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Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 6 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!

Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

one of the best experience of my life, if you go to Costa Rica this is the place that will let you enjoy for sure the country, well located in Alajuela (where actually is the airport, close to tha capital San Jose and the natural reserve) in the middle of the wild nature and coffee plantations, the food is amazing...

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I went with a group for a yoga retreat. It was fantastic! The bodywork services were amazing. The food fantastic. We had a wonderful time! The grounds are gorgeous and the yoga rooms were perfect. Great props. The views were beautiful. I did have to move my bed to an opposite wall to take advantage of the view.

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Key West, Florida
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I stayed here for a week attending a Thai Yoga Massage course. This property is surrounded by lush gardens and amazing views of the 4 cities in the valley. Our room was cozy but was in need of a little renovation. The bathroom walls did not reach the ceiling so basically whatever you are doing in the bathroom, anyone else...

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Cons: - very so-so Neighborhood - not as advertised. Very different looking rooms. - below average service: came in when raining, no umbrellas offered, no one to carry luggage. - no internet/wifi - no TV in rooms. - no parking. Parking on the street. - no food for late check ins. Restaurant closes at 8pm. - food finished by 7:00pm......

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • 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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  • Free Internet
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  • Airport Transportation
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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
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela
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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.”
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