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
It started the moment we pulled up to the hotel. The door man/valet told my husband we may not want to take our bags out of the car because our room may not be ready. I asked if they valet and he said we can park the car ourselves. We took our bags out anyway - if room not ready we could change and go to pool or grab lunch. Our room was ready and after checking in we went to the south tower - 2nd floor ocean front. Our room was nice. The problem with the south tower is there's no way to go to lobby and leave the premises without going outside past pool area. The pool is between both towers and its a wind tunnel. The tile is always wet and I was afraid I'd slip. It was raining and I was dressed up to go out for the night. I was not happy having to go outside past the wind tunnel and in the rain. I just don't like the construction of the hotel. I asked if there was anyway to get to the south tower without having to go outside and was told no. I love the Friday night bartender and Dallas who works on the beach setting up the chairs for guests. I also paid $500 for a Friday night. This is way to much to pay for this hotel. Go down the street to the Vero Beach Club - its beautiful.
Went for the endless mimosas & Bloody Mary brunch. New math means endless equals two even though we were staying there, not driving, and looking to just relax by the water. Staff was very nice, amenities good and site was very clean and well kept. However this was not a $19.99. brunch. It was, all in, around $50/pp and the given that drinks were poured out of pitchers along with the fact that, with the restaurant was mostly empty, we couldn’t get a refill is unacceptable for the money spent.
This hotel is a bit of a gem, we popped in for one night on our journey south to Miami from Orlando. The staff are friendly and very professional, the room was extremely comfortable and very stylish .
It is lovely to be so close to the Ocean.