and dinner of healthy yet delicious meals can be enjoyed in the open-sided dining pavilion of El Rancho, where the rainforest is within reach and the volcano lies just over the treetops. For tapas and lighter bites, La Jaranita is a lively spot where live music, DJs or karaoke add a party vibe, along with craft cocktails and dancing.
The wellness centre offers a chance to unwind and relax with a select menu of massages, a yoga session in the pavilion overlooking the canyon, or meditation on a floating platform. The well-equipped gym includes arc elliptical trainers, a rowing machine, stationary bikes and a separate room for calisthenics. Alternatively you could escape to the two hot spring and three mineral water-fed pools to unwind in their warm waters with poolside food and drink service.
With the rainforest on your doorstep you need only walk out of your cabin to experience the flora and fauna of Arenal. The hotel offers two walking trails that take you through the rainforest, past gushing rivers and thundering waterfalls, or you could choose to horse ride for hours through the forest. For a more immersive rainforest experience, the hotel can arrange guided treks with a naturalist that include both trekking and horseback riding, picnics or campfire meals. The Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna waterfall are less than 10 miles away.
When to go
Arenal is fascinating all year round, though November to April are the best months for sunshine. December to March is high season and the whole Arenal area is inundated with tourists. The ‘Green’ season, from May to September, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Arenal Volcano Hike & Eco Termales Hot Springs
Enjoy a guided walk to the lava flows in Arenal Volcano National Park and take in the magnificent sight of the volcano. Afterwards, relax your muscles at Eco Termales Hot Springs and indulge in a delicious dinner.
Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek
The tour begins in the Sky Tram, an open-air gondola, that lifts you through the treetops and offers sweeping views of the Arenal volcano, lake and lush surrounding area. Once at the top, get ready to begin your Sky Trek zipline adventure!
Arenal Volcano Hike & Tabacon Hot Springs
Enjoy sensational views during a gentle hike along the base of the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Venture over lava encrusted trails, and finish with a dip in the volcanic thermal mineral pools at the hot springs.
Arenal Waterfalls & Volcanoes
Spend a full day hiking through the lush Arenal area, visiting invigorating waterfalls, passing along hanging bridges high above the canopy and hiking up the majestic Arenal Volcano.
Kayak on Arenal Lake
Enjoy a beautiful day out on Arenal Lake with this wonderful guided excursion. You will paddle along the gentle waters, observing different species of birds and monkeys, all whilst admiring the staggering views of the imposing Arenal Volcano.
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat
Board your boat and traverse through the diverse wildlife reserves of Caño Negro and the Rio Frio, incredible for bird watching and for observing the Costa Rican wildlife. Look out for sloths, monkeys, caiman and bats, as well as numerous tropical plants.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio
An all-encompassing highlights tour of Costa Rica, taking in some of our favourite sights and staying in some of our top properties! Perfect for a first time visitor looking to indulge and see the best of this enchanting country.