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“Special experience in Ostional!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Luna Azul
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8 km north of Nosara, Ostional 50306, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ostional
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“Special experience in Ostional!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

For many years, seeing an Arribada has been on my bucket list. I could never quite get the timing right. Rolf has been so very helpful and patiently responded to my many notes and emails. By chance, there was an extra arribada during a full moon and I was able to make the drive to Ostional to see the turtles. After seeing the turtles, we went to Luna Azul and had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious and the selection was excellent! The selection of wines was very good. The gardens and ambiance was wonderful. Rolf recognized me as soon as I walked in and was such a welcoming host. I got a personalized tour of the gardens as well. They made us feel at home. We went back down to the beach to see the peak arrival time between 8-9pm before driving back to Playa Junquillal. I can't wait to see a really large Arribada and have dinner at Luna Azul again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

We live in Costa Rica and wanted to stay a day in Ostional to see the turtles. Are we ever happy that we opted for Luna Azul! Rolf was very well informed about the arribadas the last few months and his info helped us see baby turtles getting to see in the afternoon and that same evening see the big ones lay eggs!

On his advice we went back very early the next morning for a breath taking experience in hundreds of turtles nesting and lots of newly hedged babies try to get to sea. Great photo opportunity!

We appreciated the well appointed rooms ( for example no need to crawl under a desk to plug in a phone or camera, a lovely outdoors shower), the tasty food and the very attentive and hospitable attitude of our hosts. We also loved their dog Fino.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carstairs, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Quite simply this is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in Costa Rica! Rolf and Andreas are very accommodating and their hotel is one of the most peaceful places you will find! The food at the hotel is amazing! We have made the trip to this area multiple times already this year to see turtles both laying and hatching, and should we return to this area we would certainly stay at this hotel. We travelled with our two children aged 10 and 7 and they to enjoyed their stay. I highly recommend this hotel!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This boutique hotel was a dream come true. We were fortunate enough to be able to spend three nights at this enchanted retreat. The owners Rolf and Andreas went out of their way to spoil us. We traveled to Ostional for the "arribada," a rare arrival of nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles in mass, and were blessed enough to time it correctly to witness it. Communication with Rolf before our trip helped to ensure we were there for the right dates. It was truly a dream come true. You are in private cabanas away from the main house where the pool and dining room were located. The cabanas had breathtaking views of the Pacific. There are options of air conditioning for a minimal additional fee as well. It is a bit of trek to the beaches but they are more than happy to help you get there if you decide not to walk it. Options for hotels are few and far between in Ostional, but this place leaves you wanting for no other option.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

During a roundtrip throughout Costa Rica in May with our kids (12/14), we spent a few days at Luna Azul in and were amazed by this beautiful place, a place where we felt at home immediately!
The hosts Rolf and Andreas took a lot of care to make this Hotel a kind of mini-paradise. They are (as well as all the staff) extremely nice and helpful and the cuisine is fantastic! The bungalows offer very nice views to the hills that surround the place. The bathrooms make you feel like taking a shower outside!
If you have a good four wheel drive car, try to take the road up to the mountains that just starts behind the hotel. There are some spectacular views and you might see some monkeys. And don't miss to see the turtles!
Should we ever go back to Costa Rica again, this will certainly be a place we won't miss!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is an amazing location. The location on the hill with the views over the rain forest and the Pacific Ocean are not to be believed. It is magical. This is what you come here for. But the hosts. I felt like I was with family. The care and attention to details are truly breathtaking. So few places measure up to this standard. I will be back with friends!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We recently got back from Ostional and stayed at Hotel Luna Azul. Both the area and the resort are out-of-this world. The area futures Playa Ostional where thousands of turtles come to nest. To be able to see this is absolutely incredible. Luna Azul as a resort is just as fantastic their bungalows are outstanding! In the morning you can hear howler monkeys and a multitude of birds. The food at the resort is some of the best I've ever had!! The staff was phenomenal as well. If you are looking for a great relaxing location come visit Luna Azul.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8 km north of Nosara, Ostional 50306, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Ostional
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ostional
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Luna Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Luna Azul Boutique Hotel in Ostional is one of the jewels on the Guanacaste Gold Coast: A small, very private lodge with a spectacular main lobby and elegant, colourful bungalows offering absolute tranquility and relaxation. Big terraces open to a jungle full of wildlife and the outdoor showers are a thrill for every nature lover. Relax on the pool terrace with gorgeous views over the surrounding nature reserve and to the ocean. ... more   less 
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