So many good things to say about Cala Luna! We stayed here for four nights during our honeymoon after spending time in La Fortuna. The hotel we stayed at in La Fortuna was ranked one of the best hotels in the world, so we assumed that Cala Luna would not be able to measure up and were ready for disappointment. We were so wrong! It completely exceeded all our expectations! We were greeted with delicious fresh juice by a friendly employee, who make us feel so welcome. We were given a tour around the property and taken to our room, which was just around the corner from the pool. Our room was fantastic! I love the driftwood fixtures and decorations and beachy feel. The “shower” is a large, beautifully tiled bathtub in pretty blue, green, and teal colors. I will say that one of my only complaints here was the water temperature in the shower. It would be scalding hot one second then freezing cold the next – very inconsistent. But not anything that ruined our great experience here.
We didn’t have any tours planned when we got here, so the first night we went to the front desk and sat down with Carlos. He was amazing! He gave us so many options of things to do and really listened to what we were interested in. He helped us so much planning things and taking care of us while we stayed there – thank you so much Carlos! Some of the fun experiences we had were the jungle boat safari with Christian, stand up paddleboarding, and sunset cruise on the Antares. If you do one thing while you’re here, you must go on the sunset cruise! SO much fun! I also cannot say enough great things about the food at Cala Luna. Just an FYI - Both the pool lounge and main restaurant serve the same food with the same menu. Everything we had was absolutely delicious! And the breakfasts!!!! YUM! The breakfast is included, so don’t let the menu fool you. You can order as much as you want for breakfast at no extra cost. The coconut pancakes were sooooo good we had them twice! And the wait staff is excellent!
One of our favorite things about Cala Luna was the sunset happy hour. Every night from 5-6 they have free cocktails at the beach for the sunset. Don’t miss it!!! We experienced the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen. And just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the “show” is over! We would stay until it was almost dark because the sky became more and more beautiful each minute. We saw so many people stay for only 15 minutes then go back – you must stay and watch! A couple nights we grabbed a six pack of beer in town and brought them down to the beach in an ice bucket and just marveled at the sky – those are some of my favorite memories from the trip! The walk down to the beach only takes about 2 minutes max. If you want to go to the beach during the day to lounge and swim, the walk to Playa Langosta is only about 10-15 minutes. We walked it every day with no problem. You can also walk to the main beaches in Tamarindo, but we found them to be so saturated with annoying street vendors, that we preferred the quieter beach of Playa Langosta.
Another exciting part of Cala Luna was the howler monkeys! Not only was it the craziest thing waking up to their “howls” every morning, but it was common to find them in the trees around the pool or beach just hanging around. We didn’t see any monkeys for the first half of our trip, so we were so excited to see them up close here.
Thanks to Cala Luna and the excellent chefs and staff – especially Carlos - and Joshua and Orlando!
- 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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