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Encanta La Vida

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my wife and kids to Encanta La Vida in Matapalo. It was the the best trip of our lives. The Encanta is a beautiful lodge tucked away in the fauna and flora just steps from the beach. As an ocean family, the pristine beaches and surf breaks were pristine, uncrowded and clean.The Encanta La Vida lodge staff is... More 

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Brian D, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hi Matt! Thank you for your great review! We enjoyed hosting your family and are very glad you all had a wonderful time. I know the dogs definitely miss Luke and Chloe because they keep going to the balcony to check if they are there. We can't wait to host your family again next year- see you soon! Pura Vida!... More 

Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family (2 adults, one 9-year old) just returned from a fantastic 10-day vacation at Encanta La Vida, and I already want to turn right around and go back! The short list of highlights: monkeys and birds, warm beautiful ocean, amazing food, connecting with staff and other guests from all over the world, and plenty of relaxing in the pool... More 

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Brian D, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hey Maggie! Let me start-off with WOW and thank you for such a review! You and your family were amazing! We loved having you guys around and it was such a pleasure meeting you three. We are so very happy that your family had an amazing time while you stayed with us and experience la Pura Vida! Our Chefs felt... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

I came to Cabo Matapalo at the end of June by myself. I had a week off and all I wanted to do was sure, read books in a hammock, and not look at my phone for a week. I initially only booked 3 nights, figuring that I might want to travel around the area some, and stay in other... More 

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Brian D, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hi Jake! Thanks for such an awesome review! We're so happy you loved your stay with us, we definitely enjoyed having you stay with us. We hope to see you again next year! Pura Vida!! Cindy More 

Redding, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

We happened upon this lovely resort while on a day drive to Matapalo. We were looking for a place to rent a surfboard. By the time we found this resort the waves had calmed and we decided against surfing. The visiting yoga instructior was very friendly and chatted with us, providing us with some helpful information. The bar looked inviting... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

The people at Encanta La Vida are so nice and lovely, and the food is divine! We didn't lodge there, but had a couple of meals and took advantage of the bar and surf board rentals. Corey, Cynthia, Glinda, everyone was so nice to talk to and visit with. Which is why it gives me great pains to report our... More 

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Brian D, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hi Amy! It was great meeting the family and having you around and how we wished this hadn't happened. We do sincerely apologize for that inconvenience. Unfortunately in these jungle areas it is hard for us to get good internet to respond quickly to our emails. We do our very best to try to get things straighten out as fast... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

My wife and I took our two daughters (18 and 15) to Encanta La Vida for a week of everything the Osa Peninsula offers. We are simple travelers but expect a few things. We like to feel safe and not worry about the food and water. No problem here as the water is better than home and the food was... More 

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Brian D, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hey Sean! Thanks for your amazing review! This definitely makes Encanta La Vida blush. It was such a great pleasure meeting and hosting your family and we very much enjoyed all our conversations and time spent with you and Sunnie. Hope we get to see the family once again next year! -Cindy & ELV Team More 

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Place is a top notch luxury jungle resort, epic place to come back to after the best surf of your life! The food is healthy and amazing. You get severed 3 meals a day, and it is extraordinary! Great pool with a bar for the after surf beer or cocktail! Enjoyable and friendly staff accommodates mostly every request to make... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

My boyfriend and I went to Costa Rica for a 10-day getaway from work and the hustle and bustle of city life. We figured if we were going to Costa Rica, we wanted somewhere open to the elements. We are both active people, and were not looking for a typical resort. We discovered Encanta La Vida online and quickly fell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I have stayed here twice before and Encanta La Vida does not disappoint. The staff is amazing, the food is plentiful and very healthy. The grounds are tropical, wildlife is abundant and a short 5 minute tropical walk to a very easy surf break, Pan Dulce. More challenging breaks are 10 minute and 15 minute walks, Backwash and Matapaolo. HIGHLY... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Really nice staff. The place is nice. Needs a little loving care here and there but it's a really pretty environment and quiet. Food fair to good. There's wi-fi but just baaaarely a signal. The owner is a surfing obsessed, so if that's not your gig, he's not particularly interested in you. It's a nice place, just not great value.

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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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 

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: $237 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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Encanta La Vida Hotel Osa Peninsula
Encanta La Vida Osa
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