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“In Matapalo, I always stay at Encanta La Vida”
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Encanta La Vida
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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“In Matapalo, I always stay at Encanta La Vida”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Great rooms, excellent food and fantastic people always bring me back to Encanta.
It's one of the few places in Matapalo that offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can arrive, surf and not think about cooking....:)
I love the new yoga platform and classes being offered, and the proximity to my favorite surf spot Pan Dulce, which makes it my perfect hotel to stay at while in the Osa.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Avon, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We had a great stay at the Encanta. Yoga in the morning on their Yoga deck was a truly special experience. You can hear the peaceful sounds of the ocean while looking at
Pan Dulce bay. It’s the perfecting setting to relax; put your mind at ease and stretch your body and soul.

Our room was great. We stayed in the Honey Moon Cabina. The space really feels apart of nature. We went hiking through the rainforest to a couple of great waterfalls. Went horse back riding and of course swimming in the Ocean. Make sure to stop by Marina's on Friday night and get some of Becca's Hot sauce or the home made ice cream, which is delicious. The Tuna there was the best we've ever had.

We also got a great massage from the ELV masseuse, which felt great after our horse back riding. The resort truly sits in the rain forest, the local monkeys stopped by several times during our visit. It was pretty amazing to be so close them.

Our trip to the OSA was pretty special and Encanta La Vida played a big part in it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Whistler, Canada
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Beautiful! Be ready to rough it a little... No A/C but the area in May was bare-able at night. Rainy season is for real. Anticipate that. Didn't take away from the beauty in any way. Just felt excited to "dry up" after a week. Shower towels didn't even dry during the day. Keeping their "off the grid" "enviro" trend going, it was sometimes difficult deciding between asking for dry towels and/or going 3 straight days of drying yourself with a wet towel. Seems trivial but that's literally the only downside I found. Amazing food, amazing area. Pricey but understandable after realizing how far and removed you are. Can't be cheap to get supplies out there. Not fancy but charming and full of character.

AREA: Not suited for inconsiderate, know-it-alls. If you have any disrespect for the environment, ocean, other humans or have a selfish attitude on a point break or that co-existing is just a hippie thing and that you think that people around you should just accept how "you" feel like spending your time, then you will stand out like a soar thumb and be pushed out of that area by Cosmic & Spiritual Energy...you wouldn't even understand how or why people are so happy just relaxing, going to bed early, appreciating health and quality surf. You would be depressed from the simple thought that you will never achieve that level of self-actualisation and contentment without getting s$%^faced every night. That's what Daytona Beach is for... I hear that the drinks are 2 for 1!! Please reschedule. :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milford, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Great service! Amazing space integrated with the jungle! Relaxing and adventurous at the same time! Visiting the Osa peninsula is a must in Costa Rica. We stayed at Encanta La Vida and had an amazing time. We were so remote from everything but there is so much to do and see. If you love to surf, this is the place for you. We went hiking, swimming and horseback riding. The yoga deck overlooks the beach and the classes makes you feel great. you have to get a massage when you are at Encanta. you will love their spa and all the organic products that they use made in costa rica. There is also a farmers market on Friday nights and dancing. The helpful staff at Encanta recommended and organized all the activities we did, and we couldn't be more grateful for the amazing experience there. Last but not least, we got to see three different type of monkeys hanging out, eating bananas and jumping from tree to tree at Encanta. Thank you for all the recommendations Kate! Beat memories!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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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 review, 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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Venice, California, United States
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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...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Encanta La Vida
Address: Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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