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Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pura Vida is a well maintained property of various paths through floral, herb and tropical gardens filled with bird songs. I booked a 7 Day mind, body & spirit retreat and opted for a Tentalow but was upgraded to an A frame when I arrived. My accommodations were clean, the bed was very comfortable and the linens high quality. The...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I went for peace and quiet. I had the best massages and treatments. I loved the food and outings. The challenge was finding external peace. The beautiful room overlooked a rural and urban landscape with loud motorcycles and trucks all day long along with 4 am roosters and barking dogs. I wore noise cancelled headphones. I paid a lot for...

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Helmetta, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 week ago

My second visit to this resort found it to be just as it was 6 months back. We were here for 7 days and stayed in one of the suites. Suggest getting the mind body spirit package as it includes a lot of things. This trip we took three excursions/tours that were included. I would suggest taking advantage of them....

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Thank you for taking the time out to leave such a wonderful review, and for coming back to visit Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! It is so great to hear that you've enjoyed your stay with us for the second time, and that you enjoyed all the amenities that come with the Mind+Body+Spirit Package. Let us know when you will...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Five Day Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat was absolutely perfect for much needed R&R!! The property is beautiful, the food absolutely delicious and healthy, the yoga instructors were all patient and helpful for a beginner, the holistic massage was heavenly, and the day trips were interesting and fun. The staff was friendly and responsive and the transport to and from...

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Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer services, and we are thrilled that we were able to do so for you. We hope to see you again soon!

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We went on a couples retreat and it happened to be at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa. I really did not do my homework and didn't know what to expect. I did know that meals were included and it would be chicken or fish, buffet style. What a fantastic surprise! The grounds are beautiful and natural. The food was all...

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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa truly want each guest to experience Costa Rica's authentic healing spirit and we are thrilled to find that you and your husband were able to experience that, especially through the massage and physical therapy. We hope you and your husband come...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Amazing all the way around, we loved the staff, services and food! This was one of the best places I have ever been! We stayed in a tentalow which was so wonderful, hearing nature really brings your soul home! I loved the showers that were open to the sunlight so you could shower with the rainbows!

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Thank you for posting a review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the staff, services and food at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! We hope to have you back soon!

Aventura, Florida
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Great place to unwind and escape the stresses of everyday life. Particularly love the caring staff, wellness treatments, lush grounds, yoga and delicious, healthy meals. This was my fifth year in a row to return to this beautiful spot so that speaks volumes.

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Thank you so much for taking the time out to leave a great review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay with us here at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa. We hope you travel to Costa Rica again soon for your sixth year, and be sure to let us know when you're coming so we can reserve...

Atlanta
Reviewed 7 February 2017

A 20 minute ride from the San Jose airport transported us to a tranquil, lush tropical retreat. Perched on a hillside overlooking the city which looks like a carpet of tlny lights at night, the rooms are well appointed (begin the day with in room Costa Rican coffee) . The beds are comfy and the balconies becon you out to...

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Thank you for choosing Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad you enjoyed the accommodations, the food and the coffee plantation. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pura Vida in the future.

Canada
Reviewed 7 February 2017

I have travelled extensively throughout my life at various wellness resorts, but this is the first time I felt compelled to express my experience, and what an experience, I can only say thank you. immediately entering the resort, I felt a sense of calm, it could have been the lush vegetation and feeling of being one with nature, or the...

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Thanks for taking the time to write a great review! We at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. One of our aims at the resort is to help our guests experience Costa Rica's authentic healing spirit, and we are thrilled that we were able to do that for you. We hope...

Argentina
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Attention to detail is what makes this place a dream holiday. The grounds are immaculately kept, lush, and big enough for exploring. The facilities have everything you could want (gym, two yoga studios, dining room and bar, pool, gift shop, herb garden, spa, hot tub, firepit, hammocks, etc.) and are built to be in harmony with the nature that surrounds...

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Thank you very much for such a great review! We at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa work very hard to off the best services in the best possible environment to our guests, and we are thrilled to see that reflected in your last visit. Thank you for paying attention to the details! We hope to see you again soon!

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
World-Class yoga instruction, acres of natural beauty, delicious healthy cuisine and spa services unrivaled in Costa Rica await inside the cloistered walls of this magical retreat. Tropical rain forest, active volcanoes, mountain cloud forests full of rainbows, breathtaking beaches and exhilarating white water rafting beckon the adventurer in you, all within a few hours drive of our eco-chic spa and wellness resort in the world's greenest country. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

Address: Mts SW From Minisuper Pavas 800 | Pavas, Carrizal, Alajuela 20103, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pura Vida Retreat & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Spa & Yoga Retreat Hotel Alajuela
Pura Vida Spa And Yoga Retreat
Pura Vida Wellness Retreat Spa
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#3 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
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“The view from the A-frame was beautiful!”
Bethoresen, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
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“The property is on a hillside, ask for a room close to reception if uneven terrain is a challenge. Lovely yoga rooms!”
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“All view are great for privacy or panoramic view. For adventure, try the Tentalows that Guest call "Glam Tents".”
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