Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens – La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Address: 5 km/3 mi west of La Fortuna
La Fortuna, Costa Rica 21007
tel: 2479-1600; (866)311-1197 in North America
Nayara was the first place we stayed in Costa Rica, and it set the bar so high that as nice as some other places were, they could not compare. We were met with welcome juice drinks and warm towels as we sat with a gentleman who checked us in and explained the resort. The main reception area was gorgeous, decorated in tropical colors with beautiful flowers and comfortable furniture. We were in Casita #17, which was not far along a well-landscaped path past the pool.
The casita itself was so luxurious and comfortable. There was a huge four-poster bed, looking out toward the spacious patio, which had a hammock, chairs, and an outdoor jacuzzi that we loved.
The best part was that the patio was positioned to directly view the Arenal volcano.
There was also a large area for storing personal belongings, and a nice bathroom with both an indoor and an outdoor shower. The outdoor shower was completely private, and I enjoyed trying it. Amenities included a safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, TV, free internet, and free international phone calls from their lobby via MagicJack. I regret not staying longer, as our itinerary was scheduled to maximize the things we could see in 10 days in Costa Rica and we only had a couple of nights in La Fortuna.
We were offered a free glass of wine at the Nostalgia Wine Bar, which led of course to our enjoying more glasses of wine and snacks there. It’s a lovely space, near the pool, and the bartender was attentive and helpful.
We walked around the grounds and checked out the spa on our last day, but we didn’t have time to book anything, unfortunately! It looked amazing and I’ll be there in a heartbeat if (when) I return.
The grounds are lush and stunningly landscaped, in my opinion, and it’s wonderful how they have tall foliage near the casitas to provide additional privacy on the patios.
We ate dinner at the Altamira Restaurant, which was also excellent. It’s just off the main lobby and is covered but not enclosed, which is nice. There are also outdoor tables with views of the gardens and the volcano. It was “Mexican Night” the night we went, which meant that you could get a complete prix fixe Mexican menu, and my boyfriend went for that. The menu included tortilla soup, tilapia with jalapenos, and a delicious “nachos de caramel” dessert, which we shared. I ordered the Mahi Mahi, and we both tried cocktails. Our meals were flavorful and filling, and the total with cocktails was only $65 US Dollars, which included all taxes and gratuity.
Nayara exceeded my expectations in every way. It was romantic, luxurious, beautiful, and every member of the staff that we encountered provided exceptional service. I would love to return. When I read that they were nominated by Travel & Leisure for the 2012 World’s Best Awards, I was happy to vote for Nayara, and was even more thrilled to read that they were indeed named #1 Resort and #1 Spa in Central and South America. It’s well deserved and not at all surprising to anyone who has visited the resort.
Stayed: December 2010
Current price for a standard casita: $230 USD