Defining Memories for a Lifetime: Nayara’s Seven Elements of Place

Defining Memories for a Lifetime: Nayara’s Seven Elements of Place

Nayara Resorts has locations in four extraordinary destinations — Bocas del Toro in Panama, Arenal in Costa Rica, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert in Chile. But it wasn’t always that way. Nayara started as a single resort in the rainforest of Arenal, and as we’ve expanded, we’ve maintained a constant commitment to crafting remarkable experiences, with personalized service, a dedication to excellence, and a close  attention to detail.

But what truly makes each Nayara resort unique and memorable is the fact that each captures the essence of its surroundings. And that’s not by accident — helping our guests truly experience these world-renowned destinations is built into each resort’s very fabric and design. Why? Because we believe in creating a connection that endures, wherever you visit.

In this article, we’ll focus on seven key elements of travel — cuisine, adventure, learning, nature, wellness, connection, and comfort — and how each of them can reveal and capture the essence of these fascinating destinations. These elements shape an experience as unique as the countries and cultures surrounding each Nayara resort. 


Connecting to Culture and Surroundings Through Cuisine

When it comes to crafting cuisine that truly encapsulates a sense of place, Nayara Resorts takes a thoughtful approach. Our culinary experience takes into account various elements, each carefully woven together to embrace the unique character of each destination. Our culinary team starts by immersing themselves in the surrounding culture, tapping into the rich tapestry of traditions, flavors, and stories that define the locale.

Local, fresh ingredients aren’t just a choice; they’re a commitment to authenticity. We believe in the power of the nearby fields, markets, and waters to shape not just our menus but the very essence of our dishes. Local perspectives on nourishment and its purpose become our guiding light, ensuring that every bite reflects a deeper connection to the community and its culinary heritage.

In each dish, we pay homage to tradition while elevating our skilled and inspired chefs to create something entirely new. It’s a delicate balance that captures the destination’s spirit while offering a fresh perspective. Each element — the cultural immersion, reliance on local ingredients, respect for nourishment, and the blend of tradition and innovation — is a brushstroke on the canvas of the local experience.

From the first welcoming smile and  meticulous presentation, to thoughtful pairingsand that unforgettable first bite, every aspect of your culinary journey at Nayara Resorts is a deliberate invitation. It’s not just a meal; it’s a vision of cuisine designed to welcome you  to the heart of our destination.


A Sense of Unique Adventure Throughout Your Journey

Travel at its coreis an adventure — a deliberate step beyond the familiar, an exploration of new perspectives. Nayara Resorts embraces this, understanding that each journey is an opportunity to break free from the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. We want your journey with us to be an immersive experience, a tale of exploration that leaves an indelible mark on your memory.

Each activity is crafted to put you in touch with that sense of adventure, to create moments that are as varied as they are unforgettable. It’s not just about the heart-pounding excitement; it’s about the richness of nature, the vibrance of new cultures, and the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds you.

Let’s take a glimpse into some of the types of adventures that await at each Nayara destination:

Easter Island: Embark on a private tour of the iconic Moai statues, delving into the mysteries of this remote island’s history and culture.

Bocas del Toro: Snorkel through the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, exploring vibrant coral reefs and encountering an array of marine life.

Atacama Desert: Witness the celestial beauty of the night sky with an exclusive stargazing experience, guided by our own on-staff astronomers.

Arenal Rainforest: Soar above the treetops on a zip-line adventure, offering not only an adrenaline rush but also breathtaking views of the lush rainforest.

Each of these activities is just a taste of the myriad ways you can experience these unforgettable destinations. It’s about crafting an adventure that resonates with you, ensuring that your journey with Nayara Resorts is as unique as the places we call home.


Gaining Fresh Perspectives and New Skills

Travel is a journey of adventure as much as it is one of discovery, and here at Nayara Resorts we believe that a trip devoid of learning is a missed opportunity. Knowledge gained during a journey can cement these new experiences in your memory for years to come. 

For this reason, learning is a continuous thread woven into the fabric of your journey, from the very start to the final farewell. It’s evident in the thoughtfully curated decor and design of our resorts, reflecting the nuances of each destination. The seven elements we explore in this article are another gateway to learning about these places, pillars that invite you to delve deeper into the culture, nature, and essence of the place you’re visiting.

And learning isn’t just woven into your surroundings, or found through questions to our knowledgeable staff. We also offer the opportunity to learn through experiences. Whether you opt for a more traditional tour, delving into the culture, ecology, and history of our destinations, or prefer a hands-on approach to acquiring new skills, we’ve curated experiences that will open your mind to new information, skills, and ways of thinking that will last long after you leave.


Engaging with the Natural World

Every corner of the globe tells a unique story, a history where humanity and nature intertwine, sometimes intimately, and sometimes at a distance. At Nayara Resorts, we consider ourselves fortunate to be nestled in some of the most captivating, vibrant, and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth, all just waiting to be discovered.

Easter Island:

Easter Island is a living showcase of endemic species, with a unique ecology that speaks volumes about its ancient past. Whether above the waves or beneath them, you’ll discover unique animals and pristine ecosystems, natural wonders that have stood the test of time.

Bocas del Toro:

In Bocas del Toro, vibrant coral reefs along the archipelago define a landscape that merges shorelines, shallow waters, and open seas to provide an awe-inspiring biodiversity just beneath the surface. Life is always changing here, with the wind, the water, and the tides, meaning every hour brings new conditions and something new to discover.

Atacama Desert:

On the near-martian landscape of the Atacama Desert, life finds unconventional ways to thrive. The unique adaptations of flora and fauna in this arid landscape present a fascinating study of resilience and survival against the odds, one that’s worth digging into!

Arenal Rainforest:

In the heart of Costa Rica where two oceans and continents collide, the Arenal rainforest becomes a vibrant tapestry of life. The biodiversity (number of different species per square mile) and biodensity (amount of plant and animal organisms per square mile) is rivaled by few places on Earth, and researchers are discovering new plants and animals here every year. 

You can immerse yourself in these ecosystems, where every rustle of leaves, ripple in the water, and peculiar adaptation tells a story, and leave feeling as though you’ve truly gotten to know the wild side of your destination.


“Spotting a sloth on their way to breakfast, or a serendipitous encounter with a rare bird while taking a dip in the pool are reminders that only here and now truly matter.”

– Nayara Resorts 


Cultivating a Complete Sense of Wellness

In the increasingly global and interconnected world, we’ve come to understand that personal wellness is far from a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Nayara Resorts recognizes the beauty in diversity, realizing that different cultures hold unique wisdom regarding well-being. Our approach is to distill these learnings and craft wellness experiences that share the essence of these age-old practices with you.

There’s an inherent wellness benefit in residing in remote places surrounded by nature. Away from the hustle and bustle, you can find solace in the tranquility of the natural world. Equally vital is the nourishment derived from fresh, healthy meals sourced from nearby farms, forests, and seas. We believe that the food you consume is a cornerstone of well-being, and we build that into our dining experience. 

Pair this with thoughtfully crafted wellness experiences that tap into local knowledge, and you have a comprehensive opportunity to improve your overall well-being. Whether it’s embracing the mindfulness practices of the region, partaking in rejuvenating spa treatments inspired by local traditions, or engaging in activities that harmonize with the natural surroundings, every element is designed to contribute to your holistic sense of wellness.

In all, Nayara Resorts invites you to step into these places where wellness is a lived experience and to connect with those places through your own journey of healing and well-being.


Connection with Self, Place, and Loved Ones

Travel is a journey of connection, whether that’s one of self-discovery, immersion in local traditions and community, shared moments with loved ones, or some combination of all three Nayara Resorts understands that these connections are the heartbeats of a meaningful journey.

As we mentioned above, the experiences we offer are designed to bring you closer not only to the natural beauty of your destination but also to the rich tapestry of local traditions and activities, and to yourself through personal wellness. 

But our commitment to connection goes beyond that. Our knowledgeable staff and friendly guides aren’t just here to be invisible servants — they thrive on sharing their own perspectives on living and working in some of the world’s most desirable and beautiful places. 

And amidst all these experiences, the foundation of connection on travel is the quality time you spend connecting with your loved ones. Whether it’s the warmth of family connections, the intimacy of memories created with a partner, or the joy of forging new experiences with old friends, Nayara Resorts will give you the support you need to focus and be present.

When you find yourself in a truly vibrant, fully realized place, with the assurance that every detail has been handled for you, you can immerse yourself in what really matters during travel —  making time to connect,  savor, and create memories that will linger long after the journey is complete.


A Local Perspective on Comfort and Luxury

In Nayara Resorts’ seven elements of place, the final piece is infusing all of the local essence that we’ve talked about so far into an experience of unparalleled comfort and luxury. We offer atmosphere, engagement, and experiences of world-class quality, tailored to each destination in a way that you simply couldn’t find anywhere else on the globe.

This commitment extends beyond just high-thread counts, attentive service, and superlative amenities, to delve into what the locals truly understand to be special, comforting, and worthwhile.

Like taking time for a cup of locally sourced artisan coffee in your villa as you look out across Arenal, with fresh fruits and chocolate to snack on while toucans fly past your window. 

Or lounging for long afternoons overlooking the crystal clear waters of Bocas del Toro, enjoying fresh tropical cocktails and bocas delivered to where you watch.

Enjoying the unforgettable starscape above you by the warmth and privacy of a fire, listening to the indigenous legends and how they’ve shaped the cultures that thrive in a strange land. 

Or sharing in the ancient traditions of the Rapa Nui people while you dine on the delicacies served to the ancient kings and queens of Easter Island.

These are visions of luxury that you won’t find unless you visit these vibrant destinations, and our goal is to bring them to you in a way that matches up to any accommodation, while bringing a unique character you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. 

And in a way, this captures our perspective on all of the seven elements of place. To invite you to these destinations not just as a visitor, but as a traveler, one who’s there to experience all that these incredible places have to offer. In some ways, it’s daring — to travel off the beaten path to locales unlike any on earth. But that is the essence of traveling with Nayara Resorts.

We hope to invite you to share an adventure with us soon!