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“A slice of Paradise”

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Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
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Deerfield Beach, Fl
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“A slice of Paradise”
Reviewed 1 June 2008

The cabins at Nayara Arenal are even more beautiful in person than they are on the resort's website. Believe it. Absolutely stunning views of the volcano from your balcony. Ours even had a Jacuzzi. The resort is brand new and has a majestic Disney like feel to it. Warning though and this may not be the resort's fault-there are a lot of bugs. Despite the paradisiacal charm of our cabin, we found two cockroaches in the bathroom. I also had to remove a lot of crawlers from our Jacuzzi at night before we used it. La Fortuna does have oodles of critters everywhere, so be prepared!
We found the restaurant to be adequate and nicely priced. I'd recommend the Casado with Shrimp, it's delicious. The pool is nice and has a welcoming sunken bar.
I found the excursions to be a little over priced. We paid $160 per person for a day tour of the Arenal Volcano, hanging bridges, waterfall and Tabacco hot springs. I can’t wholeheartedly tell you that it was money well spent. Although, it was raining half the time, and that was part of the reason. We didn't get to see any lava :( .
Nayara does not have any lava views.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — The bugs
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2008

We stayed here to get the volcano view and had upgraded to a more expensive bungalow. The setting, gardens and view are as advertised. The room is large, lovely and the outdoor shower is fun. We had trouble with our toilet leaking and ceiling fan not working even though it's new (which we reported several times). We stayed at 3 other Costa Rican hotels and this was the most expensive but we didn't find the price increase to be worth it. The restaurant was also not as good as our other hotels & was pricey. We found better food in La Fortuna (Las Brasitas & La Choza de Laurel). We did enjoy the Jacamar Tour service (ask for Johan to be your guide) that was located in the hotel and the best staff person at the hotel by far was the bellman, Jonathan. You can get basically the same view in the less expensive bungalows, btw. When we return to Arenal, we would stay at a different hotel.

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  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed May 2008
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NYC, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2008

LOVED this hotel. We just came back from a 10-day trip to Costa Rica and this was our favorite hotel of the whole trip. Rooms are brand new, modern and absolutely beautiful. My husband and I loved the hot tubs on the balconies. The hotel has great views of the volcano and we loved sitting in the hot tubs while gazing out at the amazing landscape.

  • Stayed April 2008
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed 23 April 2008

This hotel is truly lovely. The view of the volcano from your room is breathtaking and the staff couldn't be more helpful. It's a great home base to see all Arenal and La Fortuna have to offer.

I would stay here again and again.

  • Liked — the view and the staff
  • Disliked — the food could be better
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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los angeles
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Reviewed 23 April 2008

Hotel opened in December. Wonderful large rooms indivdual casitas. Large deck overlooking the forest and the Volcano. Jacuzzi tub on the deck. Indoor and outdoor shower..rain shower shower head. Large dressing room. four poster beds....fabulous. The staff could not be nicer. Food was delicious. Great pool are with swim up bar. I cannot say enough about this great property

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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Sierra Madre, CA
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Reviewed 18 April 2008

Previous reviewers have done an excellent job of listing this hotel's amenities. The photos posted and the photos on the website are accurate and the property is lovely.

The spa was open when we went and my friend I both enjoyed a massage. The hotel does not have its own spa staff and appears to call in an independent contractor when someone requests an appointment. Additionally, there are no special spa facilities. They have taken one of the bungalows (just liked our room) and taken the furniture out and put in massage tables. A little screen separated my friend and I while we had our massages. My masseuse was professional and did a great job, though she spoke almost no English. My friend was less satisfied with the quality of the massage.

Oddly, my friend I am both showed up at 11 for our massages to find out that no one was there. One of the hotel staff (they are very quick to help) immediately came up to us to inquire. He told us that it was not 11 and we had the time wrong, it was 10. I told them I had used their bedside clocks to confirm the time and what was the chances that my friend and I had both independently messed up the time. They insisted we had the wrong time. Our final conclusion: We did show up an hour early for our appointments because the clocks in our room were both an hour off! We wondered how this could be? We got our answer the next morning when the power went off. When the power came back on the clocks we the wrong time, and did not do that blinky thing that suggests they need to be reset.

Note: When using the shower C and H are misleading. They use the C for caliente for hot. And the H is somehow by default cold.

We enjoyed excellent service by the staff throughout our stay. The only person who was not that helpful was the man at the front desk, who didn't seem to know what he was doing when making our arrangements. I agree with a previous reviewer that the food at the restaurant was not great, but not horrible either. Breakfast is a bit disappointing, but they do have great chopped fruit available (mango and pineapple) and plantains. No charge for room service, even if all you want is a drink.

I would stay here again, because of the peacefulness of the property, its beauty, the quality of the rooms, and the helpfulness of the staff.

  • Liked — Jacuzzi tub, Room in General
  • Disliked — Recently opened, still not fully organized
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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new york
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Reviewed 5 April 2008

Charming property with exquisite rooms and very attentive service. Other reviewers have been very specific and accurate about the details of the hotel, so I won't repeat any of that. I did avail of the onsite massage ... their spa seems to be open for business now ... and it was fantastic. Woke up the next morning feeling about 10 years younger and really alive.

Highly recommend this hotel to all those who are planning a visit to Arenal in the near future.

  • Liked — The rooms - decor, outdoor deck with jaccuzi, outdoor shower, views of volcano
  • Disliked — food could be better
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
Address: 6 KM West la Fortuna Town, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service at surprisingly affordable rates. Located on the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of our 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provide an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita (ranging from 855 to 1905 square feet) includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two. ... more   less 
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