• 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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Food-Based Scrub
Fruit Scrub
Herbal Scrub
Other Scrubs
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Other Body Wraps
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Other Facials
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Meeting Facilities
Retail Store
Swimming Pool
Toiletries Available
Wedding/Event Space
Whirlpool, Jacuzzi
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Yoga Classes
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Deep Tissue
Hot Stone
Lymph Drainage
Other Massages
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Ear Candling
Nutrition Consultation
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Other Traditional Wellness Treatments
Liberation Healing
Body Talk
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Yoga Classes
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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. 


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Retail Shop



Toiletries Available


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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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Mar 28 - Apr 2, 2015  

Journey Into Your Greatness

Power Yoga Immersion - March 28 - April 2, 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

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