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“Awesome Location and 'Pura Vida' Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Encanta La Vida

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Encanta La Vida
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Santa Rosa, California
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7 reviews
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“Awesome Location and 'Pura Vida' Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2007

Writing reviews is not my thing - but I'll make an exception this time. This place deserves to be known. The lodge has a wonderful casual feel about it. It actually feels like you are staying at a good friends place.... Well, a friend who knows how to do a lot of pampering! The owner Brian and his manager Roy are the nicest people! They know how lucky they are to be living in what has got to be one of the most AWESOME places on the planet. They put me in the newest cabin elevated up under the trees with a big terrace and windows looking into the rainforest. Monkeys were outside my window - I mean I was up in their face! Cool! The place is dense with animal life from red macaws screaming through to toucans and wild turkeys?! Three or four kinds of monkeys came through in a day. I don't surf, which seemed to be a big draw for a lot of the people living here- the beach and surf breaks are just down a path from the lodge- very private and beautiful with rock formations along the shore here and there. Like a postcard. The lodge is very proud of their new pool which IS beautiful and is a good option for those who don't like to get sandy i guess. Anyway I enjoyed having dinner sitting by it all backlit with landscaping out of a fantasy. The chef did a great job. Dinner was a fun event with soup and salad and main course and dessert. He picks out the menu each day and prepares the same thing for all guests - but I did notice he took special care of vegetarians who were there too. The food is included in the price- except the wine or coktails. I thought the food was excellent and the menu nicely varied. I got the feeling he'd do his best to accomodate me if I asked for something special but I was happy with everything he served. A family there at the same time was vegetarian and they were doing just fine with the alternatives. There was a birthday going on one night and everyone was treated to a special appetizer course of killer ceviche. I liked the concept of a common dining hour where you sit in an area with other travelers to share our days - or you could tell them you wanted to escape and there were private tables too. My only suggestion would be to get that coffee going earlier!? The howler monkeys were doing their thing- bellowing me out of bed in time to go down to the beach and see the sunrise and I really could have used a cup of the Costa Rican puro before 7am.

I can't stress enough the ANIMALS. I saw more animals- both variety and species- in one day at Encanta La Vida then I'd seen in 2 weeks combined in other places. You don't even have to leave the hammock. No joke. This is the place I'll tell people to go if they asked me.

  • Liked — location and friendliness
  • Disliked — Coffee not ready early enough. Like to see them put out the coffee service at the crack of dawn.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2007

Wow - all I can say is wow! My husband and I stayed at Encanta La Vida based on a suggestion from a friend. We were pleasantly surprised! We stayed in the Honeymoon Cabina which was spacious, with a large bathroom and beautiful view from our private porch. The food was outstanding, the entire staff was friendly, accommodating, and went out of their way with smal but personal touches. We saw four
types of monkeys, several kinds of birds, lizards, iguanas and other local wildlife unique to this part of the world. We were able to take
tours arranged through the Roy - who was always available, knowledgable and a really nice guy! Oh and the surfing was great. 3-4 killer spots to surf all with in a short walk! If you want to surf and experience the beauty of the tropical rain forest, and all that the Osa peninsula has to offer,you should stay here! We would go back
for sure!!! We had a great time and learned alot about the area.

  • Liked — views, staff, food location to surf
  • Disliked — no hot water, but didn't really need it, far from airport
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Encanta La Vida

Property: Encanta La Vida
Address: Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 9
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

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