Upon arriving at Cala Luna, we were greeted promptly by Carlos, one of the many friendly and accommodating staff at this boutique hotel. We stayed in villa 13 (not an unlucky number for us!). It had 2 queen sized beds, 2 sinks, a large bathroom with an oversized, mosaic tub built into the floor. The room was spacious and clean, and a few short steps from the pool. The pool is bookended by a well-stocked bar and the property's restaurant. The pool area has comfortable chairs, towels, etc. and is staffed by helpful people who are readily available but never feel imposing.
The food at the resort is very good, with a fair number of choices. Breakfast is complementary and includes fresh juices, pancakes, eggs of all types, cheeses, etc. The lunch menu is generous and contains something for most tastes. We had dinner a few times in the restaurant, and found the preparation elegant and the meals delicious. Two of the owners are originally from Belgium, and their penchant for upscale cuisine followed them here.
While lounging on the property, keep an eye out for monkeys who hover in trees nearby, or one of the owner's three dogs. We especially liked Igor, a small beagle who would check out the scene now and again. We first met Igor at Cala Luna's private beach during the sunset cocktail hour.
Speaking of the beach, some reviews of this property complain that the water is rocky. While that's true, the beach itself is clean and beautiful, with plenty of space to enjoy the sand and sun. I was a little nervous we'd be only able to enjoy the pool (based on these reviews), but that's not the case at all. You can bring your towel or, if you prefer, the Cala Luna staff will set up beach chairs for you to use. If you want to swim in the ocean, you can walk a few minutes down the beach where the water is great.
The staff at the resort was helpful, and assisted us in planning some trips including a zip lining outing, a relaxing massage, and a morning of horseback riding. Be aware that while most of the staff speak English pretty well, if you go too far "off script", you may find yourself wondering if what you said is what was heard.
My only wish is that the resort included a fitness center. Other than that, it was a fantastic experience all around. I highly recommend Cala Luna and would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked on Costa Rica's pristine Playa Langosta, the most exclusive, relaxing and private area of Tamarindo Beach, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas is a tropical oasis just two-and-a-half-miles south of Tamarindo Airport. Every inch of this exquisitely lush resort seems to embody the immortal words of author John Steinbeck "We don't take a trip. A trip takes us." With experiences and adventures that tempt, transport and delight, this one-of-a-kind place welcomes those on a quest for the extraordinary. ... more less
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