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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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Geneva, Switzerland
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“We will be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This review is way overdue! However, Luna Azul was such a special place to us, that we just cannot skip a review! We stayed with Rolf and Andreas in their wonderful establishment in March 2012. Words can hardly express what a splendid experience we had at Luna Azul! Initially we wondered why those 2 crazy Swiss have picked a place out of nowhere (the trip there itself on a 4X4 was quite an experience already), but from the moment we entered their property, our confidence was fully restored.

Our cabana was big with a fantastic huge terrace and a jungle view. Iguanas and Howler Monkeys were always nearby and we loved these extraordinary neighbors! The bed was comfortable and just the right firmness, both of us slept like babies every night. So many others have already commented the open-air bathroom, and we also gave it 2 thumbs up. Lots of space for storage and unpacking was a breeze.

Rolf and Andreas had a team of friendly and competent staff, who made sure the premises were always tip-top. The cabanas were smartly scattered around the well-maintained garden, and it was a lovely short walk from the Reception Area (where the lounge, restaurant and pool were). The restaurant itself was legendary. The ambiance was perfect, food was delicious and the menu changed every night with at least 4 or 5 different main dishes. We ate there so many times and were never disappointed. Rolf was also a brilliant manager, as he would come around the table each morning to make sure your activities were taken care of (if needed). For example, we went swimming with the turtles and one of us had a massage on our private terrace. The lounge area was so relaxing, one could either read or check emails, or just enjoy the gorgeous sunset with a cocktail in hand.

We didn't go there for the Arribada, but still had a memorable time at Luna Azul. We were very pleased from Check-in to Check-out and were a little sad to leave. We enjoyed meeting everyone at the hotel, including their dog "Mono" (now there is a "Fino" read from the others). When traveling far from home, we often worry about how well we would be treated in a strange and unfamiliar place. We were so glad that Rolf and Andreas have built this little paradise to take care worrisome travelers like us. We really felt at home!

Room Tip: Book early if you wish to have a room with an Ocean View. However, the Jungle View is just as nice.
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  • Stayed March 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We had such a great time on our last stay at Luna Azul that we went back for an all-too-brief visit just before Christmas. Even though the booking engines like Orbitz showed them as full, I emailed Rolf and they were able to fit us in for two nights.One tip: email Rolf directly to book rooms. He will respond immediately or very shortly, and will answer any questions you have and help with special arrangements. The stay was as wonderful as before. The room (bungalow, really) was beautiful with the same view over the forest to the Pacific. The food was, if anything, even better than last time. The first night, I had a terrific shrimp in red curry sauce and my wife had local fish (pargo) in a lemon grass sauce. The next night we switched - I had the pargo in a herb butter sauce that was absolutely delicious, while Gladys had jumbo shrimp "Luna Azul" which she loved. Moving then to the terrace for creme brulee along with a special Swiss apple schnapps, accompanied by the distant sounds of the surf....get the picture? Perfection.

  • Stayed December 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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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 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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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
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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