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Arenal Nayara

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- Large, upscale resort
- Family friendly, great range of activities
- Award-winning property
- Excellent variety of activities

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Arenal Nayara is a large, high-end resort nestled on a hill overlooking the impressive, 5,300 foot high Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica. Thanks to its outstanding customer service, its superb offering of activities and cuisine, and its stylish yet supremely comfortable accommodation, this family-friendly property has won a string of prestigious awards over the last few years and has been listed among the top ten hotels in the world by the likes of TripAdvisor, Travel+Leisure and Business Insider. Despite its large proportions, the resort hides its size well amidst beautiful gardens, but that said, no matter how attractive the surroundings, it is a still a large resort with an international feel and will suit travellers at the higher end of the budget spectrum.

There are several levels of accommodation to choose from, from the Casitas Deluxe, to the Rainforest Villas and the 3-bedroom Arenal Villas. All villas are stylish and air conditioned and afford plenty of peace and privacy; they’re designed to complement their natural surroundings and offer captivating views of either the lush rainforest or the volcano itself. Each has its own private balcony and garden area complete with outdoor shower and there’s an indoor en-suite bathroom as well. Amenities include complimentary, environmentally-friendly toiletries, as well as a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A daily buffet breakfast, a twice-daily maid service, national and international calls, and daily yoga sessions are also included.

The line-up of activities and excursions is both extensive and diverse, with plenty of choice to cater for all age groups. Some of the many options include walking along suspension bridges through the amazing rainforest canopy, trekking over dried lava fields from the volcano’s 1968 eruption, a visit to a nearby wildlife rescue centre, a night-time frog spotting walk and a white-water rafting expedition to name but a few. Note that for reasons of health and safety, there are age restrictions on some activities.

The hotel has some fantastic on-site facilities to make use of when not out and about exploring the area. The spa is set on a cliff overlooking the rainforest below and makes for a particularly peaceful place to enjoy soothing treatments. There’s also a good range of high-quality gym equipment. There are around half a dozen eateries from the family favourite, Altamira Restaurant, which hosts various themed nights throughout the week, to the lively Asia Luna with its gourmet Asian delicacies, and the casual coffee shop Mi Cafecito. The hotel also has a lovely pool to lounge about in and some scenic walking trails to explore.

Children are welcome, though note that they are not permitted to visit the adjacent adults-only sister property, Nayara Springs. While this is a particularly family-friendly resort, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

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    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

  • Hi Lisa, Holiday has been a huge success and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all, such a wonderful experience. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Leona

    MissingLeona L reviewing Family Holiday: Inca Trail and Amazon on 18 August 2023

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