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Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
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“Ideal, romantic, unforgettable.”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

My wife and I chose this hotel after extensive research. We were gratified to find we had indeed chosen the best stay in the area -- (only one other hotel/resort in Arenal/Fortuna is comparable, but for that one you basically need a sherpa to get in and out of). Most wonderful about Nayara is the sense of seclusion and privacy everywhere and at all times; the villas and casitas are surrounded by dense, bird-filled foliage so that whether in your private jacuzzi or patio shower, you feel as if you're alone in the jungle, with the volcano to yourself.

The staff here is extraordinary. They are instantly your friend, and their friendliness is genuine. We wanted for nothing but they went beyond that without intruding upon our privacy.

Jairo the director greeted us at the free wine cocktail hour and answered many of our questions that night (all are invited, and yet it is still a romantic affair).

The facilities are ultra-modern and stylish and yet everything is construction with regional wood and in a fashion that lacks no coziness.

A resort in Arenal is also not the first place (as a picky foodie) that I would expect to find a world-class chef, expert sommelier and utterly memorable meal, and yet the wine pairing we had on a porch amid the rainforest listening to thunder was just that. The food was delectable.

It was my wife's birthday and the staff made sure -- with chocolate covered strawberries and cakes and roses -- to make her feel special, and yet there was again, no intrusion.

The spa features (massages, facials, etc) are all top notch as are the travel guides.

Location: Nayara is as convenient as anything else (save for The Springs) to all that Fortuna and Arenal have to offer. Don't hesitate to ask the staff for anything or any advice on day trips (Nayara offers all kinds of programed trips and tours, which are great, but I recommend going off the beaten path a bit and making the area your own!)

CELEB TIP: I work in Hollywood and would recommend this place to any celebrities looking for seclusion with all the accoutrements of a fine resort/spa.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

By far the most fabulous place I've ever stayed. Beautiful natural surroundings, impeccable service, fantastic rooms, most with lush tropical views of the volcano. Restaurants are also superb as is the location.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

This place was wonderful! It is obviously a little pricey, but much nicer than the other hotels in the area. The staff is amazing - they did everything that they could to accommodate us and make us feel special. The views from the rooms are spectacular. I woke up every morning excited for the breakfast buffet - tons of fresh fruit and other goodies. The restaurant food was excellent. Can't say enough good things about this place.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

A group of 8 people all came down to this resort for our friends wedding, held in the resort. Every aspect was absolutely amazing here. The ride from the San Jose airport was in a very nice van, the driver even let us stop for lunch! The service was top notch at Nayara. We stayed in the Nayara Suite and have never been so pleased with a resort room. It was absolutely breath taking. Lovely patio with plenty of space to unwind in. We did the Hot Springs tour, the volcano tour and the zip lining. All of the experiences were phenomenal. The food was fantastic here and the staff waits on you hand and foot. Spa services were very luxurious. Our friends wedding was carefully arranged by the wedding coordinator with no stone left unturned. We even had someone from outside the resort to fix our hair and makeup in our rooms! I can't say enough about how wonderful this resort is and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the Arenal area!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We had expected great things from this hotel as a result of all the previous reviews and it certainly lived up to our expectations.
The place itself is lovely and the staff provide world class and friendly service. Our Suite was very large with a great bathroom and it seemed to be buried in the tropical jungle that provided for a very private atmosphere. Outdoor shower was great.
The food was excellent for every meal and tour guidance was exceptional.
Will recommend to anyone travelling to Costa Rica.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We had a great time, the rooms and the view are superb, service is extraordinary, facilities are great (pool, reception). We were pretty sorry we couldn't spend more time there!
We had the Jewish Passover over our stay, so we asked for a private place. The hotel arranged for us a private dinner in the Yoga facility. The regular price is very high for private dinner, so we thought of giving up, but then the reception representative agreed to give us the dinner in the restaurant prices (we had to choose in advance our courses, which was just fine for us), it was very moving and we were regretful!

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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

We spend a week at the Hotel and it was amazing from start to end. The hotel suite was incredible especially the outside shower and the view, the restaurants were great as well and there are lots of activities to do! Our favorite activity was the zip lining but above all we had an amazing time on a private tour with the hotel guide, Andrés Hidalgo! He took us the hanging bridges and it was incredible!! I highly recommend doing a tour with him, a private tour is definitely the way to go! And I highly recommend staying at this hotel as well, we will go back for sure!

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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 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Spa 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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Also Known As:
Arenal Nayara Hotel And Gardens
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