Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

Pavas de Carrizal, Costa Rica

Vista room

Vista room

A soothing stay at a mountaintop resort overlooking Costa Rica's Central Valley, including a yoga class and more

Have a healthful stay at a Healing Hotel of the World in Costa Rica’s Alajuela. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner that’s dedicated, of course, to "pura vida," the famous Costa Rican wellness philosophy. You’ll be set on eight acres, 4,900 feet above sea level, with a farm-to-table dining hall, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and Watsu pool at your fingertips – even an herb garden that doubles as an orchid sanctuary, planting dozens of species of the endangered flower. There’s also a boutique, where you can pick up local crafts, along with the gear you’ll need to participate in a yoga class.

At the namesake spa, you can receive an aquatic-bodywork therapy, Ayurvedic treatment or deep-tissue massage. Make a point to explore the surrounding countryside, and you’ll be further rewarded, with rainforests, cloud forests, rivers, waterfalls and coffee plantations that you can explore on a guided excursion – perhaps a hot-springs or whitewater-rafting eco-adventure, or a walk among medicinal plants. End the day in an airy and bright accommodation, with natural fabrics and rustic woods, plus all of the necessities and plenty of wellness-promoting extras – not least, the fresh mountain air.

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  • Sleeping in a room with a panoramic balcony, and receiving juices and a yoga class
  • Savoring complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner in the vegan-friendly dining hall
  • Breathing in the mountain air, during a yoga class or an eco-adventure in the forest canopy
  • Discovering the spa’s Watsu pool and extensive treatment menu

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