Nayara has been recognized as one of the world’s best resorts by Travel&Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Trip Advisor and with very good reason.  It is one of the very best hotels I have ever had the privilege to spend time in.  Apart from all the outstanding  facilities this resort has to offer, the attention to detail and heartfelt hospitality is remarkable.  Everyone from the manager to the kitchen, reception and cleaning staff is genuinely focussed on making sure you have an absolutely great experience here.

We have a “de-luxe” room in Nayara Gardens which has a jacuzzi on the terrace carefully shrouded in lush rainforest to guarantee absolute privacy.  There is also a choice of indoor or outdoor showers.  The resort boasts both a family style pool, a quiet adults only infinity lane swimming pool, an adults swim up bar pool, natural hot spring pools, and several jacuzzis with comfortable lounging areas alongside.  There are four restaurants:  Amor Loco (fine dining – live music – adults only), Mis Amores (Latin Bistro), Altamira (Latin/International) and Asia Luna (Asian/Latin fusion).  Mi Cafecito is a great space where you can taste a wide variety of coffees (and ice creams/desserts), read books and play games surrounded by tall trees and jungle.  Nostalgia Wine Bar offers the opportunity to taste a wide variety of some of the best wine around the world which you can purchase in small quantities (via a card system).  you can also join a yoga class at 8.15 every morning, hike the trails through a sloth preserve, take a (free) nocturnal hike or treat yourself to a spa treatment.  A tented safari style camp is also available with good views of the Arenal volcano (when it can be seen, which is 75 days a year max!). There is a gym and a shop too – every wish seems to be catered for here.

Nice little touches like a flashlight being offered just when you need it, sandwiches available at breakfast with a take out bag (so lunch is all sorted), a large plate of tropical fruits in your room and a bottle of bug spray (just in case you run out) are all nice little touches that make you feel very much at home here.

Anyway, you just have to love a hotel where you can get your sombrero washed for a dollar!

My best tip – allow yourself some down time to enjoy all this resort has to offer.  It would be such a shame to come here and not allow yourself enough time to enjoy it all.

Glad I packed:  flip flops – it rains a LOT here1

Wish I had packed:  a compass – this is a huge resort and I found the map quite hard to follow, especially in the rain!

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