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
One of the best hotels I have been to. The rooms were great. The service and food was excellent. The view was amazing. We will definitely go back. We will probably go back for weekend trip..it was only 1/2 hour from where we live.
Truly a resort. The staff is amazing, Cuban food is wonderful, and the beach is right there. We parked our car and never used it the rest of the time if it is not on the property you don't need it. Beautiful accommodations and atmosphere.
First let me say I travel about 12 times a year for business and know the hotel industry well. At first glance, this place is spectacular. However, after two nights here, you notice the missed opportunities. We placed our placard on our door for room service this morning for 9 am. By 9:20 we had nothing. My husband called and they hadn’t even started the food. They apologized but did not off to make it right. I went to the front desk, again no offer to make it right, which is very unqualified in this industry given people have choices.
Then there are the noticeable quality issues. Mold and condensation around the vents, sink falling off the wall, handles cock-eyed on sink, poor bathroom lighting, balcony decking that is bowing from rot.
For the price, which is in the $400 a night range, this is unacceptable!
LOVED our stay...staff helpful,friendly and kind...beach staff immediately set us up and sent for servers-lovely touch of frozen grapes and constant available herb water poolside-spa is tiny but lovely!(took advantage of the “monthly specials”-remember to ask!)
Small,sleepy town with fab breakfast place-a must(the lemon tree)just across the street !
Poolside food was excellent-try the wings!(along with the skinny coconut mojito)
Very upscale service with very low key...very chill atmosphere!
Did not have to get dressed up or wear makeup at all!
A perfect girls getaway!
Hilarious and awesome service!! Can mix a killer drink! A+ service when he’s at the bar! The hotel is super nice and the bar is no exception! Do yourself a favor even on a slow night and go have a drink! You won’t regret it!