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Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Northern Costa Rica

Rating: Mid-range    

Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens overview

Set in the foothills of Arenal volcano, this hotel provides high quality accommodation in individual casitas and suites set throughout extensive grounds. It has garnered several awards since its opening, including No.2 Resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveller in 2014 (sister hotel Nayara Springs was No.1), and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

All rooms are spacious and air conditioned, with large balconies open to the rainforest with hammocks and Jacuzzi, ideal for quiet contemplation. All have modern, well-fitted bathrooms with enclosed rain showers. Other facilities include flat-screen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, coffee maker and minibar.

Staying here you'll be able to take guided tour of Arenal volcano, enjoy the hot springs and experience the thrill of the sky-tram zip line. If you've still got energy to burn, the hotel has a well-equipped gym you're welcome to use. You can unwind with a visit to the spa where options include massage, body and beauty treatments.

There are several dining options offering a wide range of cuisines including continental, sushi, tapas and fine dining. There's a pool bar where you can enjoy a snack and a drink after a swim or some serious sunbathing.


Open: Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens is open all year.

Location: Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens is in lush gardens on a hill within sight of Arenal Volcano and bordering the national park. The nearest town is La Fortuna de San Carlos, a 10 minute drive away. San Jose airport is about 3 hours away.

Rooms: There are 50 casitas (bungalows) and suites. Casitas are 79 square metres and suites cover 105 square metres. Each has its own secluded garden with an outdoor shower or double showers for the suites, Jacuzzi and hammock. Indoors there is a flat-screen TV with a DVD and CD player, i-Home audio system, direct dial phone, minibar, coffee maker, safe, hairdryer and bathroom stocked with toiletries. All have WiFi and twice daily maid service.

Activities: Lots of activities are available in Arenal Volcano National Park, including guided nature walks, bird watching in the hotel gardens, hiking, take the canopy tour which consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip lines, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, white water rafting and fishing. You can take a tour of a local coffee plantation and relax in thermal springs.

Facilities: The main restaurant, Altamira, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves local and international dishes in a large covered area and on the terrace. There's also a specialist sushi restaurant, a tapas bar and a poolside bar providing drinks and snacks. Private dinners can be arranged. The spa offers messages, health and beauty treatments administered in individual bungalows. Other facilities include a steam room and a small gym. There's an outdoor free form swimming pool and sunbathing deck with loungers and daybeds. There are several Jacuzzi's in the gardens. You can start each day with a free yoga class in the outdoor studio if you wish. The hotel offers free international phone calls.

Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurants.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Casitas can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.

Health: Costa Rica has only a low risk of malaria.

Communication: There is free WiFi internet access throughout the hotel, including in guest accommodation. Laptops are provided for guest use.

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client reviews

Paul Cook

"I was lucky to be staying at Arenal Nayara, as it is my favourite spot in the area. I loved the lushness of the vegetation here, and the rooms are excellent. There is a mixture of rooms, suites and villas, all in individual cottages and all with similar facilities including a terrace with hot tub. The service was excellent and the food lovely (although not cheap). The main section has about 50 rooms and suites, so is not too big but the lush vegetation means you never real see much of the buildings."

Mr. Eric Stelfox
"Lovely hotel and grounds. Room was fantastic. We thought the restaurant and wine bar (there is no bar as such) were on the expensive side."
Mr. Laurence Boyle
"The best hotel room we have stayed in. Room 7 had both indoor and outdoor showers and a hot tub on the veranda which whilst reasonably screened by palms, Bromeiliads and Croton had a view of Arenal Volcano. Excellent food and interesting pathway walks round. The boat trip across Arenal Lake when we left and the View of the Volcano were stunning."
Mrs. Liz Moore
"Pure Indulgence. I am sure we would have rated the Spa and Gardens excellent but we were upgraded to the Springs side of the resort which was breathtaking. The rooms and setting were beautiful but the staff were exceptional. Especially the bell boys who were happy to take us a trip around the resort in their golf carts to show us the sloths, my husband's name is Tony and he was introduced to his sloth namesake. Great fun. Best breakfast of the trip (and it was a very high bar)."
Annie Mitchell
"How could you not like Nayara? After a very long and tedious transfer it was an oasis. The room was luxurious with a hot tub on the balcony and a second shower outside in the private little garden. The staff were very friendly and efficient and we had a bottle of sparking wine left for us in the room. The food at the hotel was also very good - but, as you would expect - not cheap. "

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