About us

Luxury hotel rooms, great services, restaurant and, of course, the best hotel staff. Simply a home for your unforgettable time.


Feel staying, like in your own home

Moana Lodge is a small personal orientated hotel set amid the unspoiled jungle of the tranquil region of Mal País on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Being located in Mal País, Moana is set away from the hustle and bustle and the dusty roads of Santa Teresa which many guests have come to discover is a blessing. The area of Mal País has some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful white sanded beaches, along with incredible surf breaks and jungles teaming with wildlife. By coming to Mal País you’ll discover the true meaning of paradise. As for the word Moana, it’s taken from the Polynesian word for ocean, making it a very apt name as the hotel is located a mere 200 meters from the sea.


Rooms &
Luxury Suites

The hotels rooms are placed on multi-levels throughout the manicured hotel grounds, dispersed within the lush tropical gardens in five separate buildings. The hotel has a total of nine rooms, the Penthouse Suite, two Oceanview Suites, four Jr. Suites and two pool rooms. All of the rooms are of a high standard, the three suites being the larger and more luxurious of the room types. All rooms come with air-conditioning, private deck, top of the line toiletry products, Wi-Fi, room safe and mini bar


History of Moana Lodge

Moana was taken over in 2006 by present owners Aidan and Vicky. Aidan, hails from Ireland while wife Vicky, is a Costa Rican native. The two met when Aidan was working in Cuba and Central America as a photographer (Aidan did all the photography for the website). Charmed by Vicky and by this magnificent part of the world, the return ticket to Ireland was torn up thus providing the hotel with a wonderful and youthful management team. Both Aidan and Vicky have a history in the hospitality trade so running the hotel wasn't that big of a change to either of them. People often ask why the African inspiration. The answer is that the previous owner had African roots hence the theme. We liked the idea and the style of the hotel and instead of changing it, we felt, well, let's enhance it and take it a step further, as the theme sits perfectly in Mal País's tropical backdrop. But we were very conscious to not over do the African theme as we didn't want the hotel to end up looking tacky or contrived. So in terms of style we kept things simple and searched the globe for authentic African art. The hotels art pieces range from Ghana, Cameroon, and The Congo. Items have been sourced from Switzerland to Camden Town Market in London, along with Nigeria, Ireland, The United States and Costa Rica in between.


Our Team

Jon Dewhurst
Augusto Guller Freres
Cecilia Vinzia