The Luna Lodge was everything we could have hoped for as far as wildlife viewing, relaxation, comfort and food. Marlon is a tremendous guide with the best eyes I have ever experienced. If it was there, he saw it.
I cannot begin to describe the incredible experience we had a Luna Lodge. We live in Arizona and my 19 year old son and I wanted to visit “the most biologically intense place on earth,” per National Geographic. After extensive research and multiple emails back and forth, Luna Lodge seemed like the perfect place. It was more than we could have ever imagined. From the beginning Edwin was so helpful and responsive to our multiple questions about everything. His assistance helped make our travel arrangements seamless even though it took a few flights/drives to eventually get there. The destination is definitely worth the journey. Luna Lodge is in the middle of the jungle, on the side of the mountain, where you must cross several river/streams to get to the final road that ends at Luna. From the moment you arrive you feel as if you have been transported into another world, something out of a fairy tale. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the property is absolutely breathtaking and so well maintained and the food is outstanding! We stayed in one of the bungalows and I must say the photos don't do them justice . They are beautiful, comfortable and so private each with their own patio where you can enjoy the views and sounds of the jungle around you. The bathrooms are amazing and despite being open to the environment we did not have an issue with insects, only a few geckos on our ceilings which likely helped with any insects in the room. We anticipated mosquitos but did not even have an issue with those during the time we went in early December . The lodge is surrounded by primary and secondary rain forest with multiple trails around the property. This allowed us to hike every day on our own to various waterfalls and outlooks which was exactly what we were looking for. We saw multiple insect species, monkeys, birds daily and were lulled to sleep every night by the sound of the jungle as well as being awoken one morning by the howler monkeys (so cool). We spend our days hiking, taking photographs, reading, eating delicious food, meeting interesting people from around the world and talking with the lovely staff and of course the owner Lana and her wonderful mother which everyone refers to as "Mom" We were there during the beginning of the "dry season" but it still usually rained daily but it was not an issue, we still hiked and did what we wanted and enjoyed it all. The Osa is humid so be prepared for everything to feel "moist" and nothing really dries well so make sure to pack quick dry clothes which will be more comfortable. They do have laundry service if desired which is not very expensive. The vibe is simple and back to basics which is what made it so unique and special. Lana's story of how she created/built Luna Lodge is incredible. She wrote a book describing her journey and if you have a chance to read it while you are there it will give you a new appreciation for the blood, sweat and tears it took to create Luna Lodge and how lucky we are that she created this sanctuary in the middle of the Osa for the rest of the world to experience and enjoy. We did do the Corcovado tour one day which was good but I must say I enjoyed the surrounding trails around Luna that we did on our own even more. The Carate beach is beautiful but its not for swimming (there are crocodiles) and because its at the bottom of the mountain, its best to get a ride from staff either down or definitely back up. We felt nurtured and cared for during our entire week , the vibe was more familial than touristy. If you are looking for a place to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature while being nurtured and well fed than Luna Lodge is the perfect place. The main lodge where you dine and can just hang out to enjoy the view is beautiful and always has delicious Costa Rican coffee, tea and water. Did I mention the food? So delicious, fresh, lots of vegetarian but also chicken and fish on some nights if desired, beautifully presented, lots of options and more than enough. I wish they had a Luna Lodge cookbook so I could recreate some the dishes when I returned home. There is WiFi in the main lodge so if you need to connect you can. If you are interested in yoga, their yoga classes with Amed are beyond amazing . The yoga platform sits at the top of the property with a breathtaking view of the ocean/beach/jungle, its like nothing I've ever experienced before. You pay extra for the yoga classes but it is well worth it. The cost is the same if you purchased a class in the states. It wasn't very busy when we were there so I essentially had several private yoga sessions with Amed which was wonderful. He is so very kind and experienced and shares his passion for yoga with everyone. We felt so blessed to have found and experienced the magic of Luna Lodge and the Osa and feel we will be drawn to return again in the future . Thank you Lana, Mom,Amed, Edwin, Ray and all the staff for your care and kindness. …
We had an incredible three nights at the Luna Lodge. We stayed in a bungalow, which was beautiful and memorable. The property is in the middle of the jungle and not easy to get to, but definitely worth it. The food was divine, the staff was incredibly kind and attentive (shout out to Christian, Mauru and David) and we saw all sorts of wildlife (toucans, monkeys, macaws, iguanas) just walking around the property and sitting in our bungalow. We did two yoga classes and massages with Amed, which were wonderful--he is a knowledgeable and attentive teacher who clearly loves what he does. This place can't be beat!
Amazing location. Great service. The food was also a pleasure. We really enjoyed the trails around the lodge and the hike into Corcovado. The guides were from the Lodge team and were very knowledgeable. We got to see a variety of wildlife around the Lodge and on the hikes including monkeys, coatis, an anteater, bats and endless birds including carcaras, hawks, toucans and macaws (and hummingbird chicks in the nest).
Recent stay with party of 4 seniors ranging in age from 77-84. The property is gorgeous, clean and the staff outstanding. However - it is on the side of a steep hill with the bungalows spaced uphill from the lodge along a steep and winding path paved with uneven stones and steps. Fortunately, our bungalows were low and near the lodge. The hiking paths from the lodge itself were frighteningly steep. I was the only one of the four of us to take the waterfall hike. It is unmarked, extremely steep and full of rocks and roots. Had I known what I was getting into, I would never have attempted it - especially on my own. And I am strong and fit, though not young. The "spa" is a platform at the top of the hill with 2 massage beds. The massage therapist that I had was wonderful and well worth the time spent climbing up there. The yoga platform is still further up the hill. Steep climb with uneven steps all the way up. It's a long way from the lodge up there. I don't feel that the website adequately describes the difficult terrain. It is a fine place for the young and fit but older people, especially if you have any mobility issues, should think twice. …
This is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica, I went there with 11 pilots from Switzerland and Germany and they all enjoyed this incredible place. I am a Tour Guide since 30 years and Peninsula Osa is my favorite
The staff were so very WELCOMING from the start and Lana herself -the owner - was there to greet me upon arrival. I felt so happy to be there from the very beginning and right at home. The sounds and sights of the jungle were spectacular! The waterfalls and trails were a sight to behold. The food was delicious and the service even better! - I felt so comfortable and safe and taken care of the entire time! And the YOGA PLATFORM - gorgeous and just awesomely amazing! It was so powerful to do a plant meditation and a yoga class in that space. - and a sound bath and cacao ceremony to welcome the new moon - Very healing. Lana and Amed taught such a safe and inclusive class that truly catered to every BODY and made us all feel accomplished and empowered! Truly a joyful experience I stayed in one of the tents and it was so cozy and comfortable. I loved sitting out under the stars before bed and reading first thing in the morning with all the sounds of nature around me. I am never able to nap and I napped during a beautiful rain storm. It was glorious. As a solo traveler, I felt so SAFE! I found much time and space for myself but also felt included during meal time and never really alone - only when I wanted to be. I would recommend this spot to anyone who wants to connect more to themselves and to nature and to truly see the wonder that is the Costa Rican rain forest!…
Everything was simply spectacular: the whole staff is always keen to help and make you feel at home, starting from Lana, the incredible owner of the lodge; the food is local, fresh and delicious; there is a whole range of activities that Lana organize - we even had the opportunity to participate to a Cacao ceremony that was quite an experience. You could literally spend from few days to few months in that lodge as you will always feel at home. The view of the yoga place is spectacular. Just keep in mind that the road to get there requires 4W car and a really expert driver, so if you don’t feel confident, is a good option to accept the lift from the lodge.
The Luna Lodge is remote in the OSA Peninsula but close to the Corcovado National Park..One of the most beautiful location in Costa Rica...The Luna Lode staff are very helpful and mostly do speak English...A great experience.
Paradise! This place is truly a hidden gem with a real heart and sole. A real adventure to get there and when you arrive you are thick in the rainforest and it’s just amazing. Back to basics but this is what makes it so special and authentic. We stayed at Lapa Rios and Luna Lodge and love both for very different reason