Rio Perdido Hotel & Hot Springs
Why We Love This Hotel
- New eco-resort in a unique dry forest setting, neighboring Rincón de la Vieja national park's active volcano
- It's perched on the rocks where two rivers meet and has its own natural thermal springs
- On-site activities include zip-lining, climbing, tubing and kayaking in the Canyon Blanco
- There's an open-air spa and three swimming pools with a swim-up bar
The hotel is located in Far Northern Guanacaste -- "one of the lesser-traveled but vastly rewarding parts of Costa Rica," says Fodor’s-- just south of Rincón de la Vieja (the country's equivalent of Yellowstone Park). The owners are very conscientious about environmental responsibility, sourcing all of their electrical energy from a geothermal power plant, drawing drinking water from an on-site well and sponsoring English lessons at the local school.
The hotel may be new, but the estate is already known for its canopy excursions and adventure tours, including a 50-foot Tarzan swing, five zip lines and climbing routes. Guests can also explore the Canyon Blanco by mountain bike and kayak, or chase the rapids on an inner tube. After a day of hair-raising exploits, sink into the warm waters of the property’s three large thermal pools, or enjoy a treatment at the open-air spa. In the evening, the restaurant serves local cuisine sourced from neighboring farms.
The modern glass-walled cabins are suspended above the ground and sit beautifully in the forest setting. Inside they are just as cutting edge, flaunting polished concrete floors, multi-use day beds, free Wi-Fi and an air conditioning. Bathrooms have polished countertops, embedded with recycled glass and stone, and all have raised terraces so you can admire the scenery.