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Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Eugene
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“Excellent service and close to the beach”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

The hotel was great. We went for our honeymoon during the low season and it was fantastic! The customer service was great and would answer any questions you had. The pool was opened 24hours which was great. The beach was very close although you could not play in the ocean by the hotel due to the volcanic rock, but the surfing and amazing sand is less than a mile away. We walked from the hotel to the main down town area, along the beach, almost every night. The food at Cala Luna was expensive and therefore we went down town almost every night. I would recommend Cala luna to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The staff was more than friendly...there were warm and helpful, and eager to please. The grounds were kept immaculately clean. The beach cocktail hour included white tablecloth service. The bungalow we stayed in was beautiful. The decor was elegant and impressively well thought-out. The restaurant serves some of the best food, and they had just hired a new pastry chef who was creating some masterful breakfast breads.
We had a car, and so easily popped over to town, out for day trips, and twice to the laguna beach club.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This review is for a September stay in the hotel portion of the property by a younger (non-honeymooner) couple. We returned from Cala Luna two weeks ago and though my girlfriend and I have had considerable time to discuss our trip we have nothing but the highest praise for this property. Believe every good thing previously written in the TA reviews section. The grounds are beautiful. The staff is ridiculously friendly/personable/accommodating/helpful. The small scale, high quality, and hospitality all make for a VERY welcome departure from all the Hiltons, Marriotts etc of the world. The beach (though not swimmable) is extremely picturesque and makes both a great sunset pic and a perfect backdrop for nightly free sunset cocktails which vary daily. If the beach were wide and flat like the beach north in Tamarindo it’d be slammed with vendors of every variety. Thankfully, it is out of the way and only populated by hotel guests and residents of the houses and condos down the beach. If you’re into surfing the surf break in Playa Langosta is right down the way and accessible without a car.
The rooms are spacious and the bathroom is huge complete with a tiled tub. The lack of a useless western-standard hotel desk is a welcome change (anyone who’s planning on vacationing in Costa Rica and using a desk needs to have their head examined). The beds are extremely comfortable and on par with our setup at home. Each room has its own separate entry path and open patio (no hallways, elevators, balcony railings etc that you’ll find in large faceless resorts). There are various pathways through the expertly-manicured grounds that lead to each and getting to your room feels like a stroll through a botanical garden. There are even papaya trees if you wish to serve yourself….
The pool is arranged between the restaurant and bar and has the perfect tropical relaxation vibe. Since we came during the “green season” the hotel was not packed and we generally felt we had the pool to ourselves. Also, the pool is 24/7 so no being thrown out if you’re dying for a midnight dip. The restaurant serves 1st quality food at all meals and a good variety of styles though the menu is not huge. The meat is obviously local, fresh, flavorful and tender as are the fresh local veggies and locally-sourced deserts (gelato, pastries, fruits). Breakfast was always excellent with French-press coffee and your choice of meals off the menu (no buffet) and fresh squeezed juices that vary daily.
Every Friday night the hotel puts on an event as a combination charity, food/wine tasting, and musical entertainment which we found to be the perfect closer for our last evening in Costa Rica. The owners are on-site frequently and are extremely hospitable and gracious. There are two resident dogs that are perfectly docile and friendly: Igor and Maya. We felt their presence increased the home-style feeling of the hotel. You’d have to have a severe dog phobia to find either of these perritos intimidating!
One important thing we have to mention: we booked our trip though the Cala Luna website and through a website error received a RIDICULOUS discount on our stay which management honored without complaint! As this occurred several weeks before our trip this was our first clue that we’d booked a legit hotel and an indicator of service we’d see during our stay. Thank you to all the Cala Luna staff for a wonderful experience!! WE WILL BE BACK.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwood, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in September... It was really a charming hotel.... Lots of personal attention.... Staff were great.... Danny, wilburt, Bryan, Gilles, Frazier and Carlo.... Just to name a few... The only person who wasn't so great was olleusca... At the front desk... Quite rude and unfriendly. Not professional at all.... Didn't know how to deal with Hotel guests in a friendly and diplomatic way.... She even "told me off" because I was a bit nervous around the two hotel dogs ( owners dogs) when they got a bit hyper.... She should have been trying to cal me down, rather than saying "don't yell... You will scare them".... Uhhhh... Isn't it more like the other way around... Them scaring me... And besides.... Who was the guest here.... Me or the dogs? At any rate, everything else was great.... Pool lovely... Breakfasts delicious... Fresh fruit juices were the best!!! Only two other little things they should pay attention to is make sure mini bar is well stocked... Check it everyday to make sure nothing is missing... We took water out of the minibar fridge and it didn't get replenished. That was kinda annoying... Also, when we complained to olleusca about the shower setting in bathroom being too hot or too cold... She told me I shouldn't move it around.... I said, that is exactly why I am moving it around because the water temp doesn't stay the same... She said she would send someone over to take a look at it, but ofcourse, nothing was done.

Ann vervoot, the tours manager and general manager of sorts is wonderful and very receptive to feedback.... So that was the pleasant finishing touch to our trip,

Overall, we would recommend cala Luna to anyone who wishes to take a break... Hotel is beautiful... Poolside bar is very lounge and cool and pool cabanas are gorgeous!!! Tamarindo itself is a cool surfing town... With nice beaches.....overall, it was a wonderful trip!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Nice place. Very charming and relaxing. Perfect place if you want to lay around the pool. Step away.

A lot of people seemed to go to town for dinner but the food was top notch. I had truffles and pasta one night. The next was moroccan chicken. Both were super delicious. My husband said his eggs benedict was the best he ever had, but he's easy to please...

I'm not really a beach person, but to me, there are prettier parts of CR than Tamarindo.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Hudson River Valley, New York
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We booked a 3 night stay on the last leg of our honeymoon and could not have been more impressed. From the onset the staff was warm and accommodating. The entrance way, lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, rooms and grounds are subtle, elegant and relaxingly beautiful. The pool is quiet and just great. The morning breakfast, which is included in the cost, had a large selection of fresh cooked items, no buffet. The food is simply amazing. We had the opportunity to meet one of the owners and visit her house, ride horses and see her amazing cactus labyrinth. She grows a lot of the produce on a few properties she owns as well as making some of the cheeses. Every meal was extraordinary. The only drawback is the beach is too rocky to swim, but it is a short distance to a sandy beach and far enough from Tamarindo to stay away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to Tamarindo that you can even walk if you choose. We would definately go back, even with the kids, as it seems very family friendly, as well as a romantic get away.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We just arrived home yesterday from a week long stay at Cala Luna. I was traveling with my Mom and we loved every minute at Cala Luna. The staff are fantastic, gardens beautiful (great bird watching) and of course the Howler Monkeys . Can't say enough about the personal touch that they put on everything. Would especially like to mention Anne, Wilbert, Danny and Deylin. Even though we couldn't swim at the hotel beach, we enjoyed going down and watching the water and the amazing sunset. Especially loved the hotel pool where we spent hours on end just lounging. Food is great, drinks (made with fresh fruit) were excellent! Our deluxe room was beautiful.
Excursions we booked were reliable and a total blast! Would definitley recommend Cala Luna and hope to go back some day for another fantasic trip!! Can't say enough good things!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas
Address: Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked on Costa Rica's pristine Playa Langosta, the most exclusive, relaxing and private area of Tamarindo Beach, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas is a tropical oasis just two-and-a-half-miles south of Tamarindo Airport. Every inch of this exquisitely lush resort seems to embody the immortal words of author John Steinbeck "We don't take a trip. A trip takes us." With experiences and adventures that tempt, transport and delight, this one-of-a-kind place welcomes those on a quest for the extraordinary. ... more   less 
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