Thermal Hot Springs

The thermal hot springs of Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience are an exclusive amenity just for hotel guests.

As you soak in the mineral-rich thermal waters of the Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience, hot springs pools, you’ll relax amidst crashing waterfalls, lush tropical botanic gardens, and very few people.

While the area of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano is full of thermal water hot spots, most of which are wonderfully beautiful and therapeutic. The exclusivity of the Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience is what makes our hotel special. Far away are the crowds that most other resorts suffer; instead, our springs are private and available only to guests of the hotel.

With two main springs, one near the cold water free form swimming pool, and one down below with its own swim up bar, music, and ambient lighting; you’ll have more than a few choice spots to hang out, as both locations are full of waterways, falls, and secluded pools of varying temperatures.

Want even more privacy than what’s already offered at the main guest-only springs?

Be sure to book one of the resort’s Thermal Superior Rooms or Junior Suites, and enjoy the secluded pleasure of a private plunge pool with its own little waterfall and naturally heated thermal waters.

These waters come from underground layers of Earth that are at a higher temperature, which are rich in various mineral components and allow their use as therapeutic baths, inhalations, irrigations, and heating. Usually found along fault lines magmatic because groundwater can be introduced and heated at a certain depth; hence, after rising as vapor (which may condense to reach the surface, forming a geyser) or hot water.

All you need to know about Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience

According to research sponsored by the OVSICORI, the hot springs in the area, showed significant changes in various physico-chemical parameters of the water in mid-2010, however after these changes the values of these parameters remained stable with very few fluctuations over the past few years:

  • The hot springs have changed their nature and have gone from being alkaline (pH> 7.00) to be neutral or slightly acidic (pH between 6.5 and 7.0 s).
  • The average temperature dropped about 3 ° C and remains stable since around 49-50° C.
  • The reason S4O2- / Cl (Sulphur Oxide / Chlorine) increased by an order of magnitude and also tends to be stable.

Mostly, the waters of the Arenal Volcano area is categorized into:

  • Sulphide and sulphurous waters: predominantly sulfur.
  • Sulfate waters: besides sulfur may include sodium, calcium, magnesium or chlorine in its composition.
  • Widely used in the field of medical hydrology, the former are acidic and muddy.

Benefits of thermal water springs

The mineralized water from the hot water has different effects on the human body. Some authors divide them into three, biological, physical and chemical, but in reality, all act at the same time.

Bathing in thermal water increases body temperature, killing germs, including viruses, also increases the hydrostatic pressure of the body, which increases blood circulation and oxygenation. This increase in temperature helps dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body.

By increasing oxygenation, bathing in hot water leads to improved nutrition of the tissues of the body in general, why increases metabolism, while stimulating the secretions of the digestive tract and liver, thus helping the digestion.

Take repeated baths (especially in periods of 3-4 weeks) can help normalize the functions of the endocrine glands and the general functioning of the body’s autonomic nervous system. There is also an improvement and stimulation of the immune system, mental relaxation, endorphin production and regulation of glandular functions. Many of these effects are due to the consumption of the body of minerals such as carbon dioxide, sulfur, calcium and magnesium.

There are skin conditions that can have a marked improvement in hot spring baths (especially if they contain sulfur). Diseases that benefit most are psoriasis, dermatitis and fungal diseases. Sometimes also help in the healing of wounds and other skin injuries. Sometimes this action is attributed to the “sulphobacteries” (isolated by the “International Society of Medical Hydrology” organism, to explain the effects of the “intangibles” of the hot springs)

Not too many years ago, a microorganism was isolated – the “International Society of Medical Hydrology” – studying precisely what is called “intangibles” of the hot springs. The organism isolated, belongs to what is called today “sulphobacteries”. It has been reported that this group of microorganisms help the human body to improve the defense system of the skin against all types of attacks. Likewise, help to reduce the aging process of the body.

In summary form, the chronic diseases that are benefited with the use of balneotherapy, according to research by Dr. Yuko Agishi are:

  • Chronic rheumatic diseases.
  • Peripheral functional recovery of the central neuroparalysis.
  • Some metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and gout.
  • Chronic gastrointestinal problems.
  • Mild respiratory illness.
  • Circulation problems.
  • Chronic skin diseases.
  • Stress-related diseases and other psychosomatic.
  • Aftermath of trauma.
  • Chronic gynecological diseases.

Some general recommendations for the use of the hot springs are...

  • It is always best to consult with your doctor before using the hot springs therapy if it is pregnant or has a disease.
  • Avoid swimming alone in hot springs, the older adults should use caution and do not use if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If you take medications for heart disease beware.
  • No overheating, stay well hydrated and if you have skin diseases that are contagious, use private pools.
  • The main form of prevention to reduce the risk of Naegleria fowleri infection with should focus on limiting the amount of water entering through the nose.