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“Relaxing at tamarindo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas

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Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Parma, Italy
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Relaxing at tamarindo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Staying at Cala Luna was a real pleasure. Standards are high, personnel was so kind and professional. And you feel the Sardinian touch and style of the ownners...
And non't forget to enjoy the open air "dojo" for your yoga or stretching practice, or the open air massage space.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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South Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Wow excited to return in a few weeks. Visited with the rain showers of last year staying at Cala Luna hotel.

Warm and caring staff, Frazier at the main desk handed us pineapple drinks personally walking over and settling us into a meticulous kept villa. Overall kinda treatment makes ya feel like jetset arriving in Costa.

Mornings chatting with Wilbert a local waiter definitely the highpoint, “which juice today would you like to try” every day exotic variations of juice poured…. left me thinking how can I blend these creations at home??? Tried and reserved spots at night for eating out, but found the hotel’s food the best pick and cool to chimin with other foodies we met coming in to lounge caletta ( mahi mahi top pick). Walking at dawn in the hotel’s quiet spread of gardens and all along beachfront direction towards Tamarindo is a lovely vibe, away from it all on vacation is such a charm.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Beautiful hotel. Quiet and romantic. The grounds are green and lush with bananas, papayas, aloe and a wide variety of flowers. Service is very attentive and the restaurants are exceptionally good - the pool/bar restaurant only uses ingredients that are grown on the hotel grounds and you can taste the freshness. The breakfast that was included with our room was ordered off the menu and was much better than the buffets that most hotels offer. The beach is a few steps away across a quiet road. Tamarindo is a 5 minute taxi or 20 minute walk. If you are looking for a romantic getaway I would highly recommend this hotel. If you are looking for night-life and activities then you may want to consider a hotel closer to Tamarindo.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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austin
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

First of all, I loved this property as an adult! We stayed in one of the villas with our own small pool. We have 3 kids (11, 8, and 7 years old). They loved the pool. It was a beautiful villa with pretty backyard and lounge chairs. A wonderful place to relax in morning with coffee while kids played in pool or relax at night while kids took a night swim before bed. However, our particular villa was not stocked well. No washer/dryer even though there were hook-ups. It would have been SO nice to have that avail. No simple kitchen amenities like dish soap, paper towels, salt/pepper/sugar/etc. It is not an easy or pleasant town to go into to shop so we didn't use kitchen except for coffee morning (which was provided each day like a hotel, thank goodness!) There were no pool toys or beach toys or beach chairs. That is sad because the only thing you can do at the accessible beach is to sit and watch sunset. Beach is too rocky for anyone to swim in. It is a beautiful sunset though and kids loved digging in sand and watching the hermit crabs. Just would have been nice to have some small foldable chairs set out or even in the villa to bring down to the beach. Pool at hotel is nice. Restaurants are really nice and food is excellent. Service was SO nice, but a bit vague. Example...walk to swim-able beach is "just a little down that road". Wrong--with 3 kids it is a good couple of miles on a dusty, dangerous road. An hourly shuttle into town to drop off at main area for shopping and a beach drop-off is desperately needed!! We did do the surfing lessons thru the hotel and were extremely impressed with the service and the instructor. The instructor was VERY patient and taught my 11 and 8 year to love surfing. Highly recommend it! So, if you don't plan to go to a swim-able beach or go into town I highly recommend this hotel. But if you have kids who want to swim and play at beach each day I would look into the Capitan Suizo. It looked really nice and has direct access to swim-able beach but isn't right in the middle of the crowded town. I also think the hotel should offer a grocery-stocking service for the villas.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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New York, New York, United States
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

My first trip to Costa Rica and by far my best vacation thus far. The upscale hotel has amazing service and everyone is extremely accommodating. The one aspect i appreciate the most from boutique hotels is the personal attention; the staff was so courteous, warm and friendly. The food was delicious; one restaurant had unique blends of tapas while the other restaurant had an eclectic array of dishes... they grow their spices and vegetables fresh in the garden! I also enjoyed the fresh made breakfast and the handsome chef who personally made my omelets :-) Aside from him, my favorite was the refreshing fresh watermelon juice. The ambiance was very calming and tranquil with free yoga in the morning, on premises massages, peace and quiet poolside silence and greenery everywhere; it allows you to appreciate mother nature on a whole new level. The sunlit rooms are cozy and most importantly clean! If you're coming to CR anticipating activities, well the hotel offers an array of options to choose from but the top picks I recommend are surfing, paddle surfing, bike riding through town, horse back riding, zip lining, cooking classes (for real foodies!) and boat tours... we had a jam packed trip. Definitely don't miss out on checking out the cacti labyrinth; it's apparently the largest in the world and you will fall in love with the owner of the premises. Location is very convenient; steps from the beach filled with local surfers and brazilian bikinis. It's also walking distance from a strip of bars, restaurants and local shopping. Hands down best hotel i've stayed in.

Room Tip: I recommend the villas!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Great place for a light Tapas dinner. Amazing selection of plates... My family & I went and all got 2 or 3 things and shared and it was SO delicious. Not one thing was bad. Great cocktails too. The atmosphere was awesome... although it's just a view of the pool and the villas, it's really nice and tropical... they achieve the "costa rica" feel, especially when there is live music. I'd recommend eating here if you're staying at a nearby house or in town!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Sao Paulo, SP
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120 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The hotel is very good and the staff is one of the best I've seen. The breakfast could be improved: the dishes are always the same and it is very difficult to get a juice without sugar.
However, the biggest problem I see in this hotel is it location. That's because while I was planning my trip, I choosed the hotel based on the location shown at Google Maps - just near Tamarindo Diria, on the sand of Tamarindo beach and surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
When I arrived there, however, I got really frustrated when I realized that the location shown at Google Maps is wrong and that the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, in front of the rockiest part of Playa Langosta. There are no restaurants outside, no bars, no shops and no beach - just stones - and it is impossible to dive into the sea or even to sunbathe on the sand.
If you don't care for the location or prefer to stay away from the city, Cala Luna would be the best choice. But if you are looking for a good beach hotel surrounded by bars and restaurants, don't stay there and go directly to Tamarindo Diria.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where the ultimate luxury getaway meets comfort, style, nature and the pinnacle of personalized service, Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is your destination for relaxation and adventure. Nestled amid old-growth trees and native tropical vegetation, our beach resort is celebrated for not only our world-class service and dedication to our guests, but also our mission to celebrate and protect the beauty of Costa Rica. Situated on the white sand beach called Playa Langosta, just a few steps from Tamarindo, our guests are treated to superior amenities and services, whether you're coming to us for a family retreat, or a romantic wedding or honeymoon. Offering open-air yoga, surf instruction, spa treatments and a wide array of activities and packages to suit any taste, Cala Luna delivers only premier quality, combining elegant taste, individualized care and respect for nature. Whether your definition of luxury embodies reclining behind fluttering curtains in a poolside cabana, soaking up the sunshine from your lounge chair on a secluded beach, or sipping cocktails from our lounge under the starlight, once you arrive at Cala Luna, you'll know you've arrived where you belong. ... more   less 
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