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Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

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south florida
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This review is a bit overdue, I stayed in January. But since I just booked to go back again, I thought it was time for a review! First tip ... don't expect over the top luxury. Do expect, clean, comfortable rooms, magical grounds, fresh, amazing food and complete peace. Also, when we were there they shut off the electric for...

5Thank tortugas2x
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Just returned from a Kai retreat with Kelly Atkins set in this mountain top oasis of Alajuela...It was magical to say the least. I can't wait to go back next year.! The setting was breathtaking, the meals were both healthy and delicious and the treatments were among the best I've ever had. We danced the night away overlooking the twinkling...

2Thank blazermazer
Columbia MO
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was the first yoga retreat for me so don't have any comparisons. Pura Vida is awesome! I stayed in a cabin shared with a roommate. There was plenty of room and a beautiful view. It is very easy to navigate the resort once you become acclimated to all the buildings. The meals were healthy and delicious. There is a...

2Thank COMO1ColumbiaMO
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Someone pinch me. This stay felt like a dream. Pura Vida is located on the mountain side in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. During the day you have amazing city views below at night the clouds roll in and you feel like you're tucked away in a little world all your own. It truly is a magical experience. When...

Thank Jess P
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I'll preface this by saying I might be a little spoiled; I've been to some really mind-blowing yoga retreats, which may have colored my perspective a bit. Some aspects of Pura Vida were really enjoyable. I stayed in a Tentalow, and was amazed by how comfortable it was. I suspect it's more spacious than some of their basic rooms! The...

1Thank RunCatchKiss
Eduardo M, Manager at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, responded to this review

RunCatchKiss, I am very glad most of you experience at Pura vIda was very enjoyable. We would like to further discuss your experience at Pura Vida´s Wellness Center. Please contact me to eduardo@puravidaspacr.com

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 31 March 2014

I have lived in Central America for almost 12 years now and know Costa Rica pretty well. I did a bit of research and asked around with all info and suggestions leading back to making the Pura Vida Spa & Yoga Retreat our choice for a quick getaway! We stayed in the AFrame's which are pretty private and comfortable located...

Thank Christen B
Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Reviewed 30 March 2014

I really like Pura Vida resort. I was here in '03 and '04 and finally got back again in 2014. In the last 10 years a few things have changed. The surrounding country side is a bit noisier, the roads are really good now and Pura Vida has a new herb garden. The most important things have not changed. There...

2Thank Liz T
Macon, Georgia
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Came back from the resort few days ago. I took the 5 day mind body spirit package and deeply regret that I did not take the 7 day package. I really did not want to leave the place. I stayed in Zenda with a friend. The room was very clean and just the right size for two. The yoga in...

1Thank Fatatino
South Porcupine, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Booked a last minute "Mind, Body, Spirit" package for 7 nights. Stayed in a Tentalow. The whole experience was amazing. Loved the yoga classes, the delicious and healthy food, accommodations, and the staff. Beautiful grounds. Very relaxing atmosphere, and enjoyed the people who were here. The day trips were amazing and well planned. The tour guide Jenny is a doll...

3Thank Jodie R
Denver, CO
Reviewed 23 February 2014

My mother, sister and I stayed in the Villa for a week and it was a great experience. The Villa was perfect for 3 as it had 2 twin beds and 1 double bed. The staff is friendly and the food was fresh and tasty. Not a place for red meat eaters, but plenty of chicken, fish and vegetarian options....

2Thank HMDenver

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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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
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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“ours was loud in the mornings due to the roosters and the traffic”
 of 5 bubbles paulam240, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The property is on a hillside, ask for a room close to reception if uneven terrain is a challenge. Lovely yoga rooms!”
 of 5 bubbles Cathi1040, 7 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All view are great for privacy or panoramic view. For adventure, try the Tentalows that Guest call "Glam Tents".”
 of 5 bubbles eurotrendsamples, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“I stayed in a Vista room and loved it!”
 of 5 bubbles travelluvin, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I stayed at the Vista room and I had a view of the mountains and city lights at night.”
 of 5 bubbles caro2146, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
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