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houston, United States
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking to get far away from the Daily grind to a paradise in Costa Rica that you have always heard about, Encanta La Vida is it!! This place is not about over the top luxury though. It is beautiful yet rustic, peaceful yet surrounded by jungle sounds of howler monkey's and the cacophony of forest bugs, and...

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Encanta La Vida M, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hi Mark! Thanks so much for the great review. We loved hosting your amazing & fun group. Your sense of adventure and kind spirit won't be forgotten soon! We hope you will come back and visit us some day in the near future! We wish you all our best, The Encanta Staff

Edgewater, Maryland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Encanta la Vida is a great choice for accommodations in Matapalo. Rustic, off grid like most of Matapalo, but very comfortable. No AC, solar fans at night. We slept great! If you are traveling to Matapalo, just know that most accommodations there don't have AC and can't accommodate things like blow dryers and curling irons. This is not the place...

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Encanta La Vida M, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed the rustic off-the-grid experience here at Encanta La Vida! We absolutely loved having you here and we hope to see you again soon... perhaps for an anniversary celebration? Pura Vida Encanta La Vida!

Toronto
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I stayed at Enchanta La Vida with my family for a few days over the Christmas holidays and overall we enjoyed our stay. Cindy did a great job of looking after everyone and booking day trips. We stayed in a deluxe cabin. It was very spacious, clean and comfortable, with a fan for every bed so it was easy to...

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Encanta La Vida M, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and provide constructive feedback. We take all suggestions very seriously and hope to make improvements so all guests can have a wonderful experience at Encanta La Vida. We are glad you enjoyed the Deluxe Cabin, and had a memorable experience on the tours. We also agree that driving...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Small, friendly (guests, staff, locals), great food and activities, utterly charming, quiet, no crowds. Great surfing, yoga & wildlife (dolphins, monkeys, parrots) right on your doorstep. Recommend early January when not too hot or damp. Beautiful accommodation. We 3 couples took the 3 units in the "Pole House", which were perfect for us, but other units might provide more isolation...

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Encanta La Vida M, Manager at Encanta La Vida, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! It was a pleasure hosting, celebrating birthday's and enjoying bonfires with all of you! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Pura vida! Cindy & ELV Staff

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Great staff, great food. a very relaxing get away. There is a lot of jungle wildlife to observe and enjoy. It is a lodge in the rainforest, not the Ritz in Manhattan (one is a jungle, the other is a zoo)

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

Thank you for the review and hilarious comparison! LOL Pura Vida! Cindy

Salem, Virginia
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Encanta la vida has everything you need and nothing you don't. Remember, this is an eco lodge in the rain forrest that runs on solar power. Don't expect air condition or plugging in your hair dryer. Most people interested in air conditioning and hair dryers shouldn't even go to the rain forrest. If you are interested in the rain forrest,...

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

Hey Scott! Thank you for your review! We definitely enjoy and have a lot of fun hosting you and your friends here every year! Can't wait to see you again next year!! Pura vida! Cindy

Malibu, California
Reviewed 12 September 2016

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...

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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!...

Oregon
Reviewed 30 August 2016

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...

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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...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 5 August 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...

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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

Redding, CA
Reviewed 3 August 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...

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  • Beachfront
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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 

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Address: Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Price Range: $406 - $413 (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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