Nayara Resorts has announced that all of the accommodations at its first property, Nayara Gardens, have been leveled and rebuilt as Arenal Casitas. Each casita has white walls, custom wallpapered headboards and glass walls in the bathrooms looking out at a private garden, besides a private deck with a plunge pool.
Also new with the reopening will be a boutique with locally made artisan goods, as well as a family education center where guests can learn more about the surrounding rainforest (the property is also a sloth sanctuary). There is a new pool and guest favorite, Nikkei-style Asia Luna restaurant, has been totally rebuilt. The spa is also undergoing a full renovation.
Guests at Nayara Gardens have full access to sister properties Nayara Springs and Nayara Tented Camp with their additional restaurants, bars, pools, hot springs and yoga pavilions. Since Nayara Springs is adults only, children must keep to Nayara Gardens and Nayara Tented Camp.
On-site activities include daily morning yoga sessions, nature walks through the sloth sanctuary and armadillo trail, private dining in the designated areas overlooking the rainforest, bird-watching and frog tours and coffee tasting class at Mi Cafecito Espresso bar. Off-site activities include horseback riding, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and more.
Nayara is committed to a range of sustainability initiatives, from creating the sloth sanctuary to reforesting the area surrounding the property and being an early adopter of the no-plastic movement. Taking this a step further, owner Leo Ghitis recently launched a partnership with a local bank to create a housing community for Nayara’s employees. Through the joint sponsorship of Nayara and the bank, employees will be able to take ownership of a new home in part of a new community being built and immediately start paying a mortgage (without a down payment) and building equity. Further, this will not be dependent on employment. All the furnishings, fixtures and interiors from the previous iteration of Nayara Gardens are being upcycled to furnish these new homes.
Nayara Resorts now has three properties in Costa Rica: Nayara Gardens, Nayara Springs and Nayara Tented Camp; one in Panama: Nayara Bocas del Toro; and two in Chile: Nayara Alto Atacama and Nayara Hangaroa.