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Local sourced chestnuts from the hotel gardens

We have preserved the canopy here at DoceLunas for its ecological value. Our sustainable approach to eco=tourism provides a lovley habitat and food for both wildlife and people. Birds and wildlife from the jungle covered mountain that borders the property come to visit our trees, some of which hang heavy with fruit and some of which bear edible nuts.

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Here our bartender Shirley shows us a plate of roasted chestnuts in front of Costa Rican Chestnut Tree – Castanea Sativa that bears delicious sweet chestnuts that can be roasted and eaten. In England they are popular street food. In the U.S., they are used mostly for stuffing recipes around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we use them in our stuffing here too, but they are great in salads. DoceLunas home grown organic chestnuts are available by special request when in season at our local source restaurant, Eclipse.

We also have manzan de augua, which taste kind of like a tart cross between a pear and an apple,  guanabana, cas, star fruit, and mangoes -so many mangoes! The monkeys from the mountain love them. Once they are ripe, the monkeys come every day from 5 am to  around 7 am.

Our human guests enjoy the fruit from the trees on our property raw, in smoothies and fruit salads, and in home-made local source ice cream.

Come check us out! Whether you just want to relax in a serene natural environment, rest up between surfing or partying in Jaco, or want to hone your yoga practice, we’ve got the perfect spot.

Our commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability makes us a great choice for a yoga retreat in Costa Rica.

 

Come to Costa Rica and change your brain with Mantra Singing

Here at hotel DoceLunas in Jaco, Costa Rica we like to do yoga. We offer free classes for our guests twice a day most days of the week (yoga schedule varies so please confirm with info@docelunas.com for any particular day). Most of our yoga classes begin and end with the chanting of an ancient mantra, OM, or OM Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Scientists have recently discovered that singing as a group lowers stress and relieves anxiety. We still don’t “know” exactly why, although the ancient vedic tradition of yoga going back thousands of years posits that the vibrations create a sort of magical connection to the vibration of the universe.

That is a little hard to demonstrate with our current understanding, but we do know that physical reality is mostly empty space filled with fast moving particles that in themselves have wave like properties of vibration. (I think. Hey, i am no particle physicist.) But we do know this: when you sing as group, your body responds to the experience by producing more endorfins (that will make you feel euphoric) and more oxytocin (that will make you feel the literal power of love).

Here is an article from Time Magazine about the study: Time singing and stress article.

So make a plan to come down and join us for some relaxing time in paradise and sing a few OMs with us. While you are bringing your plan for a Costa Rica yoga vacation to fruition, you can set up a group OM chant in your own neighborhood.

Namaste, and Pura Vida

from hotel DoceLunas.

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DoceLunas wins Fodor’s Choice 2015

Fodor’s, the leading name in travel information, today announced that Jaco Hotel DoceLunas has been recognized as the 2015 Fodor’s Choice selection for Jaco. This distinction designates DoceLunas as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2015 year.

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Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

As a 2015 Fodor’s Choice property DoceLunas will receive special recognition in the next Fodor’s guidebook to this area and on the Fodors website.

As always, we are honored to receive this annual award and we were especially pleased by the notice the staff received, along with the comment on our unique pool.

“This property has by far the nicest swimming pool in Jacó, not to mention an amazing staff.”

Thanks Fodors ! And may we add, as the Fordor’s award winner in Costa Rica’s gateway to the Central Pacific, Jaco Hotel DoceLunas offers an ideal Costa Rica wedding venue and it’s  a great spot for a romantic and private honeymoon in Costa Rica.

ps.. We have also won a couple other awards over the years —

Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor
 
2011 Top Twenty Five Best Hotels in Central America
 
2012 Top Five BestHotels and Spas for Relaxation in Central America
 
2012 Top Twenty Four Best hotels for Budget in Central American
 
2012 Number Eleven Best Hotel Overall in Central America
 
2013 Number Eight Best Small Hotel in Costa Rica
 
2009-2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
 
2007 Fromer’s Guide Editor’s Choice
2007 Fodor’s Guide Editor’s Choice
2007 Lonely Planet Pick
2013 Huffington Post World’s Best Affordable Destination Spas – Number Five
Thanks to the editors of Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post, and our guests who reviewed us on Tripadvisor!

Building an Aquaponics system

Aquaculture – growing fish in a contained system, creates waste that will harm the fish if it is not removed, but this same waste that is poison to fish in sufficient quantities is food for plants. We are building a new aquaponics system at DoceLunas that combines hydroponic plant growing with aquaculture fish raising.  We believe we are the only hotel in Jaco implementing aquaponics.

Our system will allow us to grow vegetables in an irrigated bed connected to a fish pond. The nutrients in the waste from the fish are taken up by the roots of the plants, some of which float on rafts while others are planted in gravel.

We have already installed a big tank to keep the fish in and built a system of pumps to aerate and circulate the water into the small concrete enclosure that we built to hold the floating plants and the gravel beds. Today we tested pH for the first time. Depending on who you read, 6.2 to 6.4 or 6.8 to 7.0 is the optimal range.  As you can see, we are a little overly basic, with a pH of around 7.4, so we will need to add something to the water to make it a little more neutral.

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ph Test kit used to check water for aquaponics system

Presale tickets for Jungle Jam

Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday Jaco hotel DoceLunas will be hosting Jungle Jam with Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers, Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau band and Zach Deputy. The show takes place under the fire tree in our five acres of landscaped jungle gardens.

Official showtime is TBA but we are expecting around nine o clock doors. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Presale tickets are now available a the front desk at DoceLunas daily until 6pm. Prices are $25 for one night presale, $30 for one night at the gate, $65 for three nights. Join us for an incredible show at award winning Jaco hotel DoceLunas.

Jaco hotel DoceLunas presents Bill Kreutzmann, Max Creek, more

Here at Jaco hotel DoceLunas we are getting stoked for the upcoming Jungle Jam featuring Bill Kretuzmann of the Grateful Dead – the most watched drummer in the history of the world with over 2,000 shows in front of 10s and 100s of thousands! – 40 year veterans Max Creek, Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers, no stranger to crowds himself, and opening acts Zach Deputy and the Ryan Montbleau Band. And giant puppets.

In a jungle garden. This is a show like no other.

Join us in paradise at Jaco hotel DoceLunas February 17-20th 2012. That’s just two weeks away! Meanwhile, here’s a video of Max Creek and Bill Kreutzmann playing Deep Elm Blues at the last Jungle Jam:

Jaco hotel DoceLunas wins three Travelers’ Choice Awards

Jaco hotel DoceLunas has been winning Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for several years now, but this is the first year our hotel in Jaco Costa Rica has won not just one, but three TCAs. Based on reviews from our very happy guests, Tripadvisor awarded Jaco hotel DoceLunas number the fifth best hotel for relaxation and spa vacation not just in Jaco Costa Rica, but in all of Central America!

DoceLunas also recevied a TCA for 11th best hotel overall in Central America and was one of very few four star hotels given a Traveler’s Choice Award for offering guests a bargain price.

We are proud of the efforts of our staff and the beautiful gardens and elegant and spacious rooms that helped us win these awards. Jaco is great base to sample the best of Costa Rica and DoceLunas is the perfect Jaco hotel to serve as your home away from home. We hope you will come join us in paradise at Jaco hotel DoceLunas.

Jaco hotel DoceLunas on google Maps

Hotel owners want it to be easy for you to find them on the internet. The owners of Jaco hotel DoceLunas are no exception. We are listed on all the major travel sale websites like Expedia and Travelocity and we also appear fairly high in the results if you search on google.

Google wants it to be easy for you to find hotels on the internet too and they do a pretty good job. Latley, there has been a gradual switch from the familiar text search results to local map based search results. Today in Costa Rica, searchers on google will see a results page from their maps program showing the location of many of the hotels in Jaco. So far, Jaco hotel DoceLunas appears on the second page instead of the first page.

Since DoceLunas is the number one hotel in Jaco on Tripadivsor, we think its a hotel travelers in Costa Rica will want to find on the internet and visit in person, so we will see what we can do to get this Jaco hotel map page to appear in the first set of hotels in Jaco.

Number one Jaco hotel on Tripadvisor

Jaco hotel DoceLunas management and staff are proud to announce that we are now the number one Jaco hotel on Tripadvisor. Rising to the top has taken us a couple years of refining our policies for the utmost guest convenience, training our staff for the highest standards of service, and asking our happy customers to support us and spread the word by reviewing us on Tripadvisor. We don’t get many bad reviews at Jaco hotel DoceLunas, but when we do, we always examine them carefully and look for opportunities to improve the guest experience.

For the over 100 excellent reviews and all the very good ones as well as the critical reviews that helped us improve, we thank you for helping us make DoceLunas the number one hotel in Jaco on Tripadvisor!