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A special find awaits the weary soul in need of a restful retreat and the healing powers of the sun and sea. Travel just a few hours by car – 3 hours north of Miami and 2 hours east of Orlando – to the lovely town of Vero Beach to experience Costa d’ Este Beach Resort, singer Gloria Estefan’s latest successful venture. The boutique property is a divine detour from the crazy buzz of the South Beach scene. In fact, Miami residents escape regularly to Vero Beach for little R&R and Costa d’ Este is a top pick. The resort’s whitewashed facade blends in beautifully with the pristine beaches and Atlantic Ocean that are just beyond its doorstep. But it is the property’s stellar reputation for exceptional comfort, service and value that has elevated it to one of Florida’s shining stars.

The location could not be better. The stretch of eastern coastline is known as the Treasure Coast…and rightly so! This little piece of paradise is a living stage of natural wonders. Recognized as an eco-environment diverse in flora and fauna, the area has become a world-class destination for birding, kayaking, fishing as well as dolphin and manatee sightings.

  

When not playing in the surf…great shopping and fun-filled distractions are just outside the hotel entrance. The Beachside Shopping District, a charming 2-3 block area on Ocean Drive, is speckled with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. An evening stroll around nearby Humiston Park and a ice cream cone treat at Kilwin’s is a favorite ritual for visitors and locals alike. For a glimpse of Authentic Florida, a visit to Historic Downtown Vero Beach is a must. The Citrus Museum, Train Station and Historic Theatre Plaza on 14th Avenue are among the highlights.

Whatever your past-time preference, the Costa d’ Este Beach Resort makes the perfect home base.

Intimate and Stylish… best describe the property.

With 94 deluxe rooms and suites, nearly all offering ocean views and private balconies, you will experience refined luxury at affordable prices. I was pleased with the spacious floorplans and the clean classic lines of the interior decor. Rooms are warm and inviting with an eco-friendly and somewhat nautical design theme throughout; teak wood, fabric walls, tile floors and earth colors dominate. Well appointed and balanced in every way…the zen-like accommodations will appeal to the both the Ying and Yang needs in everyone.

The Costa d’ Este philosophy is inspired by ZEN rooted in the goal of providing guests with the perfect oasis of tranquility to achieve a harmonious state of being during their stay. But for those who want to breakout…weekends at the resort come alive with a special vibe…the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the laughter, live music and dancing poolside.

Rooms & Amenities:  94 Rooms & Suites 

One will reach true nirvana with the top floor Penthouse which features a deluxe bedroom, custom bath, and a large open dining area with a fully outfitted kitchenette that includes refrigerator, microwave/oven and an outrageous glowing amber bar counter. All this and an incredible sweeping view from an oversized balcony! What better spot to get the party started…just you and some new friends. 

Standard amenities include a large flat screen television, mini bar, complimentary wi-fi, Egyptian cotton towels and linens, in room safe, and an i-pod docking station. The bathrooms are large and luxurious featuring tumbled limestone showers and dual showerheads and the upscale line of Tarocco bath products. Suites offer sunken jacuzzi tubs and an extended balcony.

In addition to over 2000 feet of beach, there is an outdoor pool, fitness center and a full service spa.

I was thrilled to learn that this stunning property is 100% pet-friendly. And, all rooms -not just a select few – are open to this policy. So say goodbye to guilt-ridden vacations! Guests are simply asked to keep their pet on a leash in common areas and bring along a portable kennel/carrier or bedding for the room. 

Note: There is a $150 fully refundable deposit to cover any damage –but no additional nightly fees

Room Rates:  SEASONAL

Standard: $179/night; Suite: $349+/night

Contact Resort Reservations directly online for special promotions & packages

Why the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway?  “It’s playtime from Sun Up to Sun Down”! Enjoy the beach or opt for a kayaking or snorkeling adventure. Shark Bait Scuba Club operates excursions right from the hotel so it’s easy to coordinate.  And, did I mention my top reason…the Mojitos! 

Restaurants & Bars: The Wave Kitchen & Bar is a stunning dining space – an unique gathering place – offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic. The resort’s focus on balance and harmony in nature is evident in the Wave’s menu which showcases creative dishes made with ingredients sourced locally from farmers, fishermen and artisanal purveyors. Dining would not be complete without indulging in the restaurant’s signature Cuban-inspired specialties developed by Costa’s owners, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, for their published cookbook- Estefan Kitchen.

The Paella a la Costa was muy delicioso! A tasty and hearty serving of clams, chicken, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari, chorizo,  green peppers, fresh peas and calasparra rice that still makes my mouth water just thinking about it!  And, meat lovers will delight in Estefan’s  Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) cooked in a light tomato Cuban Creole sauce with onions & peppers. 

The Spa: Unisex Spa with separate locker rooms, steam room and private treatment areas. From body wraps to facials, the Costa d’Este Spa is an extension of the resort’s commitment to relaxation,rejuvenation and renewal. The signature treatment, a Hot Lava Shell Massage, is just the remedy for tight muscles and stress-relief.

Best Time to Go: Year RoundBut, the summer months offer special savings. 

Special Promotions: Check out the “Go Fly A Kite” Package  for ultimate beachtime fun; package includes accommodations, picnic lunch and a high-flying kite keepsake.

Visit Costa d’ Este Beach Resort online for more information and availability

Or call: 877-562-9919

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