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Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Last stop on 3 week honeymoon tour - most expensive but average. We thought we'd spend more for luxury last 2 nights and it wasn't. I think that sums it up. The staff were helpful tho. Not that pretty and accommodation not great. Surf is better north on Nicoya but some occasional waves for good surfers. Much better further up...

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

Hey there! We're sorry to hear that Encanta La Vida wasn't what you were looking for during the last stop of your tour. We are an off-the-grid jungle eco lodge, which is a luxury of it's own kind! All three meals (including a 3-course dinner) are included into the rate here at Encanta. So, you're not only paying for the...

Longmont, Colorado
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My husband and I and another couple stayed at Encanta for 3 nights in mid February. We visited Encanta 12 years ago and found the few things that changed (refreshing salt water swimming pool and yoga/massage facility) added to this lovely experience. We love that you can experience so much of Costa Rica, jungle, monkeys, birds, hiking, ocean time...without getting...

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

Hey there! We're so glad that you enjoyed the salt water pool, the ocean view yoga deck, the crazy monkeys, the nature hike and the beautiful beaches! You are correct - there is definitely an abundance of adventure to experience here... and all right at your fingertips! We absolutely loved having you four here at Encanta La Vida, and we...

Oakdale, New York
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My daughter and I went here for a yoga retreat for my daughters 21st birthday. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the food all fresh, farm to table, ocean to table, prepared fresh on the spot. Vegetarian, vegan, no restrictions, whatever your diet requires, all catered to without question. All with beautiful presentation. Nice little bar by the pool, and...

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Reston, Virginia
Reviewed 1 March 2017

My wife and I had the great pleasure to recently stay at Encanta La Vida. We absolutely loved it there and will definitely plan to visit again in the future. Cindy and Aminda were total rock stars from start to finish. They had local contacts for all the activities we were interested in on speed dial and were so helpful....

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houston, United States
Reviewed 11 February 2017

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 30 January 2017

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 21 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 19 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

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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: $388 - $395 (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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“We stayed in Casona #2 and the hammocks on the shared porch were a favorite spot to overlook the property.”
djdavidgrimm, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Third floor room of newest addition is almost in the canopy.”
975markl, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“There is a lot of variety available so ask about what each room/villa offers”
porterstarr, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“there are no bad rooms”
pavonnes, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get the upper level when offered.”
seanr181, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
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