This Eco-Friendly Costa Rican Resort Takes Glamping to a Higher Level

Nayara Tented Camp will open this December.

By Helena Madden 22/06/2019

If you’ve ever longed for a travel experience that includes sloths, volcanos and Costa Rican coffee beans, well, that’s very niche of you—but you’re in luck. Nayara Tented Camp promises all of the above, and will open its doors come December.

One of the first luxury camps in Central America, Nayara is nestled in the heart of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park, a picturesque reserve known for its hiking trails, hot springs and, obviously, Arenal Volcano. (No worries, though: it’s been largely inactive since 2010.)


A master bedroom.
Photo: Courtesy of Nayara Tented Camp

Nayara provides nature guides for trekking across dried lava fields and hiking through the Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, but there’s an argument to be made for simply kicking it back in one of 29 luxe “tents” as well. The rooms blend bright, modern accents with safari-style touches to create interiors that are luxe, while still capturing a sense of amid-the-tropics adventure. Each tent also comes equipped with its own private plunge pool fed by the area’s natural hot springs, but for next-level access to these mineral pools, there are seven interconnecting private hot spring digs, which can be booked for $1700 per night.

And, in line with our 2019 Best of the Best “Big Idea” for the hospitality industry, Nayara is taking steps to cultivate the ecosystem, rather than disrupt it. “Our efforts included the reforesting of the surrounding area, increasing the number of Cecropia trees to further nurture our sloth sanctuary, and even custom-dyeing 8000 metres of canvas for the tents,” said owner Leo Ghitis in a statement.


Bathroom.
Photo: Courtesy of Nayara Tented Camp

So yes, Nayara comes with a baked-in sloth sanctuary. There’s even a “Sloth Concierge” (a very serious business, apparently) on hand to show guests around. The concierge also hosts bird-watching walks and other guided nature tours, although no “Bird Concierge” credit seems to exist for such ventures.

There’s also plenty of opportunity to zen out and enjoy the paradisiacal nature of it all. Nayara hosts daily yoga and meditation sessions, with an espresso bar on site for those who need an extra kick in the morning before starting their sun salutation. Nayara promises that all coffee products share its eco-friendly efforts and are sustainably sourced—guests can even stick around and learn about the bean-to-cup process and create their own custom blend.

In other words, it’s a jungle out there. Make sure you book the right luxe vantage point to take it in.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

The New Six Senses Norway Will Be The World’s First Energy-Positive Hotel

The 94-room hotel, which is set to open in 2024, will be completely off-grid and carbon neutral.

By Rachel Cormack

27/04/2022

The 8 Best European Summer Destinations For 2022

The sun is high, the beaches are warm, the weather is balmy, the wine is chilled—what’s not to love about summer in Europe?

By Natasha Dragun

05/04/2022

The Tiny West African Tropical Getaway You’ve Never Heard Of

The island nation of São Tomé e Príncipe is aiming to become the fashionable getaway of choice for the worldly, eco-conscious traveller.

By Mark Ellwood

16/04/2022

PONANT Returns To The Kimberley

The French adventurer announces it’s back in Australia with new departure dates.

By Terry Christodoulou

12/04/2022

These Solar-Powered 5-Star Pods Cruise The Sea

The sleek abode is entirely emissions-free, too.

By Rachel Cormack

12/04/2022

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected