Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxurious yet low-key sophisticated jungle jewel exceeding every expectation. Engulfed by emerald forests and tropical gardens, it is a genuine reflection of the beautiful land it inhabits, including the imposing Arenal Volcano behemoth, one of the youngest active volcanoes in the Southern Hemisphere, which can be viewed from every angle of the hotel.

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Nayara’s 44 casitas, suites, and villas are specifically designed to create a profound and organic immersion with nature, with dedicated energy and water conservation efforts exhibited throughout. Bright greens and oranges mimic the rainforest outside, transforming each freestanding bungalow into authentic yet modern representations of Costa Rica. Choose from the Casita Deluxe, with sweeping views of the volcano and jungle canopy and huge bathrooms with outdoor showers, or the Nayara Suite, a romantic octagonal light-filled casita with an oversized Jacuzzi located on the wrap-around balcony. The 16 adults-only Springs Villas are some of the most lavish rooms in the country and feature private plunge pools fed by hot springs, four-poster beds wrapped in white cotton, outdoor day beds, and pedestrian bridges above the rainforest ravine connecting them to the main hotel.

When venturing to the main part of the hotel, opt for a golf cart ride to witness the three-toed sloth, butterflies, and capuchin and howler monkeys frolicking in the lush but beautifully tended rainforest at fingertips length. Between the resident parrots frequenting the bars and restaurants and the swimming pools and hot tubs set throughout the property, it is difficult to resist the change of pace this destination demands. Four dining establishments offer the gamut of options: all-day ceviche and international menus at Altamira, Latin fusion and sushi in the intimate aqua-and-orange Sushi Amor, wine and tapas at Nostalgia Bar, and snacks and piña coladas at the swim-up Kali, Kali Pool Bar. For an extra special experience, splurge on the five-course dinner and wine pairing, where fresh tuna steak and Malamado Malbec are the highlight.

Not only does the Arenal Volcano dominate the landscape, it also serves as the source of amazing adrenaline-pumping adventures and ecological discoveries. Canopies, bridges, waterfalls, and caves lend themselves to mountain biking, hiking, climbing, rafting, fishing, and any outdoor activity imaginable. After visiting the must-do Sky Trek and nearby hot springs, return to the Nayara spa, a spiritual enclave suspended on the mountain slope, for relaxation amid the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest. The various massages and scrubs found here are generated from the organic coffee beans, volcanic mud, and chocolate clay found exclusively in this corner of the world.

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