Sequestered in the green hills above Playa Ostional, several miles north of Nosara, tranquil, tasteful Luna Azul is full of clever design and healthful attributes, surrounded by a private nature reserve abounding with birds and wildlife. An excellent spot for nature lovers, it's also the most convenient lodge for seeing turtles nesting and for sinking into the sand yourself, on almost-deserted nearby Playa Juanillo. The biggest arribadas occur a week before each new moon, September to October. Rooms are spacious and beautifully designed, with tropical-themed linens and elegant bathrooms with hot-water showers open to nature. Three separate rooms have very private decks, cooled by overhead fans; four others have their own gardens. Homeopathic treatments and massages are available. The chic seafood restaurant overlooking the small but pretty pool draws customers from Nosara, with perfectly prepared seafood, fresh fish, tenderloin, and organic chicken. The nature-loving Swiss owners are always on hand. A bridge across the Río Montaña has made it easier to get here from Nosara in the rainy season, when the river used to be impassable. The hotel is also easily accessible year-round from Ventisiete de Abril.