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Arenal Nayara spa and gardens

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Luxurious, multi-award-winning resort with a relaxed and rustic air, outstanding views of Arenal volcano and extensive grounds sheltering secluded, unashamedly romantic cottages.
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The rugged yet fertile mountain country northwest of San José, with tumbling rivers and thick tropical forest brimming with life provides an idyllic setting for this multi-award-winning hotel overlooked by the active Arenal volcano.

The meticulously maintained tropical grounds of the award-winning, unashamedly upmarket Arenal Nayara Spa and Gardens feature as a highlight a delightful ornamental lake. The property is surrounded by tropical woodland with a small creek below. Individual cottages (casitas and villas) comprise its guest accommodation; the style is rustic but utterly romantic. Each spacious cottage is furnished with polished wooden floors, exquisite four poster bed and a private veranda.  All the free-standing cottages also have a secluded outdoor shower in the rear garden which envelops each of them: floor to ceiling windows encourage the feeling of being embraced by nature.

The partially al fresco restaurant and lounge is stunningly located on the hilltop with views of Arenal volcano, there you can dine from a sophisticated menu. There are several other eateries and bars, each with its own striking style and décor. The hotel also has a Jacuzzi with wet bar, a fitness room and a spa offering facials and massage treatment. If you can drag yourself away, activities organised from the lodge include river rafting, horse riding, ziplining and hiking.

The sister property next door, Nayara Springs, is an exclusive, top of the range adult-only boutique hotel. 

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • "Activities on offer included guided walks through the rainforest using suspension bridges, visit and swim in the Arenal waterfall and a guided walk up to the viewing area for the volcano. This afternoon/evening walk not only provided good views of the volcano but some wonderful displays by toucans and other birds as they came into roost."

    TT, London
  • Fantastic service, very good food, wonderful rooms

    DO Bedford
  • Wow wow wow!!! We didn't want to leave Nayara!  The most beautiful and amazing place - The Spa was fabulous - All staff we were in contact with were super interested in us, and what we were up to - wanting to help and enhance our experience. We loved Nayara and will definitely return! 

    RB, Maidenhead
  • "Easily the best facilities and location of anywhere, but service was somewhat irritating; ditto boxes for tipping everywhere."

    ST, London
  • The gardens are absolutely beautiful and immaculately kept with orchids, heliconias and gingers. The pool is a good size with plenty of sunbeds. We had a room with a view of the volcano which was beautifully clean and well furnished.

    JW, Weymouth
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Our expert's view

Kathryn Rhodes
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

This is a stunning hotel and its gorgeous rainforest setting only adds to the luxury of the experience. Going to Costa Rica for the first time I’d hoped to at least to catch a glimpse of a wild sloth from a distance, so I couldn’t believe my luck in seeing a mother and baby sloth happily climbing up into the canopy right outside my room!

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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