Arenal, Costa Rica’s Nayara Resort Opens Sloth Sanctuary

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Nayara Resorts near Arenal Volcano have expanded their resident sloth population to 15 recently, reported the travel news industry.

The resorts, Nayara Springs and Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, which have won numerous awards and recognition for their stunning natural surroundings and luxurious amenities and service, give guests views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in mineral springs.

Starting with two sloths when the hotel was built, the reports have now become a sanctuary for a cluster of these slow-moving, tree-inhabiting mammals, according to a report in Luxury Travel Advisor magazine.

With at least 300 Cecropia trees dotting the property, the sloths have ready access to their main food source-on the property.

Guests of the resorts, which are connected by foot-bridge, can learn about these cute, furry tropical creatures as well as  local conservation efforts on site.

The tree life also provides natural habitat to a host of other tropical wildlife that can be readily observed including migratory and resident birds including macaws and hummingbirds, tree frogs and other reptiles, amphibians, and more.

The resort expanded in January to include 35 more luxury villas each with a view of the Arenal Volcano and private mineral pool and garden. Guests can also choose form among 50 individual bungalows, each with a private terrace, outdoor shower and Jacuzzi.

Also available from the reports are tours of the Arenal Volcano National Park, hikes to nearby Rio Celeste, hanging bridge tours, horseback rides to the La Fortuna waterfall, whitewater rafting and more.

Luxury villas at include the following amenities: a personal host, breakfast, fresh fruit delivered daily, cocktails and snacks, and use of Wi-Fi throughout the property, movies and laundry service.

“Most sloths are about the size of a small dog, according to information on Wikipedia, and they have short, flat heads. Their hair is grayish brown but, at times they look grey-green in color because they move so slowly that tiny camouflaging algae grow all over their coats. They have hooklike claws on their arms and legs to keep them attached to trees.”

And if all the sloth-spotting gets you tired out, Nayara Springs has five dining options, two bars and a café for guests to chose from.


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