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“The best part of Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Encanta La Vida

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Encanta La Vida
Cabo Matapalo | Puerto Jiménez, Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Boulder, Colorado
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“The best part of Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at Encanta la Vida in January, 2013 and enjoyed every minute of it. The Pole House was lovely! In the first five minutes on the deck we saw monkeys settling in for the night in nearby trees, Scarlet Macaws flying by, and Blue Morpho Butterflies flitting through the nearby plants. We knew, then, that we had chosen a great place to spend the majority of our Costa Rica vacation. The staff were great, food fresh and delicious, and the service terrific. Beaches are just a five minute walk away, the jungle is all around you, and the resort's pool is a great place to cool off after a day's adventure. When we return to Costa Rica, Encanta la Vida will definitely be on the list for a return visit.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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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
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Fort Collins, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We just returned from a week at Encanta La Vida and are already planning our next visit. What a special place! We stayed in the Ranchito Cabina and loved it. It was cozy with an excellent shower and a fantastic deck where you can relax and let the jungle action come to you. Meals at ELV are served family style and are outstanding. The staff did a great job of accommodating my wife's vegetarian diet. Highlights of our trip included stand-up paddle boarding (coordinated by ELV staff), hikes through the jungle to local waterfalls, yoga on ELV's incredible yoga deck on the edge of the jungle overlooking Pan Dulce, the local Friday night market, socializing with other guests at ELV's poolside bar before dinner, walking the pristine beaches nearby, viewing all of the stunning jungle plants and wildlife, and just totally decompressing. If you're looking for an authentic, laid back experience in the beach-side jungle, Encanta la Vida is the place for you.

Room Tip: The Pole House rooms have been updated recently and look great too.
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Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Encanta la Vida for 6 nights: 3 nights in the Honeymoon Cabina and 3 nights in the Casona 2. Each had their advantages. The Honeymoon Cabina is very private. It’s at the end of the path and does not have an upstairs/downstairs neighbor. It has a lovely, large bathroom and veranda. The best part about it is that it has a small yard area in the front that is a gathering place for wildlife. Our first day there a group of squirrel monkeys came through. It was just delightful watching them! The Cabina 2 is smaller and it’s located on the second floor above the office so it’s near the pool and the dining room. The best part of this room is the large second floor deck (with his and hers hammocks!). One afternoon during hammock time, a group of Capuchin monkeys came by. One of them even sat for a moment on the rail of the deck!

The room rate includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals were delicious. I particularly enjoyed the lunches because they were typically lighter fare. My favorite dinner was a blackened Mahi Mahi. Every breakfast starts with a plate of fresh fruit and every dinner ends with a dessert. It’s not fancy but it is very well done.

We went on a number of excursions. The guided hike with Andy and Talon was a great way to start our vacation. We learned so much and got to see a poison dart frog. Kayaking on the Platanares River through a Mangrove forest was spectacular. We also took a boat across Golfo Dulce to the visit the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. The last 2 excursions required a taxi ride back to Puerto Jimenez but was worth it. We had a great taxi driver named Chon who was really game for communicating with us despite our very limited knowledge of Spanish.

It’s a short walk to the beach and we did go there several times to swim and watch the surfers but we really didn’t go for the beach. My husband and I are in our 50s but we like an adventurous vacation. There was another couple there who were a few years older than us and they spent most of the time at the beach and pool. So there’s something for everyone!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chapin, SC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

LOVED Encanta La Vida, this was my favorite spot out of 4, over 14 day period. Terry and Josh were both great, very friendly & accommodating. The food was outstanding!
I loved that there was so much right within walking distance, and the wildlife was better than any I saw elsewhere! Thanks for an awesome trip, I do hope to visit again in the future. I would highly recommend this as a place to get the "real feel" of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

this place is one of the best places I ever travelled to. If you like wildlife right in front of your door like monkeys, aras, toucans.... then you are right here.. this place is so natural but it still has the kind of comfort you need............
the showers are working perfectly, the pool is nice and cools you down after a hot hike to the waterfalls.There are plenty of surfbords you can rent if you wanna surf one of the best reefbreaks in costa rica. While you are having a delicious lunch, the toucans and aras fly over your head and you can hear them calling.
I still miss this place and the nice people who fullfill every wish you have.
Thank you so much Josh and all others, we enjoyed the stay so much. I will never forget these Days! Patricia

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Encanta La Vida. The setting is gorgeous, and it was the perfect place to explore the Osa environment for the first time. The staff at the hotel were warm, professional and helpful. In particular, the meals at the hotel were pretty amazing - delicious creations with fresh veggies, fish and chicken. Terry offered expert advice about local activities and attractions. Julian was not only an amazing bartender, he went put of his way to help us to see several local birds (scarlet macaws!), frogs, and other wildlife. Encanta La Vida was just an easy way to experience Osa.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

My wife and I spent our 14th anniversary at Encanta La Vida. We enjoyed everything. The room (Deluxe Room) was very comfortable and well maintained; the terrace is spacious and relaxing. The staff, everyone, were just great! They all were very friendly, helpful and professional. Isabelle, our first contact, helped so much with the reservations via email and phone. The manager Terry, and her family who live nearby, were excellent. We took a great bio-tour with her husband Andy and her son Talon; it was one of the highlights of our stay in Osa Peninsula. The food, prepared by Gray, was outstanding. Every meal was delicious, and we looked forward not only to eating her food, but also to having nice chats with her. The Tica cook/maid (do not know her name) saved our last day when we missed our 6 am taxi, and she made sure to arrange one for us to catch our whale/dolphin tour, and our flight back to San Jose!

Of course staying there allowed for us to see amazing birds, monkeys and different animals. We saw whales and dolphins, and enjoyed restful moments on the beach watching skillful surfers.

We both strongly recommend Encanta La Vida, and would surely go back. Sharmin and Amr

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
Also Known As:
Encanta La Vida Hotel Osa Peninsula
Encanta La Vida Osa

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