- Eco-friendly hotel
- 40 simple, well-presented rooms
- White-water rafting, caving, hot springs
- Night hikes, boat trips, farm visits
Casa Luna is an eco-friendly hotel that abides by a decidedly green philosophy and encourages those who stay there to do the same. The property lies on the outskirts of the Costa Rican town of La Fortuna and is one of the smaller accommodation offerings in the area. It’s located just a short distance from the stunning Arenal Volcano National Park, a popular protected area known for its towering volcanoes, diverse and colourful wildlife and abundance of hot springs.
There are 40 rooms in total, and three levels of accommodation to choose from: there are Standard Deluxe Rooms, the Luna Superior Rooms and the Luna Junior Suite. All rooms cleverly combine modern architecture with a rustic feel and they offer plenty of modern conveniences such as a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV with cable channels. Each room also has a balcony or terrace area with outdoor seating, as well as captivating views of the surrounding area. Some rooms look out onto the two nearby volcanoes, Arenal and Cerro Chato, while others have views of the hotel’s immaculately-presented gardens.
There’s an extensive list of over a dozen organised activities on offer. Some of the many options include cave exploring expeditions, trekking around two lakes formed in volcanic craters, a wildlife spotting boat trip, a visit to a nearby farm, nocturnal forest walks, breath-taking hikes over a thrilling suspension bridge, bathing in hot springs and white-water rafting, all with expert guides.
When not out discovering what the wider area has to offer, there are plenty of on-site facilities to make use of. The restaurant serves freshly prepared local and international cuisine and there’s also a a swimming pool surrounded by loungers, along with a spa offering a good range of tempting treatments. Guests are free to explore the gardens and may even encounter some of the many birds that inhabit the local area, such as toucans and hummingbirds, not to mention howler monkeys, iguanas and lizards.
Children of all ages are welcome, and those up to three years of age stay free of charge. Child rates apply for those aged 4 to 11, and from 12 years of age adult rates apply. The standard and superior rooms have two twin beds which is ideal for young families of 4 – and the superior rooms make for a more spacious choice. There is a children’s menu at the Luna Grill restaurant and a babysitting service can be provided on request, although there is an additional charge for this. Due to the rural location of the lodge, parents are reminded to ensure that children remain under constant adult supervision.
- Rustic Nature Hotel
- Beautiful Gardens
- Fantastic Arenal Views
- Good Value
- Large, mid-range hotel with good facilities
- Man-made hot springs
- All rooms have volcano views
- Great variety of water and land activities
- Close to Arenal Lake & Volcano
- Affordable option for groups & families
- Huge variety of activities
- Phenomenal birdlife
- Large, upscale resort
- Family friendly, great range of activities
- Award-winning property
- Excellent variety of activities
- Exclusive boutique hotel
- 35 luxurious and stylish private villas
- Adults only
- Adjacent to family-friendly sister property
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019