It is hard to stand out at one of the most trodden paths in Costa Rica but Kioro manages more than just that!
Situated 10 km from the town of La Fortuna, this hotel is perched on a hill well above the main road – elevating you high enough to allow breath-taking views of the perfectly shaped Arenal volcano.
The drive up to this beautiful boutique hotel sets the standard as you wind up the hill through their beautiful gardens. The warmest of welcomes awaits with a cold cocktail and a friendly smile from the reception staff. We had the pleasure of meeting Victor who showed us around the property giving us some of the interesting history of the hotel. Owned and built by a family has allowed it to retain certain charms whilst organically growing over the years. When the plot of land was originally purchased people were unsure if the location would be suitable for a hotel – however they were to be proven wrong. It seems almost every room in this hotel looks at the volcano but the 360 degree surroundings of greenery and nature are of equal beauty!
All 53 suites are very airy and spacious fitting so much in one room! There is a day bed – handy if you are travelling as a group of 3 (or have lots of luggage!), a coffee table and chairs just inside from the Juliet balcony, 2 queens or 1 king, double vanity bathroom and a Jacuzzi that has enough space for 4 people! All the other amenities follow suit and will not leave you disappointed! Even though being in the adventure capital of Costa Rica you can see why some people don’t tend to leave the hotel room!
Arenal Kioro is not just known for its lodging and hot springs – Its world class restaurant offers a variety of cuisines and still boast one of the best buffet breakfasts in the area. Having stayed at this property a few years ago this breakfast had really stuck in my memory – so this time I was prepared. I got up a little after sunrise a jogged through the gardens to the gym (that has that great volcano view that you seem to get from every single area in this hotel) and worked up a good appetite! After a quick shower and a dip in the pool I went to enjoy the buffet breakfast that was just as good as I remembered it from years ago. If I could offer one bit of advice it would be to enjoy a coffee on the platform just off the restaurant facing away from the volcano. From here you have the best 360 views the hotel offers.
The Neidin Spa is situated a short walk through the beautifully kept gardens and have a wide range of services. Not being familiar with Spas or the treatments they offer I thought it was about time that I take the plunge and went for a volcanic mud facial! I was shown to a private room with ‘that’ volcano view. A cool scented towel was placed over my eyes, soft music was played and my facial massage started and ZZZzzzzz Whilst my treatment was only 30 mins, I was told I was asleep for about 20 of that! To top it off whilst exiting the Spa one of the members of staff pointed out a sloth sleeping high in the tree above us – an animal I could very much relate to after my Spa experience.
There is so much else I want to include – the beautiful art & furniture throughout the hotel, the conservation efforts earning 5 leaves, the 2 pools, the bars (especially the one serving sunset cocktails) and much more.
One thing that I will never forget is the simplest – sitting in my room with a glass of wine looking out to the volcano (photo below)
I cannot say enough good things about this place – thanks again Kioro! Hopefully I will stay with you again very, very soon!