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Encantada Ocean Cottages
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Encantada feels like a beautiful home with independent cottages surrounding a lovely pool. The beach, games on property, horse back rides and beach walks are friendly and amazing. The menu is delicious and everything was cooked over a wood burning grill which we loved. The flavors were exquisite. My family and I felt very welcome and safe. We had so much fun and will make this an annual event!

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

I stayed at Encantada last week and I LOVED it... will definitely be recommending this to everyone that needs a place to stay while on the road or needing a beach break in Costa Rica. Esterillos Este is far removed from the irritating hub hub of Manuel Antonio, and is a very convenient stop off of the highway. Stay at least two nights and enjoy the beach combing, great pool, and wonderful vibe of this place. There are hammocks and yard games, a great library, beach cruiser bikes, boogie boards. The new owners Tiffany and Noam have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and fun. The units are very nice too, the beds are so comfortable you might not want to get out of bed!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Met my sisters and stayed here for a week where the property is on the beach and there are 7 cottages. It was our first time to Costa Rica, The town of Jaco is 1/2 hour away and about 1 1/2 hrs from airport of San Jose. Encantada is lovely, quaint, quiet and relaxing. Good for everyone. They have bikes, surfboards, horseshoes and a number of outdoor games. Owners and staff are friendly and able to help with any questions. Walked the beach every morning where you can walk for miles in either direction. They have a pool that is basically surrounded by most of the cottages. The beds are comfortable and bedding pillows were wonderful. There are many excursions you can do locally or you can just relax in one of their numerous hammocks on the property with a book, walk the beach and go for a dip. They have a restaurant for their guests and the food and drinks were very good. We loved the bean dip so much we ordered it every night. There is also a restaurant a few doors down on either side if you decide you want to try somewhere different and don't want to drive. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: One cottage facing the beach has a porch and mini frig and is one of the larger ones. The smallest...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

This review is for the restaurant in Encantada, we did not stay in this property as we are renting a house along the beach.

The cocinero, Gerald, was at first aloof but still friendly; I ordered Costa Rican burrito and my husband ordered Rib Eye. While waiting, he served as a crisp pieces of something and later found that it is called malanga (root family) with black bean dip. Delicious!!

He grills all the entrees and he makes a superb sauce. Our dishes was very delicious.

We came back for the 2nd time and this time I had fish and he mentioned 4 different kinds of fish and I finally picked a fish I have not heard of: snook - he topped it caper sauce. Muy deliciouso!! My husband is boring - he again got the steak but that steak is so great that I dont blame him.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

After some vacations to the Caribbean and Central America for snorkeling, diving, boating, and sightseeing Mayan ruins, we needed a vacation to unplug, relax, and rejuvenate.

We wanted a quiet, end-of-the-road, relaxing time at a smaller locale. A place where we could go for long walks on a secluded beach, flop around pool-side, and enjoy excellent seafood and local dishes. Choice of hammocks swinging under tall palm trees a plus. And if we decided to take a side-trip, we wanted to be able to do that, too.

This is what we got at Encantada Ocean Cottages. Other reviewers have gone into much detail about specifics so I won't do that here. Just to say: this is the place to go to completely unwind and get away from it all. Herald makes this place happen. He's the manager and the head chef, and so much more. The meals he concocts out of his kitchen with one assistant are simply amazing. We enjoyed 8 nights of his cooking. Wow. Seafood you just can't get in the U.S. Fresh veggies like you can't get in the U.S. Even the mashed potatoes. Flavor unending. (What are we doing to our food supply in the U.S.?) Herald will make arrangements for any day trips you'd like to take. We ended up not doing any because, like I said, our purpose was to completely relax.

We stayed in the seaside cottage. Extremely comfortable bed. Clean tiled floor. "Open"-style bathroom with roughed-in floors and stone/concrete in the large shower area. Lovely view from the front porch. Breakfast is delicious local fruits, coffee, juices, toast, and home-made "cupcakes". (Tip: Wear DEET to dinners in the outside restaurant; the mosquitoes are rough.)

Thank you, Herald and staff, for making our stay so nice, so relaxing. You made us feel so welcome; and we felt so sad when leaving!

Pura Vida! Todos Bien!

Room Tip: Ocean view cottage.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice, relaxing end to our hiking adventure in Costa Rica. Let me tell you, this was beyond perfect. It is the "green" season there, which basically means 1. It's super sunny from 6am until 2pm, then it rains, 2. Less tourists, and 3. Everything is way cheaper. We got upgraded to a nicer room for no extra charge, which was wonderful! The beds here, let me just tell you, are unbelievably comfortable. The cleaning staff may have thought we were insane because we basically took all the sheets off trying to figure out the brand so we could buy one at home. And the pillows! And the linens! Second best bed I've EVER slept in, behind one in SF that I'm pretty sure can't be beat. The cabins are cozy, clean, and cool. The water is hot in the showers, and the AC worked wonderfully. The hotel itself is right on the beach, and we sat out there for hours without seeing another person. You can walk miles in either direction without seeing another human. It was amazing! The hotel itself has a pool, bikes, surfboards, and a plethora of games (recreational and board). We never left and were never bored (2 days). We interacted almost exclusively with Herald, who was professional, helpful, and fun (and who speaks great English). He made his own cornhole set and played with us, enough said. He was also our bartender and our chef, and DANG was everything delicious. HUGE drinks (we made margs and coladas) for I think $6 each. He took an entire fresh pineapple and made a pina colada from it. And then he used the carved out pineapple as the glass. Yes, that big. For dinners we had the ribeye (whiskey marinated and grilled) and the whole red snapper (wood fired with potatoes and veggies), and they were both fantastic. We split each dinner between the two of us, and the snapper was an absolute steal (something around $18). Breakfast was light and delicious (and included). Yogurt, toast, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, etc...At night (which is typically boring pretty much anywhere in CR) Herald plays movies in the restaurant area to liven up the scene. Any movie you want really; he suffered through the immature hilarity of Eurotrip with us! There's chickens running around, one of whom is completely adorable and thinks Herald is her Papa. She has her own bed in the movie area :) All in all, no real bad things to say. We got lunch next door at the Pelican something, which was also fantastic. Large portions here, so consider splitting if you're budgeting. I just really can't believe how much of a value this place was--it's astounding. For 2 days of food and lodging, my total had a 2-- in front of it. A LOW 2--. I will definitely be coming back here, 100%. Adored it. Thank you!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Service is fantastic thanks to Herald the manager and the owners Nome and Tiffany. Beautiful location, grounds and rooms. Herald even assisted with recommendations and reservations for our activities. Thank you! We will be back with friends!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Beachfront, Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range: £92 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Encantada Ocean Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este. The quaint, friendly community is just 90-minutes from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast and 30-minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations: Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The 7 units can either be rented out individually or for groups. Each is unique and able to accommodate 2-5 people; the property sleeps 30 people. ... more   less 
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