If you are looming for adventure off the beaten path and don't want to sacrifice luxury, choose Hotel Luna Azul.
This was out first trip to Costa Rica, and we stayed at Luna Azul and the Four Seasons. While the two hotels were quite different, they both offered wonderful service in equal measure in their own right.
We opted to have a package put together for us by Rolf and Andreas, the hotel owners. We saw the turtle arribata, got a massage on our balcony, took a river tour, rode horses, and went zip lining. All of these adventures were coordinated by our lovely hosts. I highly recommend letting them customize a tour for you. Even better, they arranged all the details so payment was part of the final bill. We didn't have to worry about a single thing.
The grounds of the hotel were unexpected in the wilds of Costa Rica. The infinity pool was amazing, the flowers and trees were lush, and the dining room, was beautiful. We were ready for adventure, so seeing giant grasshoppers and tarantulas only added to the exotic experience. In no way did I feel like we skimped on luxury. You could hear Howler Monkeys, plenty of exotic birds, and hear the ocean at night.
The rooms were wonderful and private. The outdoor shower was one my the highlights of my entire trip to Costa Rica. Rolf and Andreas were consummate hosts. They catered to our every need and wanted us to have only the best experience. The food in the restaurant was also unexpected in quality. Each meal was tasty and affordable. As part of our package, two dinners were included, and breakfast was part of the price. Each morning we were treated to a bowl of fruit, yogurt, eggs, and Tico rice.
We met many people over the course of our stay who were regulars to Luna Azul coming to see the turtles lay eggs in Ostional. They were typically staying for one night. I highly recommend if staying in the area, give Hotel Luna Azul a few nights to experience the full opportunities of the area.
I don't easily give a full five star rating, but this place deserves all of the five stars it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Luna Azul Boutique Hotel in Ostional is one of the jewels on the Guanacaste Gold Coast: A small, very private lodge with a spectacular main lobby and elegant, colourful bungalows offering absolute tranquility and relaxation. Big terraces open to a jungle full of wildlife and the outdoor showers are a thrill for every nature lover. Relax on the pool terrace with gorgeous views over the surrounding nature reserve and to the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Luna Azul Costa Rica/Ostional