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Encanta La Vida

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Cabo Matapalo | Puerto Jiménez, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
Encanta La Vida
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My fiancé and I stayed at Encanta La Vida for two nights during our Osa Peninsula adventure. We stayed in Carate before coming to ELV in Matapalo, and if wildlife is your thing, we saw more crabs, monkeys, birds, iguanas, frogs, etc. HERE than we did in Corcovado. The meals here exceeded our expectations and make the price of ELV... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to spend some time in Osa during my trip in Costa Rica and I thought ELV might be the good place to stay and guess what, I was right. I was with 3 friends for 4 nights and after they had to leave to go back to work, I was lucky to have one week left which I... More 

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Morges, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights at Encanta La Vida in May 2015. Having originally booked for 3 nights the first thing we did on arrival was to extend for another night once we saw how beautiful the place is. We spent our days surfing the wonderful Pan Dulce point break early in the morning, then back for breakfast before going out... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful place to stay for relaxation, surfing, yoga, and more. Nice accommodations and even better food and service. The staff are amazing and the optional day hikes and other excursions are also worthwhile. Definitely worth a visit!

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 4 nights in Pole House #2. Room was small with a big lanai, great for watching the monkeys swing thru the trees and the agoutis scamper across the lawn. The food was excellent. We did a lot of beach walking and did the waterfall hike /strangler fig tree climb with Everyday Adventures. Yoga class on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was all I expected and more. It was in the rain forest and on the ocean. I had the best of both worlds. I was able to enjoy Yoga twice a day and hike into the forest or on the beach. The food was delicious and creatively prepared, and the accommodations were clean and the bed comfortable. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My wife and I spent four nights at Encantalavida and could not have had a better time. We spent countless hours researching Costa Rica and decided that the Osa Peninsula was the right place for us. The staff at Encantalavida is fantastic and was attentive to all of our needs. We were able to take advantage of their spectacular location... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My husband and I discovered this part of Costa Rica about 16 years ago and since then have returned to the area at least once a year or more. We've done a lot of exploring in the area and Encanta la Vida in by far the best place to stay. We love that it's off the beaten track. You are... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I find that I don't have much new to add to the previous complimentary reviews of Encanta La Vida. It is a beautiful property tucked into the jungle and only steps from the beach. Possibly the best service I can be to potential travelers is to strongly recommend that you know what you're getting into so you're delighted, not disappointed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Take a rough dirt road through streams and jungle from Puerto Jiminez and you will arrive at a piece of paradise called “La Encanta Vida”. If you want to get away, you picked the right spot. Electronics can be charged by solar power (or generator) only in the office and wifi is also only around the office area. We stayed... More 

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