Arenal, Costa Rica
At a Glance
Luxurious rainforest lodge deep in the foothills of the Arenal volcano in the Arenal National Park
Elegant yet rustic jungle cabins feature private plunge pools and wraparound decks with volcano views
Explore the jungle on foot or on horseback, in search of wildlife, waterfalls and thermal jungle pools
A true ‘farm to table’ kitchen serves up the freshest local, organic produce
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
November to April is the best time of year to visit Arenal and is the 'drier' season in Costa Rica. The ‘green’ season is from May to September, which sees tropical showers most afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October. December to March is high season and hotels do get booked up months in advance so best to plan early.
To start planning your holiday to Amor Arenal
Perched on the edge of a virgin rainforest canyon at the foot of the mighty Arenal volcano, Amor Arenal is a luxury jungle lodge set in the adventurous heart of Costa Rica’s north-western highlands.
Amongst the tracts of virgin forest and densely jungled foothills of the Arenal volcano lies Amor Arenal, a collection of luxurious jungle cabins overlooking the distant peak of the volcano and the surrounding forest terrain.
31 luxury lodgings are spread throughout the jungle, with wraparound wooden balconies and floor-to-ceiling glass designed to make the most of the views. Hardwood floors and natural materials emphasise the hotel’s connection with nature, with stone walls and thermally heated plunge pools a constant reminder of the proximity to the mighty Arenal volcano. King sized beds with high thread count linens, vast bathrooms with rainforest showers and jungle views make these cabins the ultimate jungle sanctuary, with air conditioning, WIFI and luxurious amenities ensuring a truly relaxing and restful stay.
Amor Arenal’s main restaurant, El Rancho, focuses on the ‘farm to table’ philosophy of using locally sourced, organic produce that changes seasonally to create delicious, dynamic menus throughout the day. La Jaranita is the hotel’s tapas bar, offering lighter bites, cocktails and live music after a long day relaxing in the jungle surrounds. The jungle spa is the place to visit to truly connect and commune with nature, with a host of pampering treatments available in the thatched forest cabins. The neighbouring fitness centre is fully equipped with cardio equipment and weights should the need for a jungle workout arise; whilst the hot spring and mineral fed swimming pools provide the ultimate place to relax, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest.
Meandering through the virgin forest canyon are a host of hiking trails just waiting to be explored, with maps and guides available to take you through the forest in search of thermal pools and waterfalls. To venture further afield, horse riding expeditions start at Amor Arenal and strike out into the canyon and across the foothills of the volcano, perhaps stopping en-route for a picnic or a swim. Further afield there are many jungle adventures on offer. From canyoning to ziplining, all originate in the vibrant town of La Fortuna, just a short drive from Amor Arenal.
The spacious cabins are hewn from tropical hardwoods and large expanses of glass, to make the most of the sweeping views across to the Arenal volcano. Natural materials and muted tones reflect the stunning nature that surrounds the cabins, with huge double rain showers that overlook the virgin rainforest and wraparound decking complete with mineral spring plunge pools. Whilst nature is the star of the show, no luxury has been spared, with wide screen televisions, air conditioning and WIFI available throughout.
Children over the age of 13 are welcome at Amor Arenal.
Amor Arenal’s main restaurant, El Rancho, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and focuses on a ‘farm to table’ concept, using the freshest local produce available to create a delicious, organic menu. La Jaranita serves up lighter bites, tapas style, alongside live music and DJs each evening. The spa offers two treatment cabins with incredible jungle views and an extensive treatment menu, whilst the fully-equipped gym is packed with cardio equipment and weights, with a separate room for calisthenics. Amor Arenal also has two hot spring and three warm mineral water fed pools, some hidden in the jungle and available for private hire for the ultimate rainforest experience.
From its location of the edge of a virgin forest canyon, Arenal Amor has many self-guided walking trails through the jungle, with horse riding excursions available that can include a picnic or swim in local hot springs. The nearby town of La Fortuna is an adventure hub, with ziplining, canyoning, white-water rafting, hiking and lake cruises available nearby.
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Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek
Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.
Arenal Volcano Walk
The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.
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.
Full Day Caño Negro Wildlife Experience By Boat, canoe or kayak
The Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve is wonderful for wildlife lovers looking to discover one of Costa Rica's most biologically diverse regions. It is considered to be one of the best destinations on the continent for bird watching.
Kayak on Arenal Lake
Gently paddle around Arenal Lake and soak in the spectacular views of the volcano, best enjoyed on a clear day. Explore the shoreline and observe a variety of birds including herons, kingfishers and flycatchers.
Natural History Walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges
Enjoy a fantastic natural history walk through primary tropical forest, crossing 1800 metres of canopy walkway, in the company of an expert naturalist guide. See a wonderful array of flora and fauna on the way including sloths, monkeys and exotic birds.
Pure Nature Exclusive Safari Float Adventure
Take a raft through the jungle, floating down the Rio Frio river, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, sloths, bats and crocodiles as the jungle turns from day to night!
Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike
Witness the unearthly blue colour of the Rio Celeste as you take a rainforest hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Geological oddities and the Rio Celeste waterfalls are additional fascinations.
Extraordinary Costa Rica
Central Valley, Osa Peninsula, Arenal, Guanacaste
from £5300 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Stay at a luxuriously appointed boutique boltholes, designed to reflect their gorgeous natural surroundings and offer you a feeling of complete tranquillity and exclusivity
- Feast on deliciously refreshing tropical fruits (some of which you might struggle to identify), sample local street food delicacies and savour the best cup of coffee with beans grown just metres from where you are standing!
- Hike through jungle forest trails to remote lookout points and be rewarded with unforgettable sunsets and romantic moments
Ultimate Costa Rica
Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio
from £7000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce
- Visit a secluded hideaway in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley
- Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip
Location & directions
Arenal, Costa Rica
Amor Arenal is located on the foothills of the Arenal Volcano, west of the town of La Fortuna and gateway to the adventure heartland of Costa Rica.
How to get there
A 3 hour road transfer from San Jose. Alternatively, you can fly to La Fortuna, which is 15 minutes from Amor Arenal.
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