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“Lush gardens and entertaining monkeys!” 4 of 5 stars
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Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lush gardens and entertaining monkeys!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This resort is really quite lovely. We loved all of the lush vegetation and smells of the flowers & herbs growing in the garden. The beach is great for walking & sunbathing, not great for swimming due to the volcanic rock. However, this feature was awesome at low tide- you could walk far out onto it and explore the tidal pools. Our villa was lovely and we really enjoyed our private pool. We were with our two teenagers and while it is on the more quiet side, the resort was fine for us too! The howler monkeys visiting the huge Guanacaste tree outside of our villa late afternoon were a highlight! Only two drawbacks were we had ants in our bathrooms...have had this problem in my own home during dry spells but it was bothersome on vacation! Also, the resort is not really walking distance to Tamarindo so you have to take a short taxi or rent a car. Overall a wonderful experience--staff were all so friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The room itself is terrible. Bugs and lizards EVERYWHERE! There is nothing beneath the doors and they just get in so easy no matter how careful you are. We stayed in a villa and It was just not livable in. I could see empty villas with the door open with the green shirted workers just sitting there. Disgusting. The food was actually good. The service was so slow and the people seemed like they hated working there. The view is pretty good. The hotel itself is not good. Its location next to tamarindo is what is good about it. Also the cleaning ladies just burst in your room without knocking and start making your bed without asking if they can come. The beach they have is not even worth going to. Just get a hotel inside Tamarindo. The money we put into this hotel was not worth the experience in a million years. Tripadvisor award? I don't even know how. The highlight of this hotel was seeing the monkeys in the trees, seeing the birds, and petting the domestic dogs and cats that roam around. I could do that anywhere in almost any central/south american street. Wow.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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federico p, Owner at Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, August 2, 2014
Hi Jonathan G, hope you are having a good day!

We, at Cala Luna, are sorry your standards were not met, and that our 70 member team that daily give it all they got for our guests, was not enough for your tastes and made you angry. We understand that in our business there is always a 3% of customers that will never be satisfied no matter how hard we try. Please all I ask you, next time you post a comment of this type, take into consideration that your comments will affect the life of many people, like in this case. It is always more effective to talk directly to the manager before angrily defaming a business. Feel free to email me at federico@calaluna.com or stop by for a drink next time you are in town.
Have a great day!
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

So many good things to say about Cala Luna! We stayed here for four nights during our honeymoon after spending time in La Fortuna. The hotel we stayed at in La Fortuna was ranked one of the best hotels in the world, so we assumed that Cala Luna would not be able to measure up and were ready for disappointment. We were so wrong! It completely exceeded all our expectations! We were greeted with delicious fresh juice by a friendly employee, who make us feel so welcome. We were given a tour around the property and taken to our room, which was just around the corner from the pool. Our room was fantastic! I love the driftwood fixtures and decorations and beachy feel. The “shower” is a large, beautifully tiled bathtub in pretty blue, green, and teal colors. I will say that one of my only complaints here was the water temperature in the shower. It would be scalding hot one second then freezing cold the next – very inconsistent. But not anything that ruined our great experience here.

We didn’t have any tours planned when we got here, so the first night we went to the front desk and sat down with Carlos. He was amazing! He gave us so many options of things to do and really listened to what we were interested in. He helped us so much planning things and taking care of us while we stayed there – thank you so much Carlos! Some of the fun experiences we had were the jungle boat safari with Christian, stand up paddleboarding, and sunset cruise on the Antares. If you do one thing while you’re here, you must go on the sunset cruise! SO much fun! I also cannot say enough great things about the food at Cala Luna. Just an FYI - Both the pool lounge and main restaurant serve the same food with the same menu. Everything we had was absolutely delicious! And the breakfasts!!!! YUM! The breakfast is included, so don’t let the menu fool you. You can order as much as you want for breakfast at no extra cost. The coconut pancakes were sooooo good we had them twice! And the wait staff is excellent!

One of our favorite things about Cala Luna was the sunset happy hour. Every night from 5-6 they have free cocktails at the beach for the sunset. Don’t miss it!!! We experienced the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen. And just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the “show” is over! We would stay until it was almost dark because the sky became more and more beautiful each minute. We saw so many people stay for only 15 minutes then go back – you must stay and watch! A couple nights we grabbed a six pack of beer in town and brought them down to the beach in an ice bucket and just marveled at the sky – those are some of my favorite memories from the trip! The walk down to the beach only takes about 2 minutes max. If you want to go to the beach during the day to lounge and swim, the walk to Playa Langosta is only about 10-15 minutes. We walked it every day with no problem. You can also walk to the main beaches in Tamarindo, but we found them to be so saturated with annoying street vendors, that we preferred the quieter beach of Playa Langosta.
Another exciting part of Cala Luna was the howler monkeys! Not only was it the craziest thing waking up to their “howls” every morning, but it was common to find them in the trees around the pool or beach just hanging around. We didn’t see any monkeys for the first half of our trip, so we were so excited to see them up close here.

Thanks to Cala Luna and the excellent chefs and staff – especially Carlos - and Joshua and Orlando!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a great location. More on the romantic side, but still super nice. The ambiance is very mellow the service is phenomenal. It secluded, but still near enough the town of Tamarindo. The property is still very nice for a family and friends, but it is great for honeymoons or romantic getaways. The only small draw is the beach. It is small and you are not that close to it. There is a small path you have to walk through to get there, but once there is gorgeous. Again, small and secluded. To compensate, the property offers guest their own pools if they stay in the villas. The rooms are nice and spacious and call me silly, but I loved how they were decorated! :) Highly recommend this property whether it's the rainy or dry season in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Costa Mesa, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We booked Cala Luna for the beach portion of our honeymoon. Since we were staying in a value hotel in Arenal for the first half of our trip we figured we would splurge for the second/shorter half of our vacation.

The decor of the hotel and rooms is very chic and modern, similar to what we're used to in the US. I loved the decor of the rooms, and the tiled bathtub/shower looked absolutely stunning. Only downfall of the rooms was that we saw several of the larger ants around the room; that might just be typical of this area though.

Our stay was short (2 nights) and during that time we were jam-packed with activities, so we didn't get to explore the grounds too much. Having the connected private beach was very convenient, although it was a little rockier than I imagined. Plenty of tide pools to explore, though! The pool was very beautiful as well, the howler monkeys must have thought so too because they hang out in the trees above it! That was a very cool experience to see one that close.

The front staff was welcoming when we arrived (even though I was sick as a dog upon check-in, unrelated to our stay). Daniel was exceptional in making us feel at home, whether we saw him in the lobby or the restaurant he always wanted to make sure we were happy. My husband ran into an issue with his food and Daniel made sure to comp our next meal and ensure that we were taken care of. Thank you Daniel! (PS all the food we ate there was very tasty, we really liked the restaurant).

It is a short cab ride to town (about $5 each way) which is a bit of a downside. We were a little spoiled because our much cheaper Arenal hotel included a free shuttle into the nearest town.

All in all we liked Cala Luna. Was it worth the extra splurge? Sure, I guess.

Room Tip: We stayed in Rm# 307 and we really liked it. It was about equidistant from the beach path and the ma...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

every small attention was amazing! its the best costumer service I ever saw! we stayed there 1 night for my boyfriend birthday. At the check in we got cold towels to refresh and the best welcoming cocktail ever. I booked with expedia and we also got 50$ credit to spend on the restaurant/drinks! Just before dinner they came to our room with a bottle of champagne and chocolate cakes! It was an amazing gesture! You also get one free drink on the beach to wath the sunset. The resaurant is very good with a lot of variety and the included breakfast is amazing :) the only thing that is not perfect was the location. we were in town before and its a little far from all the restaurants, bars, shops and beach. (5$ cab to get to tamrindo) we were there 1 night so it wasnt a problem!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at Cala Luna for a friend's wedding. It was amazing-- from the welcome drinks- to the staff - to the tub-- we loved everything about this place! The "Tor-tu-ga" quickly became my favorite cocktail! Our room was very close to the pool and walkway down the the beach. Our friends were married at a home across the street (Sueno Del Mar), so it was very convienent for meeting up with friends! Our room was beautiful, spacious, and had the most amazing shower/tub! We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast each morning, delicious watermelon juice (among many others) served with fresh baked breads! A homemade jam, typically strawberry, also came with these delights and a full menu! Believe me when I tell you it's worth the breakfast alone, but the pool is also amazing; and the staff is some of the friendliest people we've encountered! Our favorite bartender, Orlando, mixed many "tor-tu-ga"s for me. We loved happy hour by the pool for a little monkey show and good music! There was literally not one thing we didnt love about this hotel, so if you are looking for the perfect Costa Rican getaway, Cala Luna is Pura Vida!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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Address: Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're ideally located on a secluded slice of the pristine beach called Playa Langosta, where you can enjoy a sunset all to yourself . Our boutique resort offers our guests the finest amenities paired with the friendliest service, offering plenty of space, ample bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living and dining areas, our villas, have two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen . Delight your palate with fresh, locally caught fish, vegetables and herbs grown right here at our hotel, and organic wines from the most revered regions on the planet in our Cala Moresca Restaurant. Our relaxed atmosphere and full attention to your needs also make Cala Luna an ideal retreat to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary. ... more   less 
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