Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
I used to go to Arenal Kioro in 2004 and 2005 when it was just a group of plastic tables and chairs in the middle of a field right smack in front of the volcano. There was no hotel, just an outdoor restaurant, and they had the best food. Everything was delicious, and they made really good Italian food, which was a little unusual for the area. The pasta carbonara was to die for. Then one day, a hotel sprang up around it — Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa — and they moved their restaurant indoors and built a wonderful spa. Hot springs followed.
I would bring my yoga groups to Arenal Kioro for spa treatments and a fancy dinner. The spa was wonderful. I had a massage with warm honey, and I practically melted into honey myself. I could hear the volcano rumbling during the massage and I remember thinking that if we had to evacuate, I’d just have to stay there on the table since I had become a complete noodle. I’ve had many spa treatments over the years, and that is one of the few that I remember distinctly.
So I often visited the hotel without staying there, but finally my husband and I were able to stay there last August as part of a site inspection. (We did not pay for the room.) Just walking into the lovely lobby put us at ease. Everyone was friendly and the staff brought us a welcome drink while we relaxed and they got the paperwork ready. There are 53 rooms, some with one king bed, most with two queens. Rooms are built hotel-style, rather than casita style. Our room was nicely decorated with two Queen beds, a daybed, table and chairs, mini bar, and bathroom with separate shower and nice amenities. Right there between the beds and the bathroom was a full-sized hot tub, warm and ready to go. (Every room has a hot tub!) We debated whether to soak away our travel aches and pains in the lovely outdoor hot springs or use this conveniently located hot tub. Since we had a long day of travel, convenience won out. Now here’s a tip: If you use the in-room hot tub, you might want to make sure to put the cover back on when you’re finished. We were too lazy, and left it uncovered all night and in the morning we found ourselves in a steam room. On the bright side, our skin was super-hydrated and we looked years younger! We had a lovely view from our patio, and enjoyed the morning symphony from the local birds and howler monkeys.
The breakfast buffet was very nice, the staff was friendly, and service was good. We enjoyed walking around the lovely grounds, and I regret that we didn’t have time on this trip to make a spa appointment, because I would love to go back there again. I highly recommend staying here.
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
La Fortuna, Costa Rica