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Finca Luna Nueva Lodge
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

My family (two adults two teens) spent three nights at Finca Luna Nueva, a working organic farm in the rain forest just a few hours from San Jose. We toured the farm with the owner Steven, a walking encyclopedia on tropical plant usage and biodynamic culture. Ishmael led us on a night walk to discover frogs and insects. We lounged at the pool and ate healthy meals prepared from meat and produce grown on site. We felt at home.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
Thank awenokur
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

(positives)
+ Amazing staff, super friendly, helpful, great at their job
+ Food!! Best food we have had in a long time, healthy, tasty, organic, large portions, sooo fresh
+ Animals everywhere! We spotted countless frogs, sloths, toucans an iguana, and tons of birds right on our porch.
+ Ismael was our tour guide for the on-site rainforest tours, amazing man, always smiling and full of knowledge.
We recommend the night rainforest walk
+ Great value - For dinner we paid $15 and got 4 courses...Not sure what others are saying on this site regarding food, it was fantastic and always more available just by asking, (never paid any more.)
+ Facilities - spa, jacuzzi, pool. An no chemicals at all. Ozone filtered.
+ They supply organic shampoo and conditioners.

This is for a different type of holiday, if you want to relax, be secluded & be surrounded by nature, this is for you.

(negatives)
- A bit tricky to get around, unless you have a rental car or you book tours to pick you up.
- The walls are pretty thin in the main lodge (you can stay in cabins around 5 minutes walk away from the reception/restaurant)

Overall an amazing experience, could easily live there for months :) You would be crazy not to go and experience this!

Room Tip: Room 1,2,3,4 are in the main lodge, all have wifi and close to everything you need. Cabins are quieter but further away.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dean R
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We came to the lodge with many family members. Our immediate family shared family bungalow #6. The setting was lovely nestled up in the rain forest. We were able to see many birds along with sloths. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed being away from the city life and noise, but also the free WiFi! The pool as well as other recreation such as ping pong and Foosball were used by my family daily. We hired a shuttle to pick us up and take us to and from all of our various activities so found it no problem to be a little off the beaten path. My family are picky eaters but we did enjoy that the food that was served was all organic and that they grew everything there on their farm. We did not eat every meal there because of our pickyness - the price was too much for meals that we would not be eating everything, but we did eat several meals there. We found that staff to be very friendly and helpful to us. If we were to return to this area we would definitely stay here again. There were several beds in the bungalow and the twin beds were a little hard, but you can't have it all!

Room Tip: if you want privacy and don't mind a hike, the rooms 10-12 are away from everything. The family bungalows were nice because they were away from the lodge and when we looked out or sat on our porch we felt we had privacy but not far from everything.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank JoBobGranadaHills
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Hi, the property is very pretty and offers some nice walks. The staff are also kind and attentive, but I feel that the hotel is overpriced and disappointing for a few reasons. The food, in particular, was not very good. Dinner was too expensive for the quality and the breakfast was less than stellar. Given that the setting was a farm, we expected something reflecting what is grown or raised on the farm, but that was not what we got. The cooks need to be better trained as well. The room we had was very dark and a trek from the rest of the property, and far from local activities requiring a car and a drive of 30 or more minutes.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the trip to Hotel Baldi hot springs.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank calgaribaldi
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FincaLunaNueva, General Manager at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2012

Hello Calgaribaldi,

Thank you for sharing your experiences with our friends on Trip Advisor, we like to hear all the comments and suggestions from our guests.
However we would like to tell you that most of our vegetables, fruits, and herbs are from our certified organic biodynamic farm and our menu varies depending on our weekly harvest.
A selection of meat from our pasture raised animals when is available and when not we buy from the local farmers around the town.
Also we are outside of the Fortuna area and we want to offer what can be found on an organic certified Biodynamic farm with primary rainforest as an alternative to the mainstream tourism found elsewhere.

Best Regards

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Reviewed 17 December 2012

This was my favourite experience in all my 2 weeks of vacation in CR. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings which allowed me to let go and indulge in my vacation. Loved the accommodations, the food and the whole vibe of the place. Ismael a.k.a the rain forest whisperer, is an amazing tour guide and after the farm tour we hired him to show us around Arenal. We had an amazing time here and look forward to returning.
Tip: the farm is 30min from Fortuna and Arenal so its advised to have a car if you plan on staying here

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank travellaklb
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FincaLunaNueva, Manager at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2012

Hello Travellaklb,

Thank you very much, it’s amazing that you share your experience with us, we are happy that you enjoy our accommodations and the food.
Also we are very proud of Ismael , we're pleased to see travelers are happy with Ismael too.
We look forward to having you back again someday!

Best Regards.
Your friends from Finca Luna Nueva Lodge.

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