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“Nayara is Fabulous” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens

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Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
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New York City, New York
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“Nayara is Fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Nayara is all that is written and more. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I chose Nayara for being 5-star, close to the volcano, and offering a pampering experience. What is great about Nayara is that you can go and experience the jungle and all the trekking but then come back and relax in a jacuzzi, lay in a hammock, and view the volcano. The rooms are spectacular - outdoor showers, big bathrooms, and flowers petals every day!!! Time at the spa is a must. Enjoy!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that over looks the volcano
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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1 Thank Jennifer Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The best you can get in Costa Rica and arguably the world. This is the second time we have stayed here in two years and I cannot say enough about it. The employees are so friendly and professional, the grounds are lush and spotless, the rooms are luxurious and warm, and the food and drinks are delicious. The owners should take this concept and have 100 more hotels all over the world because their formula cannot be beat. This place makes my heart flutter and I cannot wait to return. If I could live here I certainly would ;) Thank you Arenal Nayara...you are magnificent!!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in a volcano view suite. The room was very attractive, lots of room, lots of storage, a very large bathroom with a very nice outdoor shower and a very large wooden deck shielded from other rooms by very lush planting. The lighting is very dim in the room, bathroom and closets which could be remedied but I was happy to have a flashlight to locate clothes on occasion. Housekeeping was a little spotty as was the service in the restaurant, pool and sometimes in the lobby. I finally gave up trying to get someone to explain or help me with wifi in my room, even though my ipad worked easily in the resort everywhere but in my room.
Food was acceptable to good but not great. The little wine bar was charming and you can eat tapas in there
The spa and workout room were very nice.
There was constant hammering while we were there which was certainly annoying for the one afternoon we decided to sit by the pool . And one needs to know that there is a lot of walking back and forth, uphill if one is in the newer view suites.and for all the service golf carts, most required the guest to get out of the way and step into the shrubbery tp do so

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jorge G, Manager at Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens, responded to this review, 22 February 2012
Dear valued guest,
Thank you for your candid comments and for taking the time to share your recent experience at Nayara. We were pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay. We know your visit has come to an end, but we wanted to respond to a few of your points.

Our sincere apologies for the construction noise disturbance during your stay. We have completed now the construction of our new sushi restaurant and moving forward we will not have this situation. We are very excited to announce that we have opened Sushi Amor, a restaurant which is a unique sushi/fusion concept in Central America incorporating and mixing Latin American flavors with traditional sushi cuisine. Our guest will also be able to sip and sample different varieties of regular and flavored Vodkas from around the world using our innovative Vodka dispensing system.

Our WiFi service had been giving us problems (given our location in the rain forest, we face technical challenges that urban properties do not have), however the good news is that these issues have been resolved and there is high speed WiFi available in all areas of the resort, including guest rooms.

We are looking into the lighting situation of the rooms that you described.
Finally, your comment about spotty service is of most concern since that is Nayara’s claim to fame. We will address it with our staff immediately, I would appreciate if you can write to me sharing any additional details at resident.manager@arenalnayara.com

Thank you for your kind words about the spa. It is a lovely sanctuary of relaxation, a true gem of the property, and we are glad you had a nice visit.

We take your feedback, and that of all of our guests, very seriously, and appreciate you taking the time to report all aspects of your experience with us. We hope we can welcome you back to Nayara in the near future.

Sincerely,

Jorge Gutierrez
Resident Manager
Arenal Nayara
resident.manager@arenalnayara.com
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Wish we had booked more than 2 days here! This "Small Distinctive Hotel" is a gem. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable- quite exceptional service. The individual bungalows are tastefully decorated, with color schemes that complement the outdoor surroundings of beautiful plants and flowers. The view of Arenal volcano from the room's deck is breathtaking. Truly amazing hotel.
Complementary desayuno (breakfast) is outstanding - both for local cuisine and typical American breakfast. Dinners were equally well prepared. I'm vegan and found the selection to be very good. The new sushi restaurant is quite nice. They specially prepared vegan options for me.
Many tour options. We selected the Rio Celeste Waterfall and hot springs tour to Tenorio Volcano. Worth every penny and the 1.5+ hour drive. The day we hiked the trails - which can be challengingly steep - few people were around. We felt like we had the place to ourselves. Our guide - Hugo - stopped along the way to point out sloths in trees, coffee trees along the road, and many, many local points of interest.

Room Tip: The Nayara deluxe is absolutely perfect. Outdoor shower and indoor couples shower are wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

This hotel is by far the best hotel I have ever stayed at! From the minute you arrive you are treated like royalty. The private driver from SJO (Manuel) was the best. He was waiting for us at the airport with a sign with our names on it, spoke great English and was very informative and funny. The check in process was a breeze with a cold towel and cold fresh fruit smoothie! The food was excellent, dinner and lunch were reasonably priced and the free breakfast buffet was awesome! The rooms are gorgeous!!! The private jacuzzi, the wood floors, the bed, everything was perfect. The pool was great, and we were at the wine bar every night. The brand new sushi spot was okay, not the best but I would recommend trying it. We did the couples package at the spa and it was hands down the best massage I have ever had. The grounds are so beautiful and well maintained, you literally feel like you are in heaven. We recommended this hotel to every person we met for the rest of our trip. We are going back in January and cannot wait!

Room Tip: Room 10 was in a great location!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I won't even get into a detailed review here because it's not necessary. Everything here - everything - is top-notch and worth every penny. Set your expectations high; Nayara will exceed them.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Great hotel experience!!! We visited Costa Rica for the first time, and we really enjoyed this beautiful hotel. All of the rooms individual bungalows spread throughout the property. They have stategically planted so many beautiful plants and flowers in between the bungalows that you feel your room is the only one on the property. The rooms are just amazing!!! The pictures you see of the rooms on their website are exactly what you get, a refreshing change. Nayara has a full American breakfast every morning, which will lasted you well into mid afternoon! We had dinner at Nayara 2 of the 4 nights we were there, and we were not disappointed. Hint: Go with the special of the day. We ate in La Fortuna the other nights (Don Rufino's)
Another minor but refreshing difference was they did not "RIP YOU" with the mini bar!! Beers were $2.50, full bottle of wine for $20.00, and snacks were $1-$2 each.
Nayara is also the only place we considered using their laundry service, it was a great value!!
Lastly we also visited 2 other "highly rated" hotels, and we were Not as impressed.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
Address: 6 KM West la Fortuna Town, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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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