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Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

#12 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a retreat leader and business owner I look for hidden gems to host my women's retreats. Being familiar with RR Resorts using their property in Dahlonega, GA I decided to host my first international retreat at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa! Let me say first this is not a resort as most people think of the word resort. This...

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Thank you for your kind review of Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! At Pura Vida, our mission is to support and uplift you on your journey with us and to impart the joy and vitality of our Costa Rican culture and people. We are so glad you and the 17 women in your retreat were able to experience that! We...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Regarding "can we leave zero stars?" - utter nonsense. I was on the same retreat. Some people simply can't be pleased, and want the red carpet treatment everywhere they go. This is not a resort with staff fawning all over you. It is a refuge from the busy world, which is way more of a "prison" than the secluded and...

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We truly appreciate you taking the time to write a kind review about your recent stay at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa. Thank you! We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed the accommodations, spa treatments and food. We strive to provide exceptional customer service to our guests, and we are happy to hear that you feel we've succeeded in...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where do I start? First, you arrive in your lovely prison getaway. The high walls and barbed wire fencing should help you feel safe at night while you sleep. But you won't sleep because the lack of air conditioning requires you sleep with your windows open which is mostly a problem because of the fighting dogs, motorcycles and roosters. But...

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago via 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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Thank you for taking the time out to review your stay with us. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain and indeed, where necessary, improve upon the service that we provide to our valued guests.

Helmetta, New Jersey
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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 11 April 2017

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 9 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...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • 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
Internet
  • 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
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa Costa Rica/Alajuela
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#3 Spa Hotel in Alajuela
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“Rooms 401 & 402 are quiet and private”
Floridawillsgirl, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“The view from the A-frame was beautiful!”
Bethoresen, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ours was loud in the mornings due to the roosters and the traffic”
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!”
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".”
eurotrendsamples, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
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