An oasis in Costa Rica’s rainforest
Located above Costa Rica’s breathtaking Arenal Volcano National Park, Spa at Nayara is a recently opened, luxurious addition to Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens. Like the expertly tended grounds that surround it, the spa itself is a natural sanctuary of serenity and relaxation.
It has open-air bungalows, expert therapists and it caters to both solo travelers and couples looking for a little indulgence in the midst of the rainforest. Treatments are inspired by nature and feature both locally produced products (like the rich volcanic mud from the neighboring Arenal Volcano) and ones imported from the East (like Chinese matcha and fragrant Thai oils).
The spa menu has a variety of massages, exfoliating scrubs, wraps, facials, body treatments like reflexology, and packages that include combinations of each. Here, you can go for an hour or a full day and leave rejuvenated.
The natural beauty and rich cultural history of Costa Rica is reflected in all aspects of the spa, including the treatments and products. The mud is pulled directly from the Arenal Volcano, the honey and oatmeal is freshly made and the aromatic mixture of herbs and coffee beans is 100 percent organic.
The Volcanic Mud Treatment & Massage, for example, is inspired by the island’s ancient belief that mineral-rich volcanic mud provides natural energy and true inner piece. Another Nayara exclusive is the chocolate scrub, which uses luscious chocolate derived from organic cocoa beans farmed from the rainforest — it will leave skin invigorated and hydrated.
In addition to traditional longer massages, the Costa Rica spa also features shorter treatments, like reflexology and stress-reliving neck massages, scent-driven experiences like the popular Rainforest Aromatherapy Treatment and rich scrubs made from local coffee.
The couple’s experiences take romance to an entirely new level with private outdoor bungalows and services that focus on nature-inspired luxury — the Unforgettable Nayara is a combination of massages, milk facials and baths and includes ample private time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with your spa-going partner.
For those seeking a day of true pampering and total relaxation, Spa at Nayara offers combination packages and experiences that blend its top-rated treatments with volcanic mud facials, rich coffee or chocolate scrubs, pedicures and more.
Although it’s just a quick walk from Nayara’s lobby, the luxury spa, which is perched high above the rainforest, feels like it is miles away. Each private bungalow has expansive open-air windows facing the rainforest, which allow the cool breezes and peaceful sounds of the babbling streams, toucans and chirping frogs inside.
The bungalow designs are similar to that of the suites and casitas nearby, and feature dark wood planks made from sugarcane, vibrantly painted walls in a vast assortment of tropical colors and imported Balinese hand-carved treatment beds and furniture.
After treatments, flock to the relaxation space, which has a bubbling Jacuzzi tub nestled in the canopy of the rainforest, hand-spun hammocks from neighboring Nicaragua and a separate open-air room for daily yoga, Pilates and meditation.