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Luna Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carate
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 February 2013

This area is remote but is absolutely worth it. I wanted the experience of an eco-lodge, an unspoiled rainforest, the birds, animals, and wonderful people -- and I received the very best of it all at Luna Lodge! Lana has carved out the most wonderful, eco-friendly setting and made it sustainable while interacting with the nature surrounding you. The trip from Puerto Jimenez to Luna Lodge was made so enjoyable by my guide pointing out all the birds and animals along the very rough road. Then arriving at Luna with cold, crystal clear water awaiting you and Lana greeting you, seeing my wonderul bungalow and the view, the delicious fresh lunch on the verandah of the dining room overlooking the rainforest and out to the ocean. The guides, Gary and Oscar, were extremely knowlegeable and made the tours the best -- always available to answer any "dumb" question I might have. And one must always have Osa, the greatest dog, take you on a hike to the waterfalls or along the many trails. All the staff of Luna Lodge are marvelous, food was absolutely yummy and fresh, and my 5 night stay was wonderful! I raved about this experience (April, 2012) to everyone and already have had friends take the same trip on my say so, and they loved it as well. I checked off so many birds -- close to 50 -- plus others I didn't get written down, as well as monkeys, lizards, insects, snakes, coatis, etc. Loved sitting on my deck, in my rocking chair, watching the hummingbirds flitting around and looking out to sea. Never have enjoyed yoga so much as with Lana, on the deck, looking out over the forest, with Macaws flying by -- unique and unforgettable! So much more to say...........!

Room Tip: Loved the bungalow, was easy to get to the main area, and the view was fantastic.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Joyce C
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

The Luna Lodge website shares the lodges beauty, to experience it is over the TOP!
Experiencing the amazing people, food "extra"ordinarily FRESH, the land is beyond beautiful.
Imagine listening to the waterfalls in the jungle, hearing the Pacific ocean waves roll in and watching the sunrise...oh yes the monkeys singin' their morning songs.
Lana, Willie and the entire crew provided amazing service, care & heart the entire stay:+)!
Best kept secret is the Hibiscus labyrinth.
Loved the rocking chairs, stargazing, & coconut scrub massage.
All Good & Grateful for all of it.
Remember to contribute to the White Hawk foundation:+)

Room Tip: #7 is a perfect spot, private tucked in and hummingbirds around the porch.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Kim H
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This beautiful eco resort tucked into the mountainside of the Corcovado National Park is truly something to behold. Lana, the owner, has created nothing less than perfect! We reserved the entire place for a retreat, and left knowing we had a higher sense of purpose to share with our corner of the world. Lana's commitment & passion to her guests, her causes (http://www.lunalodge.com/news-hawk.html) and the world in which we live shows in everything she does. The stellar service, the excellent staff, the guides that helped us explore the rainforest, the food, the accommodations, the wealth of knowledge, and attention to detail has left a lasting impression with me. I HIGHLY recommend you check this place out. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: no bad rooms in this place, it just depends on how many stairs you wish to climb up the side of the...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank JadePearlYoga
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

After a 2.5 drive from Puerto Jimenez on one of Costa Rica's "worst" roads, I was blown away by what Lana had created in the middle of Corcovado. A true luxurious oasis, tucked away in the jungle. We were welcomed with glasses of crystal clear water, our bags carried to our jungle tent and served a delicious lunch in a dining room with a million dollar view of the jungle and the ocean beyond.
Waking to the sounds of howler monkeys every morning, hiking through primary rain forest with knowledgable local guides, who had us spotting monkeys, rare birds, insects, and medicinal plants, cooling off in waterfalls and the salt water pool and taking Lana's morning yoga class made this experience truly unforgettable.

Room Tip: We stayed in the tent, which was really a canvas cabin. Located over 100 steps from the dining room...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

My parents were kind enough to treat me to a night's stay at Luna Lodge for my birthday and it was fantastic. Nestling in the forested hills near Carate, the wildlife is abundant and the views incredible. I was staying in one of the beautifully decorated bungalows and very much enjoyed sitting in the rocking chair on the veranda admiring the sunset following a refreshing swim in the pool. I also enjoyed my first ever yoga lesson on a deck jutting out of the cliff face surrounded by hummingbirds and with views of the Pacific in the distance. I can't thank Lana and her staff enough for making my birthday so special. Highly recommeded.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Emma J
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

We just returned from a trip in Costa Rica and the Luna Lodge was an amazing experience!
From the warm welcome by the lady of he house, the kindness of the whole staff, the experience of the guides and all this in a luxurious lodge in an amazing reserve.
The bungalows are highly recommended: the unique design allows the guests to sleep in the nature of the rain forest.

Room Tip: There is a choice of rooms, from tent to bungalows, We selected the bungalows with a lot of privacy...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank regemorw
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

Lana and her mom, Willie, are exceptional hosts. We rode up on motorcycles, hot and sticky, and they came out with ice water in wine glasses ... on a tray with white cloth, etc, ... in other words: a deluxe welcome ... totally unexpected as we were pretty deep in the jungle and at the end of a hairy road. We had lunch and enjoyed the view. Excellent all-around.

Room Tip: Don't try to take that hill in 3rd gear!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Charles C
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Address: Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carate
Hotel Class:3 star — Luna Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded in the tropical rain forest bordering Corcovado National Park, Luna Lodge is a unique resort described by many as "...a piece of true paradise". Its appeal is, not only, its natural beauty and environment, where the heliconia hang three feet long, and the howler monkeys wake you in the morning, but also, its ambiance. The owners' passion for the preservation of the forest is ever present, and the attentive courtesy, friendly staff always serve "con mucho gusto... with pleasure". ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Luna Hotel Carate
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