Connected by a 200-foot footbridge spanning a rain-forest ravine, Nayara Springs is the newer, adults-only sister resort of Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens; adult guests at both properties can partake of amenities (pools, restaurants, etc.) of both. Each of Nayara Springs’ 35 eclectically furnished villas—elegant crystal chandeliers hang above hand-carved Balinese furniture, Mexican tiles, local art, and ethnic textiles—opens up to its own private pool fed by naturally warm mineral springs, as well as a terrace with a daybed, dining area, and hammock; at the other side is a grottolike outdoor shower area. After wakening to the sounds of the jungle, make your way to the open-air pavilion for complimentary yoga at 8 a.m. Grab lunch poolside at the terrace, where smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and light salads are spa-food worthy. In the evenings, Amor Loco is the place for cocktails, pasta and meat dishes, and, on most nights, live music. Recent additions include a new pool with swim-up bar, Mis Amorés restaurant serving Mediterranean fare, and Mi Cafecito, an espresso bar where locally sourced beans are roasted on-site.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
de, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica