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702 Road 21007, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 17/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 17/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 66 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Gold level
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)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Valet parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German
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trish p wrote a review 15 Jan
5 contributions2 helpful votes
I cannot recommend Nayara Gardens ENOUGH. This resort was booked through our guide Jessica at NAMU Travel who was just amazing. The resort is gorgeous with spacious rooms and lovely upscale touches such as both indoor and outdoor showers, beautiful decks with a hammock and outside tub, and lovely accoutrements; the staff is friendly and accommodating. The hot springs, pools and common areas are lush and well kept and the drinks were actual works of art. The food was excellent with our favorite being the Asian fusion restaurant. They served sushi wrapped in plantain that was unbelievable. The free breakfast buffet was fresh, appealing and unrushed. Finally, while staff told us the resort was full, the hot springs, pools and restaurants were not at all crowded. In fact, my friend and I were the only people in one of five hot springs that day. Also, the various excursions by our group to hanging bridges, kayaking, waterfall jumping and horse back riding were well organized and worth the price. My family and friends take one luxury vacation together each winter and we have stayed in some of the best hotels and suites in the Caribbean and Mexico. Nayara is one of the best resorts we ever visited. It made us sad to leave for the second part of our vacation in Guanacaste.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Definitely go January through March when it is NOT the rainy season.
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Hurdsy wrote a review 13 Jan
Pattaya, Thailand92 contributions83 helpful votes
everything about the his place was perfect from start to finish, the staff were great and the property was amazing. we really wish we had stayed there longer and not moved on! the breakfast selection was great!
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Date of stay: December 2021
Rachel C wrote a review 11 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions
We stayed here on our honeymoon and I highly recommend this place to anyone! The service was incredible. We used their laundry service and left money in a pair of pants and it was returned to us. The food at all the restaurants was outstanding, especially the grilled steak and veggies at La Terreza. The resort was breathtaking. Thermal springs on property and we saw a few sloths too! We did 2 private excursions and everything was top notch. The guides were knowledgeable, fun and brought us to some cool lunch spots. So many special little touches and details that made our trip really memorable. Will not come back to Costa Rica without staying here.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
JLR1211 wrote a review 2 Jan
Boston, Massachusetts11 contributions2 helpful votes
Beautiful property but .. This was our least favorite hotel. Many of the staff were rather cold and formal as compared to the other hotels in CR. Upon check in we were essentially read a list of rules (no drones!!??, need reservations for restaurant, check out time three days later). Then escorted to a beautiful room, but the housekeeping not well organized (ie we had to really work to get our laundry back). We found there were lots of rules and an unwillingness to make accommodations (particularly in the restaurant -- they were rigid about dinner reservation timing despite a dining room that was only half-full). The staff did not have the friendly demeanor we experienced during the rest of the trip.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from NayaraResorts Management, Owner at Nayara Gardens
Responded 1 week ago
Dear JLR211, Thank you for your review of our resort. We were happy to read that you found our property beautiful but disappointed that we did not meet the five-star experience our guests have grown to expect. We follow stringent rules regarding the utilization of restaurants and activities based upon guidance provided by our Ministry of Health. This approach has proven very successful in minimizing Covid transmission among our guests and staff. We apologize if this caused issues with your stay. Concerning drones, we strive to provide all of our guests with the utmost privacy, and the use of drones does not allow us to uphold that commitment. If your future travels bring you to Costa Rica, we hope you consider revisiting us. Pura Vida! Luis Solano, Resident Manager
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Intrepidtraveler53 wrote a review Dec 2021
NYC685 contributions339 helpful votes
A stunning property with amazing service. The hot pools are incredible and super relaxing. The service was excellent. Golf carts arrive in minutes to arrive. The breakfast is huge and delicious. Coconut water at the entrance is a wonderful touch. I highly recommend the property.
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Date of stay: December 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from NayaraResorts Management, Owner at Nayara Gardens
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Intrepidtraveler53, Thank you so much for your kind review of our resort. We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your five-star recommendation. Pura Vida! Luis Solano, Resident Manager
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US$335 - US$702 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkLa Fortuna de San Carlos
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nayara Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Nayara Gardens?
Nearby attractions include Cabalgata Don Tobias (0.5 km), Natura Eco Park Costa Rica (0.3 km), and Baldi Hot Springs (0.6 km).
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 Altamira Restaurant, Surá Bar & Bistro, and Amor Loco Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nayara Gardens?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, 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 enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.