Fodor's Expert Review Luna Lodge

2 km (1 mile) up a steep, partially paved road from Carate, Carate, Puntarenas, 60702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Perched on a sublime mountaintop overlooking rain forest and ocean, Luna Lodge is the quintessential yoga retreat, but its remoteness and proximity to wildlife are universally enjoyed. The lodge's large decks are perfect for practicing yoga, scanning the horizon for hawks or scarlet macaws, or contemplating Pacific sunsets. The decks are made from recycled plastic, and all the lodge's electricity is provided by a hydro project on the property, in line with the owner's commitment to sustainability, which has earned the lodge the highest five-leaf rating. Just below the largest platform, reserved for yoga, there's an elegant spa and massage hut with ethereal views. Romantic, round bungalows in the garden, spaced apart for privacy, have thatch roofs, garden showers, and decks for relaxing in wood-and-leather rocking chairs. Three deluxe rooms near the main lodge have private baths and share a spacious deck. For real adventure, bed down in one of the lodge's comfortable (and cheaper, at $145 per person, double occupancy) platform tents, each with a private bathroom. The birdlife here is unbeatable; a tour with an expert guide should not be missed, even if you have never given birding a thought before. Guided hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes are precipitous and thrilling, and lounging around the pebble-deck pool is pure nirvana. You can also visit nearby Corcovado National Park on a day tour. Healthful, delicious meals have an imaginative vegetarian focus, along with servings of fish, chicken, and beef spiced with herbs from a hilltop organic garden. Complimentary savory bocas are served at cocktail time, creating a friendly atmosphere.


  • scenic setting for peace, yoga, and therapeutic massage
  • comfortable lodging and healthful food
  • excellent birding
  • free Wi-Fi


  • extremely steep road up to lodge
  • beach is quite a hike
  • large yoga groups come for retreats


Green, Romantic, Views
Near the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: -4070–0010 | 888-760–0760-in U.S/Canada.


8 bungalows, 3 rooms, 5 tents
Rate Includes: All meals

What’s Nearby