Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens, Arenal
This charming retreat is nestled in tropical rainforest at the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park which is a natural playground for adventure activities such as canopy tours, zip-lining, canyoning and rafting. Follow winding nature trails and keep an eye out for Tony the resident sloth as well as armadillos, toucans, hummingbirds and butterflies. Experience the sounds and tropical scents of the rainforest during an open-air massage at the spa which offers treatments inspired by nature and uses locally sourced healing ingredients such as volcanic mud and organic coffee, cocoa beans.
Enjoy breathtaking volcanic views while surrounded by tropical plants and flowers at the airy Altamira Restaurant which serves gourmet international and local cuisine – try the spicy ceviche or grilled red snapper washed down with hibiscus margaritas. An enticing fusion of Asian and Latin cuisine is served at Asia Luna and the sophisticated yet cosy Nostalgia Wine Bar offers the finest Latin American and Spanish tipples which you can enjoy while relaxing on the terrace. Whilst cooling off in the small pool you can sip cocktails and tuck into salads, nachos or burgers for lunch at the Kali-Kali swim-up bar.
Surrounded by lush gardens, the rustically charming Casita Deluxe Rooms – free-standing bungalows – are very private and offer volcano and garden views plus plenty of modern facilities. These romantic retreats feature four-poster beds, a refreshing outdoor shower and a wooden deck with Jacuzzi and hammock. The spacious octagonal Rainforest Villas feature a wrap-around balcony, large Jacuzzi and an outdoor shower for two.