I just got back last night from a week at the Luna Lodge. I cannot even beleive that I was so priveledged not only to stay in a place with 10% of the earth's biodiversity - but that I would be so well cared for by the staff and owner of the lodge.
I was part of a yoga retreat of 26 people. Lana Wedmore, the owner and her staff made sure that the transition from our busy lives to the calm of her amazing lodge was effortless on our part - not an easy thing to do when your lodge is in the middle of the rainforest!! We were met at the airport by drivers who knew exactly what to do - and who went were. We were transported by groups of 5 in prop planes to Carate - met by Luna Staff in Land rovers and taken to the lodge where we were greeted with glasses of icy cold water. Just getting there is an adventure!
The accomodations were amazing and comfortable. However, if you want airconditioning, late night partying and hangovers, this is not your place. Luna Lodge is all about educating the traveler about all the wonders of this amazing rain forest. There are no mosquitos - REALLY - because of the lack of standing water and the cool breezes from the pacific. I can't imagine anywhere else where you can be sleeping on amountain in the rainforest and still hear the crashing of the waves.
We did Yoga 2X a day from an amazing space that is created for such activities. Many of us just hung out there during the day, reading and talking amoungst spectacular views, cool breezes and watching the monkeys, birds and other animals below.
Their pool is delicious. It's a salt water pool that is cool in temparature and design. Totally solar powered, it is beautifully surrounded by lucious gardens.
The food is local, healthy and delicious. Every meal served with attention to taste and presentation. Fresh fruit and vegtables from the Luna gardens are always featured. The fish and chicken dishes are amazing. Lana's Homemade Granola alone is worth the trip!!
The most exceptional part of the trip though, is the personal attention from Lana, her Mom ( We call her "Mom") and the rest of staff. Oscar and Gary are exceptional guides and are well versed in the ecology that surrounds you. Every tour, excursion and trip is managed with such precision and care for your well-being that it is really touching.
Going to an Eco -Lodge is all about learning about the sustainability of the planet and the amazing ecology that surrounds you. Lana and her staff have such a passion for this that I have brought this home into my "normal" life.
I had an adventure - a wonderful experience (not to mention seeing 4 kinds of monkeys up close...) but what I brought home was a love for this corner of the world and a hope that I can help to preserve it for generations to come.
So - Come to Luna Lodge - and see for yourself!! I can't wait to bring my whole family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded in the tropical rain forest bordering Corcovado National Park, Luna Lodge is a unique resort described by many as "...a piece of true paradise". Its appeal is, not only, its natural beauty and environment, where the heliconia hang three feet long, and the howler monkeys wake you in the morning, but also, its ambiance. The owners' passion for the preservation of the forest is ever present, and the attentive courtesy, friendly staff always serve "con mucho gusto... with pleasure". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luna Hotel Carate
- Luna Lodge Costa Rica/Carate