Need to know
Noon. Earliest check-in, 12pm.
Fans of constant snacking will appreciate the first stocking of the minibar being included in the room rate, along with the cinnamon rolls, cookies and blinis awaiting under a cloche. Reception has a tea station (with snacks), too, for early-morning-excursion starts.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, souvenir-stocked boutique. In rooms: Smart TV with Netflix, air-conditioning, hair straighteners, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, yoga mats, kettle bells and umbrellas.
Our favourite rooms
If you want to continue your volcanic romance, request a room with a view of imposing Arenal so you can gaze at it adoringly. The second block of rooms (numbers 15 to 31) are slightly quieter, as they’re further away from the pool bar.
Each casita has its own plunge pool (with the temperature set to your liking) and there are various spring-fed communal ones to cool off in too, including the star of the show with a swim-up bar.
The spa embraces its rainforest setting, with open-air treatment rooms looking out across the canyon. Forget whale music: the soundtrack here is all-natural jungle beats instead. There’s a mani-pedi station, as well as a yoga pavilion in the forest and a meditation platform suspended in the canyon.
Binoculars for bird-watching and sloth-spotting; cooling cottons and loose linens for rainforest-temperature regulation. Humidity may not be your hair’s friend, but the cabins all have a set of straighteners so you can at least attempt to look slightly less frazzled.
One of the pools has a ramp for wheelchair access.
Over-13s only. Extra beds can be added, or families can book a room with two queen-size beds.
The hotel was designed to take advantage of its (plentiful) natural resources, using several types of wood from Costa Rica and neighbouring Nicaragua. There’s so much natural light in the restaurant and rooms that artificial illumination won’t be needed until at least 6pm each day.