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Enter the Garden of Eden

June 27th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Enter the Garden of Eden”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Imagine steaming hot mineral springs and waterfalls awaiting you, but instead of imagining this scene you must come to The Springs Resort and spa!


Couples will feel like Adam and Eve discovering the Garden of Eden when they walk along the romantic paths from the resort to the eighteen, yes eighteen, amazingly designed steaming mineral pools.

Guests are in another world, a place of beauty and tranquility.

All of these unique pools seem to be inviting you to indulge in this wondrous oasis.

There are so many pools, which ones should you choose?

Do you want to sit by a waterfall?

Each mineral water pool is different as is their settings.

Take your time because this is an experience to savor.

I have traveled around the world and have never seen this many mineral pools in one resort!

Oh, the sensations you will feel, the pleasure of relaxing and soaking your body in the steaming hot water.

And while you are in this stupor of unbelievable joy, open your eyes to look out at the famous Aranal Volcano.


Combining the excitement of a frequently erupting volcano with the pleasures of soaking in hot pools is just too much to comprehend.     (Continued)


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Enter the Garden of Eden (Continued)

One of the best views of nature's dramatic show, none of the other resorts have this view.  

Nature seems to have brought all of the elements together as the ridge is in the path of gentle breezes.

The volcano looks as though it is so close, yet the resort is 6 KM from the volcano, beyond the danger zone.

The Springs Resort is perched 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge, with an eye-level view of the entire volcano from base to tip, on a clear day you can see 25 miles.

The Hot Mineral Pools

At Las lagunas (The Lagoons) adjacent to the resort, you walk through two acres of tropical landscaping and an amazing assortment of multi-level sun and shade terraces surrounding 12 pools.

Although only four pools are fed directly by water pumped from the hot mineral springs, the other eight are chlorinated and heated to various temperatures by the hot springs through a heat exchanging system.

These pools range from 83 F to 103 F.

Perdido Springs (Lost Springs) brings guests to a forest canyon along beautifully landscaped trails to seven spring-fed pools.

Just the walk alone is calming, and then there are these very special pools.

Decorated with over 150 different species of flowering Heliconias, rainforest trees, plants, and vines, the Heliconia Walk combines the benefits of hot and cold springs.

In the center of the resort's swimming pool is a small jungle bar called (Los Perdidos (the Lost Ones) along with a water flume called the Monkey Slide.

Everything is here at The Springs Resort, you do not have to step outside the resort.

These hot springs are produced from geothermaly heated groundwater.

In Costa Rica, the source is volcanoes.  Known for its high mineral content, the waters are said to have health benefits.

Packages are available including free massages for two until December 15.

Call them direct in Costa Rica:  (954)-727-3999.  The Springs Resort & Spa  is located in Arenal, Costa Rica. www.thespringscostarica.com

INFORMATION

Costa Rica, in a joint effort with France, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and other U.N. agencies have announced today the creation of the U.N. Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism.

This organization has been formed to help governments and businesses make all tourism, everywhere, become more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

The new partnership, which will be led by Costa Rica and France, is designed to identify and disseminate successful initiatives from anywhere in the world and make them available elsewhere.

It will also apply policy recommendations and lessons learned in integrating sustainability in tourism and develop new tools and projects where no existing solution has been found.

Given its expansive network of government entities, industry associations, environmental and social organizations and U.N. agencies, it is expected to have worldwide outreach.

Additionally, the support and participation of financial institutions will enable the replication of good practices throughout.

The Costa Rica Tourist Board offers free advice and information about resorts, "Meet the People" rural tourism, restaurants, volcanoes, settings for weddings, honeymoon hideaways, white-water rafting, family getaways, eco-tours, as well as tailored vacations to suit your interests.  www.visitcostarica.com