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Nayara Gardens

702 Road 21007, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007 Costa Rica
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#4 of 63 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Nayara 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 on 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) provides 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Books, DVDs, music for children
Valet parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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English, French, Spanish, German
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Nayara Gardens is lauded by many for its attentive service and personalized care, offering a serene oasis with private pools and diverse dining options nestled in a lush environment. Its proximity to local attractions and the Arenal Volcano draws guests seeking eco-adventures and stunning views. The hotel's cleanliness and luxurious, spacious rooms integrated with nature are consistently celebrated, though opinions on value vary. Despite some considering it pricey, the tranquil atmosphere and intimate accommodations often justify the cost for guests.
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Andrea C wrote a review Feb 23
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Nayara Resort in Costa Rica is one of the most naturally beautiful places we’ve ever been! The service was exemplary and the food & drinks were delicious. We loved exploring the resort and admiring the flora and fauna. We can’t wait to return! The 2.5-3 hour car ride from the airport is a bit twisty, so take some motion sickness meds. At the resort, wear water proof adventure shoes like Keens, as the terrain is a bit hilly and wet from the rain. Not in a scary way, though. My 82 & 83 year old (fit) parents managed to keep up with us just fine!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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LVernola wrote a review Apr 2023
Colorado Springs, Colorado8 contributions
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I cannot say enough good things about the Nayara resort complex. This was the second time we have stayed at Nayara Gardens, and it was even more amazing than we remembered. There is a reason it is one of the best hotels in the world. You have access to all three facilities on the property, unless you have kids with you. Kids are not allowed at the adult pool, the quiet pool, and one restaurant. We traveled without our kids, so we spent most of our time at the adult pool. The staff is top notch. They are so helpful and want to make sure you are totally satisfied. The turn down service at night is my favorite touch. They leave you delicious treats. The food and drinks are so good, which is not always the case at a resort. They were very accommodating to my vegan diet, and they even had the most delicious vegan cake at the coffee shop. I have to give a special mention to Larry, Andrey, and Juan Carlos at the Cielito Linda (adult) pool. They were so attentive the second we arrived at the pool, and the drinks were out of this world. The property itself is the most beautiful place you can imagine. When you are on your balcony, you feel like you are the only person in the entire resort. You will get lots of exercise walking the hills, but you can request a golf cart if you are unable to handle that kind of walk. Get all of your excursions out of the way before you arrive at Nayara, because you are not going to want to leave once you are there. We can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: Be prepared to walk if you don't ask them to pick you up in the golf cart.
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Responded Apr 3, 2023
Dear LVernola, Thank you for choosing Nayara Gardens for your recent stay and for sharing your wonderful experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time and that your stay exceeded your expectations. It's great to hear that you enjoyed our facilities and found our staff to be top-notch, accommodating, and attentive. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Larry, Andrey, and Juan Carlos at the Cielito Linda pool. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our food and drinks, especially as a vegan guest, and that our turn-down service and treats were a favorite touch. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful property and the peacefulness it provides. We are also pleased to hear that our golf cart service was able to assist you in getting around. Thank you for your recommendation to book excursions before arrival, as we agree that once you are at Nayara Gardens, it can be hard to leave. We look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable stay.
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Carla H wrote a review Feb 21
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My husband has already raved in his own review about the hotel itself. This review is about the wonderful excursions offered by Nayara Gardens - they are beyond excellent, and we did 4 of them. Our personal favorite is described here. For our tour of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, we were most fortunate to be led by the incredible naturalist Yahaira ("Yaya") Arroyo, who picked us up at the resort and started our tour before we even left the property when she spotted high up in a tree Tony the Sloth who we never would have noticed because, from the ground, to our naked, inexperienced eyes, he looked like a leafy part of the tree. Upon seeing my husband and myself sharing a pair of pretty decent binoculars, Yaya disappeared briefly to retrieve an extra pair she had on hand so we could critter-watch at the same time and have a better experience. (And hers were even more awesome than ours!) -- Just to give you an idea of how sensitive, client-oriented and generous she is even within the 1st 5 minutes of meeting us. Though the ride to Cano Negro is approximately 2 hours, Yaya is such lovely company that the time passed quickly - she pointed out numerous points (and critters and birds) of interest along the way, sharing her wide knowledge of the area, the wildlife, and the history, culture and geography of Costa Rica, as well as some of her own personal background growing up on a coffee farm. She also was good at allowing for moments of quiet, and always attentive to our needs, be it for food, water, or restrooms. Her ability to spot wildlife made this one of the most exciting outings we've had anywhere. Saw all 3 of the monkey species there (howlers, spiders and capuchins), a huge variety of birds (various-colored kingfishers, gray hawks, purple gallinules, white-breasted waterhens, yellow-crowned night herons, anhingas, among others), and caymans, iguanas, and a recently deceased boa constrictor. Our iPhone cameras were no match for Yaya's impressive photographic skills and her professional cameras and lenses, and she gifted us with copies of all the photos she took that day. Her pictures (3 of which are shown here) are amazing and bring us enormous pleasure in remembering the details and enjoyment of our day with her. We recommend Yaha highly for any of the several tours she offers - she's so knowledgeable and generous and thoughtful and so easy to be with.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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James R wrote a review Feb 21
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This was our first opportunity to travel in several years and we could not have made a better choice of where to stay. From the driver that picked us up at the airport to the entire staff at the resort, we felt like royalty. Upon arrival, we were asked if there was a special reason for our trip, we explained it was a delayed anniversary trip and the next day we had cards surrounded by rose petals and a celebratory bottle of champagne awaiting us in our room. We indulged in one excursion to the Hanging Bridges, which was wonderful, but we spent most of our time at the resort enjoying the peace and tranquility offered staying in our own botanical garden. Viewing the Arenal volcano from our breakfast table was a somewhat surreal experience. We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear James, Thank you for choosing Nayara Gardens for your much-awaited anniversary trip! We're overjoyed to hear that your stay provided a magical escape and that our team could make it extra special with a few surprises. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed the tranquility of our gardens and the view of Arenal. We eagerly anticipate your return!
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_denmcg99 wrote a review Feb 20
Gloucester, Massachusetts3 contributions
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This was a very special vacation for us. My wife and I wanted something out of the ordinary, and we found it. It's difficult to describe the feeling that enveloped us during our entire stay. It put us in such a wonderful state of mind. Our villa was magical and our splash pool was a magnet any time of day. Beauty surrounded us at every turn, every path and walkway was mystical. Your staff intuitively understood our needs, and were delightful. We are still glowing!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: We loved the entire grounds and all that if offered. It is in the jungle! We felt no need to...
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Dear denmcg, We're thrilled to learn that your vacation at Nayara Gardens was extraordinary and filled with magic at every turn. Our team strives to intuitively meet our guests' needs, and it's rewarding to know we succeeded during your stay. Thank you for letting us be part of such a special experience. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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Andrew M wrote a review Feb 20
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I had an incredible time during my stay. The staff is so friendly and attentive. They knew our needs before I even did. When I arrived they had already made a reservation at one of the restaurants because they wanted to make sure I was set for dinner because reservations are required. There was no issue getting ones at the times I wanted on the day of however. I don’t know the last time I felt sad leaving a hotel and I can not wait to come back.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Andrew, Hearing that you had an amazing time with us at Nayara Gardens truly warms our hearts. We're glad our staff's attentiveness and proactive service contributed to your incredible stay. It's always our goal to make departures as bittersweet as yours. Looking forward to your next visit!
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Alex A wrote a review Feb 19
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Made a reservation at Ayla and when we got there manager said he could not find it .. hostess said someone deleted it.. i know probably manager deleted it so he could accommodate one of his customers from tented camp.. once i asked if Leo the owner was there they sat us..manager jeffrey when to all his rich customers to check everything never came to our table.. food was not great for a fancy place.. best food was at the italian place Mis Amores and breakfast in la terraza is awesome.. so i will take a star off only because of jeffrey the manager at Aylas.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Andrew S wrote a review Feb 18
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Excellent hotel. The staff were excellent from our arrival to departure on every level. We had a room with plunge pool. Loads of space and all good quality in rainforest setting with hot pools. Restaurants good. Book in advance. A definite one to recommend
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Andrew, Thank you for your superb review! We're delighted to hear that from arrival to departure, our staff met your every need with excellence. Your enjoyment of our spacious room with a plunge pool, the quality of our amenities set in a rainforest, and our restaurants, highlights what we aim to offer. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we can't wait to welcome you back!
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sweetpea224444 wrote a review Feb 17
Baton Rouge, Louisiana5 contributions
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Most incredible resort we’ve ever stayed in. Barely ran into another guest other than the restaurants the whole week. The website doesn’t come close to showing how gorgeous this place is from the Casitas to the grounds that went on for miles w/the most lush landscape we’ve ever seen. The service is beyond 5 star & felt completely taken care of w/any need we had.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear sweetpea, We're overjoyed to hear Nayara Gardens surpassed your expectations as the most beautiful resort you've ever visited. Your feedback on our secluded ambiance, stunning casitas, expansive lush landscapes, and unparalleled service deeply humbles us. Thank you for acknowledging our efforts to provide a truly exceptional experience. We look forward to pampering you again in the future!
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Heather W wrote a review Feb 16
Lancaster, United Kingdom11 contributions
This hotel was unbelievable so much more than we expected. Amazing room with a small infinty bubble pool that you could glide in-wonderful. the asian restaurant was outstanding as was the breakfast and room service. we took a visit to the hanging bridges with an wxcellent private guide. thank you to all the wonderful staff
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Heather, We're thrilled your family had a magical stay at Nayara Gardens, filled with adventure and serenity. Your kind words about our staff and resort touch our hearts. Thank you for recommending us. We eagerly await your return for more unforgettable memories!
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$651 - $1,013 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
arenal nayara hotel and gardens, arenal nayara hotel gardens
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LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San Carlos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
50
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nayara Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Nayara Gardens?
Nearby attractions include Bogarin Trail (3.4 miles), Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge (3.4 miles), and Ecotermales Fortuna (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nayara Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Nayara Gardens?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Nayara Gardens?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Nayara Gardens?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nayara Gardens?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tiquicia Restaurant, Jalapas Restaurant, and Restaurante Tierra Mia.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nayara Gardens?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Nayara Gardens have airport transportation?
Yes, Nayara Gardens offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nayara Gardens?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Does Nayara Gardens have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Nayara Gardens accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.