Nowhere else in Costa Rica allows you the luxurious yet captivating proximity to a (now) dormant volcano encircled by rich rainforest, diverse wildlife and a multitude of adventure activities..
Encompassing over 120 square kilometres (46 square miles), Arenal Volcano National Park lies on the southern shores of Lake Arenal with the conical peak of the volcano at its heart. Park rangers and geologists keep a very sharp eye on the volcano’s motions, whose last eruption was 1968, giving you the chance to get very close to the exhilarating and powerful mountain.
The great wealth of biological and geological diversity of the area means you can hike through flourishing rainforests, coffee plantations and old lava fields, trek to the emerald crater lagoon of the dormant Chato, take a dip in hot thermal springs, rappel through forest canopies, ride white water rapids, or simply watch in awe the fiery cascades of the volcano from the poolside.
Hummingbirds, tapirs, quetzals and deers are some the fauna highlights and we can arrange various privately guided and bespoke expeditions according to your predilections. Similarly we offer a range of stylish and luxury hotels in the Arenal area that will suit the type of holiday and exceptional standards you are after.
When to go
Temperatures range between 21°C (69°F) and 27°C (79°F) throughout the year, and the dry season is from December to May.
What to do
- Hike through the rainforest of the Arenal Volcano National Park
- Trek through the old lava fields and numerous nature trails
- Take a dip in the hot springs
- Go on a canopy tour, white water rafting, biking, or horseback riding
- Bird watching
Itineraries including Arenal
Whatever you want your luxury tour or safari itinerary to include, we’ll create something fully bespoke for you… and only you.
Accommodation in Arenal
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TabaconTabacon is a beautiful and serene luxury hotel, located at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano. It is set within 900 acres of lush, tropical grounds through which Costa’s Rica’s largest network of hot springs flows. This rainforest retreat is tucked away on a winding road that climbs up from the small village of La Fortuna. There are 103 rooms and suites that look out over the rainforest and gardens. Decor is contemporary and elegant and feature artwork and furnishings from Costa Rican artists. The River Tabacon feeds into waterfalls and warm pools lined with soft, black sand and guests staying at Tabacon will enjoy full use of the thermal mineral springs. The water is heated by the volcano and the temperature in the pools ranges between 72 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Head upstream and you’ll find the Shangri-La Gardens, an adult-only hideaway with six pools, cocoon-shaped cabanas and bar. The open-air spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, made all the more relaxing by the idyllic surroundings and sounds of the rainforest. There are two restaurants offering a mix of Costa Rican and international cuisine, as well as four bars.