Nayara Springs Resort - Hotel Review

Nayara Springs was a beautiful resort to start off our trip to Costa Rica. With amazing views of Arenal Volcano, lots of good food, plenty of pools and activities, and a great landscape you really don’t ever have to leave if you don’t want to. However, with the wonderful Arenal Volcano National Park so close, you definitely should make an effort to get out and explore while you’re there.

tl;dr: The hotel is amazing and you should definitely check it out.  It's not cheap, but well worth the price if you can make it work with your budget. See TripAdvisor Reviews.

The Hotel

The hotel is set on a hillside, so get ready for some steep climbs or make sure to use the golf cart service to get around. We actually found a friend on our golf cart seat the first night when we arrived.

We found a tree frog in the seat of our golf cart!

We found a tree frog in the seat of our golf cart!

The property is all paths that look like this with wonderful, lush greenery like this.

Paths around Nayara Springs

Paths around Nayara Springs

A bridge connected Nayara Springs with it’s sister property.

A bridge connected Nayara Springs with it’s sister property.

The Room

The room was definitely the highlight of the resort for us. It was a very large room with everything you need to make your relaxing vacation in Costa Rica amazing.

Our amazing room at Nayara Springs

Our amazing room at Nayara Springs

The other half of the room was dominated by an extremely large bathroom and closet area.

The other half of the room was dominated by an extremely large bathroom and closet area.

Another view of the shower along with the second sink and mini-bar area.

Another view of the shower along with the second sink and mini-bar area.

Very large shower.

Very large shower.

Large sink and vanity area.

Large sink and vanity area.

Glasses and snacks at the mini-bar. Everything was included in the room rate and refilled daily except the larger alcohol bottles in the middle at the top of the photo.

Glasses and snacks at the mini-bar. Everything was included in the room rate and refilled daily except the larger alcohol bottles in the middle at the top of the photo.

The fridge was also full and included in the rate (refilled daily). Plenty of beer, soft drinks, water, and juices.

The fridge was also full and included in the rate (refilled daily). Plenty of beer, soft drinks, water, and juices.

And of course, the toilet.

And of course, the toilet.

With plenty of closet space.

With plenty of closet space.

If the large indoor shower wasn’t enough, there’s also a large outdoor shower.

If the large indoor shower wasn’t enough, there’s also a large outdoor shower.

And a spot for your towels. The outdoor shower is just off the bathroom area.

And a spot for your towels. The outdoor shower is just off the bathroom area.

Some seats for lounging, eating, or watching TV in the room.

Some seats for lounging, eating, or watching TV in the room.

We mostly sat on this large bench. It wasn’t the most comfortable part of the room, but it was perfectly fine.

We mostly sat on this large bench. It wasn’t the most comfortable part of the room, but it was perfectly fine.

The room also had a TV and DVD player if you needed something to do while you wait out the rain on a rainy day.

The room also had a TV and DVD player if you needed something to do while you wait out the rain on a rainy day.

The room also had a really high ceiling which made it feel even more spacious and open.

The room also had a really high ceiling which made it feel even more spacious and open.

We had a full canopy bed which was also really comfortable.

We had a full canopy bed which was also really comfortable.

There was also a small desk if you need a place to work, make calls, or take notes. The desk wasn’t the most comfortable for working, but I imagine most people don’t come here to work. It was perfectly fine for me for a day, though.

There was also a small desk if you need a place to work, make calls, or take notes. The desk wasn’t the most comfortable for working, but I imagine most people don’t come here to work. It was perfectly fine for me for a day, though.

But the highlight of the room was definitely the private outdoor plunge pool on the balcony.

But the highlight of the room was definitely the private outdoor plunge pool on the balcony.

It also had some chairs and a small table if you wanted to eat or relax outside. And of course a hammock, which was great to enjoy while reading on my kindle.

It also had some chairs and a small table if you wanted to eat or relax outside. And of course a hammock, which was great to enjoy while reading on my kindle.

Or if you just want to lay back and take a nap outside you can do that too.

Or if you just want to lay back and take a nap outside you can do that too.

The balcony is straight off in front of the bed and connected through these glass double doors.

The balcony is straight off in front of the bed and connected through these glass double doors.

I’ll also add that the AC in the room worked extremely well and we were never hot. I also don’t think we saw a single bug in the room, which is particularly impressive given the surroundings.

The Food

We ended up eating several meals at the hotel, mostly out of convenience, but they were all actually pretty good. There’s several different restaurants which helps to make for a better variety of options. My biggest complaint was that they made us make a reservation for dinner every night. Often we just called the night of and were still able to get in, but there was one night where we had a choose a different restaurant due to reservations and timing.

Flank steak which was probably my favorite meal here.

Flank steak which was probably my favorite meal here.

The pizza wasn’t amazing, but was good.

The pizza wasn’t amazing, but was good.

Another steak, which was a more impressive plating, but not as good as the previous.

Another steak, which was a more impressive plating, but not as good as the previous.

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Lots of fresh juices.

Lots of fresh juices.

Plenty of tropical fruits

Plenty of tropical fruits

Breads and pastries, and of course rice and beans.

Breads and pastries, and of course rice and beans.

And made to order eggs, pancakes, and a few other things.

And made to order eggs, pancakes, and a few other things.

And a wide variety of sauces and syrups.

And a wide variety of sauces and syrups.

It was quite a large spread.

It was quite a large spread.

There was also room service available. One of our favorite things to do was to get the breakfast served to the room (which is included in the rate) and eat a fresh breakfast in the room. They had a card you could just fill out and hang on the door to place your order and set your delivery time. It was a great treat in the morning.

The Amenities

The fitness center was great. Plenty of equipment, lots of natural sunlight, and it was well air conditioned / ventilated.

The fitness center was great. Plenty of equipment, lots of natural sunlight, and it was well air conditioned / ventilated.

The machines weren’t the most advanced, but they were in great condition and well maintained. They also all came with a towel already on them and cleaning supplies (it was all very clean). There was also cold water in a fridge nearby.

The machines weren’t the most advanced, but they were in great condition and well maintained. They also all came with a towel already on them and cleaning supplies (it was all very clean). There was also cold water in a fridge nearby.

Also plenty of free weights and resistance machines.

Also plenty of free weights and resistance machines.

And a nice outside balcony area if you wanted to step outside to take a break in between sets.

And a nice outside balcony area if you wanted to step outside to take a break in between sets.

This was one of the main pools near the front of the hotel. There was also a pool bar and a few restaurants around it (in the back of this photo).

This was one of the main pools near the front of the hotel. There was also a pool bar and a few restaurants around it (in the back of this photo).

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Pool and pool bar.

Pool and pool bar.

Pool bar

Pool bar

There were also several small outdoor hot tubs nearby.

There were also several small outdoor hot tubs nearby.

Plenty of nice spots to relax near the hot tubs.

Plenty of nice spots to relax near the hot tubs.

And a large Koi Pond with lots of fish.

And a large Koi Pond with lots of fish.

There was also a nice wine bar on the property (pretty close to the main pool).

There was also a nice wine bar on the property (pretty close to the main pool).

A nice spot to just relax and have a drink.

A nice spot to just relax and have a drink.

With plenty of choices.

With plenty of choices.

The hotel also has a spa.

The hotel also has a spa.

One of the spa’s private rooms for treatments. The natural light was great, though there were definitely spots along the path you could see into the rooms if you’re sensitive to privacy.

One of the spa’s private rooms for treatments. The natural light was great, though there were definitely spots along the path you could see into the rooms if you’re sensitive to privacy.

There was also a much quieter adults only pool near another one of the restaurants.

There was also a much quieter adults only pool near another one of the restaurants.

With plenty of space to lounge or read by the pool (which is just behind these in the photo).

With plenty of space to lounge or read by the pool (which is just behind these in the photo).

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And if all of that wasn’t enough yet, there is still one more large pool with another pool bar.

And if all of that wasn’t enough yet, there is still one more large pool with another pool bar.

The Location

The hotel is between La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park. For that area, it is really great. The one negative thing I would say is that it’s a little out of town, so there’s not much food nearby other than the food at the hotel. This is only a minor inconvenience, though, since the food was actually pretty good and there were plenty of options.

 

The Internet

i actually worked for a day while we were here and was able to do video and audio calls without any problems. We also streamed several shows on Netflix and generally had a great experience with it. It’s not going to blow you away if you’re uploading video content or anything, but for general use it was fairly reliable and perfectly adequate speeds.

The Service

Overall the service was amazing. From our welcome at the hotel with a welcome drink and cold towel, to the golf cart services that drove us around the hotel, to the restaurant servers, to the house keeping staff I don’t think we had a single bad interaction. If I had a critique at all, it’s that some of the meals were a little slow, but honestly it just gave us more time to Pura Vida.

Bottom Line

Overall this hotel was amazing. It’s definitely a resort with all that this entails, but if that’s the Costa Rican vacation you’re looking for you can’t go wrong here. The rooms are great and very quiet, there are plenty of pools and amenities to ensure you have time to enjoy them without feeling overly crowded, and the food is actually reasonably good and with many options. If this place won’t break your budget I’d definitely recommend it for a splurge trip!

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