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 9 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 with 24-hour security
  • Surf lessons and board rental available along with daily yoga classes
  • Comfy beds

CONS

  • Smaller breakfast
  • Often full
  • Low water pressure

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Family
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 4702–5847-in Costa Rica | 310-807–3434-in the U.S. | 506-6038--2574-WhatsApp

HOTEL DETAILS

7 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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