Nayara Gardens

A peaceful haven where nothing is too much trouble for the staff and the emphasis is firmly on relaxation. Wake to the incredible view of Arenal Volcano and the dawn chorus of forest wildlife.

Surrounded by tropical rainforest, this award-winning hotel is regularly ranked Best Resort in South and Central America. The 50 comfortable and spacious casitas all feature a lovely terrace from which to view the volcano, a private garden with an outdoor shower and an intimate Jacuzzi for two.

Facilities & Activities

The serene Spa at Nayara is a delight. Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest by choosing a unique treatment or massage in one of the relaxing outdoor spa bungalows. Twice a year Nayara Resorts offer bespoke wellness retreats and, new for 2024, a minimum 3-night Wellness Escape package with a focus on health, relaxation and rejuvenation. Please ask for more details.

For adventure, you have definitely come to the right place! The hotel can arrange a wide variety of activities including canyoning, zip-lining, All Terrain Vehicles, horse-riding, canopy tours, kayaking on Cano Negro, sport-fishing and biking. Alternatively, there are a range of more culturally biased tours including a visit to a Maleko village, and many eco tours such as hiking, bird watching and night walks to ensure you make the most of the fascinating natural surroundings.

There is also a small pool with swim-up bar where you can cool off and rest your aching muscles after an action-packed day in the rainforest.

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As a Relais & Chateaux property, you can expect outstanding local and international cuisine, served in breath-taking settings with top service.

La Terraza Del Arenal is the family restaurant, located in a lovely airy pavilion and offering an a la carte local and International menu. It successfully combines a relaxing informal setting with a sense of sophistication and of course, impeccable service from the attentive and friendly staff. You might want to eat at one of the outside tables which have a wonderful view of the volcano and the beautiful tropical gardens.

As the name suggests, the contemporary Asia Luna is all about Latin fusion – with a mix of Asian and Peruvian flavours, open for dinner.  The décor resembles a ‘Pulperia,’ a typical Costa Rican bar. The chairs and tables are hand painted by members of the indigenous Maleku tribe, and they depict local flora and fauna.

For poolside snacks and cocktails there is the Kali Kali Pool Bar and during the evening, you might like to retire to the Nostalgia Bar with its extensive wine list. Nostalgia’s inviting décor, featuring leather and wood, creates a warm and intimate ambiance. Enjoy tapas and drinks while sitting at the bar or the open-air terrace. Nostalgia also offers Wine Pairing Dinners: an extravaganza of 5-courses perfectly matched with 5 different glasses of wine.

The hotel also offers a range of adult-only tastings and experiences from romantic private dining to mixology and coffee roasting classes.


The freestanding “Casitas,” the deluxe rooms, are nestled in lush tropical gardens with a quiet garden and an outdoor shower. These luxurious rooms are tastefully furnished with modern amenities.

The Rainforest Villa’s unique octagonal design makes it comfortably spacious and allows natural light to filter from every angle. It features an oversized Jacuzzi on the wrap-around balcony that overlooks either the imposing Arenal Volcano or the lush rainforest, and a private garden with outdoor rain showers for two.


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Families are made to feel very welcome and we’re sure your little ones will enjoy exploring the hotel grounds which are teeming with wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky to spot sloth hiding in the trees or join a frog scouting tour after dark!

There is a even a Kid Spa Service, tailored for younger guests with fun and soothing treatments such as gentle massages, chocolate scrubs, and mini-facials, all with child-safe products, ensuring the entire family can enjoy the essence of relaxation and well-being together.

The Casitas can sleep up or 2 children 11 years & under sharing in a double bed.

One extra bed can be added to the Rainforest Villas.  The hotel does not have interconnecting rooms.


Nayara prides itself on being environmentally and socially responsible in everything they do.  To preserve and protect their piece of rainforest they opened a sanctuary to provide a safe habitat for sloths and other jungle wildlife. They have planted thousands of trees and native species in the tropical gardens to support the wildlife and are also helping with Arenal National Park’s reforestation efforts.

From a local community perspective Nayara employs a local team, offering staff free transportation, sustainable tourism education, and health services. Other local initiatives include free early education for employees’ children, volunteer time, and financial support to a local orphanage. Nayara are now working hard to become single-use plastic free and have replaced plastic water bottles with reusable glass bottles in the villas and eliminated plastic straws.


The nearest town is La Fortuna de San Carlos, close to Arenal Volcano National Park in Northern Costa Rica. The drive from San Jose takes approx. 3 hours on good roads.

The local airport Arenal/La Fortuna is served by several domestic flights.

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