Costa Rica is known for it’s lush tropical rainforests, volcanoes, wildlife and vast range of adventure activities. A trip to this country offers so much, that it’s hard to decide where to start, or where to stay! If you are looking for a luxury retreat, offering a tranquil place to relax after some volcano treks and white water rafting, then you should consider Nayara Springs.
Nayara Springs is a luxurious hidden gem (without the pompousness) located in the small city of La Fortuna in Costa Rica. This luxury, boutique hotel is just one of those special places that exudes positive energy everywhere you walk, and provides unforgettable memories that will make you smile every time you think about it. Why? Let me tell you…
Nayara Springs is the adults only section of Nayara Hotel, separated and therefore accessible only by a foot bridge. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids but the absence of them, particularly when on holiday is a true luxury.
Nayara Springs offers 35 incredibly spacious, luxury villas. Each villa is elegant yet homely, featuring a private plunge pool fed by natural mineral hot springs, a four-poster king bed, a beautiful indoor shower and an oversized outdoor shower. You will enjoy breakfast on your private deck and be able to call your international friends and family for free! And when you come back after a day of adventure, your freshly laundered clothes will be waiting for you. If you need anything during your stay just ask your private host. Shall I go on?
Nayara Springs provides you with four restaurant options, one of which is, Amor Loco, which offers fine dining. But it was Asia Luna restaurant that hit the spot for me. Fresh ingredients and mouth watering Latin Asian flavours made this our go to place for dinner on more than one occasion. My mouth still waters when I think of the Nayara roll, which I admit I ate every single day. TIP: There are also many restaurants to try in the town of La Fortuna. Our pick (if you dare to step foot from Nayara Springs AKA Luxury Land) is Don Rufino, a great Italian influenced restaurant that serves local Costa Rican dishes.
Within the confines of this exceptional luxury hotel, you can: participate in daily morning yoga, enjoy a massage in the open-air treatment pavilions, take a nap in your private hammock, enjoy a cocktail by the infinity pool, or search for a sloth in the beautiful surrounds (in a chauffeured driven golf cart of course)! NOTE: this is not actually an activity but something the fantastic staff at Nayara Springs did for us.
Outside of Nayara Springs, the area of La Fortuna has many great activities to choose from: white water rafting, Arenal Volcano, hiking, horse riding and canyoning, just to name a few. We found it difficult to pry ourselves away from Nayara Springs, and therefore only ventured out once during our stay. But the one day we did venture out was an unforgettable day that involved hiring a car from Alamo to hike Rio Celeste (an incredible turquoise river) and experience La Fortuna Waterfall (a powerful waterfall with a 75m drop). TIP: Don’t pay expensive tour fees. Hire a car and visit these incredible spots yourself, but ensure it’s a 4×4 as the roads are bumpy!
Nayara Springs is located in La Fortuna, on the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Yes, it receives lots of rain and many will say it’s a very touristy area, and it is. But there is a good reason for this, and good reason for why one should ignore these negatives. La Fortuna is a small city in the province of Alajuela. Spanish for “The Fortune,” La Fortuna is full of riches in terms of activities, attractions and has beautiful, fertile land. I have already named a few, but the activity list goes on and on: mountain biking, zip lining, kayaking, ATVs, hot springs… The rain and climate provides fertile land and allows tourists to experience amazing, green landscapes, extensive flora and fauna, and provides locals with soil to grow a variety of crops.
This explains why Nayara Springs has a setting of lush rainforest, seclusion, perfectly manicured tropical gardens, majestic volcano views, and unique wildlife ,and why it can provide fresh and tasty food using local produce. During our stay we had the privilege of watching baby hummingbirds grow in their nest until fledgling. I’m not a bird person and even I found this fascinating. Interesting fact: baby hummingbirds are born blind and naked!
You can’t honestly ask for anything more in a hotel and we certainly left with memories to last a lifetime. Of course, being listed as one of the top luxury hotels in the world, comes with a price tag but if you have the opportunity, save your pennies, and do yourself a favour and book your next luxury stay at Nayara Springs!
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. Representatives of We Are Travel Girls did not personally experience this hotel.