As mentioned here before, Cala Luna, in Playa Langosta, is slated to re-open on October 15.
Check out this 360 degree tour of the renovated villas for a sneak peek of what’s to come…
The beach is a short walk down a little path from the hotel’s gates. At low tide, the beach offers a huge expanse that dramatically edges onto a point of lava rock while at hightide, there is a clearing in the trees that is just beyond waves’ reach. It’s one of the most beautiful wedding spots on the North Pacific.
Wedding receptions can be held in the open-aired Cala Moresca restaurant or Caleta Lounge, both of which are pool side. Menus feature gourmet options and start as low as $35 per person for a served wedding dinner. Bar options include a flat open bar, consumption or bringing your own with a corkage fee of $21 per person (includes mixers).
A boutique hotel, accommodations range from Deluxe rooms ($220 per room) to villas, with 2 or 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, terrace, backyard and private pool ($410 – $600). A small wedding group can easily host a very intimate reception in their own backyard at their villa!
With the recent announcement of JetBlue’s super affordable flights into Liberia airport from New York City, I foresee Cala Luna being a very popular wedding location.
Costa Rica is the land the coffee built – the ‘golden bean’ helped catapult this tiny country from being the original Banana Republic to become one of the most cultured countries in Latin America (and one of the first in the world to have electric street lights). Still today, Costa Rican java is regarded as some of the best in the world. So, taking inspiration from coffee culture for your destination wedding rehearsal dinner seems like a natural fit.
A recent rehearsal dinner at the JW Marriott saw us do just that – we wanted to incorporate items from a ‘cafetal’ (coffee farm) into our dinner. We scoured antique stores in San Jose for old Dos Pinos milk bottles, coffee pots, tin mugs and other items one might find on an old coffee plantation. Runners were sewn from old jute coffee sacks and silkscreened with a tucan motif (a prominent bird in Costa Rica). Mason jars doubled as vases as well as candle holders (perfect to shield candles from the ever-present sea breezes) and clay coffee mugs and pots from the artisan town of Santa Ana held colourful tropical flowers. Seating cards were printed on paper made from coffee plants and placed in a coffee picker’s basked filled with roasted coffee beans. The result was a true delight for all the senses!
What Costa Rican elements are you incorporating into your wedding celebrations?
I was going through photos and realized I hadn’t blogged Jessica and Doug’s sweet wedding at Bahia del Sol. Their’s is a love story of letters and words – though there was a huge physical distance between them during their courtship, Doug’s beautiful poetry kept him close to Jessica’s heart. When they decided to marry on the sunny beaches of Potrero, I worked with them to weave in elements of Doug’s poetry into the celebrations.
We created a structure out of bamboo as pedestals and layers of colourful, tropical ginger, Birds of Paradise and leaves. So perfect for a bright, beach wedding!
The bride’s bouquet was a collection of cheerful tropical flowers, such as ginger, lluvia d’oro orchids and Birds of Paradise.
The ceremony was held on the lawn in front of the quiet beach. Mixed rose petals added a zip of colour to the aisle (tip: if having your ceremony on the beach or a lawn, consider some kind of color for the aisle as it adds visual oomph).
Attached to the fans, we included the engagement poem Doug wrote to ask Jessica for her hand. How romantic! At the dinner table, we included a poem as the backing for the menu and had table runners silk-screened with another.
To help guests keep their cool, we created a water bar. People could infuse their still or sparkling water with fresh limes, cucumbers, basil or thyme. Easy and interactive.
For the reception, we created a majestic Imperial table, with white linens, the custom-made runners, oodles of bright Birds of Paradise and candles. Set in the midst of Bahia del Sol’s seaside garden, it was warm, cozy celebration al fresco. Day or night, the table looked so inviting.
Congratulations again to Jessica and Doug – may your marriage continue to inspire words of beauty now and always.
Many thanks to the uber-talented Dan Power for the photos and Bahia del Sol for all their help.
Just returned from Tamarindo and workers are busily preparing Cala Luna to reopen sometime in December. Don’t have all the details quite yet but that’s the latest buzz. Things have really fallen into disrepair so will take some work to get the hotel back in ship-shape.
A group of local wedding planners – Tropical Occasions, Liquid Weddings and yours truly, Weddings Costa Rica – recently pitched in to repair the bridge and stairs leading from Cala Luna to the beach (a popular spot for weddings). A huge thanks to all and to Maria Eugenia Roldan of Costa Rica Destination Weddings for spear-heading the repairs.
Just an update on the closing of the Cala Luna – it’s still closed and unlikely that it will ever open again. So sad as it was a wonderfully unique hotel. Cross that one off the list, folks, as it’s gone gone gone 🙁