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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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“Yummy food and beautiful surroundings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

What a special place. We loved the hammocks outside our room, the sometimes-open smoothie bar (where we also enjoyed freshly-made chocolate one-time!), the pool (the waterfall feature in the pool was a huge hit with our 5-year-old, the forest, the farm, and most-of-all, the people: Ishmael, the guide for our farm tour (and generally helpful person around the property!), the wait staff, the housekeepers and front desk staff, and Steven, the owner and specialist/educator in biodynamic farming as well as (I believe) Central American ethnobotany. (We only took the farm tour, but if we were to go again, we’d also take a night tour and the medicinal plant tour.) Our stay was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica and was the location of our best “wildlife” sighting – a three-toed sloth that had just finished his, ahem, once-weekly potty break on the ground and was looking for another tree to climb. There is a cool tower next to the Registration desk that you can climb to get a nice view of the surroundings, and it even has a hammock on top! There are some interesting hiking trails through the jungle that are fun to explore and they recommended we wear the rubber boots they supply for free to protect one’s feet from any mud or creepy crawlies we might encounter (which we didn’t see). The food was delicious and healthy. This place was so good we didn’t want to leave!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had been to Finca Luna Nueva for a farm tour and lunch last year, which were both fabulous, and this trip we had the pleasure of staying at the lodge for five nights. If you enjoy nature, organic food, and simple elegance then this is the place for you. There are several hikes available at the lodge including a tour of the farm itself where you can see where your dinner comes from, as well as day and night hikes into the rainforest. Ismael is a fabulous guide for all ages. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has very sharp eyes! He is sensitive to older hikers as well as fun and inspiring for children. We found all of the staff at Luna Nueva to be helpful and kind. This trip included my mother who enjoyed relaxing on the porch and viewing the toucans, my children who loved bottle feeding the baby pigs, and myself who enjoyed sloth viewing while swimming. The lodge is off the beaten path, but is an easy 20-30 minute ride away from La Fortuna where great zip lining, rafting, and horseback riding awaits. The staff is very helpful with arranging tours and transportation off site. Spa services are also available. You wont find manicures or martinis, but you will find massages, acupuncture, reflexology, etc. given by a very gifted and knowledgeable practitioner. You will leave Luna Nueva feeling much healthier and calmer than when you arrived!

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  • Stayed February 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 February 27, 2013

Just a beautiful, healthy, friendly experience. I wish I could live here and bring all my loved ones. Have never felt better in my life. Wonderful food that really nourishes you. I never felt hungry between meals; have asthma, but could do an hour-long walk without getting winded....pristine air!

Also has spa with a most helpful therapist, personalizing nutritional advice and offering excellent craniotomy-sacral therapy and reflexology as well as massage.

The entire staff was most helpful and friendly, and, again personalizing service. My two grandchildren enjoyed special touches by cleaning and dining staff who added a fun elephant of towels and fresh flowers on their beds (and hearts for adults), and noticed their likes and dislikes and automatically accommodated them at meals. Badges of excellence also to the tour guides, and gift shop and office .

The owners were often at meals, guiding tours, and friendly and available.

Just a wonderful, wonderful experience.

  • Stayed February 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 February 20, 2013

What a wonderful place! We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. A fantastic complex run by knowledgeable and friendly people. They living and portraying a style of living in harmony with the environment.
I would recommend it to anybody!

  • 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This lodge is perfect if you want to get away from the towns and cities. The location is gorgeous and the tours of the eco-farm were very interesting. The staff were incredibly helpful and cheerful.

If you want to see the volcano, hot springs or go zip-lining, they will help you set up tours (it is a 30 min taxi ride from La Fortuna), but we just relaxed at the farm the whole time on the hammocks. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 February 18, 2013 via mobile

We found Finca Luna Nueva on trip advisor and we were thrilled with the place from day one but I highly recommend you do your research about this place so you know what you're getting into. This ecolodge is off the beaten path with nothing available as far as other food to eat except the meals the hotel serves. However, we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals. The main road to the hotel is bumpy and rough but well worth the trek out there.
We stayed in the family lodge and it was great! There were 2 bedrooms and a main living space with 2 more beds. We had a hot shower which we've found is less than common here. We absolutely LOVED our front porch where we sat watching the birds every morning and watched the sun come up. We ran into a lot of wildlife including the elusive toucan which I have been chasing my entire trip to Costa Rica. The resident sloth appeared during our breakfast one morning and I ran into an armadillo one afternoon.
The pool and hot tub are to die for and will not be soon forgotten. Staff was excellent and accommodating and were very helpful.
We went zip lining in Arenal which is about 35 minutes away and I am so glad we decided not to stay in La Fortuna which is a lack luster city that is very touristy.
I'm under the impression that the people who give this place poor reviews have not done their research about what they're getting themselves into. Be prepared to relax, do some hiking and see some excellent wild life while staying at a beautiful ecolodge that is well maintained!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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FincaLunaNueva, General Manager at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Hola Olsoncjj22,

Amazing review! Thank you so much.
We are happy that you enjoy our accommodations and the food.
We sincerely appreciate you took the time to write a review and hope you come back to Luna Nueva!

Thank you very much.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This Eco Lodge was great, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The retreat is only about 10 minutes off the main road to La Fortuna (which was only 15-20 minutes up the road). The minimal approach was refreshing from the hustle and bustle the two of us come from on a regular basis... We would recommend going on the free farm tour. And make sure you get up to eat their delicious breakfast in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 50 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. We began farming here in 1994, planting and harvesting organic ginger and turmeric, and promoting sustainable agriculture and conservation in the local community. In 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 35 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. ... more   less 
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