Nayara Springs – Adults only
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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
There are not enough words to describe how beautiful and peaceful our stay at Nayara Springs was. We stayed in Villa 19 and had a gorgeous view of the volcano over our private plunge pool. The decorations are charming and the entire resort is incredibly lush. The entire staff was friendly and went out of their way to help us.
This was definitely the nicest hotel we have ever stayed at and will be hard to beat in the future. There is something so incredibly relaxing about staying at Nayara. Great couples trip, besides breakfast. we rarely ever saw another person.
The breakfast buffet was delicious (especially the bread pudding and fresh fruit).
Amor Loco’s portions were small but the sauces on each dish were phenomenal. The lamb was very fatty and you only received a small portion. The non-fatty pieces were very good. When I spoke to the waiter about the fat, he promptly offered to bring me another dish. I ordered the beef tenderloin. Very good and again, phenomenal sauce. My boyfriend enjoyed the mahi. Very fun atmosphere and the live entertainment was nice.
The second night we went to Los Amores. I had the shrimp moqueca. It was a smaller portion size as well but absolutely delicious! Definitely would recommend. My boyfriend decided on a pizza and it was very good too.
We took the hotels transfer from San Jose and it cost about $175 one way. Next time we would drive ourselves.
We selected our white water rafting excursion through the hotel and truly enjoyed ourselves.
We also really enjoyed the morning yoga. Again, the trip was amazing and I cannot recommend Nayara Springs enough.
We were two married couples in two villas for a week in May 2019.
First I have to get it out there that the drive from San Jose is horrible. Prepare yourself for these 2.5-3 hours each way. My 54 yo husband has never been car sick, including in Cinque Terre winding roads, but he was sick enough we needed the driver to pull over. I sat in the front and took BONINE and it was still not great. That said, when you finally arrive, a gorgeous relaxing vacation awaits. You won’t even mind the rain during rainy season.
I’ve given my comments in surveys so I won’t reiterate every little nit picky thing. I will repeat this though - It’s way too dark in the villas. They do provide flashlights bc they think of these kind of little things but this needs to be corrected.
I loved showering outside!!
The food throughout the resort is really great and honestly not ridiculously priced at all. The included breakfast, whether you choose room service, the ala cart restaurant, or the buffet restaurant are all exceptional! Food at the Asian restaurant was the very best. Pizza at the pool, really really great. Room service was fast, even in a downpour, and hot and always confirmed and always right!
The staff everywhere throughout the resort wants to help and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. The private excursions were exceptional, esp Ana!
The spa wasn’t great in any way and we could hear screaming children from the adjoining resort which didn’t help. I’m sure others enjoy it here more. Yoga was fun, and now I know yoga is not in my skill set, but I have a cute new outfit :) Friendly and non-judgey for beginners.
It’s mountainous. You will need the golf carts to get anywhere. It’s okay, they come quickly and are super nice guys.
If you don’t go in to town, you aren’t missing anything.
Lastly, I should briefly mention we did have an incident requiring management involvement and I will just say it was handled beyond my expectations, with the utmost of professionalism. The leadership here knows what they are doing, and they wish to make your vacation the absolute best it can be. So go and enjoy every minute!
Wonderful experience for our 25th anniversary from check in to check out. Saw sloths, wild boar, and wild turkeys within resort. One highlight was mystic hanging bridges tour with Andrey. He was knowledgeable and professional
My husband and I went for our honeymoon. It was such a relaxing environment. From the moment we got there we were pampered. There attention towards us was 24/7 no matter what time it was they were there to help! Our room was gorgeous and clean perfect for out occasion. Definitely will go again.
Absolutely loved staying here! From the staff’s warm welcome to the short drive to your villa, the place has a very relaxed but exclusive feel. Our friends stayed at Tabacon and what a difference! Tabacon felt like being in Disneyland with busloads pulling up, yet Nayara Springs was peaceful, beautiful, and oh so secluded. Nayara Springs has a great coffee shop upstairs from the reception and the cappuccino is amazing! We purchased several bags of their house-roasted beans for the trip home (just wish we had room for more!). The main Nayara Resort is for families, but the Nayara Springs side is for adults only. The “adult” side is comprised of a series of spacious villas, each with a plunge pool, double-headed marble indoor shower, AND double-headed outdoor shower. Lots of complimentary treats and incredibly comfortable King bed. It was an amazing room! They also have a Britt gift shop (Costa Rica’s own specialty store), and the Britt Passion fruit and Cas chocolate truffles are sensationally good. You can buy them here or at the San Jose Airport departure area. SAVE PACKING SPACE FOR THEM! The restaurants at the Nayara Resort Complex are excellent and there is really no need to leave the resort to eat. Nice accompanying wine selections as well. One thing that really struck us while staying here was the awe-inspiring bird chorus every morning. Wow! Nowhere else in Costa Rica or anywhere in the world for that matter have we heard so many different birds singing at one time! It was an utterly surreal alarm clock at 4:30 to 5:00am. The resort boasts lovely, dense and luxuriant foliage that makes it very jungle-like, private but fun to explore. My one regret is that our schedule did not permit a longer stay. Nayara Springs is outstanding in every respect.