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 stumbled on your hotel about 6 years ago and just loved it. Your staff is incredibly friendly, the location is perfect and the rooms are well appointed. It has all the pluses of a high end hotel without being stuffy. You don't worry about bringing young children here. We had my 2 young grandsons with us and they both loved it. The older one (10) loves to travel and rated this his best hotel yet and yes, he's stayed in Disney World.
This is my 5th year staying at Costa. The general manager Chad has surrounded himself with some great associates. Lela and Alex greeted me at the Check in desk with a glass of champagne, a smile and some genuine personality. The accommodations were on point.
Chad at the bar was the evenings entertainment and cocktail maker. Enjoy seeing him each year. John at the poolside bar also knows how to take great care of their guests.
I got a true “deep tissue “ massage at the spa. The masseuse ( I think her name was Linda) was outstanding. I walked away with more movement in my arms an shoulders and am praying she will be there next year.
Paul made sure the beach chairs were all in line and welcomed us to the beach each of the 4 days we were there.
Keep up the great work. Best stay in Vero Beach!
To my very regret, my personal experience with this resort was not a good one. I might have caught a bad day. Unattentive staff, stains all over the room 505, some even disgusting. Broken door handles, broken lamps, it was just disappointing.
However, when I met Mike, the chief engineer, all of that was forgotten. He is an A+++, a legend, a philosopher and a must-talk-to. Thank you, Mike.
From check in to check out, the valet, front desk clerks(especially Alex), the bell staff, the bartenders and our server in the dining room at brunch, the entire staff made our stay for my husband's Birthday absolutely incredible!
We just stayed there this past weekend. The resort is beautiful and luxurious. Staff is VERY attentive. Our room was large and gorgeously decorated. It's a smaller resort, which I appreciate. Pool area fantastic with a hot tub. Private path to the beach, which I believe you can get loungers on it you choose, we were too busy to do that. Saturday morning there is a great farmers market just a couple of blocks away. Get food, music, flowers ect. Very quiet