In contrast to the intimate Nayara, the Springs Resort & Spa is built on a grand scale. This massive complex features huge, comfortable rooms and great beds, but the key here is the wide range of on-site attractions and activity options, including an extensive collection of hot and temperate pools (the largest has a swim-up sushi bar), a jungle waterslide, free yoga classes, and a separate “Club Rio” adventure park a short shuttle ride on the banks of the Arenal River. This also is the only lodge in the area with its own heliport. All rooms are oriented to offer views of the Arenal Volcano. Local cane (caña brava) is used extensively as paneling and wall ornamentation. This is a smart option for families, thanks to all the activities, as well as the family suites and private villas with cooking facilities. The restaurants, spa, and overall service here are top-notch. 

Reality TV fans will recognize the property from appearances on The Bachelor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.