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Located four miles from Fortuna on the lower slopes of one of the world’s most amazing volcanoes, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens has some of the best views of the smoking crater of Arenal.
Every spacious and standalone deluxe casita at Nayara has a private garden with an outdoor shower and a Jacuzzi as well as wide glass doors facing the private balcony. In addition there are also two suites, and a two-bedroomed villa that is ideal for families.
Surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowers, the Altamira Restaurant has an unparalleled view of the volcano and serves authentic gourmet Costa Rican and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy tropical cocktails, fresh fruit juices, and light snacks at the Kali-Kalí wet bar located in the freeform Jacuzzi. Elsewhere, the Nostalgia Wine Bar is an entirely new way to sample the finest Latin American vintages using a clever 'plug and play' card system, which allows guests to insert a card into a machine to try samples of any of the wines on display. We also recommend checking out the restaurants in Arenal itself, many of which serve delicious fresh food.
The spa sits above the tropical rainforest and offers treatments that make the most of Costa Rica's natural healing ingredients, so expect coffee scrubs and volcanic mud wraps, all enhanced by the sound of birds and flowing water outside. There are several activities and tours on offer from the hotel, including white water rafting, riding, hot spring visits, bird watching, fishing, windsurfing, canopy tours, and trips across suspended bridges over the forest canopy.
Why we love it
The new spa's signature Volcanic Ash Mask treatment is supposed to work wonders - just don't let your loved ones see you actually during the process.
Nick, Original Traveller