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What We Love

  • Plates of tropical fruit delivered daily to guest rooms
  • Free laundry service
  • The private plunge pool on each terrace, fed by natural mineral hot springs
  • Bird-watching (toucans and hummingbirds are common) from the comfort of the infinity pool that looks out over the jungle

What To Know

  • The property is adults-only, but families can stay at the adjacent Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
  • Breakfast is included and can be brought to the room
  • Volcano views are limited to just a sliver from some villas
  • Free Wifi

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Clutch of villas perched atop a Costa Rican rainforest, with plunge pools, outdoor showers, and volcano views

The Lowdown

This adults-only property, connected by a wooden footbridge to the original Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens (the more family-friendly spot), is a secluded hideaway for those looking to lounge in comfort within view of Costa Rica’s still-active Arenal Volcano. The 16 enormous (read: 1,500 square feet) teak-and-stone villas are surrounded by tropical plants and trees and look out onto the rainforest, with indoor and outdoor showers, polished wooden floors, and four-poster beds—though you’ll probably find yourself spending most of your time on the terrace, either splashing in your private pool, kicking back in the hammock, or sharing your alfresco breakfast with a toucan. Despite the resort’s emphasis on nature, however, the amenities don’t miss much: there’s a spa with volcanic mud treatments, a communal infinity pool in addition to each villa’s private plunge pool, a yoga hut with daily classes, and personal “hosts” who arrange excursions (Costa Rica is a major adventure tourism destination) and ensure that each guest’s quirky needs are met to a tee.

In the Area

Nayara is located on the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park, a sprawling jungle full of howler monkeys, brilliantly colored butterflies, and tropical birds. The hotel can arrange a nature tour with a local guide or organize excursions with varying levels of adventurousness, from horseback riding and zip-lining to hiking, whitewater rafting, and nature safaris. It’s a 15-minute drive to the impressive La Fortuna waterfall.

How to Get There

Nayara Springs – Adults only
Arenal Volcano National Park
La Fortuna, undefined Costa Rica

Reviews

Pura Vida!
Shell C

We truly had the most amazing honeymoon in La Fortuna. After reading reviews we decided to stay at Nayara during our whole trip to Costa Rica. We could not be more pleased with that decision.

-The rooms were amazing and comfortable. The turn down service every day was impeccable. The plunge pool was relaxing.

-Mis Amoras was our favorite for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. The staff here was AMAZING! They knew and what we wanted by day 2. Cannot say enough good things!! Special shout outs to Roberto, Alexander, Gregory, Ana, and Addy! The best staff at Nayara!!

-The pool bar -- Vanessa, Neyerda, Tatianna, and Ranoldo -- all amazing!! Vanessa has to be the best bar tender on the planet. You won't regret indulging in the amazing cocktails here.

-Jose at the wine bar was another favorite. I wish we would have gone here more! He was so hospitable and knew a lot about wine!

-You cannot go wrong with any of the food on property.

-During the booking process Ana was great booking our excursions. Highly recommend booking through the resort. You will see a lot of ads in town, but I rest assured that Nayara would only send us on the best - and they did! They book your transportation and all the details were taking care of for you!

--Hanging Bridges, Lunch, and La Fortuna Waterfall - this one was our favorite day. If you go on a tour w/ a Nayara guide be sure to ask for Pablo!! He was amazing and the highlight of our trip. He showed us so much wildlife on the tour that we would have other wised missed had we gone alone. The lunch was amazing. Pablo was also very patient walking up and down to the waterfall! Cannot say enough good things about these adventures and Pablo.
--ATV tour - this was fun but not quite adrenaline rushing. My husband wanted it to be faster but to me it was still thrilling! We went in the pouring rain and it was still a blast.
--Lava Fields and Hot Springs - this was another one of our favorite days. You must go to Ecotermales (hot springs) during your stay!
--Kayaking - this is the only thing we would skip. We wish we would have gone white water rafting or river drifting instead. I
--Coffee and Chocolate Tour- we also enjoyed this day, it was relaxing and fun. We learned alot!
--Sky Trek (zip lining) -- Cannot recommend this enough!!!! It was so fun and the tour guides were amazing.

-The town of La Fortuna was very safe and getting a taxi there and back was super easy. We had great meals here too!

All in all - Nayara was a trip of a lifetime and I hope we can return one day! I cried when we left because the staff became our friends and our villa felt like home. Thank you Nayara for your Costa Rican hospitality!

I LOVE NAYARA SPRINGS
ronil0455

We came here on our honeymoon since we heard so many amazing things about this place and honestly I was still
BLOWN AWAY at the level of service and professionalism!
Tonya was absolutely amazing as she handled most of the things with our stay ! She was super nice and super friendly ! I cannot say enough good things about this place seriously ! From the staff to the decor to the beds to the food ! This place has my heart ! Sergio the chef is AMAZING we have a quite restricted diet as we are don’t eat shellfish and we are pescatarians and they made it work 100% every time we came in to a restaurant they made sure about our restrictions and the service was just AMAZING . Amor loco is seriously way beyond amazing the food the service the decor the ambiance . EVERYTHING in Nayara is top notch !
Also our personal host menreque was beyond helpful and walked us through all of the amenities , services restaurant reservations and everything in between ! And let’s not talk about their laundry skills because honestly they do better laundry than I do at home ???? also their drivers take you from your room to anywhere on the property in the golf carts so your not getting your pretty little feet tired walking to the restaurants or pools or reception lol ! I LOVE NAYARA and can’t wait to be back here already

Jungle oasis
tropic0ol

So worth the journey from San Jose. The property is stunning. Daily complimentary breakfast overlooks Volcano Arenal. Coffee shop overlooking a running stream on a balcony. Live music at Amor Loco every night. Howler monkeys heard and seen several times. Various birds in sight. Golf carts to take you around. Villa 1 had the private plunge pool and close proximity to all the things we wanted. Thank you all for an incredible weekend. I highly recommend!