The former Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens, a hidden haven for your nature-loving VIPs in Costa Rica, reports that it has completed a $10 million renovation to most of the resort and changed its name. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, one of the top sights of Costa Rica, Arenal Nayara—under the new name, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens—offers a tranquil refuge from the hectic streets of San Jose or nearby La Fortuna with an immersive experience with nature.
The Skinny: The rooms and public spaces have been completely redone and 25 new freestanding bungalows have been added, along with a new concept wine bar, and Sushi Amor, the Japanese/Latin fusion restaurant with a menu created by one of the top chefs in Latin America, Jann Van Oordt.
Nice Touch: An elevated spa has been built on pylons so as not to disturb the lush vegetation in one of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems. The spa has four treatment rooms, two open-air massage rooms and two air-conditioned rooms. The treatment menu, which features a blend of the best in Asian and Latin American beauty and wellness techniques, includes the use of indigenous ingredients like volcanic mud, coffee and chocolate.
Hint: Nayara can arrange romantic dinners for two in a location of the guests’ choice where there is a dedicated chef and service team to coordinate a special menu created especially for them.
Nayara can also arrange the unusual if guests should wish, such as a private, guided helicopter tour of the Arenal Volcano, touching down to explore the area and enjoy a private dinner with a dedicated chef and service team.
Fly in to Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO). Travel from the airport takes about three hours to the hotel, which can arrange private transfers in an air-conditioned van.