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Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6 KM Oeste de Fortuna | Arenal volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 33021, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)   |  
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“Amazing Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is the first review I have ever written, but I felt like Nayara deserved my time to let you all know that this was such a great place. The staff, the rooms, the plants and vegetation surrounding the private bungalows, the great view of Arenal Volcano...it was all perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better place. I wish I was still there! I would say this place is meant for couples, if you have kids there you will look out of place. It was very quiet and mellow, one of the most peaceful places I have ever been.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westfield, New Jersey
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

From the moment you enter you know you are at a special place. The staff greets you by name and treats you royally. Upon entering our room we realized what a treat we were in for. Each room is actually a separate casita with your own indoor and outdoor shower, a private porch with a jacuzzi and view of the Arenal volcano. Everything at this resort is geared for your comfort and enjoyment! A bottle of sparkling wine was waiting for us in the refrigerator to compensate for the room not being ready when we arrived even though check-in wasn't until 3 and we arrived around 12:30.

The grounds are a tropical paradise with all the amenities of a 5-star resort--a spa, jacuzzis, pool with a bar, gym. Service was wonderful--there was nightly turn-down service when they gave you bottled water and chocolates. Your rooms were always clean with fresh towels and towels folded to form designs with fresh flowers in them.

The breakfast buffet was lovely with lots of choices, both typical (eggs, pancakes, cereals, great fresh fruit) and not so typical Costa Rican specialties. Coffee was served in French press pots and was excellent. Dinners were delicious too with lots of choices--prices weren't off the wall either. Service was great. All guests are invited to the sushi bar the first night for a champagne toast and to meet the manager who introduced himself to everyone individually.

The staff went over and above to make sure everyone had a great stay. I can't say enough about the Nayara, It was a highlight of our trip.

Room Tip: I don't think there's a bad room in the place.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodland Hills, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Can't say enough about this hotel. The grounds are beautiful. The staff and service were fabulous. Whether it was management, the front desk, the restaurant, housekeeping, they made us feel like we were the only guests at the hotel. Our room was great. Such attention to detail. Especially loved the jacuzzi tub on the patio overlooking the forest. What a way to start the day! We stayed four nights -- wished we had four more. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keene, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This resort with all private bungalows is very beautiful, planted lushly and carefully tended. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was large with an amazing view of the volcano and a very nice outdoor shower. Overall the food was excellent and they have a great wine bar where you can sample many fine wines. The only negatives were that one meal in the wine bar that was billed as tapas was really very poor and not really like tapas and the pool is really just a big jacuzzi with a bar at one end. It is hot in Arenal and I would have liked to take a dip in a cooler pool. The spa is great too. I had the hot stones massage which was heavenly.

Room Tip: We had room 15 which was on the end by itself and hence very quiet except for the morning birds whic...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beaumont, Canada
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Amazing bungalow, we were in 49 and would highly recommend that one. Breath taking views. Incredible service. The staff knew us by name. Lindsay was great making sure we had everything we needed for our excursions. Jorge the resident manager went out of his way to make sure we felt special. The amazing staff at the restaurant always were smiling and we will not hesitate to come back. Oh and the spa was incredible! I could go on and on. Very romantic.
Juan Carlos makes great guacamole right at your table. Worth every penny spent!

Erin and Willie

Room Tip: Room 45-50 are the newest rooms, farthest away for most privacy. 49 had a volcano view and was quie...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I never write reviews but Nayara and it's staff deserve recognition for our recent 3 night stay in Villa 48, a premium suite. I intitally found Nayara through google search of locating Best properties in Arenal area. The designation of Small Luxury Hotel is most deserving. Our stay was like a second honeymoon after 21 years of marriage! The staff was beyond superb, friendly, very accommodating and the private villa was absolute heaven! This property had everything from foilage to wild life including the parrot at the pool area who loved attention and didn't mind being held. If you are looking for a one of a kind original experience and don't want the commercialized experience like 'Tabacon' don't look any further. We actually visited Tabacon on a tour following the volcano walk and we only spent 2 hours there which was plenty. The hot springs are close by and after the few hours you're ready to leave. We're glad we didn't stay there for 3 days, too busy and typical hotel experience. Thank you Nayara! We will be sending friends and family to you, you are the BEST!

Room Tip: Any of the rooms were exceptional, can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wicklow, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here for part of our honeymoon, absolutely fabulous. The room was beautiful, from the rose petals on bed to the swan towels. The staff were brillant, couldnt have asked for more. The food was excellent, worth the money. Families were staying here, but for us it was more of a couples resort as there was the spa facilities too, also amazing. Worth it.

Room Tip: We had a corner suite - newly renovated with the jacuzzi and outdoor shower. The views were amazing...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 KM Oeste de Fortuna | Arenal volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 33021, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service at surprisingly affordable rates. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of our 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provide an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita (ranging from 855 to 1905 square feet) includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Arenal Nayara Hotel And Gardens
Arenal Nayara Hotel Gardens
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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