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La Fortuna, Costa Rica
IF YOU PREFER the company of toucans, monkeys, electric blue butterflies and hummingbirds over humans, this Eden
is the perfect place to unplug and immerse
yourself in nature. Stunning secluded villas
dot a jungle ravine in an emerald tropical rain
forest with humbling views of mist-shrouded
Arenal, an active volcano that heats a network
of thermal mineral springs. Thoughtful luxury
meets sustainable tourism here with endless
eco-adventures right outside your door in the
biodiverse Arenal Volcano National Park.
• BEDS These gasp-inducing villas ( 35 in all)
define good taste with four-poster beds, handsome textiles, handwoven rugs, mineral-rich
spring-water plunge pools, open-air garden
showers, colorful hammocks and decks for
drinking in the presence of that beguiling
volcano to the sound of birdsong. Individual
personal hosts for each villa enrich the
already attentive service at this adults-only
paradise. Rates start at $285.
• EATS Grab fresh-pressed juices and fish
tacos by the pool at the Terrace, or try the
five-course wine pairing dinner at Nostalgia
Wine & Tapas Bar. Estonian celebrity chef
Jaak Toomsalu has recently revamped
Nayara’s menus to feature both international
and local favorites, from spicy shrimp ceviche
and fish steamed in plantain leaves to freshly
grilled lamb with herbs from the garden. After
a day of adventure, cool off with a local Segua
Red Ale in the company of Carlotta, the resi-
dent scarlet macaw.
• EXERCISE On property, cozy half-moon
mini-cabanas rim the lap pool and the open-air yoga pavilion sits in the treetops. The
rain-forest trail calls for early morning bird-watching walks. Off site, private guides lead the
way to zip-line canopy excursions and hanging
bridges, mountain biking, rain-forest trekking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and
nature safaris. After the high-octane exertion,
try a volcanic mud massage at the spa.
• DON’ T MISS Be sure to enjoy a halcyon
float down Rio Frio with a local naturalist
for howler monkey, turtle, caiman and exotic
bird spotting that ends on a Costa Rican family farm with food and drink and a chance to
practice your Spanish. Saludos.
Infinity pool and lounge chairs
are just a few relaxation options
at Nayara Springs in Costa Rica.