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 had an ocean front king with a balcony and you could not beat the beauty. It was perfect. Private and absolutely beautiful ! Super friendly staff, lovely amenities. The bed was incredibly comfortable, roomy bathroom with a huge walk in shower. We were there 3 nights - not long enough! The pool staff was super attentive. All around fabulous. Highly recommend!
Great hotel! Well-appointed oceanfront room w/ pool, spa, workout facility, outdoor and indoor bars and restaurant. Employees are welcoming and helpful. Walking access to shops and other eateries. Nice, clean community - slow pace. 15 mins from Dodgertown baseball stadium.
The staff was awesome! I originally booked through Priceline.com but when I used the browsers "back" button, Priceline defaulted to the current day and I booked the wrong night. I waited on hold with Priceline for 15 mins and then got transferred to booking.com and then waited on hold for 10 mins just to speak with someone. Booking.com told me that it was up to the hotel if they would cancel the reservation. Your hotel did cancel and I wasn't charged. I learned my lesson and will book directly with the hotel from this point forward. I called the hotel directly and the reservation desk knew who I was and were SO accommodating! Then when we checked in the front desk staff was amazing. I told them that we couldn't get a reservation at the restaurant because it was the first night of spring break and the restaurant was booked. They secured a reservation for me and made me feel VERY special. The spa was wonderful, the restaurant tasty and all the staff was AMAZING! We want to come back once a month for a treat. We work so hard we deserve a weekend of pampering! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Amazing atmosphere and great staff. Very pricey but worth it for those special occasions. It took a while when I went to the front desk to obtain a reservation but if that is the only hiccup then I’d say it was a prime experience.
A small hotel with big amenities. Terrific staff that makes you feel at home. Food that is unrivaled. Relaxaing pool and spa and just feet from the ocean. I have stayed at Costa several times and am remembered and welcomed back as an old friend. I hope to visit them many times in the future.