Wow! Clint and I had the most amazing vacation! If you were to ask me what was one thing I would do differently, I wouldn’t have an answer. It was just that good! Our vacation really felt like two vacations in one. The first vacation was to the rainforests of Arenal and second vacation to the beautiful beaches of the Papagayo Peninsula. Both are two of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to in my entire life! Maybe there was even a third vacation thrown in there, our daytrip into Nicaragua, which was equally as amazing in it’s own right.
Just before our trip we found out that the Kardashians had just gotten back from Costa Rica. Want to guess the two places they stayed? The exact two same places we stayed, The Springs Resort and Spa in Arenal and on the Papagayo Peninsula (a $12m house just down the road from our hotel). But they ate dinner at our hotel and we went to the private beach we did. They must have come across my vacation playbook!
We touched down in Costa Rica on Friday afternoon June 9th (which ironically was five years to the day we last arrived in Costa Rica). We hopped off the plane and fifteen minutes later were in a private van on our way to Arenal! It helps when you only travel with carry-ons!
We made a quick (okay, Linsey quick) stop at the Costa Rican supermarket to buy some snacks and drinks. There was a little cafeteria inside the supermarket with the real authentic food that the Costa Rican’s eat. It was a little shady, but the food was great!! Next door, I grabbed my first “real” Costa Rican hat (only later to find out that it was made in Irvine, CA) and some coconut water. I’m not really into coconut water, but it made for a good picture. We hopped back into the van and away we drove to Arenal.
Costa Rica is amazing! Even the three hour drive to the resort felt like part of the adventure. The Springs Resort and Spa in Arenal was hands-down the most incredible hotel we’ve ever been to. When you arrive you are greeted with the most spectacular view of the Arenal volcano and the valley below. The hotel is situated on the side of a mountain giving every room, pool, restaurant, and everywhere you look an incredible view!
The hotel staff brought us a fruity welcome drink and then took us on a golf cart ride to our room, which was directly below the pools. Looking back, we probably had the best room in the whole property location-wise. The bridge from the resort area led directly to our room. When we got inside our room we are blown away by the majestic beauty! We had the most amazing view of the Arenal volcano and the valley below. I am so glad we upgraded to the second floor so we could see everything.
The room was absolutely spectacular with teak wood everywhere, the most gorgeous Costa Rican flower arrangement I have ever seen, and a welcome fruit plate. But the balcony is what did it for me! Outside was a table and chairs, two rocking chairs, and two hammocks! We could have been happy just staying right there, but we knew there was lots of exploring to do!
This place is truly amazing! Clint described the resort as magical, and he couldn’t have been more spot on. There were warm hot spring pools everywhere, so I’m right out in the open and some hidden. Since it was starting to rain, we decided to grab dinner and then hit the Hot Spring pools after. But first, drinks! We grabbed a Pina Colada from the fourth story open air bar and watched the sunset over the Arenal Volcano. It was stunning! Clint was in the mood to eat Sushi, so we chillaxed outside at the sushi bar watching the rain come down. It was pretty perfect.
As we are walking back to our room I decided to take my shoes off and step into the beach entry of one of the Hot Springs. Only it wasn’t a beach entry and I fell right in! Luckily I was wearing my swimsuit and a swimsuit cover-up but still I fell right in! Okay, what the heck, let’s go swimming! So Clint jumped in and we went swimming in the hot springs in the rain. It was pretty magical! There was even a place where we could hide go under the rock overhang so we were still in the rain, but hided from it. Love this place!!