We loved this place!
Staying here was a true high-light of a very well-highlit trip to Costa Rica my husband, my 7 year old daughter, and I took in June. This place is really special.
The lodge itself is really nice- the deck is huge and comfortable with lots of lounges to take in the wide open view over the jungle below and to the volcano (dormant now so don't expect any spewing) or to spectacular evening thunderstorms. We spotted lots of birds from here- eagles and toucans. The bedroom was big and comfortable and we liked the outdoor shower (there's an indoor one too!). The lighting could be improved in the bedroom because it gets a little dark- we actually used our headlamps at night. The kitchen and dining areas are open (ie no doors, no windows) and really beautiful- views out to the jungle everywhere. One might expect to find lots of critters given the open-ness of everything, but aside from a few geckos, we had no such encounters. I'm petrified of spiders- didn't see a single one.
Right out from the lodge are well-maintained paths that take you down jungle paths to a small pool and, further in, a creek leading to a waterfall. Our explorations into the jungle were accompanied by Chiquita and Paco- a couple of the dogs that happily roam around the lodge. Being a dog-lover is definitely a requisite as the dog presence is high!
The meals at the lodge, all cooked by Jasmine, are fantastic. Fresh juice from fruits I'd never tasted, full meals with desert. Yum.
One of the issues that concerned us most when we booked a room with the lodge was its location- because we didn't rent a car and we wanted to get into La Fortuna for tours, etc, we were concerned about being too remote. It is indeed a bit of a trip into town! And it costs about 8 dollars, one way, for the 20 minute, very rough ride. A rough enough ride that we actually had one taxi driver turn us down! No regrets, though. The remoteness wasn't a deal-breaker for us and we appreciated having the jungle all around us to explore.
Finally, a word about the hospitality- Esteban was the guy we communicated with when we made the reservation and answered all our questions, etc. He wasn't at the lodge while we were there but we were well taken care of by Jasmine and Katrina. We did, however, eventually get to meet Esteban who went to heroic efforts to reunite my distraught daughter with the stuffed animal she left behind at the lodge. He actually hand-delivered it to us at the hotel where we were staying in San Jose, the last night before our departure back to the States! Great people, great lodge. Wish I was sitting on that deck now, drinking from a coconut.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Princess of the Moon Ecolodge is nestled in a lush tropical plant farm with a great location. This magical place is unusual, with more than 100 types of fruit trees, including many threatened and endangered species. The area is one of the most biodiverse and fertile in the world so wonderful to understand, observe and experience wildlife and nature. The aim is to integrate the principles of permaculture and creating a lifestyle self-sufficient and sustainable in harmony with the local biodiversity. Swimming pools, waterfalls, jacuzzi and many hiking trails on the farm as well as many other activities in the area. This is an interesting place for a honeymoon or a romantic adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princesa De La Luna Eco Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park