“A wonderful introduction to the rainforest in this comfortable lodge on a biodynamic farm, within easy reach of Arenal Volcano”
Accommodation here is very flexible. Choose from a separate bungalow, or a double or triple room in one of 2 main houses, Casa Luna or Casa Sombra.
Casa Luna is a large, open, 2-storey house, which sits in a marvellous elevated position, with a wraparound balcony on its first floor. Here there are 4 double or triple guest rooms: each has a ceiling fan, screened windows, a comfortable firm double and single bed with simple white linen, and a bedside reading light. Floors are polished (recycled) wood, and the ceiling is high vaulted wood. Each room opens on to the wide wraparound balcony, with chairs and hammocks so you can enjoy the splendid views over the forest. There’s also a huge sitting area downstairs, with comfortable sofas where guests can read and relax, and help themselves to a beer or juice in the evenings.
Private bathrooms are simple with a shower only, but there’s abundant hot water, and simple, biodegradable toiletries are provided, along with lovely handmade soap. Your towels will be sculpted into incredible shapes and adorned with flowers on the bed (a Costa Rican tradition), but apart from that, rooms are simple and undecorated.
There are 3 more double rooms in Casa Sombra, and these all have air conditioning in addition to the standard comforts above - and are slightly more expensive. You might prefer to be in the main eating and gathering area of Casa Luna, but you do get views of the volcano from Casa Sombra.
There are also several individual bungalows with queensize beds, and larger family cabins, with 2 bedrooms, scattered throughout the pretty gardens at the centre of the 200 acre estate. These are ideal for single travellers or couples who want more privacy, or families who’d like to spread out. You really could base yourself here for several days, and have a blissful holiday exploring the rainforest, the farm, and nearby Arenal.
Finca Luna Nueva grows organic and biodynamic food of the highest standard on its 200 acre farm, and you can be assured of fabulous fresh food while you’re here: home reared pork and chicken, delicious fruit, superb homemade yoghurt, sustainably farmed turmeric and ginger. Owner Steven Farrell is passionate about providing guests with the best nature has to offer.
On his tour of the rainforest and farm, you’ll understand exactly how important biodiversity is to your health, as well as that of the planet. No surprise, then, that he’s keeping the worst manufactured gunk off the premises. You won’t find any bottles of coke here: your children will enjoy naturally sweet, freshly squeezed juices.
In fact, almost nothing is brought in - plastic and bottles would have to be driven miles to be recycled, for a start. Instead, all your meals will be carefully prepared by the resident cooks: lots of Costa Rican staples like yellow rice and black beans, homemade tortillas, fried plantain and local cheese, along with more European dishes such as spicy chicken and grilled fish in delicate sauces. There’s always masses to eat, and fabulous green salads are provided along with the main dishes, fragrant with herbs, and served with a choice of really excellent dressings.
Meals are served as a buffet for guests to help themselves, and eaten on the elevated ground floor of the main house, Casa Luna. This brings guests together to meet and chat, and you inevitably make friends. There are comfortable sofas for lounging on afterwards, and gazing out at the view.
Breakfast is the only meal included in the tariff, and is a great start to the day: fresh papaya and pineapple, generous Costa Rican coffee and tea supplies, fresh juices, scrambled egg and Costa Rican gallo pinto.
Children will love Luna Nueva, which is set up well for families with older children (ideally age 8+, although all ages are welcome). The food is simple, but there’s plenty for children to enjoy. And the animals and activities on the farm are fascinating for kids, not to mention the full wonder of the rainforest.
Because of the potential hazards linked with the rainforest, we'd recommend it for older children, and possibly babies, only - if your children might roam off on their own, this isn't the safest place for them.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Families of 2 adults, 1 child can book Casa Luna which has 1 queen and a single bed. Otherwise, book a family bungalow, sleeping up to 6. All have showers, not baths
There's no specific babysitting service, but if you want to go for a jungle trek, the staff are happy to look after babies or youngsters for a short while
NB there are no travel cots!
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
You're 25km from the closest town so you will be eating here for the vast majority of your meals. Children can order half portions if a full sized one is too much
The rainforest is potentially hazardous, with dangerous snakes etc nearby