The design scheme for Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa, the new oceanfront hideaway owned by acclaimed singer/producer couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is centered on various organic, geometric expressions. Drawing inspiration from sunrises, bubbles, and nesting sea turtles, husband and wife team Isabel Saavedra-Tragash and Todd Tragash of Miami-based STA Architecture, successfully created a chic oasis that celebrates nature and beautifully reflects the Estefan's own personal style.
A Team Made to Create Heaven on Earth
"Gloria and I have been thrilled with Isabel and Todd," states Emilio Estefan. "From a design standpoint, Costa d'Este celebrates nature and reflects the laid-back vibe and environmental consciousness of Vero Beach. It's one of the main reasons we first fell in love with the community."
"Partnering with Gloria and Emilio on the creation of Costa d'Este was a dream come true," says Saavedra-Tragash. "While preserving some architectural components that were already in place, we created a fresh, natural oasis that embraces the Estefan's affinity for old Miami."
The Estefans, who were personally involved in all aspects of the design process, had previously worked with STA on their Miami Beach corporate headquarters as well as their vacation home in Vero Beach.
Originally built in the early 1970's, The Palm Court Hotel, was completely reconstructed to create Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa. It is grounded by two five-story twin towers connected by one middle story, creating a "U" shape opening to the central pool deck and beach. Recurring arches and circle formations soften the architecture. The monochromatic exterior of white on white is painted masonry, allowing the building to serve as a backdrop for the surrounding palette of the ocean, sky, and tropical landscaping. Interiors imbue a rainbow of hues from natural materials and textures, including limestone, teak, bronze, and woven fabrics.
Sleek, yet sumptuous, the resort's 94 guestrooms offer a linear profile with low, straight-lined furniture, custom designed by STA and locally crafted in teak wood. The distinctive, oval-shaped showers are lined in tumbled limestone and feature dual showerheads and built-in benches. The beds are dressed in luxurious, crisp white Egyptian cotton. Nine cabana rooms feature private beachfront gardens, each accented by fabric sunshades and furnished with a chaise lounge and a table for dining alfresco.
Three expansive, corner suites offer one bedroom, two full baths and a separate living area. A presidential suite features a master bedroom with private dressing room and bath as well as an optional second bedroom. Large sliding rice-paper panels connect the suite to its living area, complete with a state-of-the-art audio/visual entertainment system. Its gourmet kitchen and wet bar are ideal for entertaining in the eight-person dining room or on one of four balconies, all of which offer unobstructed ocean views.
The Wave Kitchen & Bar serves locally-grown products and states its commitment on its menus:
"Our aim is to use local ingredients with respect to seasonal harvests as the produce achieves its full culmination of flavors. We believe in products that are natural and pesticide-free from local farms such as: Osceola Organic Farms - Vero Beach, Seald Sweet - Vero Beach, K&M Treasure Coast - Fort Pierce, B&W Growers - Belle Glade, Alderman Farms - Boynton Beach, Winter Park Dairy - Winter Park, Green Sky Growers - Winter Garden, Pero Farms - Clewiston, and Devil's Garden."
The 1,170 sq ft Crystal Ballroom, coined for its spectacular hand-blown crystal spheres that seemingly float at ceiling height, seats 80 people. Its substantial exterior wooden doors create a dramatic entry, while backlit sculpted panels and herringbone-patterned parquet wood floors add to the elegant ambiance. The space also features a built-in stage and romantic pre-event patio.
The resort's bi-level Spa at Costa d'Este—the only resort spa in Vero Beach—features four treatment rooms and relaxation areas. With sea-grass and Mother of Pearl mosaic-tile wall coverings, limestone surfaces, walnut wood furnishings, and marble and wood-plank flooring, the Zen-like decor is calm and serene punctuated only by the soothing and restorative sounds of rippling water.
Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa
Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa opened on Vero Beach in June of 2008. The chic beachfront property redefined style, comfort, and luxury on Florida's Treasure Coast. Stylish accommodations, contemporary Cuban-fusion cuisine, and discreetly-attentive service, coupled with an intimate bi-level spa, fully-equipped gym, and stunning infinity-edge pool satisfy the most discerning world travelers.
Costa d'Este is owned by the internationally-acclaimed recording artist/producer couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.