Pura Vida

Alajuela, Costa Rica

THE EXPERIENCE – Set on a private eight-acre mountainside estate surrounded by coffee-draped hills with stunning volcanoes in the distance, Pura Vida offers a unique setting designed to support and encourage wellness of mind, body and spirit. Many of the culinary and medicinal herbs used to flavor their meals come from the peaceful, beautiful holistic garden that has been cultivated on the property.

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is home to four yoga studios, each with striking views of Costa Rica’s lush natural beauty. A unique variety of hatha yoga classes are offered twice daily except on Wednesdays.

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa offers 49 rooms with lush garden or epic mountain views, from luxurious suites with wraparound porches to A-Frame Cottages and eco-chic Tentalows.


The Wellness Center at Pura Vida Spa is a place of powerful natural healing, surrounded by volcanic mountains that are alive with natural hot springs and transferable energy and some of the richest soils on earth.

The center offers a wide variety of calming and centering therapies, including Ayurvedic treatments, holistic and Asian bodywork, bio energetic healing and Watsu treatments.

Two yoga classes are offered daily. While styles may vary from instructor to instructor and week to week, our classes are always appropriate for students of any level and our teachers are extremely responsive to students’ needs and interests.


Accommodations & Dining

ROOMS – Pura Vida Retreat and Spa offers a variety of enchanting accommodations scattered across meticulously landscaped grounds, each designed to delight with views of lush gardens and majestic mountains.

Featuring plantation views, the fashionable lodgings range from tents to suites. The eco-chic tents have sitting areas and shared bathrooms, while rooms include private bathrooms and coffeemakers. Suites come with balconies; some add minifridges. An upgraded suite has a Jacuzzi.


Chefs at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa make sure that each and every meal is a gift, each and every day. Delicious dishes are lovingly prepared from fresh local produce, regional purveyors and greens and herbs harvested from the holistic garden.

Meals are served buffet-style in the chic dining hall, featuring both North American and Costa Rican vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes to tempt taste buds and nourish body and soul.  Vegan, gluten-free, and high-protein diets can also be acccomodated.

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