We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 4 Cabo Matapalo hotels

Encanta La Vida

Cabo Matapalo | Puerto Jiménez, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
Hotel amenities
  • Overview
  • Reviews (100)
  • Photos (94)
  • Amenities
  • Room tips (25)
  • Location
  • More
Encanta La Vida
Ranked #4 of 4 hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Cabo Matapalo
Check In Check Out
Write a Review

100 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (25)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hard to say enough nice things about this place. This was my second stay and I hippie I don't wait another 5 years to go back. A little off the beaten path... okay a lot of that said path. Road is a little rough but offers great adventure to get there. Rooms are quaint but you only need them to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tula, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Encatalavida what I loved: amazing three meals a day, fresh, creative and perfectly local.  The chef for our group of (mostly) vegetarian yoga Colorado crowd, Sarah Jane did great food and attended to special requests as just as well. The tuna one night was caught by Brian & David just days before and we raved about it.  Coconuts were harvested... More

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Old friends get together for an annual surf trip. This trip to Encanta La Vida was the best experience for us ever. The facilities are outstanding. The staff is top notch and very knowledgeable of the surroundings and surf breaks. The point breaks are world class, but as you go farther into the golfo, the breaks get easier, surf for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Jaco, Costa Rica
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My first trip to the Encanta la Vida was in May 2013 and I just visited again in April this year. It's stunning in its natural beauty being gracefully tucked into the rain forest of the Osa Peninsula. At first light I woke up to the sounds of the forest coming alive which includes Howler monkeys and a beautiful chorus... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New Jersey
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I stayed here for a last few nights of a 12 day trip. I was in the honeymoon suite which was stunning with an amazing shower that was screened in all around so it felt like showering in the middle of the jungle. The property is set in the middle of the forest with amazing wildlife but with decent wifi... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stayed at a private home nearby, but had two lovely evening meals, one with Bryan, at Encanta La Vida. Food was delisch, servings perfect, company very hospitable. Can't wait to return to the Osa - thank you Encanta for sustaining the natural integrity of Costa Rica

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I had such an amazing experience at Encanta La Vida. I traveled here for one week as apart of a yoga retreat and was incredibly sad to have to leave. We were shown to our room; Deluxe 1 by the ever sweet Terry. I was amazed by how big and spacious the room was, not too mention my bed was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I would like to recommend this place but cannot. There are many attractive and charming qualities such as the beautiful grounds, abundant wildlife, easy access to the beautiful beach (the more expensive resorts have none or difficult access), and relative affordability (approx half that of the bigger resorts). Meals are served plated with the option of sitting at a communal... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Theresa H, General Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Thank you for writing. It is unfortunate that you did not feel comfortable enough to say anything while you were here. It would have been easy to give you a larger helping (or second helpings) at any meal. We keep snacks on-hand like nuts, fruit and cookies for people (kids especially) who need a bit in-between meals. Sustainable tourism and... More

St. Louis
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Encanta La Vida. In fact, it wasn't until traveling to more remote areas on the Osa Peninsula were we able to fully appreciate the scope of wildlife we enjoyed from the comfort of the resort. The staff was super friendly and we loved the communal meals. The only thing I would... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

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... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Encanta La Vida, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Encanta La Vida? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Encanta La Vida

Address: Cabo Matapalo | Puerto Jiménez, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Encanta La Vida Hotel Osa Peninsula
Encanta La Vida Osa

94 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (81)
Hotel & grounds (27)
Dining (5)
Pool/beach area (14)
Room/suite (7)
Family/play areas (1)
Bathroom (1)
Other (26)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (14)
Pool/beach area (4)
Hotel & grounds (7)
Dining (1)
Other (2)


Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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 salt 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 
Number of rooms

See which rooms travelers prefer

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added Encanta La Vida to your Saves list