USD 278.–
per Night / per Room

Healing Hotel Extras:

Fresh coconut/specialty coffee beverage per morning per person, Upgraded room category (upon availability), 10% discount on additional spa treatments

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Healing Focus

In Costa Rica, ‘Pura Vida’ means ‘pure life’ and here on a mountaintop encircled by lush gardens, distant volcanoes, and coffee plantations, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa teems with life and natural healing energy.

For more than 20 years, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa has hosted Yoga and Wellness retreats by visiting experts who come to enjoy this magical part of the world. With a calendar of Yoga retreats available throughout the year, this is the perfect place to pause, reflect, reinvent yourself or simply celebrate being alive.

„Offering a special kind of mind-body-spirit adventure, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa combines its awe-inspiring location with daily Yoga, world-renowned spa treatments, healthy cuisine and an extensive range of eco-adventures.“
  • Yoga
  • Eco Adventures
  • Nature


It is no mystery why Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest places on earth. From the dawn of time, humans in search of health, healing and wellness have been drawn to the active volcanic regions of the earth.

Tucked serenely in the clouds above San José and surrounded by hot natural springs, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is alive with natural beauty and healing energy. In everything from the unique treatments on offer at The Wellness Centre through to the diverse range of eco-adventures available, the luxury health spa retreat celebrates the authentic healing spirit of Costa Rica.

Here, you’ll be uplifted by the simple pleasures of watching colorful birds and butterflies, the magic of walking through coffee plantations and rainforest canopies, and eating fresh local herbs grown in the soils of Pura Vida Retreat & Spa’s holistic garden.


Features & Benefits


  • 45 rooms and 4 suites scattered throughout the Retreat Center


  • Buffet-style meals served in the Retreat’s dining hall
  • North American and Costa Rican cuisine with a focus on vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes using fresh local produce and herbs from the Retreat’s holistic garden
  • Vegan, gluten-free and high-protein diets are available
  •  Selection of fresh smoothies, custom-blended chai and organic wheatgrass elixirs (made from wheatgrass grown in-house) is offered in the dining hall


  • Daily yoga
  • Swimming & natural hot springs
  • Eco-adventures and tours to local attractions: skywalk, wildlife boat adventure, hot springs, eco-hikes, forest canopy tours, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Villa Lapas Reserve

Healing & Spa

Spa Facilities
  • Healing Center
  • Outdoor jacuzzi & heated swimming pool
  • Outdoor jungle gym
Healing Facilities & Treatments
  • Costa Rican spa treatments (exfoliating body polish, golden glow, en-wrap-ture in paradice & more)
  • Myoskeletal release & lymphatic drainage
  • Massages (holistic massage, Lóng huŏ/dragon fire, inner radiance, Myofascial reflexology & Yogassage )
  • TCM consultation, e.g. acupuncture, cupping & energy work
  • Facials
Healing Therapies
Elisabeth Ixmeier, COO, Founder
Dr. Elisabeth Ixmeier
Healing Hotels of the World
This is an oasis in the middle of coffee bean fields with spectacular studio views and incredible fresh homegrown food.


Located just 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela and 5,000 feet above sea level, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is encircled by mountains, pristine gardens, panoramic views and distant volcanos.

Shuttle service for the drive from the Airport is included as part of the Signature Package.  The shuttle service is $15 per person each way for our nightly accommodations and must be coordinated in advance.

  • Airplane
    San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport: 20 min
  • Car
    San José: 40 - 50 min


Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

700 metros al sur de Minisuper Pavas
Pavas, Carrizal, Alajuela
Costa Rica



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USD 278.–
per Night / per Room

Fresh coconut/specialty coffee beverage per morning per person, Upgraded room category (upon availability), 10% discount on additional spa treatments

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