About a mile down the beach from our house, up and over a hill, and accessible only by a secret trail lies what I think is the most beautiful place on earth; La Luna Restaurant. This eatery has been an institution around here for more than a decade, but only in the past few years has been given new life with a small renovation that turned a crumbling building into a jaw dropping place to dine that truly defines the term "al fresco." Each week my husband and I sneak over for a date night together, and then we come back a few days later with the whole family, and aside from the killer margaritas and incredible food (think flatbreads, Mediterranean platters, fish carpaccio) it's always the decor that keeps me coming back. Clearly the VIEW can't be beat, and is the main reason reservations are absolutely required for sunset dining, but for me I'm equally impressed by how the simple decor makes such a lasting impact. As I mentioned, the building itself used to be falling apart and the new owners completely transformed the look and feel of the building simply by adding a fresh coat of paint, some mixed seating, and some cushions with varying patterns. Small things that make a big difference, which can easily be copied in any backyard or beachfront home.
Tonight is another "date night" for us and I'm already counting down the minutes until we find ourselves at that table for two. This hidden gem is unparalleled in its beauty, and if you ever find yourself near Nosara, Costa Rica you absolutely have to put dining here at the top of your list!