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Luna Lodge
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We just returned from a trip in Costa Rica and the Luna Lodge was an amazing experience!
From the warm welcome by the lady of he house, the kindness of the whole staff, the experience of the guides and all this in a luxurious lodge in an amazing reserve.
The bungalows are highly recommended: the unique design allows the guests to sleep in the nature of the rain forest.

Room Tip: There is a choice of rooms, from tent to bungalows, We selected the bungalows with a lot of privacy because they are located in separate parts of the garden and close to the restaurant. The tents are in a higher location and need a little more steps.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank regemorw
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Lana and her mom, Willie, are exceptional hosts. We rode up on motorcycles, hot and sticky, and they came out with ice water in wine glasses ... on a tray with white cloth, etc, ... in other words: a deluxe welcome ... totally unexpected as we were pretty deep in the jungle and at the end of a hairy road. We had lunch and enjoyed the view. Excellent all-around.

Room Tip: Don't try to take that hill in 3rd gear!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Charles C
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The lodge is up on a hill and far from the beach. It is expensive, but comparable to other places in Carate. However, for $250 a night, wouldn't you rather be right on the beach and closer to the park? Your chances of seeing wildlife grow exponentially the closer you are to the park boundary. The only hotel right on the beach that physically borders the park is the La Leona Tent Camp, which is equally as nice.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Otis3000
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

After backpacking for five days in Corcovado National Park (entered at Los Patos, exited at La Leona), we booked one night at Luna Lodge. We are budget travelers, so the decision to spend $250 for a night in a "tent" was a difficult one for us. But we were not disappointed. The food was amazing and plenty of it (dinner was heart of palm crepes, mashed potatoes, sauteed broccoli, bruschetta, chicken (which we declined) and sour cream biscuits, all of which was incredibly tasty. Being vegetarian was not a problem at all. The "tent" we stayed in was actually a very nice enclosed platform with a private bathroom. And after sleeping in an actual tent for four nights, it felt like heaven.

We were also very impressed at the "eco" credentials of the lodge. My husband and I both do environmental work so we are very picky about where we stay and making sure that places that tout their "eco" credentials are the real deal. Lana was a pleasure to talk to and the lodge (which is really several small buildings) appeared to maintain a very small footprint. They use mini-hydro and solar systems for their electricity, provide water free of charge (no polluting bottled water), use cloth towels and napkins (no paper waste). The only thing I questioned was the pool, which seems like a needless extravagance, but I'm guessing some people expect such things even in the middle of nowhere in the jungle.

Lana's "White Hawk Project" is an impressive effort to buy land up and down the valley along the boundary of the National Park in order to protect it in perpetuity. After seeing much land converted to palm oil plantations, we were happy to hear that someone was working to protect the amazing valley surrounding the lodge.

We were also very impressed by the local staff, who were all very friendly and helpful. We felt very pampered even during our short stay.

Note: This place is not for everyone. It is in the middle of primary rainforest in a very remote setting. If you are unable to climb steep stairs or expect to have a sanitized room with no bugs, you should consider staying somewhere else. But if you are looking for a truly beautiful and remote oasis where you can feel good about what your money is supporting, then I highly recommend Luna Lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Erin M
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

It was a tough decision for me to make the reservation because Luna Lodge is not cheap, I would consider it very expensive. But lured by the video and those beautiful photos on their web site, I decided to book a bungalow for 5 nights nevertheless. I have to say that it definitely was worth it! Luna Lodge is a magic combination of nature, jungle, animals, tranquility, magic, luxurious accomodation, stylish design, sustainability, eco-friendliness, jeeps, Rio Carate, gourmet dinners, high quality tours, hammocks, telescopes, pool, drinks, solar and hydropower, hiking trails, vegetarian food, library, shop, views, landscapes, waterfall, Corcovado, spa, massage and yoga! Whatever you do or don't do, there is always The Nature around you: toucans, monkeys, butterflies, etc. If you love nature but also wish to relax by the pool after a half-day hike in the afternoon sun while waiting for the dinner horn, this is a place to be. But if you hate that there are living things inside your room, be warned that it is in the jungle though. You just need to be careful where you put your hand and feet, shake your boots and bags first. And Luna Lodge provides even a flash light to help you see in the dark :)

I need to recommend the morning yoga. It takes place in the yoga platform with amazing views. I had never done yoga before but it was very inspiring. So I did it again the following morning and bought a DVD so I can carry-on doing that at home also.

Luna Lodge offers a variety of guided tours. We took a few and they all were very good and informative.

The meals and the staff were just fantastic. It is very difficult to understand how each day the kitchen creates magically different meals which are so tasty. Knowing that the nearest supermarket is about 2 hour jeep-drive away. No, the road is no highway, it goes where the Rio Carate let's you... Knowing all this, Lana and her staff are doing a very remarkable job, remembering also what they are doing for the community and the preservation of the nature in addition to this business.

Room Tip: It seems that there are less creatures in the tents because it is more closed structure than the bungalows are. The bungalows have mosquito nets though. The tents are higher up so it is a tougher walk up there after the meals.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank pepics
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