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Encanta La Vida
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

ELV is a great place to stay. Staff is great! Lots of wildlife. Massage was fabulous and yoga deck is very scenic! Howler monkeys every morning. And the pool is a wonderful way to cool off. Can't wait til next year.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

The Osa Peninsula is definitely worth visiting and Cabo Matapalo offers beautiful nature at the mouth of Golfo Dulce.
After visiting Panama and PN Corcovado we ment to treat our selves to 4 days of luxurious beach relaxing, which did cost as much as the 2 1/2 weeks before.
Pros:
- friendly and alert staff
- abundant wildlife
- good cooking
Cons:
- overpriced; considering the run down bathrooms & furniture, small portions of food, extra charges for any kind of activity
- the owners run this place in a typically "expat-yet-US-rooted-style"; after having made warm encounters with locals in Panama and Costa Rica, ELV made us feel like invading colonials. You just get the impression that this place lacks a spirit of responsibility for the local culture/ society.
If you do not really look for contact with local culture and do not have to keep to close of an eye on your budget ELV seems a reasonable choice.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Theresa H, General Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2013

Encanta La Vida supports the local schools in our area and surrounding towns of Puerto Jimenez in fundraisers and/or conservation events.

Encanta La Vida guests come from around the world to enjoy the Osa Peninsula on their vacation -- surf, hike, enjoy wildlife and RELAX. Our staff is Costa Rican and they take great care in making our guests comfortable. Our Chefs prepare GREAT food and guests chose hotels like ours so they don't have to cook on vacation.

Encanta La Vida is not responsible for the socio-political issues of the world (such as colonialism). We are also NOT responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs if anyone wonders.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

A friend of mine had heard some rave reviews of Encanta La Vida from her sister, who had also heard rave reviews from a close friend. So for her birthday, three friends set out for ELV. We all loved it. It definitely lived up to the hype. Our room was adorable and clean (we stayed upstairs, in the main house, which has a nice patio just outside the room, see picture). The staff was incredibly accommodating, particularly Oscar, Kate and Julian, who were so helpful. We got to use to the on-site yoga studio a couple times and visit the gorgeous beaches nearby everyday. The food was divine—fresh and delicious. I loved this place so much, I want to make it an annual tradition and I seem to be suggesting it to EVERYONE!

Room Tip: That friend's sister suggested we request the room upstairs so, that's we did and were very happy with it. Also, maybe bring a blanket if you're a cold sleeper like I am!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Rustic setting is just what you would expect in the jungle. Meals were very good served family style affording you the opportunity to meet other travellers and share experience. You will see more wildlife poolside than all of the national parks. Many tours offered but check prices ahead as they seem fluid. So here we are in the jungle monkeys all around and at thebar we find a world class mixilogist in Julian! Pura Vida indeed.
we hiked waterfalls had a guided nature tour and Kate provided an excellent massage.
Road is doable in your 4x4 rental car but go slow there are many hazards.
Gratuities and unreliable wifi are extras.

Room Tip: Pole House 1or2 or honeymoon suite or delude rooms.
Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

I spent a week here with a group on a yoga retreat. Everything was perfect, a little primitive for some but I wasn't looking for ordinary. I felt at home in this paradise. Everyone did their job exceptionally well, but more importantly, made personal connections feel natural. Food, bar, housekeeping was wonderful. Kate made my feet feel fabulous with a reflexology treatment. Nature hike with Andy was enlightening, paddle boarding with Pollo - he was patient with this exhausted 57 year old woman. Just sitting and watching the birds, bugs and other creatures was fantastic, the fragrance of ylang ylang wafted through the yard from time to time. Getting there from San Jose was a perfect adventure. Flying with Sansa was great, arriving beside the cemetery was interesting, the trip to ELV w Denise and return w/ Chon was great. Language differences do not stop communication. I completed my trip with an evening conversation with a 5 year old boy from Sweden (we did a lot of pointing to animal pictures) he knew no English and I knew only a swedish nursery rhyme. Stopping in the church by the runway Sunday morning capped off my visit. Santo, Santo, Santo Senor.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Theresa H, General Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

It was our pleasure to host your group! We hope you'll come back again soon and bring your family and/or friends! Good luck in 2013 and remember to ENJOY everyday!!

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