• Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat

About Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat

Pura Vida, meaning “pure life,” is located on a private, eight-acre mountainside estate in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province, 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. Best known for its comprehensive yoga program, the wellbeing retreat maintains a strict focus on healing and spiritual growth. An on-site spa stays consistent with the property’s peaceful, restorative environment; minimally decorated with white walls, a clean, neutral palette, and warm wood details, the facility features inspiring treatments and organic products crafted with ingredients grown on the retreat’s grounds or in the surrounding region. The collection of holistic therapies is vast, varying from Ayurvedic and Asian to clinical bodywork and bio energetic healing. Meals consist of mainly gourmet vegetarian fare, and mind, body, and spirit harmonization is enhanced by Costa Rica’s spectacular natural surroundings.

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700 Metros al sur de salon Apolo 15, Pavas de Carrizal, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 10am  -  9pm Tuesday: 10am  -  9pm Wednesday: 10am  -  9pm Thursday: 10am  -  9pm Friday: 10am  -  9pm Saturday: 10am  -  9pm Sunday: 10am  -  9pm

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  • Holiday Giveaway!
    Book your vacation December 6, 2014 - January 24, 2015 for a chance to win 1 of 3 giveaways!
    Valid Dec 6 - Jan 24

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Food-Based Scrub
Fruit Scrub
Herbal Scrub
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Toiletries Available
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Deep Tissue
Hot Stone
Lymph Drainage
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Ear Candling
Nutrition Consultation
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Other Traditional Wellness Treatments
Liberation Healing
Body Talk
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Customer Reviews for Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat (1)

March 31, 2014
Amazing Retreat
I was lucky enough to be here during an off time so we nearly had the place to ourselves. The food was prepared very well, with choices of healthy and slightly indulgent. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The spa treatments are above average, extraordinary. I had watsu, body talk, a body wrap and an amazing myofascial massage and I would do them all again. This place isn't "luxurious" in a traditional sense but is a serious treasure.
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Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat exposes guests to mind-body balance through a range of renewing activities. Yoga class is held 12 times weekly in one of four designated halls, the largest of which can accommodate 80 students; as well, guests can keep fit with Latin dance sessions on Thursday nights and Drumming Circle rituals on Friday evenings. Workouts also can take place in the indoor-outdoor gym—filled with kettle bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and TRX equipment—or the surrounding coffee fields, which are ideal for long walks or hikes.

The retreat encourages guests to discover the beauty and allure of Costa Rica—scheduled excursions to sightseeing hot spots include stops at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poás Volcano, and the hot springs. Eco hikes, white water rafting, and canopy adventures suit thrill-seeking types. 


Physiotherapy/Sports Massage

Retail Shop



Toiletries Available


Wedding/Event Space


Nutritional/Dietical Expert




Meeting Facilities


Retail Shop

Rooms & Dining

Rooms & Dining

Enjoying lush gardens and foliage views, the 51 elegantly eco-rustic accommodations range in style and luxuries. The innovative tentalows, or spacious, electrically powered tents, are perfect for those who like a bit of adventure; they, along with standard rooms, have shared bathrooms set amidst a verdant garden setting. Finely appointed suites boast vaulted ceilings; these include the Zendo suite, which also features a glass shower, and the lavish Pagoda suite, fashioned with a sunken living room, Jacuzzi bathtub, and enclosed Bali-style outdoor shower. A majority of lodging types, including A-Frame, Vista, Kiva, and tri-level accommodations, offer a private balcony or porch.

The retreat entices with gourmet Costa Rican cuisine complemented by fresh, healthy ingredients grown on site. The mainly vegetarian menu is paired with herbal teas, coffee, alkaline water, and fruit, all available 24 hours; snacks, juices, and tonics are provided throughout the day as well. Meals are enjoyed inside the Dining Hall or outdoors, overlooking the manicured grounds and its coffee plantation.

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Nov 1 - Nov 8, 2014  

Yoga Retreat with Metrowest Yoga

This will be a week of physical discovery, fun and restoration. With intensive yoga practices, mindfulness mediation, breath work, delicious food, time with wonderful people and some of the best body workers anywhere, you will be transformed!

Pamper your body and soul while exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country which is renowned for its beauty!

We will take a day to explore some of the fantastic excursions offered at Pura Vida Spa.

This retreat will not only be a gift to yourself, but to all the people in your life that you love. You will return feeling relaxed, healthy and joyful. Each day will include two powerful yoga classes, meditation, journaling and rest. Afternoons will be open to rest, sit by the pool, take an excursion, indulge in some amazing bodywork and connect with new friends.

About Shawn Shaw:

Shawn is the founder and director of Metrowest Yoga in Westboro and Worcester Massachusetts. She developed the creative and challenging style of yoga called Myoga Hot Hatha that she teaches along with a fun, vigorous vinyasa flow style. She conducts workshops, retreats  and teacher trainings internationally. Shawn is known for training teachers to teach with authenticity and open hearts. She especially loves leading retreats where students find “a deeper connection with themselves and an inner peace they didn’t know they had”. Shawn has studied body and exercise science extensively and is a certified AFAA instructor which requires intense studies in anatomy. She has had the good fortune to study with some amazing teachers such as; David Swenson, John Friend, Baron Baptiste, Beryl Bender Birch, Shiva Rea, Anna Forrest and Johnny Gillespie which has resulted in her unique, diverse teaching style.

For more information and to register go to: http://metrowestyoga.net/events/retreats/going-away-can-be-the-first-step-toward-coming-home/

Pura Vida Spa
Nov 8 - Nov 15, 2014  

Profound Healing Cleanse

The Profound Healing Cleanse is a complete reset of the body, mind and emotions.  Aiming to raise consciousness and find a deeper sense of Well-Being.  It offers a great opportunity for you to take your life back into your hands.

You can go deeper within yourself with consistent yoga and meditation practice.  We aim for you to feel noticeably restored with our Ayurvedic DEEP Detoxification.  We have successfully merged the best of Western comfort with the ancient art of healing.  Ayurvedic Purification is a unique, customized detoxification therapy of Ayurveda, a system based on thousands of years of healing.  It is extremely nurturing, safe and gentle on the bodily systems.  It is quite powerful and effective in removing toxins and stress from the deep tissues.

We will provide you with all the basic tools to launch your own Spiritual Process, balance your body, and take your life in your hands physically, mentally and emotionally.

The program is facilitated by Leonardo Cordero, an Ayurvedic Healer, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Healer.

Benefits include:

• Prevent diseases and Reverse aging signs

• Increase energy levels

• Deep experience of needed rest & relaxation

• Enjoy mental clarity and increased concentration

• Deepen self-awareness & spirituality

• Clear emotional stagnation & experience inner joy

• Develop a consistent daily routine that includes yoga, meditation, and self-care

For more information and to book please contact Linden Dudley at (888) 767-7375 X233 or email  


Pura Vida Spa
Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2014  

Get HOT Before the Holidays with Hot Yoga of Delray

Come join us for our 3rd Annual Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica with Christine Lewis, Jacqueline Sheridan, & Irina Shlain.

Price includes:

  • 3 Meals a day - Amazing Vegetarian Buffet (with fish or chicken for lunch & dinner)
  • 3 -4 yoga classes per day taught by Christine, Jacqueline, Irina & Jane
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub
  • Yoga workshops & Evening Meditation
  • Half day trip to the Waterfall Gardens/EcoTour
  • Shuttle service to & from San Jose Airport



Double occupancy $940 per person, Single occupancy $1,110

Standard rooms:

Double occupancy $975 per person, Single occupancy $1,150

A-Frame/Vista rooms:

Double occupancy $1,290 per person, Single occupancy $1,590

Tri-Level (has triple occupancy rates available):

Double occupancy $1,360 per person, Single occupancy $1,720

ZENDO/LILA/PAGODA (Deluxe Accommodation Suites-3 rooms only): Call for Pricing

*Airfare not included: Check Spirit Airlines or Jet Blue if flying from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO)

We Have Payment Plans Available!!! Speak to Jane if interested.

For More Info and to book your reservation call 561-266-2075 

Pura Vida Spa
Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2014  

Just Breathe: A Vinyasa Flow 5 Day Retreat

Come flow with Tanya on this 5-day retreat in Costa Rica and return to a perfectly blissful state! Leave your busy life behind and get ready to smile and breathe as you flow through fun and moderately challenging Vinyasa-style classes, offered morning and late afternoon. Your participation at each class is optional so give yourself the OK to sleep in, or take one of the resort's many optional half and full-day excursions. Let loose, let it go, and let joy fill your soul as you enjoy time for you before the busy holiday and winter seasons arrive. Students will be asked to surrender to their souls each day and love where they're at...no judgement. Along with being a fantastic way to detox - both mentally and physically - this retreat will be a memorable gesture to mark the changing of the seasons!

Pura Vida is a seven acre estate surrounded by coffee-draped hills and sits 4900 feet above sea level.

Rates are shown as Double Occupancy per person (2 Twins) vs. Single Occupancy (1 King):

Tentalow - $554.40 (dbl) or $739.20 (s)

Standard - $582.40 (dbl) or $789.60 (s)

Vista - $716.80 (dbl) or $1019.20 (s)

Kiva Upper - $778.40 (dbl) or $1131.20 (s)

Tri-Level - $795.20 (dbl) or $1164.80 (s)

The Villa - $800 (dbl) or $1200 (s)...The Villa has 1Q & 2Twins

Your retreat includes:

  • 5 nights' accommodations
  • Transfers to and from SJO Airport (Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport)...located just 20 min from Pura Vida Spa
  • Twice daily multi-level Vinyasa Yoga classes
  • All organic meals, served buffet style 3 times per day
  • Use of the pool and hot tub
  • Guided walks through the surrounding coffee plantation, resort Green House and Orchid House
  • Designated Wi-Fi and computer access

Other possible costs: 

1) Half and full-day excursions (White Water Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Waterfall Hikes...see website)

2) On-site spa treatments

3) Adding on extra nights at Pura Vida

3) Aerial silks classes

4) Fresh custom blended smoothies, elixirs, etc.


Contact Tanya at tanyaproffitt@yahoo.com to obtain a 2014 Registration Form, get more retreat details, to ask questions, or to find a roommate. Space is limited so reserve your accommodations today with a $300 down payment. Paradise awaits you...don't delay!

Pura Vida Spa
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2014  

Freedom from Pain

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Pura Vida Spa
Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2014  

Exoctic Paradise Yoga Retreat

Join Barbara Prema Brown for a 6 day, 5 night yoga retreat at the beautiful Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica.  

The resort is enveloped in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by coffee plantations, and includes a swimming pool, hot tub and luxurious spa treatments at your fingertips.

Included in your retreat:

  • Accommodations
  • 3 delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Roundtrip shuttle to/from the SJO airport
  • Latin dance class on Thursday evening
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantation, resort Green House
  • Designated Wi-Fi and computer access

Costs start at $1,700 per person (based on double occupancy)

To book your reservation please contact Barbara at barba8bro@verizon.net or call her at (804) 350-8946 

Pura Vida Spa
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2015  

New Years Yoga Retreat

Imagine waking up to the delightful sound of birds chirping in the trees around you, taking a deep, flower-scented breath in, and leisurely pouring yourself a cup of tea as you decide if you are going to watch the sunrise as your morning meditation or watch it from the outdoor Playfit gym as you break your first sweat. Not an early riser? Then allow the sun to wake you and make your way to the morning yoga practice, a vigorous vinyasa flow class followed by one of the most delicious meals you have ever encountered. You feel energized and elated as you decide whether to stroll down to the spa for one of their world famous signature treatments, take a dip in the pool, go on a walk through the uniquely intriguing coffee plantation or read a book in one of the special quiet spaces awaiting you around the property.


We will kick off the New Year with a very special Yoga Tribal Dance Ceremony. Set your intentions and flow them into being through this vibrant yoga practice as it turns into a powerful dance. We will shift outdoors to the bonfire overlooking the central valley as all of Costa Rica’s fireworks  explode before us in a massive display of light and beauty.  


Come flow with us to free your mind, discover your power, and ignite your life! To find out more go to http://hotlantayoga.com/new-years-yoga-retreat/ 

To book your reservation please call R&R Resorts at (888) 767-7375 x233 ask for Linden Dudley or email her at: reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
Jan 3 - Jan 8, 2015  

Journey Into Your Greatness

Power Yoga Immersion - January 3 - 8, 2015                   

What is greatness? We use the word great so much that much of its significance is lost.  To call something great could even make us think that whatever it is, it’s nothing special.  However, the word “great” is synonymous with words such as: immense, enormous, huge, vast and grand! Within each of us is greatness. An immense, vast and grand energy of love, light, hope, talent, spirituality and freedom from the perceptions that hold us back.

 This January, make a plan to join Melanie Taylor and Joseph Stingley in stunning and exotic Costa Rica for a yoga retreat you won’t forget.

Included in your retreat:

  • 5 relaxing and life affirming nights at the Pura Vida Spa nestled in the lush jungle of Costa Rica.
  • Each morning will begin with a guided meditation walk, followed by a healthy gourmet breakfast.
  • 90 minute morning practice led by either Melanie or Joseph.
  • 3 delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options.
  • Another powerful 90 minute evening practice.
  • 2 additional workshops offered to you during the week led by Melanie and Joseph for the deepening of your practice and offer an even closer look at how we tap into the greatness that we already possess.  This awareness with ourselves can bless our lives and others.
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub.
  • You can fill your day with amazing hikes around the property, spend it in the spa receiving wonderful treatments, lounge by the pool, zip line over the jungle, read a book or take a nap....the sky's the limit!

Pricing starting at $1,085 per person for double occupancy rate. 

For more rates and to book your reservation please call R&R Resorts at (888) 767-7375 x233 ask for Linden Dudley or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
Jan 3 - Jan 10, 2015  

Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification Program with Karen Conley

Amazing Yoga invites you to Costa Rica! 

Come dedicate 7 days to your health and well-being. Enjoy a full week of strong Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.  Dwelling in beauty away from our daily responsibilities and stresses is an opportunity to recharge or to go deep within. Our Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training will allow you the framework, but also the freedom, to explore within yourself.

Teaching is simply sharing the knowledge of experience. Our goal as teachers is to cultivate an understanding of yoga and attempt to live that understanding. Let the teaching be our life.

Teaching yoga goes beyond the yoga classroom. This yoga teacher training is not about simply parroting information. This training does not support a rigid or dogmatic expression of yoga. This yoga teacher training will transform your life and the lives of others. You will develop the skills to successfully lead a dynamic power vinyasa class. We will cover the fundamental postures and how to sequence the asanas in a fluid manner. Also, we will discuss anatomy/physiology and how it relates to postures and alignment.

This yoga training is for aspiring and experienced teachers or students who just want to deepen their practice.  It is a system of yoga that is so foundationally solid that no matter what else you may go on to study or teach, you will have a solid blueprint from which to work.

For more information or to book your reservation, go to: www.amazingyogateachertraining.com/level-1/


Pura Vida Spa
Dec 29 - Jan 19, 2015  

200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

This program is for those who want to teach Yoga as a healing modality and/or for those who are interested in deepening their own personal yoga practice. You will receive a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction and practice in Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Practical Anatomy/Physiology, Therapeutic Alignment Principles, Hands-on and Verbal Adjustments, and the Art of Teaching.  Topics emphasize instructing yoga with a focus on health and wellness to the general population as well as instructing yoga to those with specific therapeutic needs. 

All-inclusive packages start at: $4200 early bird.  For more information along with complete instructor bios please go to www.alohayogashala.com

To register and for questions, email:  alohayogashala@gmail.com.  Or call 808-933-9591.

Pura Vida Spa