We stayed at Magic Moon for five nights in September 2011. Since our initial plan involved staying with another couple, we thought the house's separate quarters on different floors would be perfect. When the other couple cancelled, we were concerned the Moon would be too big and isolated. This was not the case.
We occupied only the top floor and loved it. We particularly enjoyed the huge lanai facing the ocean. We ended up spending as much time in this "outside living room" that features a massive hammock, wicker furniture, sleeping couch, and dining table for 6. When shutters from the kitchen are opened, the deck is transformed into an open-air bar. The sounds of the surf, birds, frogs, insects and geckoes massaged our ears day and night.
We appreciated the large yard studded with glorious flowering plants, fruit and palm trees, and Sasha, the resident cat. Just outside the entry gate and across the street, the beach and the warm waters of the Caribbean await. We particularly enjoyed the early morning light during walks on the beach. We ended up walking the short distance to Banana Azul's beach where we could use the resort's hammocks and chairs.
The house does not have air conditioning, but it really does't need it. (Coming from Oregon, we were thankful that our first stop in Costa Rica, Arenal, was air-conditioned to allow us time to adapt to the heat.) We opened up the shutters for cross breezes when we were there and turned on fans as needed. At bedtime, we slipped under a ceiling fan and mosquito net, locked everything down and felt secure. We didn't feel completely alone with the geckoes chirping to us from their high perches on the wall. Adding to the sense of security is a large safe that we used at night and whenever we left the house.
The house has plenty of storage and all the kitchen things you need (ice, toaster, blender, oven, etc). It does not have a dishwasher, but that didn't strike us as an inconvenience. We were happy to be able to cook our own food instead of eating out every meal.
Everyone involved in the Moon is incredibly nice. Silbur the groundskeeper, Alejandra the housekeeper, Ashton the neighbor and Nina the owner are all people you wish you could transport back home to your social circle. Banana Azul is a great resource nearby if you don't feel like cooking or need someone else to stir up your Mai Tai.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope you do, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magical and peaceful place on the Caribbean Sea of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The Magic Moon Beach House is set in a spacious tropical garden just steps from the quiet beach.For those who don't like to compromise on their vacation, this big beach house has two stories. Upstairs, it comes with a master bedroom with a king size bed and 1 other bedroom with a queen size bed. The bathroom is located between the two bed rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Magic Moon Beach House & Bungalow Costa Rica/Limon