Due to my decision to stay at my teaching job one more year, I had to cancel a ten-day cruise we had booked on Seabourne to the Mediterranean for September and find a last minute replacement for summer. Costa Rica was on our short list, so I began the search for the best resort I could find to compensate for the lost dream vacation. I booked a seven-night stay, and I can't imagine the cruise would have been any better. The villa was beautiful (so private, and we LOVED the hammock, spring-fed pool, and outdoor double shower!), and the service was impeccable. We ate at all the restaurants at least once, and with the exception of room service, our meals were excellent. (Our favorites were the wine bar and happy hour at the sushi restaurant.) We also enjoyed our massages in a double room at the spa. But what made our vacation so special were our concierge, Sharon, and the hotel's tour guide, Andres. Sharon saw that every need was met (even finding us a phone charger when we realized my husband had forgotten to pack one) and suggested that instead of a group tour to the hanging bridges we take a private tour with Andres. We had such a great afternoon that we booked another full day with him (and probably would have booked a third, but he had scheduled days off at the end of the week for his own vacation). He brought along a telescope, so we got to see the birds and animals up close, and a camera, so that he took all the photos for us, and we got to simply enjoy the experience. Usually I'm ready to go home at the end of a vacation, but Nayara Springs was hard to leave behind. I suggested to my husband that we stay in Villa #5 and have Sharon take care of us until all our money ran out, but he convinced me that that wasn't a great retirement plan. Now that I'm home, I think he should have listened to me...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With only 16 villas, Nayara Springs is a unique, exclusive hotel with all the facilities and amenities of a 5-star resort. The lavish villas, hidden among the tropical gardens, have breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano, and each one features its own exclusive pool fed by mineral springs, around-the-clock butler service, an expansive private garden with exterior shower, sleek, four-poster bed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nayara Springs Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park