FrontRunners August 2014: TRAVEL

  • Elisabeth Eaves
<< Back to Robb Report, August 2014
AUGUST 01, 2014

 Hot Spot 

Costa Rica’s once-bubbling Arenal Volcano may have run dry in recent years, but the geothermic springs it produces remain as warm as ever. Nayara Springs (www.nayarasprings.com)—a 16-villa resort set along a rain-forested ravine near the volcano’s base—is the Arenal region’s newest and most luxurious portal to the natural steam baths.

Opened in December, the resort shares several of its many hot springs with its nearby sister property, Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens. Unique to Nayara Springs, however, are expansive villas outfitted with canopy beds, outdoor rain showers, and greenstone-lined plunge pools (fed by hot springs, naturally). The resort is also home to a spa, a poolside café, and a fine-dining restaurant. 

Guests who venture from the comfort of their private sanctuaries can explore the nearby Arenal Volcano National Park, which is home to raccoon-like coatis, white-headed capuchin monkeys, and three-toed sloths. For a safari experience closer to home, Nayara Springs’ resident macaw, Carlotta, is a regular fixture at the resort’s two swimming pools.  

Featured Slideshows

From Around the Web...
If the presidential election doesn’t go your way, these Canadian hotels are waiting with open arms…
The resort will reopen with a new dedicated spa, 25 lavish bures, an expanded pier, and more…
From the St. Regis to the Quin, here’s where to stay during 2016’s last Grand Slam event…
Through two Anantara resorts, guests can cruise the waters around Phuket while enjoying an...
Catch East Africa’s Great Migration in the lap of luxury with these 10 over-the-top safari lodges...
For each of these hotels, the term presidential suite takes on a new meaning…
The renovation added a library and bar and updated the sleeping pods with en suite bathrooms…
The Quintessentially Lifestyle experience includes a private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel…
The camp now has larger accommodations and an over-the-top suite named for a legendary explorer…
Machu Picchu is just the beginning as the new resort opens up the heart of the Inca Empire…