Intimate, romantic, and pampering: Those are the words that come to mind when describing this resort complex, despite the fact that it encompasses 62 acres altogether. It’s a special place, and it expanded significantly just recently, when it opened Nayara Tented Camp ( in 2020. We have to start with a disclaimer: these new digs are “tented” in name only. Guests actually stay in exquisite cabins set on stilts, on a hill. They have wooden floors, marble bathrooms, and a front wall of glass, so that visitors they can commune with the jungle all around. Décor is neo-colonial, with steamer trunks hiding fold-out bars, canopied beds, and hand-loomed rugs. Within months of opening, the Tented Camp was featured in the “Best New Hotels In the World” lists of pretty much every major travel magazine on the planet. The older sections, Nayara Springs and Nayara Gardens (which is adults only) are also damn nice, consisting of large and luxurious private bungalows, each with a two-person Jacuzzi or a natural spring fed hot pool (at Nayara Springs); wide, volcano-facing balconies; and both an indoor and garden shower. Do avoid units 1 through 5 in the older sections though: they’re closest to the restaurants and pool and thus the least private. Around the bungalows are well-tended tropical gardens (wonderful for bird-watching); trails lead through the property and down to a river. The dining options are varied and all well executed, from the classy wine and tapas bar to the laid-back Japanese/Peruvian spot, Nikkei.