There are few places in the world that seem more like a tropical hideaway than a five-star resort, and Costa Rica’s Nayara Resorts falls into this category. Situated in the pristine rainforest of the Arenal Volcano, the boutique hotel takes the national slogan, “Pura Vida,” (translation: simple life), to new heights thanks to an authentic wellness experience that leaves visitors no choice but to unwind and be at one with their lush, natural surroundings.
A collection of two properties, Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens and Nayara Springs (the two are connected by footbridge), the adults-only Nayara Springs is romantic in the sense that it affords the utmost in privacy, yet immersive enough to prod guests out of their cocoons and into the ecosystem of glorious biodiversity that exists just outside the walls of its 35 private villas. And by cocoon, we mean lofty casitas complete with private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs; a private garden with dual rain showers; indoor and outdoor sitting areas; and a sleek, four-poster bed.
Nayara’s native residents—sloths, more than 20 species of frogs, howler monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds, even bats—are friendly neighbors at the Relais & Châteaux property. Meet some of these creatures up close through the resort’s guided walking tours (we recommend Juan Pablo).
Thanks to optimal elevation, living off the land is a cinch, and Nayara takes full advantage with its wellness offerings. Mud from the Arenal Volcano is sourced for its signature volcanic mud spa treatment; who needs a “spa” soundtrack when your massage takes place in an open-air hut, and the only beats around are from the nearby waterfall and tropical birds flitting? Tropical fruit and herbs for fresh-pressed juices and daily fruit plates are sourced from its on-site garden; restaurants like Mis Amores put the American notions of farm-to-table to shame. Pura vida; this is one getaway you can’t get away from.