I stayed at Luna Lodge shortly after New Year and although quite a trek to get there, it was well worth it. I first flew into San Jose from Miami and then down to Puerto Jimenez on a regional airline (turbo prop) and finally to Carate in a small 4 seater plane. Built on the hillside, overlooking the lush trees towards the ocean, the views are spectacular.
Luna Lodge takes its role in protecting the environment very seriously as was evident everywhere on the property and in the chalets. The chalets are rustic, comfortable, but do not expect luxury as it is not. However, the beds are comfy with insect nets; there is enough cupboard space and the bathroom amenities are more than adequate. And showering in the open air is an exhilarating experience!
One of the highlights of the stay was the Yoga platform, which is the highest point on the property with stunning views. Doing an early morning Yoga session overlooking the valley; seeing the multitude of birds and the playful monkeys is a wonderful way to start the day. And the swimming pool, filtered using solar power is another special spot.
The focus is on nature walks and hikes and these are plentiful varying from easy to difficult. The highlight for me was the 7 hour trek into the Corcovado National Park and back - we saw lots of birds and animals - magical. The canoe trip was very special as well.
A few minor quibbles - the restrictive times to use the Internet is a little like school and unnecessary - we are adults and will not intrude on others, who generally did not care if you want to use your iPad or laptop!
Also allocating us to tables for dinner, to force mixing, I also feel is not required as in such a small environment people will gravitate to each other anyway.
While the food is good, it is not gourmet as advertising on website and the wine selection is poor, but this is caused by logistics.
Lastly, the greatest asset at Luna Lodge is the staff - friendly and caring! Would I go back - definitely if I had the time.
- 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
- Luna Lodge Costa Rica/Carate