A stylish hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. Nayara Gardens provides the perfect base from which to explore the central region of Costa Rica.
Spectacular views for Costa Rica's most iconic volcano, Arenal
Each room has a small private garden, outdoor shower and balcony with jacuzzi
There is a pool with a swim up bar from where you can relax and take in the spectacular views
One of the most stylish and individual hotels in the area
Nayara Gardens is an elegant hotel with beautifully decorated casitas and suites and incredible views of the majestic Arenal volcano. Paths wind through lush gardens filled with tropical flowers to a pool with a swim-up bar and attractive open-sided restaurant above.
Each of the fifty casitas and villas have been designed to provide the utmost in romance, comfort and style while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings – monkeys, sloths and toucans can be spotted around the property. On clear days you can see the magnificent Arenal volcano from the pool. Each freestanding Casita Deluxe and villa boasts canopied beds, a large deck with a jacuzzi and hammock and has outdoor showers.
Dining options abound at Nayara Gardens with open-sided La Terraza restaurant serving a mix of Costa Rican and international dishes, Asia Luna mixes Peruvian and Asian flavours and Nostalgia is a beautiful wine and tapas bar which also offers tasting menus matched with Latin American wines.
This central region of Costa Rica is one of the world’s most topographically diverse and plays host to a range of exciting outdoor activities such as white water rafting, trekking, horseback riding, hot springs, canyoning, rapelling, kayaking, zip wiring and canopy tours as well as Fly Boarding on Lake Arenal.
When to visit
Nayara Gardens has a superb location in central Costa Rica, which means it is not only a great base for seeing the country's most active volcano but also a range of other activities such as zip wiring, canopy tours, hiking and horse riding. You could easily spend 3 nights here.
Arenal Nayara is 10km (15 minutes) from the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, close to Arenal Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica.
12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International, followed by a 3 hour road transfer. Alternatively, you can fly from San Jose to Arenal La Fortuna, which is 15 minutes from Arenal Nayara.
Arenal Canyoning - Waterfall Rappelling
Get your adrenaline pumping with this exhilarating canyoning adventure as you rappel down waterfalls, climb through canyons and immerse yourself in the tropical surroundings; prepare to get wet!
Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek
Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.
Arenal Volcano Walk
The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.
Coffee Tour at Finca Rosa Blanca
Wake up and smell the coffee on a morning tour of Finca Rosa Blanca's coffee farm; the guides are knowledgeable and passionate to teach you all about the process from picking to the packet, whilst taking in beautiful mountain scenery.
Don Tobias Horseback Riding
Enjoy a gentle three hour trail ride taking you through beautiful lush scenery and as close to Arenal Volcano as possible. The Don Tobias stables have horses to suit every riding ability.
Full Day Caño Negro Wildlife Experience By Boat, canoe or kayak
The Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve is wonderful for wildlife lovers looking to discover one of Costa Rica's most biologically diverse regions. It is considered to be one of the best destinations on the continent for bird watching.
Horseriding to the volcano at Arenal Nayara
Wind your way to the Silencio Observation Point, to view the magnificent Arenal Volcano and its lava fields! Whatever your level of riding, the experienced bilingual guides will have the perfect horse for you so you can explore and enjoy stunning views.
Kayak on Arenal Lake
Gently paddle around Arenal Lake and soak in the spectacular views of the volcano, best enjoyed on a clear day. Explore the shoreline and observe a variety of birds including herons, kingfishers and flycatchers.
Natural History Walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges
Enjoy a fantastic natural history walk through primary tropical forest, crossing 1800 metres of canopy walkway, in the company of an expert naturalist guide. See a wonderful array of flora and fauna on the way including sloths, monkeys and exotic birds.
Private Hanging Bridges & Arenal Volcano Hike with Tico Picnic
Soak up the atmosphere on a rainforest canopy tour across the hanging bridges of Místico Arenal scouting for bird and wildlife, before enjoying a hike across the historic lava fields of the Arenal Volcano, with the reward of a luxury riverside picnic.
Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike
Witness the unearthly blue colour of the Rio Celeste as you take a rainforest hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Geological oddities and the Rio Celeste waterfalls are additional fascinations.