Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

Calle Puente Negro, 800 Mts SW From CENCINAI, Carrizal, Alajuela 20103 Costa Rica
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#1 of 1 spa in Carrizal
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Internet
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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jerdobi wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice an relaxing vistas of the San Jose valley just 20 minutes away from the airport. They have inclusive meals where you get fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinners that are home cooked organic. They have a great spa staff that provides many different combinations of massages to meet everyone's needs.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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BeJoy wrote a review Jul 2022
12 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing experience at Pura Vida! It is an easy and quick ride from the airport. The property and the grounds are beautiful and the pool and hot tubs are quite special. My room was so comfortable and what a view! The food is healthy, delicious and plentiful and the resort staff is wonderful. Their hospitality is second to none and they can’t do enough for you. One of the staff actually took me on my own personal tour of the grounds as I have a challenged sense of direction. I stayed in my room alone and felt perfectly safe at all times whether walking around alone at night or in my room. The spa's staff are very talented and the treatments are incredible and healing. They really take the time to get to know the person they are treating. I went for a yoga retreat and the yoga rooms are great (both the hot and not hot)…the space is perfect for yoga and has incredible views. Everything is top notch and is a great place to relax and unwind. Don't miss the ginger lemon tea and the chips with guacamole from the smoothie bar. I will be coming back for sure!
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ingridtic wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited (my daughter and I )Pura Vida Spa and Hotel recently and was great!! What a magical place! If younare a nature lover and like to relax, connect with friends family this is the place for you!.. Pura Vida Spa and Hotel is surrounded by nature, the views are incredible walking in the the property its just so therapeutic. We did yoga with Tamara at sun set was one of the best yoga practice!! And we are not experts but like the benefits of the stretching, calm the mind, Etc

Food is healthy and tasty the ladies at the restaurant and the gentleman are very sweet they made us feel like home!!! Everyone is very helpful sweet and kind so is Eduardo and Jose!!
We want to go back!! highly recommend it 🙂👍 Pura Vida!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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onlinesk wrote a review Sep 2022
4 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have heard about this place for many many years and have many friends who have been to this place numerous times. For me I was not so happy with the accommodations. The food was very good , but not a lot of variety. The staff was very very nice - however the manager was not nice at all , but his staff was wonderful as I said - go figure! The pool is beautiful and the excursions that they pick and the vehicles and the drivers are all very very good they pick top-notch excursions. So I was at a workshop I loved the workshop I was in. Other people that were there for the first time agreed with me that we don’t ever want go back there again but everyone has different opinions so for me I’ve been to many yoga retreats in the world and I will be checking out different ones the next time I go to Costa Rica .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Captain Dave wrote a review Mar 2024
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a lovely place, with gorgeous plantings. They've landscaped it very nicely, with little paved paths wending their way through the property. The food is good, but if you are on a restricted diet, your choices narrow quickly in that there is one meat option. Chicken for dinner, chicken for lunch the next day. Fish that night, then for lunch the day following (and they don't tell you what kind, the card at the buffet just says "fish"). The staff is very friendly. Nice pool. Some little things need more attention -- shower head, exposed sharp screw heads, louvers that don't open/close properly. The one negative surprise was nighttime noise in the A-frame. The public areas are quiet but at night there's a lot of road noise when you're trying to sleep, and the windows don't close (there's no A/C). Bring earplugs!
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Date of stay: March 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sonja M wrote a review Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There is nothing less than perfect to describe my experience with Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! From the introductory email to the finals goodbyes, every moving part in organizing a retreat with 20 people, went smoothly and seamlessly. Even when there were slight disturbances and adjustments, everything was handled with ease and never a problem. The food was divine! The staff was always kind and accommodating. The Spa treatments were on point. And the transportation to and from left us all feeling well taken care of. From a quick weekend hop to a retreat made for Kings and Queens, use this retreat center. I'm a very particular person and proud to say, you will not regret your decision.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Michelle Sadownick Realtor wrote a review Jul 2022
Delray Beach, Florida12 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a vacation!!! It was so relaxing and I’m still glowing a week after being home! The resort was beautifully situated in the mountains with nature everywhere while in the tropics. The accommodations were comfortable and the service there was impeccable. The staff educated us on the culture provided clean rooms & excellent food. My favorite was the beverages of fresh coconut, fruit smoothies and ginger lemon tea. They were always there if we ever needed anything but what would one need on a yoga retreat where all you need to do is be!

Jane and Brett, the owners of hot yoga, the organizers were amazing! They really made sure every detail was taken care of. It’s as If I jumped in my car and got to Costa Rica with a snap of my fingers. The teachers had amazing energy and they were excellent. I can’t wait to take their classes locally. The excursions provided by the resort were awesome and the transportation and guides were fantastic. I met so many lovely people there. Everyone was so nice and friendly. I went alone and came back with a new found family! I would recommend this resort and experience to anyone. Thank you everyone I met, thank you yoga teachers, thank you Jane and Brett and most of all Puravida spa and their amazing staff.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tara C wrote a review Apr 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend and I stayed at Pura Vida following a 6 day Women’s Retreat. It was the perfect place to unwind and process. Jose was the absolute best. He was very accommodating with our check in/out schedule and even had a delicious chocolate cake delivered to our table for my friends birthday!! The pool was very warm and clean. The yoga Shala w brought a very magical feel to the yoga practices we took part in. The meals were nutritious and delicious. This will be at the top of my list of places to return to when in Costa Rica!! Thank you Pura Vida for such a divine experience.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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woods w wrote a review Mar 2023
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from a weeklong retreat led by the amazing Stephanie Nicole of JTown Hot Yoga in Pennsylvania, USA. Pura Vida is a beautiful place, managed by knowledgeable and kind folks, particularly Jose and William. The gardens are lovely, the food is fantastic, the yoga spaces are gorgeous (heated and unheated), the pool was warm and welcoming, as was the hot tub. There are plenty of spaces for quiet reflection, paths through the grounds for walking meditation, and plenty of fun excursion options (I did a great zip line adventure). I enjoyed several massages, including a swedish (Mar Y Sol), thai holistic (Thais) and an interesting "Dragon Fire" chinese treatment (Karina) that included acupuncture, moxa and cupping. My room (#203 Vista) was simple but comfy, with a balcony and fantastic view of San Jose. It was cleaned every day and the housekeeping folks were friendly and efficient. The shuttle service from the airport was convenient. It was simply a fantastic vacation!
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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elissa412 wrote a review Nov 2022
Silver Spring, Maryland111 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The land in Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful, as are the people. The staff is so friendly and responds quickly to any requests. They fixed our shower head the day after we asked about it. Jose and William on the front desk are exceptionally kind, as are Alan and all of the other dining room staff. The food is delicious and healthy. The massage sessions were 3 of the best I've ever had in my life, with Alexandra, Karina, and Akua. Try a Watsu session in their exquisite Watsu pool if you can! The solar heated pool and hot tub are also extremely relaxing. I took a continuing education class there for 5 days and the classroom was wonderful. The view from Vista room 205 was amazing! I can't say enough good things about this place. :) I am dreaming of returning some day!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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mebell4 asked a question Apr 2022
Tallahassee, Florida1 contribution5 helpful votes
Do they have microwaves in the deluxe accommodations? Can I use a USA plug in in their outlets?
Answer from Eduardo M
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
None of our accommodations have microwave ovens. USA plugs will work in the costarrican outlets.
Answer from Eduardo M
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Hello Adrea, we do have a work out room equipped with kettlebells and other functional movement tools. We do not have cardio equipment.
Answer from Eduardo M
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Hello Lu C. None of our rooms have air conditioning, we are 4200 feet above sea level and the temperature is quite confortable year round.
Answer from Eduardo M
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Each of our instructors will help, adjust and individually give instructions as much as the group session allows however if you would prefer you can also book private sessions with them which will allow for much more individualized attention. An other option would be to join one of the retreats in our calendar that are focused on what you are looking for.
Liz F asked a question Jan 2017
Dumfries, Virginia21 contributions9 helpful votes
How far is this resort from the nearest beach? And what are you options in getting there?
Answer from Eduardo M
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Hello! The nearest beach is 2 hours away. Some of our guests rent a car, others get a taxi, car for hire or van fore the day.
holly G wrote a tip Dec 2022
Ocean Springs, Mississippi2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring good shoes and watch your step. "
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ancientmeadow wrote a tip Sep 2022
Brooktondale, New York21 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 201 had a fantastic view with floor to ceiling windows on two walls - someone told me is was the best view of all the rooms"
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Shayna C wrote a tip Apr 2022
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All of the suites are amazing but honestly every single room has a stunning view!!"
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Jamie wrote a tip May 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I'm telling you, pick a suite!!!"
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FlidaisoftheWoods wrote a tip Apr 2019
Dayton, Ohio39 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms require uphill walking to get to main resort areas such as meeting rooms and dining."
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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
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaAlajuelaCarrizal
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (4.7 km), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (5.4 km), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Spaghetti Factory, City Mall, Alajuela, and Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Pura Vida Retreat & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Pura Vida Retreat & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.