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Princesa de la Luna Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

I didn't know what to expect as we drove up the dirt road high up the mountain near the Volcano Arenal. The first thing I noticed was the lush garden like surroundings before even seeing the resort. My friend the owner of "The Flying Tomato"Barry, who took me the Princesa de la Luna Eco Lodge, had not said a word as we drove into the resorts driveway. when I marveled at the tropical scene before my eyes he then explained that the owner "Johnathon" had planted most of what I was seeing. I was amazed at the enormity of the work this must have been. This is Incredible, I thought. A short walk down a path revealed the resort almost hidden by the dense plethora of tropical growth. The buildings seemed to be part of the natural surroundings, they almost seemed to be part of the landscape. Created with local materials such as native exotic hardwoods and stone. I saw the builder had a vision to keep the resort in tune with the natural beauty. The rooms and the rustic kitchen and dining area had the feel of a era gone by and I was transported to a Swiss family Robinson paradise. Anyone lucky to find and stay here will never forget this one of a kind special place. Johnathon's vision can be your dream come true.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
Thank gary l
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

A group of 5 couples stayed at Princesa and really enjoyed our time there. This is not a hotel with 24h service, but a series of cabins or rooms clustered together on a large property. The photos speak for themselves! Jonathan was always available to answer questions or to chat about Costa Rica and central America. Jasmine provided us with the requested breakfasts and a couple of dinners that were all delicious, fresh and local! We managed our own daytime activities but Jonathan sold us discounted entrance tickets to a local hot springs / buffet that saved us $$. Sitting out on the deck each night, we chatted it up while listening to frogs, geckos and other critters. The outdoor hot tub wasn't functioning but we didn't really have the time to use it. Take advantage of the grounds and hike up to the waterfall along the creek.

Some other review said there was no hot water. It's electric and we had the same issue but Jonathan discovered a tripped breaker and presto... hot water, even the outdoor shower. Wifi coverage was limited to the common area between the cabins (didn't extend to the deck, kitchen). You're in the jungle and want wifi? We used Desafio wifi in La Fortuna to facetime home so we were good. The local road up to Princesa is rough but that's what the 4x4 is for and even then, it wasn't bad, just bumpy so drive it slower. It's the same road used by Desafio to get to their rappelling waterfall tour which is further up the hill.

We would certainly stay here again!

Room Tip: The two rooms / cabins off the deck are prime. The other three cabins are fine.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank OneJacket
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We arrived at the Lodge in the dark and were delighted by its charm. When the sun rose in the morning, we walked out on the balcony to a tropical paradise with beautiful view of Arenal. Although the drive up was tough, experiencing nature was worth it. Jonathan was a great host and was very knowledgeable about the area. I'd recommend having morning breakfast at the lodge. The fresh fruit and warm meal was a great way to start the day. The property was large, but it had an intimate lodge and small staff. It was not the most manicured property we've ever stayed at, but the natural beauty was a huge part of the charm.

If you're looking for a luxury spa, this is not the place, but if you want to experience nature with a gracious host and cozy accommodations the Princesa has you covered.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Trenton M
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

My husband and I booked a few nights at Princesa de la Luna somewhat last minute and were blown away with how perfect it was for us. If you're looking for someplace with a laid back, quiet, out-of-the-way feel without it actually being too far out of the way, this is it. It doesn't feel as polished as a fancy resort, but that's a huge part of what we loved about it. The lodge and property are organic feeling, but still comfortable. The property itself was so beautiful we ended up spending an entire day of our trip just hiking around the semi-groomed trails, checking out the nearby waterfall, swimming in the rustic little jungle pool, and reading on the beautiful deck. For whatever reason, there didn't seem to be many bothersome bugs around, which Jonathan, the owner, said is normal for the area for whatever reason. Jasmine, the cook, did a great job with everything she made us. We were greeted with fresh salsas, guacamole, and drinks when we arrived late the first night. We had fresh fruit and fruit juice, arepas, eggs, beans, and rice for every breakfast. Jonathan made sure to leave lunch prepared for us in the fridge the day we stayed on the property all day. It was great to have the place all to ourselves. We had a nice, big king-sized bed with comfortable pillows and a comfortable mattress, a good-sized private bathroom and big, pretty windows with a great view of Arenal. There was no hot water, but it was warm enough during the day it didn't matter much. The road up to the lodge was in pretty rough shape, but we made it to and from every day with a two-wheel drive car without any trouble. Plus Jonathan said he's working with the city to get it grated soon. He was a wonderful host, happy to chat with us and get to know us but aware enough to know when to leave us to ourselves. We went into La Fortuna and on several day trips during our stay, all of which were fun, but we were always excited to get back to the lodge. Can't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ssmurphey
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We hiked to the river and decided to travel up the river to the mini waterfall. This was a big undertaking since we don't exercise very often. It was a time that brought my wife and I closer to each other. We met two other couples and had a great time traveling to town to the Hot Springs and Dinner the second night. Jonathan was an excellent host. He has lived and traveled all over the world. He brings a lot to the experience. The rooms were open air (no ac) which I thought might be a problem but it turned out to be alright. Keep in mind bumpy roads, It's in the Jungle. This lodge was built by Jonathan and has a relaxing atmosphere. You like to cook? bring food as you have full use of the kitchen including fridge. The meals were great (extra cost), let Jonathan know if you have any special requests ahead of time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael B
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