Next Monday’s episode (2/7/11) of “The Bachelor” is guaranteed to set off some seismic eruptions. Not because Brad Womack is planning a repeat performance of his 2007 refusal to marry either of the final two contestants, but because the episode is shot in entirety in Costa Rica at the base of one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes.
Although Volcan Arenal hasn’t seriously erupted since 1968 when it buried three small villages and killed 87 people, it still rumbles every day with showy smoke, ash columns and glowing orange lava. Every room and suite at the five-star Springs Resort and Spa where Womack and the six remaining beauties were filmed in October 2010 has stunning, floor to ceiling views of the volcano’s nightly fireworks show.
Nestled on 165 acres of its own rainforest reserve, Springs Resort and Spa was a match made in heaven for the popular reality show. With 18 natural hot springs, spectacular mountaintop views and lushly-landscaped grounds, the resort is a regular Cupid at inspiring romance. No wonder it won TripAdvisor 2011 Traveler’s Choice Award as best spa resort in Central or South America.
The spectacular La Fortuna region, where the resort is located, draws tens of thousands of tourists each year who come to not only gawk at the volcano’s nightly light spectacle, but to swim and fish in Costa Rica’s largest fresh water lake and to soak in the region’s many heavenly hot springs.
Womack and his dates were no exception as they rappelled down waterfalls, explored caves and ziplined through the jungle compliments of Pure Trek Costa Rica, an outdoor expedition company that has also been known to arrange horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and other romantic adventures.
Springs Resort and Spa, in conjunction with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, operates a wildlife rescue preserve with 25 jungle cats and monkeys. It also has a magnificent 14,000 square foot spa, four restaurants and five bars.
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