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Nayara Tented Camp to Unveil Large Expansion in June 2022

Nayara Tented Camp opened at the end of 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America. This June, they are putting the finishing touches on a big phase two which will see the addition of a main building, reception area, bar, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, and fire pit. There will also be several new accommodations, including: two two-bedroom villas with a living area, dining area, and main deck and pool (with the option to add a third tented bedroom); six two-bedroom tented suites (perfect for families); and two more tented suites. Nayara Tented Camp will then have a total of 38 accommodations altogether, and the new two-bedroom villas will be perfect for larger families and groups and those seeking extra privacy.

Each tented suite sits on a hillside to provide unobstructed views of the volcano, with private decks and hot-spring-fed plunge pools. The indoor/outdoor design of the Camp blends contemporary, barefoot-luxe touches and unique-to-location design features: a master suite created as a nod to traditional African safari style tents fused with a Costa Rican sense of place; canopy beds with a botanical headboard mural; and double-head outdoor showers. The color palette aptly showcases tree bark tones, shades of green, and touches of leather.

The tented camp’s collection of seven hot spring pools nestled in the rainforest are the perfect place to spend the afternoon – each hot spring is a slightly different temperature ranging from cool and refreshing to piping hot – and the on-hand bartender is happy to mix up a guaro sour or open bottle of local craft beer. The hot springs are particularly magical at night when they are illuminated by string lights.

Nayara Experiences

Nature lovers can participate in sloth sanctuary tours and early morning bird-watching walks with Nayara’s expert nature guide and ‘Sloth Concierge,’ Juan Pablo. Through Nayara’s reforestation of the area, the tented camp has expanded the property’s sloth sanctuary to over 1,000 Cecropia tress (the sloth’s main food source) to serve as a home to more than 15 sloths.

Just a short stroll away from the spas, pools, and six restaurants of the sister resorts, guests can relax with daily yoga and meditation suspended above the trees, or wake up to coffee brewed with rich, locally grown coffee beans. The espresso bar, Mi Cafecito, was created in 2018 with the consultancy of master roaster Ken Palmer, who trained alongside Alfred Peet of Peet’s Coffee; the company shares similar sustainability values with Nayara as a leading responsible coffee purveyor. Guests can stop by for a morning cappuccino or stick around to learn the bean-to-cup process, creating their own custom blend to take home.

Nayara’s nature guides can also take more intrepid travelers off property to explore the surrounding Arenal region. Beginning with a hike through the Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, guides will lead guests through the rainforest. A surprise picnic (with personalized lunch) is then set up atop a hillside with postcard views of the volcano for a midday break, before more adventures such as trekking over the dried lava fields of the volcano, soaking in the thermal waters of the EcoTermales, or visiting the nearby mom-and-pop coffee farm where Nayara sources their beans.

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By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Nayara


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