with most forms of real estate the decisive elements are (in the order listed): location, location and location. and here we have a clear winner. the lodge is built on the steep hills of one of the last pristine rain forests in costa rica (which, of course, is a crime). still, it's hard to escape the draw. there aren't many places on this planet, where you can sit on the floor of the restaurant and gaze at the distant ocean, while being swallowed by the vivid flora and fauna surrounding you. the bungalows and the restaurant are nothing short of spectacular, etc. etc.
so maybe it's good, that the luna lodge has some serious downsides preventing the place from being overrun: the atmosphere created by the regular guests is outright spooky, a somewhat unlikely mixture of nursing home, penal colony, zen monastery and kindergarten. the eco-label is somewhat pretended (water is heated with natural gas), the tours offered are a silly joke, the food is bad, in short, the place is terribly mismanaged by the owner, who even insists on regulating your daily access to the internetz.
- 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