In a town where boutique hotels are difficult to find, Arenal Nayara is something of an oasis. Individual casitas - elegantly furnished stand-alone bungalows - are dotted around lush tropical grounds connected by a series of pathways, offering a private, secluded feel. Facilities such as the hotel’s swimming pool, restaurants and spa are all of a high standard and the hotel wins regular awards for the level of service it provides. The property's natural surroundings attract a wealth of wildlife, while the Arenal Volcano towers majestically in the distance.
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Accommodation is split into three categories: Deluxe Casitas, a Nayara Suite and Springs Villas. The casitas are elegantly furnished with dark polished woods and are separated by tropical vegetation with their own small private gardens and outdoor showers. They also feature a wrap-around terrace with a Jacuzzi and hammock, free Wi-Fi and international calls, a flat screen TV, minibar and coffee making facilities. The more spacious Nayara Suite is octagonal in shape and offers a private, romantic retreat, with its wrap-around balcony having the advantage of a less-obstructed view of the rainforest and volcano when the weather's clear.
The adults-only Springs Vllias are the most luxurious option, boasting their own private plunge pools which are fed by natural hot springs, a complimentary minibar and a spacious living area. Guests staying in the villas also have access to exclusive tours and spa treatments and can make use of the complimentary laundry service and yoga sessions, among other benefits.
Arenal Nayara is situated between the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park. All tour companies collect from the hotel for group and private excursions, and it's a four mile taxi journey into the town should you wish to try some different bars or restaurants.
Food and Drink
The hotel’s main restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves imaginative local and international dishes (including some wonderful ceviche). A second restaurant opens for lunch and dinner and specialises in Asian /Latin fusion cuisine, while the poolside bar also serves light meals. The wine and tapas bar opens in the evenings and is a relaxing alternative for dinner and drinks.
The resort makes an indulgent and romantic place for a honeymoon and offers a number of benefits for couples, including special spa experiences, private dinners and guided walks. The Springs Villas are particularly well-suited to couples, located in an adults-only area with their own spring-fed plunge pools.
Facilities and Activities
Leisure facilities at the Arenal Nayara include an outdoor pool complete with swim-up bar, which is a great place to relax and take in the spectacular views on a clear day. There's a small gym on site if you're feeling more active; alternatively, relax in the hillside spa, which overlooks the forest and offers a variety of treatments and combination therapies.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
Arenal Nayara has a number of measures in place to promote sustainability and to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The property has been built using local materials that support Costa Rica's economy and protect its environment, and natural light is optimised to lessen the need for electric lighting. Showers and toilets are designed to save water, cleaning products are bio-degradable and non-toxic, and composting takes place to reduce waste. The property is also involved in supporting the local community, employing local people and helping with their transport, including their children's transport to and from school.
This chic and luxurious hotel wins regular awards for good reason - we think there are few better options in Arenal if you're looking for boutique luxury and a more intimate atmosphere.
Arenal Volcano itinerary suggestions
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Hotel Arenal Kioro is 10km to the north of La Fortuna directly in front of the magnificent Arenal Volcano.
Originally built as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute, the lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation within a short distance of the volcano.
Arenal Springs is a resort-style hotel with excellent facilities and comfortable rooms.
This charming little 36-room hotel is located just outside the town of Fortuna, with views of the volcano from the pretty gardens.
El Silencio del Campo is a cosy, welcoming hotel, well-located for viewing Arenal Volcano and enjoying the numerous excursions that are available in the area.
A friendly and affordable base for exploring the many attractions and beautiful scenery of Arenal.
The Lost Iguana Resort is a lovely hotel peacefully nestled about 30 minutes drive from La Fortuna in over 100 acres of virgin rainforest.
Nayara Springs is the newest boutique luxury addition to the Arenal Volcano region, and sister property to the highly rated Arenal Nayara Hotel. Separated by a tropical forest and 67-metre long pedestrian bridge, Nayara Springs boasts just 16 villas, each with its own private plunge pool fed by mineral hot springs.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Follow the hanging bridges through the Arenal rainforest canopy and the walking trails along the forest floor to spot numerous bird, animal and plant species. Clearings and open spaces in the forest canopy offer a glimpse of the magnificent Arenal Volcano in the distance.
Enjoy a peaceful gondola ride above the Arenal rainforest and take in the breathtaking views of the volcano and the still, blue lake. Choose to return back to your starting point the same way or via the Canopy Tour; an exhilarating zip line through the forest canopy.
This easy and manageable hike will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano as you walk along the base of this marvellous 'Mountain of Fire'. See recent lava flows and rock formations and learn about the big eruption of 1968.
Embark on a journey of exploration through the beautiful Arenal Volcano National Park, spotting unique flora and fauna along the way and learning about the activity and history of the still-active Arenal Volcano.
The Cano Negro refuge itself is located 25 kilometres south of Los Chiles in the northern area of the Alajuela province, approximately a two hour drive from Arenal. It has been declared a site of international importance for the nesting of migratory birds and occupies an area of 9,969 hectares in the Río Frío Basin.
Ascend through dense primary forest, which is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, to the summit of Cerro Chato - Arenal Volcano's 'older brother'. Finish this half day walk with a refreshing swim at La Fortuna Waterfall.
The Eco Termales hot springs are a beautiful sanctuary surrounded by nature. The smallest of the hot springs in the Arenal area, Eco Termales is perfect for privacy and relaxation.
This half-day quad bike tour combines adrenalin and adventure with incredible wildlife and tropical forest, all set within the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano.
Take to the water of Lake Arenal in your own kayak and explore the shores to spot a multitude of different bird species, and perhaps hear the unmistakable call of a howler monkey.
Drift silently along the Peñas Blancas river, which winds through lush, verdant forest, and see a huge variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles and several types of birds.