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“Peaceful privacy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel bungalows SolyLuna los Almendros.

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Hotel bungalows SolyLuna los Almendros.
Entre Montezuma y Cabuya | Los Almendros, Montezuma 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Few steps from the beach
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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“Peaceful privacy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We recently stayed at Sol y Luna for a week and it was lovely. The cottages are charming, clean and comfortable, and set in a beautiful private garden. From your front porch all you see is tropical greenery and wildlife coming and going. One morning as we were having breakfast we saw a troupe of at least 3 dozen howler monkeys crossing through the trees right in front of us!
The beach is a 5 min walk down the lane and it's beautiful - you can only swim at high tide because of the rocks, but that is what most of the beaches in that area are like.
We took the bus back and forth to Montezuma and Cabuya - it runs every 2 hours and cost $1.
We also took taxis occasionally to come back at night if we went out to dinner (last bus leaves Montezuma at 4:15) You really don't need a car.
As many others have said, Patricia and Simon are great hosts - they give you all the information you need as soon as you get there and will willingly make restaurant and taxi reservations for you - they even did personal laundry for us!
We tried 2 of the local restaurants they recommended and both were excellent - a little place in Cabuya with fabulous food and Los Artistes in Montezuma, where we had a wonderful, romantic dinner right on the beach, lit by candlelight. Loved it!
Sol y Luna is a quiet, peaceful retreat to come back to after a day exploring, and I wish we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in Luna, but I think Sol would have been equally nice.
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Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Thank-you Patricia and Simon for such an amazing experience. Our ten days at your paradise was just too short. We loved everything about our stay. Solyluna is located about 45 minutes outside of Montezuma one way and Cabuya the other. After a long and stressful trip, Luna was our dream vacation...away from it all!! It was just beautiful, clean and self sufficient. We loved how charming it was...the wood, the breakfast nook, the artsy touches all around. We loved the tranquility and that some days we only saw animals. We spent most of our days lounging on the front deck reading and watching all the little critters come and go. We had a steady supply of bananas and lots of the animals were comfortable being very close to us. We chose to walk everywhere and loved it. The exercise and sunshine was so nice for us. We carried a backpack with us so we had lots of water and were able to haul our groceries quite easily. We love to cook and found the kitchen easy and functional...although next time I would bring along a sharp paring knife, as there is only one serrated knife. Not that you need to worry about cooking, Cabuya was our favorite for food...very authentic, tasty and reasonably priced. Montezuma is a cool little town, but busier and quite touristy for our likings. Upon arrival, you are greeted warmly by Patricia and Simon. These two know their surroundings. Patricia hooked us up with a detailed map and excellent local insider tips...low tide, sight seeing, fish monger, bus schedule. Our favorite was an early morning hike up to the Montezuma waterfall. It was so fresh and cold, and we had left early enough that just the two of us were there. On our walk back, the tourists were coming in droves. The beach at Solyluna was beautiful. Most days it was just the two of us and pelicans. I would recommend water shoes as the beach in that area is quite rocky. The water was warm, but the drop off was quick and the waves were quite strong at times. Luckily we are both strong swimmers and enjoyed quite a bit of ocean time. For anyone who is looking for a quiet, away from it all vacation, Solyluna is for you. We loved the exercise, sun, and surroundings. We are already saving to return and stay for longer. The pictures do not do it any justice. It is a very special spot, run by very special people in the beautiful setting of Costa Rica. What more do you need?? Thank-you Patricia and Simon. We will see you again!
Warmly,
Adrienne and Mike

  • Stayed February 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Is it wrong to write a review for one place three times!? Maybe, but each visit was unique and wonderful so here I go again! I don't write many reviews, only when I have something important to say. During our last visit to the Cabuya area we again stayed at Sol y Luna. I know, there are plenty of other wonderful places to stay in the area but we keep coming back to Sol y Luna because we know we will not be disappointed and we know we will thoroughly enjoy every minute we are there.

As everyone has said, Patricia and Simon are wonderful hosts. They really want you to enjoy your vacation. They are kind and very thoughtful people. The cottages are amazing and artistically appointed. I feel very relaxed when I am there and know that all I have to do is sit in the hammock and I will see wildlife. The proximity to everything the area has to offer is perfect. You can walk to the beach, or take a longer walk down the main dirt road to the Panaderia if you like (it's long but a flat walk). Cabo Blanco is only about 5 km away I think, and Montezuma is also very close. If you have a car, make sure to drive up to Curu Reserve where you might get a chance to play with the resident spider monkey who is very friendly as she walks the trails looking for visitors. All in all, you will NOT be disappointed with the area or Sol y Luna. We are going back again this April (yes, our 4th trip) and we cannot wait!

Make sure to consider their new cottage, Estrella. We haven't stayed there yet but Patricia and Simon gave us a tour and it is gorgeous!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed at Solyluna for two weeks and loved every second of it! Patricia and Simon are such gracious hosts and from the moment we arrived they helped us get familiarized with our surroundings and gave us great advise on places to visit, eat and see.

We stayed in Luna, it was charming and very clean. Our favorite time of day was morning when we were woken up by howler monkeys in the tree tops above and sitting on the porch having coffee with the capuchin monkeys waiting for some breakfast from us...that was by far my favorite part of this amazing peace of heaven called Solyluna.

The location was perfect for us since we do not enjoy staying at all inclusive resorts.
We did rent an ATV and had a blast getting around, you will be able to see a lot more of the area that way if you don't have a car. There is a local bus that we used quite often as well as taxis, so you really don't need a car.

We loved our stay and Patricia and Simon. Thank you both again for a wonderful place that you have and for sharing it with us.

Gabriella and Jim

Room Tip: Both bungalows are great!
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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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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I stayed in a SolyLuna bungalow Sept.24th-Oct.2. This was the best Costa Rica experience. Patricia and Simon immediately helped orient me and made sure I was totally comfortable. This orientation included a comprehensive map of the area, explanation of the best sights and experiences, bus schedules and everything else they or I could think of. I think the river experience was my favorite - paradise doesn't get any better than that.
Sol y Luna is set only 500 meters from beautiful and serene Playa Los Cedros and yet the feel is totally 'in the rainforest'. The large property is lushly landscaped with all sorts of unique wildlife that can be quite friendly. The two bungalows and main house are set far apart so there is a good secluded feeling. The bungalow is very comfortable with lots of arty elements. A great place for a couple or a single. I very much wanted to get wildlife pictures and Simon and Patricia really created & assisted with Howler Monkey 'photo shoots'. Hilarious and perfect!
Patricia and Simon have also just completed their gorgeous new house called Estrella (star). For two people this is larger and more luxurious than the bungalows with some very cool & artsy design elements. I hope to stay there next next time!
Sol y Luna is a wonderful place with wonderful hosts! Thank you Patricia and Simon!
Sincerely, Lauretta

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Charming place that made our Honeymoon very special! Quiet and off the beaten path this is truly a place you can relax and enjoy a local Costa Rica experience. Patrice and Simon were gracious hosts and even prepared us a map of the Montezuma and Cabyua area with a host of things to do and see. Our favorite mornings were making breakfast and enjoying the setting and the wildlife from the front porch of the bungalow. We will definitely be back to visit. Bungalows are fantastic and every detail very charming!

Room Tip: 2 bungalows to choose from, with a larger one being prepared as I write this. It is evident that th...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We just came back from a 10 day honeymoon in Costa Rica and Sol y Luna was BY FAR our favorite place that we stayed. It is perfect- it has everything you could need and nothing you don't. It just felt so real and natural. We thought we would finish our trip with a more "luxurious" place farther up north, but after Sol y Luna, nothing felt as authentic and romantic. Additionally, Simon and Patrice were such amazing hosts. Not only were they completely welcoming and warm, showing us the other bungalows on the property that they had built themselves (all beautiful i might add), they also helped us get a new rental car when ours broke down on the side of a mountain. Patrice got on the phone with the rental company and made sure that they went and got the first car that evening AND dropped off a new car for us by 10 am the next morning- we were SO grateful! We can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sol bungalow- which i loved the setting of, especially the solitude of the porch, b...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Entre Montezuma y Cabuya | Los Almendros, Montezuma 5361, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 17 Specialty lodging in Montezuma
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SolyLuna are two cosy bungalows in a tropical garden with private bathroom and kitchen.We are 3 km from the town of Montezuma and 5km from the authentic reserve of Cabo Blanco. 3 minutes walk from the beach Los Cedros.Bungalows for lovers of quietness,naturaless and animals. ... more   less 

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