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
If you enjoy a wonderful facial experience, see Ariana. I was so relaxed, I didn't want to drive home. I did the Sublime facial and it was perfect. I wanted to enjoy the steam room either before or after my facial, but it was not working, so that was a bummer. I would book again.
We picked this resort for a mother/daughter weekend based upon reviews. Loved the idea of a "boutique resort" and the staff delivered superior service in all departments but sometimes had to be asked. We loved our pool view 3rd floor room & it still had a nice ocean view. Beds and linens super comf, room and bath clean & well-appointed. The towels on the chairs and at the beach were not so great and the attendants at the beach only cover 1/2 the chair. The beach at this property is lovely! BUT...where was the sparkling wine at check in and the frozen grapes by the pool? We read about it but did not encounter either. We used the spa for a body treatment upstairs, but afterwards, when all relaxed and in our robes, we had to walk OUTSIDE in the bright light and down two flights of stairs (it was raining), to go to the spa lobby where the pedi chairs were. Sitting in the reception lobby of the spa, listing to the receptionist making phone calls confirming tomorrow's appts kinda ruined the vibe after a massage for sure. Had I known our pedi would be us sitting in our robes in the reception area, I would have passed for sure. When I inquired why the jets were not on in my foot bath, it was b/c the other footbath was broken, so they did not want to make her feel bad if mine was on. This spa has 5-star prices, but definitely was not a 5-star experience. It was just ok, at best. Here is what was 5-star...the Food! Every meal we had, either in the restaurant or room service was incredible! There is a heavy Cuban influence on this menu, so we steared towards those house specialties and the kitchen delivered for sure!!! Enjoy this resort--we would return, but I would definitely do spa elsewhere. Also be aware: valet places your full first and last name, along with the dates of your stay, on your dashboard and all cars are parked in an outdoor unsecure parking lot. I found that to be a breach of privacy.
Friendly, attentive staff. Clean rooms. Great town within walking distance. The ocean access is easy and the pool area very relaxing. We were there for a dinner event and the food was excellent particularly the decadent desserts! We will definitely return and spend more time!