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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 recently stayed here as we do yearly and find everyone to be friendly as usual. It’s nice to return to such a great place which is consistent with previous experiences. It certainly is a joy to stay there! We always get the ocean front king and enjoy the views.
Last year I wrote about my trip alone without my family. I am writing this year about my trip with my family. I was not as impressed as I wrote last year. They have some great employees such as CarolAnn, Mike, Chris and Michael. Last year has changed compared to this year. I really donât want to say for declining reasons but I believe it is. Some of employees donât really seem to care as they did in prior years. We have been going there for 10 years. Some things have improved but several others have declined. Iâm not sure if this place is for us anymore. The cleanliness of our room was not like it used to be. Room service was good except for the extra $20 to bring it to our room. I donât mind paying and thatâs not the point. The point is thatâs over priced. The food is great! It hurts me so I have to write this because that has been my go to place with my family like I said for 10 years. The general manager said hello to me and that was that. I would not write this hotel off your list I would just want you to know it is not the same place I remember. With deep regrets I was disappointed along with my entire family. Iâm not saying not to go there by any means I just know it has changed. One more thing the hotel is dog friendly or should I say pet friendly however they took all the grass out in the back area. Now you have to walk to the front of the hotel in the heat that hurts a little dogs pads to get them to be able to go out to the bathroom. Their little feet get so hot especially this time of year. We understand there are rules but all rules must apply to everyone not just a people who abide by their rules but also people who break the rules. Rules are rules where ever you go. You should not be blamed for other peoples disregard for the rules. I love this place and I always will. I just always felt so safe and comfortable there. Now that has changed. With much regret writing this. Debbie
Just a quick overnight getaway. The beach was spacious and the pool was perfect! The free drink coupons upon check in were great and the frozen grapes are just a couple of touches that puts this place in a league of their own. I could just see the water from the balcony that houses two chairs. Check in was a breeze, the rooms were tastefully decorated, the bathroom was very large, the employees were helpful and kind, and I can’t wait to return soon. Enjoy your stay!
There is so much to enjoy about this resort! Our oceanfront king suite (room 510) was amazing - 2 full bathrooms, very large living/dining area, separate bedroom, extra large balcony overlooking the ocean - it was beautifully furnished, clean & comfortable.
The breakfasts at the Wave restaurant were delicious. We enjoyed eggs Benedict, make your own omelettes and French toast.
The poolside & beachside service was attentive & friendly (Michael & Matthew are top notch!). We enjoyed cocktails from the Cabana bar and delicious wraps at the beach & pool. The staff come around and clean sunglasses, give frozen grapes, chilled clothes, and ice water...we were so spoiled!
We had couples massages (Diane & Linda) in the spa and they were fantastic.
The fitness center is clean, maintained & Cybex cardio and weight machines are sufficient for a good workout.
From the moment we checked in, until we left, the staff were friendly, accommodating, gracious and made us feel welcome & pampered. I can't wait to return for another visit!
Been to this resort several times always have nothing but top notch service! This week I sent some friends there for their birthday and I wanted to surprise them. I called and Sarah made all my birthday surprises come true!
I know my friends are enjoying themselves as well.
Thank you Sarah for going above and beyond to make your guests experience amazing!