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Finca Luna Nueva Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   San Isidro de Penas Blancas, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 158-4400, Costa Rica   |  
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Buena Park, California
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“Adventure, unwinddddd, relaxxxxx....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Self sustaining farm. Thoroughly enjoyed the fresh fruits and vegetables served daily. Friendly, accommodating staff. Very clean rooms. Certainly could hear at night the environmental sounds.
Steep walking paths. There is a golf cart to move you about if necessary. Can loose yourself, with the no stress. Showers, toilets,, expected accommodations for rain forest environment.

Room Tip: Stayed in main lodge. Need to be respectfully quiet as walls are shared.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

My son and I just visited this quiet, serene bio dynamic farm and loved every minute of it. We arrived just in time for dinner which was fresh and wonderful. There are only a few rooms and separate cabins so you get to meet like-kind folks very easilly. The accomodations had two beds and were very clean. There is a beautiful pool and hot tub for relaxing on site, The staff is very friendly and hekpful. If you like they will give you a tour of the farm which we found very educational. Ishmael was our guide and we left feeling like he was family. All staff is wonderful. I highly recommend staying here to get away from the crowds.
Cheryl S
Durango, CO

Room Tip: We stayed in the main lodge because there were just two of us. It was perfect for my son and I. Th...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

A beautiful, eco friendly environment. Great very high treehouse with outrageous views. Our large family group booked 3 bungalows and all 4 rooms of the lodge. Below the 4 rooms is a communal open air area, perfect for our group gatherings. There's a kitchen, bar, wifi, computer, seating, tables and lots of room. Who says you can't party on New Year's Eve in the rainforest? Loved the very helpful staff. The location was close enough to enjoy all the activities available in the surrounding areas...hot springs, rafting, canyoneering and zip lining. It was a memorable experience in a beautiful setting....but bring the bug spray if you're sensitive to bites.

Room Tip: #2 and #3 are slightly larger rooms of the 4 in the lodge.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My family (two adults two teens) spent three nights at Finca Luna Nueva, a working organic farm in the rain forest just a few hours from San Jose. We toured the farm with the owner Steven, a walking encyclopedia on tropical plant usage and biodynamic culture. Ishmael led us on a night walk to discover frogs and insects. We lounged at the pool and ate healthy meals prepared from meat and produce grown on site. We felt at home.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Koh Lanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

(positives)
+ Amazing staff, super friendly, helpful, great at their job
+ Food!! Best food we have had in a long time, healthy, tasty, organic, large portions, sooo fresh
+ Animals everywhere! We spotted countless frogs, sloths, toucans an iguana, and tons of birds right on our porch.
+ Ismael was our tour guide for the on-site rainforest tours, amazing man, always smiling and full of knowledge.
We recommend the night rainforest walk
+ Great value - For dinner we paid $15 and got 4 courses...Not sure what others are saying on this site regarding food, it was fantastic and always more available just by asking, (never paid any more.)
+ Facilities - spa, jacuzzi, pool. An no chemicals at all. Ozone filtered.
+ They supply organic shampoo and conditioners.

This is for a different type of holiday, if you want to relax, be secluded & be surrounded by nature, this is for you.

(negatives)
- A bit tricky to get around, unless you have a rental car or you book tours to pick you up.
- The walls are pretty thin in the main lodge (you can stay in cabins around 5 minutes walk away from the reception/restaurant)

Overall an amazing experience, could easily live there for months :) You would be crazy not to go and experience this!

Room Tip: Room 1,2,3,4 are in the main lodge, all have wifi and close to everything you need. Cabins are quie...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Granada Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We came to the lodge with many family members. Our immediate family shared family bungalow #6. The setting was lovely nestled up in the rain forest. We were able to see many birds along with sloths. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed being away from the city life and noise, but also the free WiFi! The pool as well as other recreation such as ping pong and Foosball were used by my family daily. We hired a shuttle to pick us up and take us to and from all of our various activities so found it no problem to be a little off the beaten path. My family are picky eaters but we did enjoy that the food that was served was all organic and that they grew everything there on their farm. We did not eat every meal there because of our pickyness - the price was too much for meals that we would not be eating everything, but we did eat several meals there. We found that staff to be very friendly and helpful to us. If we were to return to this area we would definitely stay here again. There were several beds in the bungalow and the twin beds were a little hard, but you can't have it all!

Room Tip: if you want privacy and don't mind a hike, the rooms 10-12 are away from everything. The family...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Hi, the property is very pretty and offers some nice walks. The staff are also kind and attentive, but I feel that the hotel is overpriced and disappointing for a few reasons. The food, in particular, was not very good. Dinner was too expensive for the quality and the breakfast was less than stellar. Given that the setting was a farm, we expected something reflecting what is grown or raised on the farm, but that was not what we got. The cooks need to be better trained as well. The room we had was very dark and a trek from the rest of the property, and far from local activities requiring a car and a drive of 30 or more minutes.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the trip to Hotel Baldi hot springs.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FincaLunaNueva, General Manager at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Hello Calgaribaldi,

Thank you for sharing your experiences with our friends on Trip Advisor, we like to hear all the comments and suggestions from our guests.
However we would like to tell you that most of our vegetables, fruits, and herbs are from our certified organic biodynamic farm and our menu varies depending on our weekly harvest.
A selection of meat from our pasture raised animals when is available and when not we buy from the local farmers around the town.
Also we are outside of the Fortuna area and we want to offer what can be found on an organic certified Biodynamic farm with primary rainforest as an alternative to the mainstream tourism found elsewhere.

Best Regards
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Address: San Isidro de Penas Blancas, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 158-4400, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 54 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Finca Luna Nueva Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is a sustainable rainforest eco-lodge hotel, offering an intimate experience of primary rainforest together with a certified organic biodynamic farm and also we have Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica. N 2003 we decided to take our promotion of sustainable practices to the next level by building several beautiful eco-lodges using fallen timber from the farm. Since then we have added a 50 foot high observation tower, a solar heated Jacuzzi, an ozonated swimming pool, and a handicapped accessible rainforest trail. Now you can experience the Costa Rican rainforest, learn about our farm's sustainable practices and relax in our rustic yet luxurious accommodations. Walk through well-groomed rain forest trails on our guided farm tours and hikes, eat gourmet meals prepared from our fresh organic garden produce, and witness the majesty of the Arenal Volcano. For adventure activity enthusiasts, we are located only 30 minutes from La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica, and home of world famous Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a must see destination for anyone seeking a thrill, and our experienced staff will be more than happy to schedule all of your activities and tours for you. With 14 rooms and 40 beds, accommodations can be made for both the traveler looking for an intimate getaway as well as housing for large groups and conferences. ... more   less 
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