Fodor's Expert Review Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens

7 km (4½ miles) west of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela, 21007, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Scattered over expansive grounds are freestanding casitas, all tastefully decorated with dark-wood furnishings and equipped with luxurious touches like indoor-outdoor showers, four-post canopy beds, plasma TVs, and whirlpool tubs. Rooms fall into three categories (suites, casitas, and villas) but are similar in design with an eclectic mix of imported decor ranging from Italian crystal chandeliers to Balinese hand-carved furniture. The wood-plank floors and ceilings made from sugarcane reeds add a natural touch. The adults-only villas are at Naraya Springs, an exclusive section of the resort connected by way of a 230-foot jungle bridge. Double the rate of the casitas, villas have private plunge pools and complimentary extras like minibars, Wi-Fi, laundry service, and yoga. Although lacking volcano views, villas are extremely private and have their own reception area, spa, and pool. Only half of the casitas and suites have volcano views. Outdoor wooden Jacuzzis are nestled throughout the property, and the spa has open treatment rooms so you can hear the wildlife and rain during your massage. The resort's four restaurants offer tapas, international, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine, so you never have to leave the comforts of the grounds. Special packages are available for those who want meals included in the rate.


  • luxurious rooms
  • attentive staff
  • early check-in can be arranged
  • excellent breakfast


  • hotel books up early
  • villas lack volcano views
  • need to use golf carts to get around sprawling grounds




Phones: -2479–1600 | 866-311–1197-in North America | 888-332–2961-in North America


66 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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