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La Fortuna-Arenal

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

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Photo: Courtesy of Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Arenal Volcano National Park
La Fortuna de San Carlos, 21007, Costa Rica
TEL: 506-2479-1600
TEL: (866) 311-1197
In a country known for its natural wonders, the 5,643-foot Arenal Volcano is arguably the star attraction. Though the volcano is now dormant, travelers still flock to this lush region for its wildlife spotting, white-water rafting, and kayaking on Lake Arenal. Among the dozens of hotels in the area, we love the newly revamped Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens (the No. 1 resort in Central and South America in our World’s Best Awards, page 79). Dynamic owner Leo Ghitis has outfitted the 50 villas with spacious decks (some have hot tubs), plantation furniture, and, alas, jarring avocado-colored walls. But the jaw-dropping views of the volcano more than make up for the painting faux pas. And the just-opened wine bar serves up some of Latin America’s best vintages by the glass.

Room to Book:

The new Nayara Suites (numbers 26–50) in the upper corner of the property are more secluded—and also offer great volcano views.

Insider Tip:

Don’t miss the daily guided walking tours across the lava field on Arenal’s western side.


Open / Closes
  • Breakfast Included
  • Beach Resort
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Maid Service
  • Parking Available
  • Spa
  • Turndown
  • WiFi

Number of Bars: 3

Year Opened: 2007

Number of Restaurants: 2

Number of Suites: 50


Number of Rooms:


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