We got a video of this site from Costa Rica Vacations, and watched it over, and over again through another long, hard winter in Montana. We finally took the leap and booked an 8 day trip here in May 2014. It was exactly as described in so many other reviews, except we had no negative experiences at all. The staff was amazing, from Laura, Floreda, Jose, Joshua, Orlando and the many others whose names we didn't catch, we were always treated with smiles and a willingness to help.
Yeah, we had a few bugs (and a gecko for a few days, but we hear that is good luck!) in our room, but it's to be expected given the lushness of the plants. They didn't bother us a bit. :) The room was lovely, and the huge shower was an unexpected surprise. We took multiple showers some days (we aren't used to heat and humidity,and the ATV tour we took left us covered in dirt!) and it was nice and roomy with places to hang our towels and beach clothes.
The food was amazing. We loved our breakfasts each morning (coconut pancakes were my favorite, omelets for my husband, and the breakfast burrito special was morning was awesome!) We also enjoyed trying the various fruit juices each morning, and I appreciate them serving me a few I wasn't sure about in shot glasses to try, but not waste too much. I ended up liking them all. We had some lunches and dinners there as well, and every meal was amazing, and served with a smile. The prices were similar to what they were in town at the restaurants (Nibbana, Patagonia, etc).
We loved happy hour on the beach in the evenings from 5-6 pm. Nice way to meet others and a great way to see the sunset.
We knew right away the first morning the noise we heard was the howler monkeys. We got to expecting them. One morning I didn't hear them, and that woke me up wondering when they were going to start up. The howling never lasted too long, and we were always able to go back to sleep for a few more hours. We never did see them close up at the hotel, but did see them off in the distance beyond the pool bar one day.
Loved the Igor came and laid at our feet at breakfast our first few days there. Made us a bit less homesick for our own dogs.
The walk back from town our first day wasn't too bad, except we weren't used to the heat and humidity, so we looked pretty tough by the time we got back to Cala Luna. But the fruit infused water by the pool was a welcome refreshment, and the bar tenders never looked at me funny when I gulped down several cold glasses of water at once. :) We got a lot of rides already set up from the activities we had scheduled while there, and it wasn't a big deal to spend the $5 to get to town or back to the hotel. The hotel was great about helping us book additional tours and postpone one as well.
The ocean is close enough that you can hear it, and it's just a very short walk down to the beach. We didn't think we could swim or really get in the water at all based on some of the comments I had read on here, but that isn't the case. At high tide, there is plenty of sandy beach to allow you to go and enjoy the water and float a bit. We saw many scuba divers when we were there. We spent one full day just at Cala Luna (and noticed many other couples doing the same). Beach, pool, food, beach, pool, food, drinks. It was very relaxing and just what we hoped for.
Thank you all for being a part of the most incredible vacation we've ever had. :) #puravida
- 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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