Costa d’Este Beach Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The Wave features hand-cut steaks, fresh fish and Cuban cuisine from Estefan family recipes
- Four-legged friends are greeted with treats; beds and water bowls available on request
- Guests receive a drink ticket for one free mojito, the resort’s signature cocktail
What To Know
- Sexy and chic, the property might appeal more to adults and couples than families
- Don’t expect many nightlife options in the area: The resort is the most happening place in Vero Beach
- The daily $20 resort fee covers amenities such as valet parking, WiFi and fitness center access
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Costa d’Este brings a slice of South Beach to an otherwise sleepy beach town. Circles are a theme here, from the Midcentury Modern exterior to the porthole-style windows and mirrors in the guestrooms. In true SoBe style, the resort goes from day to night in dramatic fashion. A sleek whitewashed exterior comes alive with vibrant lighting in orange, yellow and blue. A slick beaded curtain turns into a colorful canvas with a projected floral image in the lobby, and nooks in the retro stone wall are illuminated by candlelight. A sculpture garden highlighting local artists rounds out the contemporary vibe.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are fresh and modern in a palette of white, chocolate-brown and orange, fashioned with teak furniture and accents. Each features a private balcony, some of which overlook the ocean. Bathrooms are spacious and contemporary, with a vessel sink, walk-in shower with built-in bench and Teracotta products.
The poolside scene is happening: The Cabana Pool Bar slings mojitos as Latin rhythms pulsate from the speakers. Free perks include sunscreen, chilled scented towels and frozen grapes. Carnivores will delight in the juicy hand-cut steaks, fresh-caught seafood and Latin specialties like ropa vieja, pollo asado and paella straight from Estefan family recipes at the Wave restaurant. (Don’t miss the truffled reggiano yucca fries or the Oprah-approved Cuban black beans.) The small spa is one of the few in the area to offer ashiatsu, a massage technique in which a therapist walks on the guest’s back to stimulate pressure points.
In the Area
Vero Beach is the classic Florida oceanfront setting, but with a less touristy, more small town vibe. Upscale eateries include Ocean Grill, which offers signature dishes such as crab au gratin and orange-sherry roast duck with pecan rice, and the Tides, which features seafood including cedar-planked wild salmon and macadamia-crusted snapper. For a laid-back meal, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill does the Jimmy Buffett atmosphere right, with prime seaside seating, live music and beach bar staples such as shrimp tacos and cheeseburgers in paradise. Satisfy a sweet tooth at Cravings, which has homemade ice cream and warm-from-the-oven pastries, cookies and cakes. Shopaholics will love perusing the specialty boutiques lining Ocean Drive or hunting for brand name deals at the Vero Beach Outlets, a 10-minute drive from the resort.
How to Get There
We really enjoyed relaxing at Costa for our Honeymoon. We took advantage of the nice weather by riding the bikes provided, taking some walks on the beach, lounging by the gorgeous pool, and ocean. The staff was very friendly and when they found out it was our Honeymoon they sent us a handwritten card with congratulations and some chocolate covered strawberries too!
We opted to book one of the ocean front rooms and it did not disappoint! The room was right on the ocean and we enjoyed many early mornings/late nights taking in the view from the balcony. The accommodations were also high end - a lot of natural stone, warm wood, fabulous shower, and awesome vanity lighting.
The beach town portion of Vero was very walkable from Costa. There are many cute shops and hidden gems within a short distance.
I booked one night and then realized I needed to stay two nights, The woman at the desk told me my room wasn't available and I had to check out at 11 a.m. and recheck in at 3 p.m. I said that was a shame since I had to be somewhere at 4 p.m. and couldn't wait so I would check out and book a room elsewhere. The front desk manager then said she had a room being cleaned (this was at 10:40 a.m.) and we should go back to our room and wait. I called down to the desk at 12 p.m. to find out what was happening and was told the room was being cleaned. I was told that at 10:30 a.m. Believe me the room wasn't that clean! Anyway at 12:40 p.m. I got really angry and went down to the desk where I was informed that the room was ready. When I got there the floor was wet. So it was obviously not being cleaned at 10:30. The manager lied. I believe this is called bait and switch which if not illegal should be.
Everything was excellent. This is a moderate size boutique style hotel right on the beach. The staff is so nice and friendly, the views amazing, the pool is lovely, rooms clean, room service is great. I have nothing bad to say. Oh, and the spa was so good I booked several appointments.
Amazing from beginning to end! Free valet parking right when you arrive followed by a welcome glass of champagne (or free drink ticket depending when you arrive). The upgrade to the ocean front room was SO worth it. The views are spectacular and we slept with the door slightly cracked every night just to hear the waves crashing. The service was impeccable in all areas including the pool, beach area, restaurant, and front desk. We had breakfast delivered to our room the first morning and it was delicious. The food is all very good from the restaurant, we ate 3-4 meals here throughout our stay. Pool includes a great bar and service throughout the day. Bed was comfortable. Shower was huge with a seat included. Walking distance to many restaurants, shops, ice cream, convenience store, etc. Can’t really say anything negative about this place, it met and exceeded our expectations to the fullest! Don’t hesitate booking your stay here!
Amazing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall very laid back atmosphere with a well kept property. Pool was very clean. The spa was great and the girl who did my massage was excellent. My top 5 spa visit ever. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay!!
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