Concierge.com's insider take:
The six-story Springs Resort & Spa in the Northern Lowlands has a grandstand view of the Arenal Volcano from each of its 42 hardwood-clad guest rooms and villas. There are hammocks on the broad balconies, whirlpool tubs in the marble bathrooms, raised king-size beds, and flat-screen TVs angled above picture windows with volcano views. Look familiar? Episodes of The Bachelor were filmed here in 2011. But the real prime-time attraction is the resort's Arenal Waterfall Gardens, a series of landscaped thermal hot-spring pools connected by waterslides. Considering that there's also a large game room, a sushi bar, a formal restaurant, a full-service spa, and several swim-up bars, it may be a struggle to motivate oneself to venture off-campus and explore nearby Lake Arenal and its neighboring volcanoes. Thankfully, there's a wildcat refuge close to home, where the hotel runs a riverside outdoor activity center.—Christopher P. Baker
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