Nayara Gardens, Nayara Springs and the brand new Nayara Tented Camp, sister resorts connected by footbridges, are set on the fringes of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. This is where sustainability meets luxury with simplicity and style. These are the first super-luxe hotels in the Costa Rican rainforest, built without cutting down a single tree.
Nayara Tented Camp opened on December 20, 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America. Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, the year-round camp is the brainchild of owner Leo Ghitis who was inspired by the luxury canvas lodges of Africa and Asia. The 21 air-conditioned accommodations, each generously sized at 1,496 square feet, have been built at a higher altitude on the hillside to provide unobstructed views of the volcano. Upon arrival at Nayara Tented Camp, every group is introduced to their dedicated naturalist, who accompanies them on experiences throughout their stay (à la safari rangers in the African bush). These expert nature guides (Juan Pablo is a fan favorite) bring guests on sloth sanctuary tours, early morning bird-watching walks and nighttime frog spotting tours on property.
Nayara’s ever growing Sloth Sanctuary provides a safe home for the peaceful animals. The sanctuary has quickly grown to shelter more than 15 sloths (the property previously only had one or two in residence). Nayara planted over 1,000 Cecropia trees, the sloth’s main food source, which has attracted the newcomers to the property. As sloths have been losing their habitat from human encroachment, the sanctuary provides a haven from both humans and predators, and they have been thriving in their new environment.
- Watch this Space: Nayara Tented Camp will expand in late 2020 with the addition of a floating reception and bar, new family-style restaurant and a collection of interconnecting presidential tents.