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Nayara Springs

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Spectacular views of Costa Rica's iconic Arenal volcano

  • Voted #1 resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards 2015

  • Adults only so plenty of peace and quiet. Sister hotel to the hugely popular Arenal Nayara

  • Very personalised service and great attention to detail

  • Each of the fifty spacious villas has its very own plunge pool fed by hot springs

  • Personal host for each villa

  • Three of Arenal’s top rated restaurants

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

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

Make sure you sample the signature ceviche in Amor Loco restaurant, it was to die for!

Soak up the atmosphere in your private pool and keep an eye out for Tony the sloth!

Make sure to book ahead for the resorts smaller restaurants. Asia Luna is a fantastic sushi restaurant with stunning views of the volcano.

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your vacation to Nayara Springs or take a look at our itineraries to San Jose and Central Valley

Description

Nayara Springs is the exclusive adults only part of the hugely popular Arenal Nayara, boasting 50 exclusive private spring villas, surrounded by creeks, tropical rainforest, natural hot springs and views of Arenal, the third most active volcano on earth.

Located approximately three hours from the capital of San Jose, Nayara Springs sits in seclusion just outside the town of La Fortuna, in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano. It has been voted best resort in Central and South America by Conde Nast Traveler and it's easy to see why.

Hidden among the tropical forest, the 50 private villas feature their own private plunge pool fed by natural mineral hot springs, an expansive private garden with dual rain showers, oversized bathroom, four-poster bed, and indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Nayara Springs is superb for couples and honeymooners.

Exotic touches, modern amenities and indigenous wood and stone are widely used to produce an unparalleled, authentic and romantic experience. The Springs Villas also come with a private host to compliment the ever-attentive hotel staff.

Facilities at Nayara Springs are superb, including a romantic spa with open-sided massage rooms, yoga pavillion, oversized lap pool and sophisticated piano bar. Cross over the bridge that links Nayara Springs to its sister property Arenal Nayara and there is a second outdoor pool and spa.

Dining options abound at Nayara Springs, guests here have their own pool-side restaurant Amor Loco which is unexpectedly glamorous and makes the most of the hotel's organic vegetable garden as well as fresh seafood. Guests can also dine at any of the restaurants in Arenal Nayara where there is the 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

There are 50 spacious (starting at 800 sq ft) ultra-private villas scattered around beautiful tropical gardens with private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs and expansive private gardens. The villas feature flat-screen satellite TVs with DVD/CD players, terrace daybeds, a hammock and table and chairs for al fresco dining.

Childcare

As the hotel is adults only, the child policy is 18 years and over. Nayara Springs is a serene and exclusive adults only hotel so for those traveling with younger children then the family friendly rooms at Arenal Nayara to the other side of the property would be our recommendation.

Facilities

Fitness center, daily yoga or pilates, oversized lap pool, award winning spa, piano lounge and bar, a selection of restaurants – Amor Loco for fine dining, Terrace by the Pool for a light lunch, Altamira Restaurant for smart-casual dining, Sushi Amor for Latin fusion and Nostalgia Wine & Tapas Bar to sample delicious Latin American vintages.

Activities

Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zip wire, horse ride to the volcano, release your inner Indiana Jones and walk along hanging bridges high in the jungle canopy and get up close to the native flora and fauna, take an early birdwatching tour and see colorful parrots, toucans and oropendulas gliding through the sky, hike to waterfalls and lagoons and for those interested in nocturnal wildlife head out on a guided night walk. ATV tours can also be arranged for the adventurous, along with white-watwer rafting.

Reviews

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Arenal is the real adventure capital of Costa Rica and Naraya is a great place to relax and unwind after your daily dose of adrenaline. My room looked right on to the Volcano which looks down domineeringly on the whole area. It was a stunning sight and if youre lucky enough for the peak to be clear totally unforgettable. The resort itself is surprisingly intimate in comparison with some of the other larger hotels in the area and I definitely felt that it avoided feeling to overly resort with great dining options and no cruise ship style buffet each evening. In fact the food was excellent and one of the highlights of my stay. There are two sections of the hotel with a separate more grown up Springs area separated from the main resort by a bridge. The Springs Villas are more luxurious and have plunge pools fed by the hot springs nearby perfect for soothing achy muscles after a day hiking or horse-riding.

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Cheska Goodwin (Staff)

Nayara Springs is a gorgeous adults only resort located along side Arenal Nayara in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. Whilst there are no volcano views from here, I really liked the exclusive luxury feel of the place. The villas were very private, and had their own plunge pool. Amor loco bar served up fantastic food - the signature ceviche was absolutely delicious and the bar here has very quirky decor, a fun place for a drink in the evenings.

The Spa was very tranquil, looking out over the lush rainforest, and you can enjoy an open air bath after a treatment.

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Natural History Walk in 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.

  • 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

  • Costa Rica in Style

    Central Valley, Arenal, Golfo Dulce & Uvita

    from $7200 pp 12 nights

    • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly colored birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce
    • Visit a coffee plantation in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley
    • Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip
  • Romantic Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa

    from $6600 pp 12 nights

    • Take a thrilling journey through primary rainforest to arrive at Pacuare Lodge by white water raft
    • Learn to surf in Santa Teresa, one of Costa Rica's top surfing destinations
    • Go zip-wiring through the jungle canopy spotting monkeys and tropical birds

Location & directions

Arenal, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Nayara Springs 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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Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your vacation to Nayara Springs or take a look at our itineraries to San Jose and Central Valley

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