Where I Stayed: Cala Luna Boutique Luxury Hotel
Nestled in a jungle like scenery in Tamarindo, monkeys included, Cala Luna reminds you that you are indeed in beautiful Costa Rica. Located a few minutes from central Tamarindo, off Playa Langosta waters, Cala Luna presented a resort like feel and nailed it.
The staff was extremely welcoming and helpful, ready to cater to the needs of their guests. Prior to arrival, a private taxi for airport pickup ($80 each way) was arranged directly through the hotel. Cala Luna is a one hour drive from Liberia airport, which I was dreading at first, but turned out not to be so bad. Upon arrival and while checking in, I was offered a refreshing welcome drink, which set the tone for a good time and impressive hospitality.
While I arrived very early (8am) and my room wasn't ready yet, I was allowed access to the pool, lounge, and restaurant area. Breakfast was currently being served and I was offered it for $15, which I declined, instead waiting to purchase lunch. Once checked in, the hotel offers breakfast complimentary, which included an omelet station, potatoes, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, fresh fruit, cereal, and bread, all very delicious.
So I changed into my swimsuit and chilled by the pool pretty much until my room was ready. The pool was lovely, and offered a shallow end for the kiddies and a deeper end for fishes like moi! The sun was beaming and the palm trees where slightly swaying in the light breeze. A great start to an eventually great trip. I walked around the property, checking out the grounds, stumbling upon the villas with the private pool. So beautiful and a unique touch for Cala Luna. I found the area where they offer complimentary morning yoga on some days. And I even had a monkey walk right past me which was so cool to see! Welcome to Costa Rica! Pura Vida, as they say!
Playa Langosta, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, calaluna.com
Deluxe rooms with a King or Queen beds, air conditioning, private patio, rainfall shower, mini fridge, ceiling fan, safe, wifi, TV; 2 and 3 bedroom suites with a private pool, also has a living room area with sofa, kitchen, and dining area
What I loved:
complimentary breakfast, 'almost' private beach access, hammocks at the beach, poolside cabanas and relaxing lounges, resort and jungle feel, and amazing staff.
What I didn't love:
food in the lounge area, "tall" ants in the rooms, and the loud monkeys in the middle of the night.
I would absolutely stay at Cala Luna again. From the pool and beach areas, the delicious breakfast, the awesome staff, and its close proximity to central Tamarindo, Cala Luna is perfect for a quick getaway or an extended vacation.
I would love to book a suite with the private pool and take advantage of the complimentary bikes and morning yoga.
Have you been to Tamarindo? Where did you stay and would you recommend it?