Fodor's Expert Review Encantada Ocean Cottages

Next to Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel , Esterillos Este, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Framing a blue-tiled pool are freestanding cottages with thoughtful and creative touches like luxurious bedding atop artsy bed frames (made from repurposed pallets), colorful throws, polished cement floors, and lofts with twin beds. The oceanfront suite opens onto a private terrace with unobstructed views of the beach. There’s a two-bedroom, two-bath villa with a full kitchen that sleeps five, and an economical room with no view but plenty of character. There are surf lessons and beach toys for kids, and hammocks and margaritas for mom and dad. Yoga sessions take place at 10 am daily ($10). Costa Rican specialties are cooked on an open flame and served in a palapa restaurant. Void of TVs and phones, this is the place to unplug, although there is a high-speed Wi-Fi connection.

PROS

  • peaceful location
  • surf lessons and board rental available and daily yoga classes
  • comfy beds
  • 24-hour security

CONS

  • neighbor's barking dog next to beachfront suite
  • often full
  • no shower curtains
  • neighbor's barking dog next to beachfront suite

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Family
Casual
Beachfront
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 855-580–0006-in North America | -2778–7048

HOTEL DETAILS

6 cottages, 1 villa
Rate Includes: Free breakfast