Intimate, romantic, and pampering: Those are the words that come to mind when describing Nayara. It’s a special place, with lodgings in large and luxurious private bungalows, each with a two-person Jacuzzi, wide, volcano-facing balconies, and both an indoor and garden shower. Units 1 through 5 are 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 a laid back Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) spot. The hotel does not have a natural hot springs on-site, though there is a natural spring-fed hot pool at its adjoining property, Nayara Springs Resort ( It’s reached via a long and high suspension bridge, and populated with even larger villas, each with a hot, natural, spring-fed private pool.