Encantada Ocean Cottages

Esterillos Este, Costa Rica


What's Included

  • 6 nights at Encantada Ocean Cottages
  • 3 daily meals
  • Transportation to and from the airport

The Accommodations

Offering an outdoor swimming pool, full restaurant, yoga/fitness rancho, gardens and a private beach area, Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este Beach, a still undeveloped, pristine, and yet very accessible chocolate sand beach on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Our simple yet cozily appointed rooms all provide you with air conditioning, hot water, premium bedding, free high speed wifi and private seating area. Featuring a shower, en-suite bathrooms also come with organic, locally-made bath & body products. Extras include an outdoor seating area, a safety deposit box, ceiling fan, mini fridge & coffee/tea station. All rooms are only an 8 second walk away from the beach shore at our backdoor. Other facilities offered at the property include a concierge/tour desk, beach games, indoor games and laundry service. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surrounding areas, including massages, cycling, horseback riding, surfing/boogie boarding, beach combing, rainforest - waterfall hiking, birding, national parks, white water rafting, ATV riding, snorkeling, boating and fishing. Free secured parking is featured.

The Activity Space

Our open air beachfront "ranchito" is perfect for morning or evening yoga sessions. We have on site mats, blocks, straps and meditation cushions for up to 25 guests.

Getting There

Round-trip transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes 2 hours to get to the venue from the airport.

Daily Meals

  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included

Dietary Options

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Vegan Meals
  • Gluten-Free Meals
  • Fish & Meat


  • 110 volt outlets
  • Accessible kitchen for guest cooking classes
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach
  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Sound system for instructor use in yoga/fitness space
  • Towels

Fitness & Yoga Equipment

  • 30  Yoga Mats
  • 30  Yoga Blocks
  • 30  Yoga Straps
  • 30  Towels
  • 15  Full Sets Of Free Weights

Internet Access

Free WiFi is available in all areas.

Room & Guest Capacity

  • Up to 28 Guests
  • 7 Rooms

The Rooms

Ocean Front Villa 1 available

Sleeps up to 4, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 2 twin beds

  • All rooms include air conditioning,  wi-fi, hot water, ceiling fan, mini fridge, security safe box & local crafted organic bathroom amenities.

    Sleeps up to 4

    1 king bed & 2 twins

    1 bathroom - Master bath features a walk-in shower accompanied by two shower heads and a double sink

    Fully equipped kitchen with gas burner, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, dinnerware and flatware

    Private Patio.

Two-Bedroom Villa 1 available

Sleeps up to 5, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 3 twin beds

  • All rooms include air conditioning,  wi-fi, hot water, ceiling fan, mini fridge, security safe box & local crafted organic bathroom amenities.

    Sleeps up to 5

    2 bedrooms / 2 baths

    Master bedroom with 1 king bed and 1 twin bed

    Second bedroom with 2 twin beds

    Fully equipped kitchen with stove, coffee maker, toaster, refrigerator, dinnerware, flatware

    Private patio

Private Retreat 1 available

Sleeps up to 2, Contains 2 twin beds

  • All rooms include air conditioning,  wi-fi, hot water, ceiling fan, mini fridge, security safe box & local crafted organic bathroom

    Sleeps up to 2

    Upstairs poolside room

    2 twin beds / or convert to 1 king bed

    Private balcony with hammock

Garden View Queen Cottage 2 available

Sleeps up to 5, Contains 2 full/double beds and 1 twin bed

  • Enjoy your own private individual cottage. Both garden view cottages are equipped with A/C, fan, Wi-Fi, Mini Refrigerator, desk, safe deposit box and a walk-in closet. Equipped with two queen size beds and a twin bed located in an upstairs loft.

Poolside King Cottage 2 available

Sleeps up to 4, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 2 twin beds

  • Enjoy your own private individual cottage. Both poolside cottages are equipped with A/C, fan, Wi-Fi, Mini Refrigerator, desk, safe deposit box and a walk-in closet. Equipped with one King size bed, a daybed and a twin bed located in the upstairs loft as well as a unique outdoor lounge and seating area.

About the Area

What's Nearby

We are directly on the beach so all beach activities including world class surfing, boogie boarding, beach combing and beach walks are within steps of the property.

Nearby are the City of Jaco (25 minutes drive north), City of Quepos/Manuel Antonio (30 minutes drive south), Playa Hermosa (15 minute drive north) & City of Dominical (45 minutes drive south).  All of these areas have activities, shopping restaurants, etc.  Jaco and Quepos also have marinas.

Many nearby tours can be accessed by car, taxi, shuttle or bus.

Nearby Food

Guests can purchase meals, snacks, beverages & alcohol at our hotel restaurant or bar. These meals can also be bundled/purchased upfront and included in the room cost but this would need to be worked out with Encantada Ocean Cottages prior to the retreat. We also have 3 other restaurants on our beach within walking distance. There are also other restaurants that can be reached by a short drive, bike ride or longer walk about 1.5 miles from the hotel.

Nearby Airports

San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Local Activities

The following activities can only be booked and paid for at the resort. They cannot be booked in advanced through Trip Tribe.

Massages $60 / person
60 or 90 minutes massages can be scheduled for individuals or couples.
Surf Board Rental $20 / person
Surf Board Day Rental
Surf Lesson $60 / person
1 to 1.5 Hour Surf Lesson with a local instructor.
Boogie Board Day Rental $10 / person
Boogie Board Day Rental
Zipline Canopy Adventure $75 / person
Mangrove Nature Tour $45 / person
Zipline and Waterfall Canyoning $110 / person
Horseback Excursions $60 / person
National Parks and Reserves $75 / person
White-water Rafting $120 / person
Waterfall Hiking Tour $120 / person
Snorkeling $100 / person

  29 Reviews   

  • Patty
  • Ambassador
  • Jan 17 2019

I just experienced my second trip to Costa Rica using Trip Tribe. I love working with them because it’s so easy for me.....they do all the work collecting payments and organizing transportation. It’s a great company!

  • Lisa Marie
  • Verified Guest
  • Nov 19 2018

Amazing trip/experience! Secluded area made for a relaxing oasis--felt as if we had the beach all to ourselves! Staff was off the charts; made us feel like family while at the resort. Resort was amazing; cozy and zen-like...the pool, the cottages, the yoga space, the beach area. Refreshing trip and will definitely be back again.

  • Lauren
  • Verified Guest
  • Nov 15 2018

This trip was absolutely amazing! I signed up to go not knowing anyone and knowing it would be outside of my comfort zone. The result was an opportunity to grow my yoga practice, my experience, and my yoga tribe in my city and in Costa Rica. This was a vacation I will remember for the rest of my life.

  • Liz
  • Verified Guest
  • Nov 12 2018

This trip was simply spectacular! From the location, to the yoga, to the experience...it was everything I was hoping it would be--probably even more! I can't wait to do another retreat soon!!!

  • Carie
  • Verified Guest
  • Jun 18 2018

The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations to the smallest details. Encantada Beach Cottages were quaint and comfy and staff went above and beyond to take care of us. Devon and Stephanie were great teachers and leaders. Trip Tribe drivers were safe, friendly and very professional. I LOVED it!!

  • Jessica
  • Verified Guest
  • Jun 18 2018

The trip was way more than I expected. Definitely worth it and definitely want to do it again

  • Devon
  • Ambassador
  • Jun 18 2018

Great trip, great facilities and great people!

  • Rachelle
  • Ambassador
  • Mar 23 2018

The trip was absolutely amazing! I had nothing but good experiences while in Costa Rica and will def be doing another retreat at the same location in the future.

  • Suzanne
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 22 2018

My husband and I travel quite a lot. When I visualize the places we'll go, I'm often disappointed because it doesn't live up to my fantasies. But Encantada surpassed my expectations. It is small and cozy, right on the beach, the cottages are well appointed, the food was delicious and plentiful. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. We were very impressed by the efficiency of the operation.

  • Karen
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 08 2018

Best trip ever!!!!

  • Betsy
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 05 2018

Great girls Retreat

  • stephanie
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 27 2018

This was my first retreat with trip tribe and Dana Hot Yoga and everything was absolutely amazing. The location was incredible. Encantada Ocean Cottages' grounds were inspiring and tranquil, the staff was wonderful, the chef is out of this world amazing. This trip was everything i could have hoped for and more.

  • Ashlee
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 25 2018

Best trip I have ever taken!

  • Janine
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 01 2018

The trip was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. Patty as a skilled and attentive group leader/yoga teacher and her warm personality and commitment to a gentle yoga practice made the trip more than perfect. The accommodations and meals were the best! We spent another two weeks on a tour all over Costa Rica (after the yoga retreat) and not one place we stayed or one meal came even close to the perfection of Encantada.

  • Patty
  • Ambassador
  • Jan 17 2018

This trip was perrrrrfect! I titled the trip a “Find Your Bliss” yoga retreat and 100 % of those who attended found their bliss. The accommodations were beyond beautiful, the food was so nutritious and the entire experience exceeded everyone’s expectations. We’ll be back in 2018 for sure!!

  • Verified Guest
  • Jan 17 2018

This was probably THE most impactful vacation of my life. Patty and the group were simply amazing. Encantada Ocean Cottages were lovely and the food was fabulous. It was a wonderful week of yoga, breathing, getting off the grid and recharging. I highly recommend this and can’t wait to go back.

  • Carol
  • Verified Guest
  • Jan 17 2018

Exceeded my expectations. A setting in a beautiful location which was just the perfect size for a smaller group. The staff was wonderful. Sharing three delicious meals a day gave our group time to share and get to know each other. All the equipment we needed for yoga was supplied. A huge bonfire and smores on the beach was icing on the cake on our last night.

  • Ana
  • Verified Guest
  • May 12 2017

Costa Rica is also called the ´Switzerland of Latin America¨ - the people I met there were all friendly, considerate, and respectful. Sergio, our airport-hotel-airport driver, took such good care of the group assigned to his route! He cheerfully stopped on the way from San Jose to Esterillos at a local pharmacy (unfortunately, one of the participants arrived with flu symptoms, but happily recovered after a couple of healthy living days) and from there at a typical local restaurant for a restoring “casado” a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and your choice of fish, chicken, pork, or beef (addicting!). Sergio told us that Costa Rica is such a peaceful country they don’t require armed forces. You will become familiar with the greeting or toast: “Pura Vida”, which means pure life, or good life, and quickly appreciate why it’s used so often.

We were surrounded by gorgeous plants, treated to tropical fruits (the mangos!) and vegetables that grow in abundance; healthy eating is just a way of life. We drove through rainforests, amazing landscapes, everything lush and flourishing. Our visit to Manuel Antonio National Park put us in direct view of howler monkeys, sleepy sloths, a flash of macaws and beautiful butterflies skimming the sky – ending with a swim in Playa Espadilla’s gentle waters. Another day excursion took us to Nauyaca Falls, truly a breathtaking experience. Two cascades plunge 200 feet into a cool swimming pond, providing extraordinary picture taking opportunities. We explored Dominical, a laidback waterfront community with artsy hippie vibes.

Words fail me in describing my experience at Encantada Beach Cottages, but I will do my best to try. Let’s start with hospitality: the generous reception received from Tiffany, Nome, Adam, Katie, Elena, Daniel and all the property staff. Yeats quote describes it perfectly: there are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met. Every day I was surrounded by kind and generous acts; freely given without expectations. The property grounds are a source of so much beauty and serenity. Especially for those who are able to free their minds and spirits from agitation, to leave superficiality and things which are not authentic aside, to fully embrace the peace found in gazing at the ocean and allowing the crooning of its waves to lull you… The cottages are charmingly appointed; the property grounds are beautifully maintained. The pool is crystal clear and inviting; plenty of comfortable lounges and hammocks for lazy afternoon naps.

The food prepared by Elena and Daniel is extraordinary; Costa Rica flourishes with magnificent tropical fruits (mangoes, papaya, melons, bananas, kiwi, guanábana, and pineapple) and glorious vegetables locally and organically grown. Every meal is accompanied by a glass of freshly made fruit juice. Freshly caught Red Snapper, Marlin, Tuna, shrimp – need I say more? And for those who like me, enjoy cocktails: Daniel can concoct the best margaritas and daiquiris. A good night’s rest is assured by the coziest beds, pillows, and sun fresh linens. Encantada has several interpretations in English; the most appropriate for this property would be enchanted, better yet, magical.

The inspiration for my stay was a Yoga retreat fittingly named “Awakening the Spirit”. Undoubtedly, many of the gifts I returned home with were a result not only of Chrissy Gonzalez, the yogini that led the retreat, and whose words travel straight to the heart of her students – but of the combination of observing the daily practice in perfect surroundings. Time flows effortlessly at Encantada; there are no judgments made about anyone. Worries and fears are lost; love takes over behavior patterns. Without being aware of it, a smile settles on your face.

  • Kathy
  • Verified Guest
  • May 02 2017

Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica and its people. The accommodations were nice, comfortable, and clean. The food was healthy and fantastic! Chrissy has a wonderful spirit and is one of my favorite yoga instructors. I'm lucky that I get to continue to practice with her in Chicago, but I'll miss looking at and listening to the ocean while doing yoga... something everyone should experience! GREAT trip!

  • Natonia
  • Verified Guest
  • May 01 2017

My trip was fantastic. Costa Rica is amazing clean with a laid back vibe.....PURA VIDA! I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the beach/ocean, the stars at night, the people and food.

  • Mazie
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 30 2017

Costa Rica trip was amazing. The food was healthy and good.

  • Deborah
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 30 2017

Esterillos Este is a very special place, ideal for a yoga retreat. The owners and their team worked very hard to make us feel welcome and cared for. The fish (oh, the fish) was amazing, as were the fruits and vegetables. Without hormones and GMOS, the real taste of the food could emerge. Chrissy Gonzalez is a teacher to follow.

  • Chrissy
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 30 2017

I was the Ambassador and instructor during this retreat and I am extremely happy at how everything turned out. I will definitely be using Trip Tribe again for future retreats!

  • Kristen
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 11 2017

Beyond my expectations, & Amazing!! The Coziest and Friendliest place I have ever stayed! :)

  • Alicia
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 27 2016

The owners and the staff of the resort were outstanding! It was a wonderful experience!

  • Sylvia
  • Verified Guest
  • May 24 2016

My trip was awesome with Sara ( fabulous Yoga instructor) in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica and our activities were just fabulous with our 2 adventurous trips to the Rain Forest and Rain Forest hiking, zip lining, floating down the rapids, and repelling. Recommend Esterillos Este and the Encantada Ocean Cottages for everyone. Amazing time!!

  • Jasmin
  • Ambassador
  • May 16 2016

This was the most unforgettable, life-changing trips I couldn't have even imagined in my dreams! I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous, sustainable country, with the best of all worlds, the rain forest, the jungle, the most beautiful beaches, all with a government who protects their natural resources and allows no hunting of any kind. From the most kind and friendly people who also speak English, to the most beautiful natural playground, I am in awe of this culture and can hardly wait to go back! We faced our fears, had the most fun activities, and most gorgeous venue all to ourselves. THANK YOU and PURA VIDA!!!

  • Jennie
  • Verified Guest
  • May 16 2016

My first Trip Tribe was amazing and I can't wait to sign up for another one. I've always wanted to do a yoga retreat and have always wanted to go to Costa Rica. So this experience was once in a lifetime. I loved being active and healthy on vacation while discovering new places. I hope to do this once a year with my sister, Dawn. We are hoping to sign up for one in Tulum, Mexico.

  • Theresa
  • Verified Guest
  • May 09 2016

Wonderful time! The resort was beautiful and there was enough flexibility to enjoy excursions, workouts and relaxing time. It was safe/easy to get around and the cost for excursions was very reasonable.

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