Nayara Tented Camp Costa Rica
Award winning Nayara Resorts is excited to have opened a luxury tented camp in the Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica. Nayara Tented Camp features 29 luxury tents; several of them are mirror image tents linked together to create a spectacular two-bedroom unit that can accommodate two couples or a couple and four children. The most exciting part of the camp are the private accommodation tents; set high on the hill and with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano, the luxury air-conditioned tents feature a signature plunge pool fed with natural hot springs, an outdoor shower, wooden floors, a four-poster bed with a canopy and a spacious bathroom with an oversized tub.
Luxurious yet eco-friendly, the tents merge with the surrounding nature affirming the majesty of the rainforest.
Other highlights of the camp will soon include a swim up bar, large family friendly pool and a new gourmet restaurant with an expansive terrace to celebrate the Costa Rican rainforest. The area is home to a great variety of birds and wildlife and a sloth sanctuary.
PREMIER HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE spoke to Graeme Labe, Principal & Managing Director of Luxury Frontiers, about the site in a bit more detail.
How did you get involved with this project?
“This is the first time we have worked with Nayara Resorts so this was our first project through to completion with them. The project is an extension of their current offering but it is a new site. It is adjacent to sister resorts Nayara Springs and Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, but it is on extended land. The site has been built on open land that the owners had purchased and are now developing.”
Were you given a brief for the project?
“Absolutely! Nayara Springs and Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens are popular products in that region so owner-operator Nayara Resorts wanted to create a project that would be very different to any other product that they currently operate. They wanted a tented camp but wanted it to be contextual to their brand and the location. They didn’t want it to look like a typical tent you would find on an African safari; they wanted it to have a Costa Rican safari feel. They also wanted the camp to be very family orientated. We therefore came up with a design for some of the units so that they can be linked to another one-bedroom unit in order to become a two-bedroom unit. In the design, with it being family orientated, the internal layout includes a side panel with a day bed, meaning that families with small children can turn the day bed into a sleeping area if needed.”
What were the timescales of the project?
“We started the design in 2017 but there was quite a long period for getting the environmental assessment and putting into place planning and building permissions. From the time that we went into production, it has been about a 13 month build time.”
What are the design highlights and stand out features of the site?
“What really makes the tent, in terms of the design, is its form. A tent is almost always created with the membrane so we have tried to create a bow on the tent’s flysheet, rather than a typical pointed peak. We endeavoured to soften the silhouette against the hill side, and it is quite a beautiful look, with a lovely curved ridge to it; and this is certainly one of the unique design elements to the site.
“We also used a much softer fabric internally, and all of the colours are custom colours. Both externally and internally we have used these custom colours, meaning that no one else in the world has the colours that Nayara’s tents have.
“As well as doing all of the architectural and interior designs for the project, every piece of furniture has been designed by Luxury Frontiers. Every piece is a bespoke design piece that we had manufactured so it is something that you won’t see anywhere else.”
How important has this project been for you to be involved with?
“Every single project is important, but at Luxury Frontiers what we are doing is taking a concept that has grown out of Africa and putting it into different regions around the world. We are mindful to doing this in a very contextual manner relative to the specific sites. Nayara Tented Camp as a project is huge for us because this is our first project in Costa Rica. We have recently launched a project in the USA, which was also very contextual, and these international projects are tremendously important for us in showing our abilities as well as our methods in designing and executing projects appropriate to their locations.”