Entire home/apt
6 Guests
2 Bedrooms
4 Beds
$200
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Beautiful & very private 'eco-luxury' retreat near South Pacific Coast. Our unique & stunning location offers guests panoramic sea views & hangs dramatically over the jungle canopy. Romantic getaway, nature lovers and adrenalin junkies paradise!

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Arriving at our little retreat, surrounded by nature, rain forest and sea views

Arriving at our little retreat, surrounded by nature, rain forest and sea views


The Space
Property type: House
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $400
Cancellation: Strict

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Availability
2 nights minimum stay
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge - Recently awarded with a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Trip Advisor

Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge - Recently awarded with a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Trip Advisor

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January 2015

January 2015
Pura Vida Ecolodge
Response from Pura Vida Ecolodge:

As Xhanna quite honestly admits, this wasn't the Jungle retreat for her & her family. We were so disappointed that they choose to leave early. Obviously being an ecolodge right next to primary & secondary jungle, one cannot say YES to the monkeys howling and playing in the trees, YES to the toucans floating around the valley in front of the house and NO to the odd snake that one MIGHT encounter on one of the nature trails near the house. I think they understood this but essentially hadn't researched their vacation properly before arriving. That said, in over three years of developing, designing, and building Pura Vida Ecolodge, I personally have never even seen ONE snake...

We do feel that it's worth clarifying a couple of things that Xhanna has written. For example, Pura Vida Ecolodge, as our profile clearly shows, is actually very near to some of the best 'sightseeing' such as Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park, plus Marina Ballena and some of Costa Rica's best beaches!

Nowadays we split the 'Welcome Pack into two parts and is not at all a 'book of rules' as Xhanna says, but rather a pack that's full of local tips and information that is designed to enhance our guests experience of the lodge, its surrounding reserve and indeed their Costa Rica vacation. Judging by Xhanna's comments, it would appear that they were quite under prepared and probably didn't read through the welcome pack until they arrived :(

Wifi - considering the location of the house, the wifi is quite slow but generally pretty consistent - again, reading the welcome pack explains how to get the most out of the internet systems we provide at the lodge.

Toilets - they work 100% of the time perfectly as long as tissues and toilet paper are placed in the bins provided (this is the case for all toilets throughout Costa Rica).

Safe - again, works 100%, they just didn't read the welcome pack correctly as the code was in their pack :( Gersan could have happily shown them how to work this too, but they never mentioned it :(

Gersan the housekeeper - is both a great friend of ours and a valuable part of Pura Vida Ecolodge. While he is slowly learning English, we much prefer hiring local people (with local knowledge) and contributing to the local community, essentially offering local families a slice of the wonderful ecotourism of The Zona Sur rather than hiring a European or an American who might speak perfect English but wouldn't really fit our sustainable dream on which Pura Vida Ecolodge was first founded. Spanish-English dictionaries are provided at the house and no doubt in your Costa Rica guidebooks, there will be a useful vocab section ;)

January 2015

January 2015

January 2015

December 2014

December 2014

December 2014
Pura Vida Ecolodge
Response from Pura Vida Ecolodge:

While we really appreciate your comments Peter and glad you had a great stay, we do feel it necessary to clarify a couple of things. The swimming pool or plunge pool is kept perfectly clean (as long as guests use the net to take out jungle leaves each morning) and while small, it's perfectly big enough to provide fun, relaxation and a welcome escape from the midday sun whether guests are chilling on the deck or coming back from a trek.

With regards to bin bags and toilet paper, these are of course provided, their whereabouts (plus other supplies) are in the welcome pack - which perhaps Peter didn't read thouroghly :(

With regards to bugs, bats, frogs etc - Yes, Pura Vida Ecolodge is indeed a Jungle Villa so is surrounded by primary & secondary rainforest. That said, the house is designed to be secure with screened doors which keeps most jungle life in the jungle.

Timings down to the main road, guests using the Coronado route can shave 5 minutes off Peter's timings and Playa Tortuga is just 5-7 minutes down the Costanera highway (as you'll see on the map).

Glad you had a terrific stay and look forward to hosting you again soon. Joe, Kika & Gersan

December 2014

About the Host, Pura Vida Ecolodge

Pura Vida Ecolodge
Tres Rios, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Member since October 2012
Response rate: 100% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour
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  • Pura Vida Ecolodge
  • Coronado

    La Pulperia (on the Coronado side of La Costa Nera Highway) - best local store in the area. Good range of local goods, cell/wifi top-ups (see welcome pack), gas canister refills, even fishing gear!
    Coronado Puntarenas
  • Garza Beach

    Only accessible by boat, this is one of the amazing locations where you can go with Gersan on his Pura VIda Boat Adventure. Seclusion, beauty, birds a fun tour through the mangroves and Rio Terraba
  • Exotica

    Great fusion cuisine in a very chilled setting
    Puntarenas
  • Ojochal

    A cute little village backing onto a stream, with a mixed Canadian/Costa Rican community. A handful of great little restaurants such as Exotica, Citrus, Papas Mamas Authentic Pizza
    Ojochal Puntarenas
  • Adelante, Bar & Restaurant

    Set just above La Costa Nera Highway, this is a quirky little bar restaurant run by an Estonian couple. Great parties atmosphere throughout the summer season, with DJs Live music -
    34 Puntarenas
  • Hotel Villas Gaia

    Good restuarant offering Macademia fish, Thai curries, pastas vegetarian options. Massage treatments also available
    34 Puntarenas
  • The Lookout at Playa Tortuga

    Restaurant Paraiso with sunset view International home-made food, huge swimming pool bar, massage and treatments (email hidden)
    34 Puntarenas
  • Mystic Dive Center

    We have worked with Mystic Dive Centre from the beginning of Pura Vida Ecolodge. They offer a range of beautiful dive snorkel tours, have great gear are fairly priced. (email hidden)
  • Osa Canopy tour

    Eco-adventure way of life great NEW Osa Canopy (website hidden):(phone number hidden) Tours start from $55 generally run at 8am 1pm. Phone for more details. (website hidden)
    Puntarenas
  • Cristal Ballena

    Spa at Cristal Ballena - based 6 kms south of Uvita, this lovely little spa at Cristal Ballena Hotel offers various spa treatments and packages - Teleph(phone number hidden)
    Puntarenas 60504
  • La Cusinga Eco Lodge & Playa Arco

    This is a nice place to stop for a fruit smoothie or some ceviche (restaurant has great panoramic views) before or after trekking down their nature trail to the secluded Playa Arco.
    Uvita - Puntarenas Pacific South Coast
  • Marino Ballena National Park

    Uvitas beaches Parque Nacional Marina Ballena are definitely worth a visit while staying at Pura Vida Ecolodge. Beautiful beaches snorkeling (reef at end of whales tail) *Check tide times
    Uvita Puntarenas 60504
  • Banco Nacional

    Both Banco Nacional and Banco BCR are large national banks, with ATMs as well as facilities to change travellers cheques and change currency
    34 Uvita Puntarenas
  • Bodhi Surf & Yoga School

    Also known as Bodhi Shambala Yoga Centre - offering group private yoga classes, surf lessons, stand-up paddle tours and more. (website hidden)
    Uvita Puntarenas
  • Luz de Luna - Pizzeria & Pollo asado

    The restaurant is actually called La Fogata is run by local ticos Felipe Patricia. Traditional pizzas with great fresh ingredients tasty chicken dishes (pollo asado) Closed Tuesdays
    Uvita Puntarenas
  • MAD About Diving

    Another good scuba dive company, offering great boat tours, snorkelling, scuba diving, whale dolphin spotting amongst other water activities. Great day trip to the fantastic Isla de Cano!
    Uvita Puntarenas
  • Uvita Information Center

    Postal Service (delivery pickup) and good reliable travel transfer information (open Mon-Sat 9-1pm 2-6.30pm) Tel: (phone number hidden) Email: (email hidden)
    34 Uvita Puntarenas
  • Sierpe

    Sierpe is a small little villa south of Pura Vida Ecolodge, A good option for exploring the mangroves the surrounding area. Its also where the boats leave daily for Bahia Drake the Osa Peninsula
    Sierpe Puntarenas
  • Boat Charter and Sport Fishing Osa Adventures

    Good boat charter, tour and fishing oportunities
    223 Puntarenas
  • Hotel Cuna del Angel

    This lovely hotel, other than offering a great pool and restaurant also has a very nice spa - Located 7 kms north of Uvita on Costanera. Phone for available treatments packages - (phone number hidden)
  • ¿Por Que No?

    Great beachside dining with a tasty varied menu and a stunning location! Open for breakfast, lunch dinner (closed Mondays). Be sure to check out Playa Dominicalito right next door as well
    Costanera Sur Puntarenas
  • Citrus Restaurante

    A great Fusion eating option with the nearest restaurant actually in village of Ojochal (ignore suggested map in this case). Wonderful tasty menu for a special dining experience. Book ahead (phone number hidden)
  • Costa Rica Surf Camp

    A great day out at one of the areas best surf beaches - good teachers, lessons, individual group, board hire and a stunning coastal drive from Pura Vida Ecolodge!
    Dominical Puntarenas
  • Rio Terraba

    This beautiful river flows all the way down to the Pacific Ocean and has some fascinating mangroves right down by the coast. The Pura Vida Boat Adventure crosses this river right near its mouth.
    Puntarenas
  • Cerro Chirripó

    Chirripó is the highest point in Costa Rica and part of La Amistad National Park. The summit at 3820 metres offers spectacular landscapes, glacial lakes 7 panoramic views of both coastlines
    San Jose
  • Isla del Cano

    World class scuba diving fantastic snorkelling. Best time of year between December April. Mystic Dive offer brilliant day trips from Pura Vida Ecolodge
  • Corcovado National Park

    Described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth - makes for a wonderful adventure day trip from Pura Vida Ecolodge.
    Puntarenas
  • Manuel Antonio Beach

    Beautiful beach and a great stopping place whether its on your way down to Pura Vida Ecolodge or perhaps as a day trip. It also boasts the world famous national park.
    Quepos Puntarenas
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    One of the best national parks in Costa Rica and an easy day trip from Pura Vida Ecolodge, or great to visit on your way down from Jan Jose.
    Puntarenas
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