La Fortuna, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Erick Lizano: Solutions-driven hotel operations expert with 10+ years of experience providing clients with the highest degree of hospitality and customer service in luxury hotels. Depth of experience in all phases of hotel management in a full‐service environment, including sales and marketing, F&B, revenue management, understanding customer requirements from a business perspective, and oversight of a large staff.
5-star Luxury Hotel
Owner envisions to develop 5 boutique luxury hotels based in Costa Rica. A second hotel development has begun to be opened in 2027.
History & Story
In 2015, the visionary entrepreneur Rafael Checa embarked on a journey to create an exclusive chain of hotels in the breathtaking landscapes of Costa Rica. Handpicking La Fortuna, he uncovered the perfect canvas—an exquisite property with three distinct areas for hotel development, nestled near the majestic Arenal volcano amidst opulent greenery. In 2016, Rafael acquired this promising haven, setting the stage for a grand vision. Amor Arenal is Rafael Checa’s life project, transcending mere business. Beyond profit, it’s a commitment to creating jobs and enhancing lives. In the luxury travel tapestry, Amor Arenal exemplifies Rafael’s commitment to crafting extraordinary experiences with refined elegance and genuine hospitality.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Amor Arenal epitomizes hospitality crafted with love. As one of La Fortuna’s premier new hotels, it offers impressive facilities that combine bold design with cutting-edge amenities, catering to contemporary travel trends. The hotel’s striking architecture and open layout, set against 106 acres of tropical forest, promote a deep connection to the land. Its mantra of ‘adult-friendly’ hospitality is reflected in the stand-alone accommodations, which feature premium amenities like panoramic walk-in showers and private decks with heated whirlpools.
As an independent property, Amor Arenal is dedicated to regeneration, guided by a commitment to protect the natural environment and support the local communities.
This oasis spans 106 acres, masterfully crafted into an adults-only retreat right at the feet of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Strategically located, Amor Arenal stands as a tranquil sanctuary amidst the vibrant life of La Fortuna. Its proximity to town and iconic Costa Rica hotspots, it allows guests to seamlessly indulge in the local culture and eco-adventures. Conveniently located 2 hours and a half from the San José International Airport and 3 hours from Liberia International Airport.
Keys sites / activities in the area
• Arenal Volcano National Park
• Hiking Lovers (Hanging Bridges + Fortuna Waterfall +Volcano Hike)
• Hike & Nature (Hanging Bridges + Fortuna Waterfall)
• Forest and Rocks (Arenal Hanging Bridges + Arenal Volcano Hike)
• Sky Tram and Trek
• ATV Tour
Did you know? Amor Arenal sprang from the vision of a seasoned travel expert who infused every corner with meticulous care, mirroring the resort’s loving name. It’s a fresh face in La Fortuna’s luxury scene, but has already become a beloved escape for those in pursuit of unparalleled, rejuvenating escapes.
Our hotel crafts to create an ambiance for adults only. Our minimum age is 13 and above.
• Number of suites:
31 Canyon Casitas
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
31 Canyon Casitas
Our luxury Casitas feature a king size bed (21 Casitas) or two queen beds (10 Casitas), fine linens, double sinks, private toilet and dual-headed rainfall shower with amazing views of the surrounding forest.
Each Casita is complete with its own warm natural spring spa-plunge pool and intimate terrace facing out to the volcano and our rainforest canyon stream. All Casitas are built from precious tropical hardwoods and offer exceptional privacy and living space at 81 sq. meters (872 sq. FT.)
Restaurants & Bars
• El Rancho Restaurant & Bar, as Amor Arenal’s premier dining venue, El Rancho presents international cuisine with a bold Latin American twist, set against the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano.
• Tico Grill, this unique eatery offers every guest a personal mini grill at their table, inviting them to barbecue a custom selection of fresh vegetables and proteins.
• La Jaranita Gastro Pub, experience the essence of Costa Rica at our themed lounge/bar, which showcases the nation’s beloved drinks and traditional tapas.
• La Granea, a cozy enclave for coffee aficionados, La Granea takes pride in offering the finest coffee roasts and brewing methods, complemented by a delectable array of Amor Arenal’s freshly-baked breads and pastries.
• Chef´s Corner, engage in a culinary journey led by Amor Arenal’s Chef, designed to immerse you in Costa Rican-inspired gastronomy.
• Rainforest Spa, nestled in the forest, this spa harnesses the uplifting serenity of nature and its elemental energies.
• Heated Springwater Pools, welcoming spaces for lounging, relaxation, and communion with the serene surroundings.
• Gym, a panoramic gym equipped with functional training gear and cutting-edge cardio machines.
• Yoga Platform, encircled by the forest, our Yoga Deck fuses natural energy with advanced technology, enhancing the holistic benefits of yoga for mind and body.
• Meditation Platform, expansive views across a mosaic of greenery inspire tranquil reflection and a profound sense of connection.
• Janzu Pool, a sanctuary for therapeutic water treatments, crafted to foster peace, introspection, and transformation.
• Sound Therapy Atrium, a chamber where wellness resonates, synchronizing mind and body with the healing power of sound vibrations.
Corporate & Celebration Events
We can host small intimate weddings and special events in three beautiful settings. Each of them provides unique elements that allow you to create diverse settings of impeccable style and detailed beauty: Yoga Deck, Meditation Deck or La Jaranita.
Extra Notable Features
• Rum Tasting Experience, we have curated the rum tasting experience to celebrate the essence of spirits across Central America, rooted in the richness of sugar cane—the very heart and soul of our craft. Over centuries, this technique has evolved and perfected, culminating in modern times where the finest rums stand shoulder to shoulder in quality with the best whiskies or cognacs.
• La Cava, as our hotel continues to evolve in providing exceptional experiences, we were inspired by the passion for wine held by our private Sommelier. Thus, we embarked on the endeavour to create our Wine Cellar. This addition serves to complement the efforts we’ve dedicated to enhancing our offerings over the past years.
• Romantic Dinner Experience, Few experiences rival the enchantment of dining amidst the rainforests. Our Dinner for Two offers a truly magical escapade for you and your companion, creating an extraordinary ambiance for any occasion. Indulge your senses with a 6-course surprise pairing menu, where every element harmonizes to perfection.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
TripAdvisor Best of the Best, TripAdvisor Travelers´ Choice
2022 TripAdvisor Best of the Best, TripAdvisor Travelers´ Choice
Conde Nast Travelers’ Readers Awards 2023
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