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Nayara Springs

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8/10

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Highlights

- Exclusive boutique hotel
- 35 luxurious and stylish private villas
- Adults only
- Adjacent to family-friendly sister property

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Overview

Nayara Springs is a multi-award-winning luxury boutique hotel set in the rainforest just a short distance from the mighty Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica. This ultra-high-end property is designed to offer an exceptional and authentic Costa Rican rainforest experience, although it does have a somewhat international feel. There’s a wide range of activities, excursions and experiences to choose from nearby, and some fantastic facilities to make use of back at base. The hotel has a highly sophisticated, exclusive feel and is for adults only, although its nearby sister property, Arenal Nayara, is very close by and welcomes families travelling with young children.

All thirty-five Nayara Springs villas are tucked away in the forest and offer plenty of peace and seclusion. Each one is air conditioned and comes with its own private plunge pool with natural mineral water supplied by the area’s hot springs. All villas also have a generous garden area complete with twin showers and a spacious spot for al fresco dining. Indoors there’s a four-poster king-size bed, a comfortable living area and a sizeable en-suite bathroom. Amenities include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD/CD player, a well-stocked minibar and an i-Home audio system. There are plenty of other complimentary services on offer such as movie rental, international phone calls, laundry services, tea and coffee replenishment and a twice-daily maid service.

There’s an exciting line up of activities to choose from. Some, such as zip lining, white water rafting and canyoning, are aimed at thrill seekers, while others such as lava field treks, jungle canopy walks and birdwatching expeditions near the volcano go at a slower pace and are ideal for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The hotel has no fewer than half a dozen on-site restaurants and eateries ranging from an informal tapas bar, to a Latin bistro, and a fine dining venue with gourmet cuisine on the menu. There’s also a fully-equipped gym, an open-air yoga pavilion and an array of spa treatments, including some for couples to enjoy together, along with two large swimming pools and plenty of hammocks to loll around in.

Over the last six years, Nayara Springs has won nearly two dozen prestigious industry awards. A sample of these includes No. 2 Hotel in Central America by TripAdvisor and Top 100 Hotels in the World (No. 44) by Travel+Leisure - both in 2017 - and No. 2 Hotel in Central and South America by Conde Nast Traveler in 2016.

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Average Rating

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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