Blue River Resort:
I found the secret to happiness. It’s at Blue River Resort in Costa Rica. Their website describes itself as a mountain rain forest hotel experience like no other. As paradise on Earth. I couldn’t agree more.
Located on the north side of beautiful Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, a convenient drive from both Liberia or San Jose International airport, the resort is nestled into a beautiful, lush rain forest complete with awe inspiring waterfalls, natural mineral hot springs, (paired with mud baths), and the bluest of blue volcanic rivers. The colors matched the Caribbean. Between the tropical gardens, technicolor flowers, blue rivers and lush mountainside, the entire resort seemed to be an assault of the senses. I found myself asking if this place was real or not.
Blue River Resort offers cozy, well equipped cabins that can fit up to a family of 5 comfortably. Each cabin has all the amenities you need including AC, mini fridge coffee maker, hair dryer, roll away beds, and what I consider the best part, a front porch with 2 rocking chairs and a hammock.
The resort does an amazing job catering to families and couples alike. The 4 natural hot springs, freshwater pool, mud bath and spa can entertain a couple for the entire day. The kids will love the freshwater pool with a super fast bullet slide. I had to try it to confirm, and indeed it was fast!
Tucked behind the hot springs is a beautiful cluster of natural wonderment. There’s a botanical garden, a butterfly garden, a hummingbird sanctuary, a fish and turtle pond, a volcanic mud bath (which I mentioned before but feel is worth another- it was amazing), a sauna and a mini waterfall. You wind through the lush garden paths to get from one to another. It was like a beautiful rain forest maze that you’d love to get lost in.
If horseback riding is up your alley, the resort has stables on site and will gladly take you on a ride up to the waterfalls. They even have a few miniature donkeys and horses that are tame enough to pet and feed.
Other eco-adventure tours offered are zip lining, rafting or tubing down the river. All adventures are offered either on site, or very close. That means you won’t be spending extra time in transit. I’ve been told these are amazing adventures, but not for the faint of heart.
The Tiki Bar & Restaurant offers a full family-friendly menu, and a breakfast buffet is included in the room price, which was really nice. Our boys (age 12 and 9) could roll out of bed and go get their own breakfast without our supervision.
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And if those amenities aren’t enough, Blue River is launching a Dino Park by the end of the year. That’s right, life sized dinosaurs roaming the jungle. You’ll have to see it to believe it. I had the experience of meeting the magic behind the resort, Daniel Apelboim, he is to Blue River Resort what Walt Disney is to Mickey or Willy Wonka is to the chocolate factory. He makes the magic! He said his one goal with the resort is to truly make people happy. To allow them to be in the moment, to reconnect, to feel the family love. I believe in his magic!
We were given a private tour by Daniel which was really nice. It’s clear that he, along with his staff, really love the resort and pay particular attention to the natural preservation of the property. He has plans to add to the resort by offering yoga to the guests. On a wooden platform over a waterfall. To me, that sounds like heaven.
Blue River is in the rain forest, so it did rain a little each day (ok, a lot one day) but it really didn’t matter to us. The rain always broke after about an hour and we really, really enjoyed sitting in hot springs while the rain gently fell. And, sitting in a hammock watching the rain is about the best thing you can do to relax, in my opinion.
Environmental conservation is an important factor to my family when choosing a resort. Blue River does an amazing job considering the environment in many aspects. They are very mindful to provide all experiences in a way that minimizes environmental impact and supports keeping the area in its natural state.
My entire family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blue River Resort and I’m positive that once those yoga platforms are up, I’ll be back. And I’ll bring lots of friends!