Despite the relative isolation—you're several kilometers beyond Tabacón—this is a favorite among Fodors.com posters, largely because each hillside room has a huge picture window and door opening to an individual balcony with stupendous volcano views. Rooms are decorated with locally made art and bamboo-frame beds, and suites have vaulted ceilings, garden showers, and private whirlpools. A few cottages are tucked away on the grounds and make ideal getaways for families. The spa and two pools make it a relaxing stay. The location, a short drive above the Arenal Dam, makes this a good bet if you have your own vehicle, but taxis can ferry you to and from area attractions, too.
20 km west of La Fortuna on hwy. toward Nuevo Arenal, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
/2479–1557; /2267–6148-in San José; /2479–1558