When it opens in Costa Rica on Dec. 20, 2019, Nayara Tented Camp will be one of the first luxury camps in Central America.
Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, the year-round Camp is the brainchild of owner Leo Ghitis who was inspired by the luxury canvas lodges of Africa and Asia.
The low-impact, high-yield design that immerses guests in the surrounding rainforest was developed by Luxury Frontiers, an experiential lodging expert with a global portfolio of design projects that extends from Mexico and Tuscany to Botswana.
The 29 air-conditioned accommodations, each sized at 1,496 square feet, have been built at a higher altitude on the hillside to provide unobstructed views of the volcano. Multi-generational travellers and like-minded groups can opt for a set of two identical tents that connect with a covered passageway while couples and privacy-seeking guests can book standalone units.
Also dotted around two acres of rainforest at the peak of the mountain are seven interconnecting, private hot springs that can be enjoyed by six to 15 nature lovers. Rates start at $1,200 per night.
The indoor/outdoor design of the Camp blends contemporary, barefoot-luxe touches and unique-to-location design features: a master suite created as a nod to traditional African safari style tents fused with a Costa Rican sense of place; canopy beds with a botanical headboard mural; private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs; and double-head outdoor showers. The color palette aptly showcases tree bark tones, shades of green, and touches of leather.
With the addition of the Camp, Nayara will consist of three properties, including Nayara Springs and Nayara Gardens, all of which are connected by footbridges.