4 of the most luxurious hot springs in Costa Rica

There is something truly exquisite about a hot spring: luxuriating in water heated by a volcano feels as primal as it does magical. Nowhere is this experience more transcendent than in the hot springs of Costa Rica. From rustic, rocky pools to high-end spas, the hot springs of Costa Rica have the healing powers and natural luxury we crave.

Tabacón Grand Spa, Arenal

The land surrounding Arenal Volcano (or Volcán Arenal) in Costa Rica is blessed with many hot springs, and the resort at Tabacón has the ultimate location: While many hot springs rely on drills and pumps to bring ground water into their manmade pools, the Grand Spa boasts soothingly warm spring water that flows straight from the ground. Nearby, the Arenal Volcano provides geothermal heat that makes the water a delicious temperature. The low mineral content of the water prevents the sulfuric scent that is a common feature of many hot springs.

Tabacon Grand Spa, Arenal

The little town of Tabacón was destroyed by a 1968 eruption (the volcano has been more or less dormant since 2010). The Grand Spa was built in the wake of the disaster is acclaimed year after year for its world-class accommodations and incredibly unique thermal luxury. Bask under waterfalls and experience the health benefits of the hydrothermal flora and fauna in the water (which locals claim beautifies skin). Then slip off to any number of specialized massages and treatments by the spa’s highly trained staff, or stroll across the footbridge to enchanting gardens.

Eco Termales, Arenal 

Admission to the hot springs at Eco Termales are limited to 100 people in 3 daily time slots, ensuring a tranquil and completely relaxing experience for guests. The pools are supplied with mineral spring water. This water is quite warm and restorative, and the fresh juices offered at the bar are probably equally as beneficial. After meditating and swimming in these elegant stone pools, surrounded by beautiful tiling and ergonomic lounge chairs, take a romantic walk down the well-lit rock paths of the surrounding jungle. You’ll see exotic birds and brightly colored flowers along the way.

Hot Pool and Cold Pool with Natural Shower

Los Perdidos Hot Springs at The Springs Resort and Spa

Famous for its three gorgeous hot spring pools as well as its appearance on ABC’s program “The Bachelor: Costa Rica,” Los Perdidos Hot Springs are pure honeymoon-worthy luxury. The swim-up cocktail bar and hot springs have views of the nearby volcano. The four restaurants on the property and the well-appointed spa and fitness centers allow guests to live well. You can get a massage before or after your visit to the springs. Los Perdidos is perfect to share with a loved one, and equally delightful to see on your own.

Los Perdidos Hot Springs at The Springs Resort and Spa

Rincón de La Vieja

The legend of the Rincón de La Vieja volcano – or “The Old Woman’s Corner” – tells the story an angry father who throws his daughter’s lover into the volcano’s crater, leaving the distraught girl to become a recluse on the mountain. Because of the magical properties of Rincón de La Vieja’s hot springs, the girl developed special powers.

Rincon de La Vieja

Some of the purest waters flow at Rincón de La Vieja, the Guanacaste province’s premier hot springs locale. Guests will find warm mineral waters in five crystalline bathing pools, as well as rainforest air, saunas, and volcanic mud baths. After a day at Rincón de la Vieja, you’ll rediscover your own magical powers in no time.

Zach Smith is CEO of Anywhere.

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