Private and quiet, not a huge resort full of people partying. The service was a bit mixed but overall nice people. Maid service was very good. Restaurant was over-priced and slow, but the food was good. Rooms are in pairs nestled in the trees. It was fun to see monkeys at the resort, although they can be a bit loud at night. It's a short walk through the trees to the beach. The shoreline closest to the hotel is rocky and not good for swimming. You have to walk a least a kilometer in either direction to get to an area suitable for swimming. Nice breakfast with fresh fruit, tropical juices, and made-to-order omelets. Drinks were pretty weak. Excursions were good but pretty expensive. You can go for cheaper by stopping at the taxi stand in town. The town is not far. You can walk or take a taxi for $5.
We loved the grounds and room! Everything was clean and neat. The grounds were beautifully landscaped. The staff were friendly and the free cocktail on the beach at sunset (see attached photo) was wonderful. The restaurant needs attention, though. Even though the breakfast buffet was excellent, service was slow and when we asked for a breakfast box to take on tours, we were given a ham and cheese sandwich and a banana. In the evening, we were the first to arrive for dinner and were asked to sit by the pool in the sun. We had to insist on sitting in the restaurant patio area in the shade. One other recommendation would be to provide free shuttle service to town. Just a few improvements would make this an ideal boutique hotel!
This place is incredible!!! The ultimate luxury, we arrived to smiling faces, cool towels and personal treatment. We were explained everything, toured around. Left our luggage and immediately started enjoying ourselves. Shortly after settling in our gorgeous villa, someone came to bring us welcome beverages, fresh lemonade. It was delicious. Our pool was perfect. The villa was so clean you could smell how clean it was. The decor was perfect and up to date. I was amazed, it exceeded my expectations. The resort grounds were so peaceful. They made you feel as though you were walking through the jungle. Every walk was a journey. There were critters everywhere! Raccoons, squirrels, iguanas, lizards, cats, and best of all wild howler monkeys! They were so cool, and their howel was exciting to hear. This was the happiest resort I’ve ever been to! Everyone was so welcoming and friendly and made me feel like I was important and should just relax. The food..... holy crow! It was utterly amazing! Everything about it! There wasn’t a single meal I didn’t not fully enjoy. Free breakfast with fresh juices made daily, every day was something new. Best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. The coffee is to die for. All ingredients are fresh and local, can’t get better than that. The beach was a short walk through the “jungle” which was so cool! For those who want a calm ocean to swim in this isn’t the beach for you, but for those who want an adventure, welcome! Lava rock peninsula where the waves crash during low tide, natural lava rock hot springs, and shells everywhere!!!! My son and I sat for over an hour just looking through all the shells. The pools (we had our own) were perfect! We ended up choosing the main pool because we anted to socialize. The resort is small, so more often then not we were the only ones swimming in it, few people laying around here and there. It was a very cozy atmosphere. My son who is 10 had a great time. There weren’t many kids, only saw one other who was a teenager. Local life was just a short distance. I fell in love with down town Tamarindo. The beach was perfect for surfing. The shops for browsing, everything you’d need (groceries, pharmacy, liquor store, souvenir, clothes, surf shops, and much much much more.) great for just walking the main road and the beach was perfect for a low tide sunset stroll. There are crocodiles near the estuarine - so be ware. Overall. This was one of my favorite trips ever. I would definitely recommend Cala Luna. It was so perfect and I now want to come back for an “adult” weekend. Next time if I come with my son I’ll chose a regular room rather than the villa, as it was big and sort of unnecessary for just the two of us, the main pool is quiet enough that it felt like our own anyway. And it was fun socializing with the others staying at the resort. Also HIGHLY recommend the monkey canopy zip line, which you can book with the resort. Not only was it freaking amazing but the guys who took us were soooooooo nice. My son was nervous and they made him feel so comfortable. They also found some snakes and waited for us to get there to show us before they released them back into the jungle which I thought was really cool. The entire experience was one I’ll never forget. They filmed he whole thing for us in my phone, and then gave us water and pineapple at the end. It was so worth every cent. If you’re looking for places to stay at in Costa Rica - just book this right now. Stop looking. Book it. Do it. You’ll be so so so so happy you did.