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Arenal Nayara

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • 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

  • Beautiful tropical gardens

  • Serves the best food in Arenal

  • Enjoy picturesque views of the renowned volcano, Arenal

  • The perfect base to explore and enjoy surrounding activities such as rafting, hiking and ziplining

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Best time to Visit

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November to April is the best time of year to visit Arenal and is the 'drier' season in Costa Rica. The ‘green’ season is from May to September, which sees tropical showers most afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October. December to March is high season and hotels do get booked up months in advance so best to plan early.

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Insider's View

Arenal Nayara 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.

Ask for the Guacamole in the Altamira, they give you a demo at your table and recipe card to take home

Nostalgia bar has fantastic wine tasting, you can even request your favorites in advance

Make sure to try out the sushi restaurant above the pool - incredible food and a great sake selection!

Enjoy complimentary wine tasting in the vinoteka upon arrival and meet the owner who will welcome you with an informal overview of the history of the hotel.

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Description

A stylish hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. The Arenal Nayara provides the perfect base from which to explore the central region of Costa Rica & includes a superb spa.

The Arenal Nayara 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 casita and suites 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 and the majority of the rooms. Each freestanding Casita Deluxe and villa boasts canopied beds, a large deck with a jacuzzi and hammock and has indoor and outdoor showers.

The Arenal Nayara also boasts an impressive award-winning spa offering treatments using the best of Costa Rica's natural ingredients including volcanic mud. There are open air massage bungalows where you can be soothed by the sounds of the forest and a beautiful custom-made jacuzzi by the river.

Dining options abound at Arenal Nayara with open-sided Altamira restaurant serving a mix of Costa Rican and international dishes, the Kali Kali pool bar serves snacks and cocktails, Sushi Amor mixes Peruvian and Asian flavors 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.

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Accommodation

All or the 50 rooms at Arenal Nayara are free-standing, which make them private and romantic. The Deluxe casitas have a king bed with a canopy or two double beds, a wooden deck, jacuzzi and hammocks and a bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower. The Rainforest Villas are more spacious with a King size canopied bed, enormous bathrooms with stunning indoor and outdoor showers and wrap-around decks with a jacuzzi and hammock. Added extras include free international phone calls in all of the rooms and complimentary laundry when staying in the Rainforest Villas. There is also a three-bedroom Arenal Villa which is ideal for families. 

Childcare

Children are welcome, and the hotel is family friendly, but there are no specific children's facilities and none of the rooms connect. The Deluxe casitas and Nayara suites can fit extra beds for children.

Facilities

Facilities at Arenal Nayara include a small outdoor pool, spa with open-sided treatment rooms looking out onto the jungle, thermal water-filled pools and a wide choice of dining options - Altamira restaurant serves gourmet Costa Rican fare with an international edge and on Saturdays offers a popular seafood grill, Nostalgia wine bar has tapas and wine pairing dinners and a state-of-the-art wine dispenser, Kali Kali pool bar serves snacks and cocktails and at Sushi Amor sushi is given a Latin twist. .

Activities

Arenal has become a mecca for adrenaline junkies and those wanting to be active. Activities close to the hotel include hiking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, hot springs, canyoning, mountain biking, zip-wires, hanging bridges and canopy tours, ATV tours and Arenal National Park excursions and new to the area is Fly Boarding on Lake Arenal. For those with something more sedate in mind there is the spa, hot springs and bird-watching.

Reviews

4

Jenny Weidemann (Staff)

This small resort welcomes you with nice, spacious casitas and comfy hammocks on the porch that are well hidden behind lush gardens. While the reception area is big and kind of what you expect when entering a resort, the casitas and restaurants are small buildings and all blend in with the tropical surroundings and gardens. They have planted lots of Cecropia trees which are the favorite trees for the famous Costa Rican sloth. I saw a Mama and a baby sloth munching on the leaves just outside the Spa.

The Nostalgia bar offers some great wine tastings and delicious tapas. Make sure to check the espresso bar they roast their own coffee and you can really smell and taste the difference. Great resort that combines comfort and luxury with lush gardens and an authentic feel.

4

Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

Great hotel with a boutique feeling in the rooms, but all the facilities and service provided by a resort. The a great way for families or honeymooners alike to experience the Arenal area, with their great Deluxe Casitas that can get all the family under one room, or the adult only Nayara Springs section of the resort that offers beautiful, intimate casitas with a more refined touch and plunge pool to have the ultimate romantic Arenal experience. A particularly impressive feature is their wine bar, with fine wines on offer by the glass, with a state of the art wine rotator and dispenser - an amazing space with great tapas to enjoy with the wine tasting. A really special resort, that really values impeccable service, great food, and luxury comfort - still with some natural Costa Rican authenticity.

4

Cheska Goodwin (Staff)

Arenal Nayara was simply stunning. The rooms are spacious and very luxurious feeling, and felt private tucked in amongst the rainforest foliage. There are lots of great options for restaurants, and the seafood night at Altamira was exquisite; lots of fresh lobster and prawns. Indulge in some wine tasting and tapas in the Nostalgia bar, and the pool has a swim-up bar with incredible views to the Arenal Volcano.

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Sarah Lee (Staff)

The Arenal Nayara really has one of the most privileged hotel locations in the whole of Latin America - in full view of the spectacular Arenal volcano. I particularly enjoyed one evening taking a drink out on to the terrace of our lovely private casita and watching plumes of smoke and the occasional sprinkling of red hot lava bubbling up from the immense crater. The hotel really is as close as you can get! You can literally hear the volcano breathing. I was very lucky with the weather and it was bright blue sky throughout my stay however a top tip is not to pre book a tour in advance as the volcano can be shrouded by low lying cloud but to wait until you get there and as soon as the volcano is in full view to head out immediately!

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(Press)

At Arenal Nayara, guests have fantastic views of the mighty Arenal volcano from the bed and hot tub on the balcony. There are 20 secluded and elegant Javanese casitas in lush gardens. A small spa, pretty swimming pool and wet bar complete this exclusive little haven.

Experiences

  • 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 Hanging Bridges

    Enjoy a fantastic natural history walk through primary tropical forest, crossing 1800 meters 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Raft Safari at Arenal Nayara

    Take a raft through the jungle, floating down the Rio Frio river, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, sloths, bats and crocodiles as the jungle turns from day to night!

  • Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike

    Witness the unearthly blue color 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.

  • Ultimate Zipwiring - 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.

Vacation Ideas

  • Active Costa Rica

    San Jose, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa

    from $5400 pp 11 nights

    • Get off the beaten track to a remote jungle hideaway
    • Ride rushing rapids and zip-line through the canopy
    • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly colored birds
  • Classic Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Arenal and Papagayo

    from $3200 pp 9 nights

    • Escape the city and instead wake up to birdsong in the beautiful Central Valley
    • Take a fascinating coffee tour around a working plantation
    • Go on a volcano climb - Poas and Arenal are both accessible
  • Costa Rica for Families

    Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo

    from $3700 pp 10 nights

    • Fun-filled activities to suit everyone in the family
    • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to night walks through the rainforest
    • Robinson Crusoe inspired jungle lodges to bring out the explorer in everyone
  • Costa Rica for Teenagers

    San Jose, Pacuare, Osa Peninsula, Arenal & Papagayo

    from $6300 pp 13 nights

    • Adrenaline pumped activities to suit everyone in the family
    • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to kayaking with dolphins
    • Robinson Crusoe inspired jungle lodges to bring out the explorer in everyone
  • Highlights of Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

    from $5500 pp 11 nights

    • Combine rainforest, volcanoes and beaches as you explore the highlights of this diverse country
    • Go sloth searching in Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled adventures in the shadow of the Arenal volcano

Location & directions

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

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.

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