I've had to really think how I wanted to rate this place. We were there for four nights. There were only six other guests the first night, four the second and third and two others on our last night. The grounds are gorgeous. The wildlife around is great (though the owner admitted to feeding the wild turkeys..not good). The yoga studio overlooking the ocean was beautiful. The yoga classes were very good, the food
was fantastic and the room (Pole House 2) was great. The problem? The staff all seemed very unhappy and unfriendly except for Gigi, the yoga instructor who was very helpful and friendly. Most of the time it felt as if we were more of a nuisance to the staff than a paying guest. The owner and the manager walked by me several times without even looking at me. Not weird at a huge place but very weird at a place that had only six other guests at the time. It gave off a very strange vibe. My other complaint is that the breakfasts were from 8-9:30 but yoga was 8-9. Not a huge deal to eat after yoga (actually preferable) but I would suggest that guests could at least get some fruit or toast beforehand. Generally speaking in the jungle you are awake by 5:30 or 6 by the Howler Monkeys so not being able to eat until 8 was a little painful. At almost $300/night it seems like a little flexibility in the food would be nice, especially with yoga being at 8.
Would I stay here again? Probably not considering how expensive it was and the strange vibe we had. But, on the other hand we had a wonderful five days in the Oso and if it weren't for Gigi the place would fall apart. Would I recommend it to a friend? Only with advanced warning about the grumbling staff that feels put-out by any request.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encanta La Vida is an all inclusive jungle retreat located amidst the beautiful beaches of Cabo Matapalo. The hotel offers direct access to amazing wildlife and world class surf, and features a stunning, private, chemical-free soft-water swimming pool - the only of its kind in Matapalo! Encanta La Vida is the ideal vacation spot for families, honeymooners, and surfers alike. Garden trails lead you to private cabinas nestled throughout the property. The beautifully landscaped grounds provide privacy and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Our rooms are clean and spacious with queen-sized beds and open decks. Enjoy three DELICIOUS meals a day in the Encanta La Vida restaurant featuring fresh fruits, veggies and meats all locally grown or caught off shore. The hotel bar is located just off the swimming pool and serves up blended tropical drinks and ice cold beer. Encanta La Vida is also a fun and easy destination for family reunions, weddings, and yoga groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encanta La Vida Hotel Osa Peninsula
- Encanta La Vida Osa