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2 Bedrooms
4 Beds

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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

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


Extra people: $50 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $400
Cancellation: Strict


House Rules

Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

View of Pura Vida Ecolodge from the roadside above - showing the original 'palapa style' roof, the lush green valley, the flowing river Terraba and of course, the stunning Pacific ocean views... (Taken mid April 2015 around 11am).

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From Carmel, CA · June 2015
Pura Vida Ecolodge
Response from Pura Vida Ecolodge:

We've chosen to stick to the FACTS so as to give future guests as accurate an idea as possible.

1) Stefany our cleaner has been with us from the start and always does an impecable job. Unfortunately Kiara decided to arrive at the lodge over an hour before the agreed checkin time (presumably to take advantage as much as possible of her unique 1-night stay). So while every effort was made to leave the lodge 100%, Stefany, in haste, managed to forget to take the toilet tissue waste bag down with her after finishing her clean. We all obviously feel VERY embarrassed about this and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

2) The two routes up to the lodge (as our welcome pack illustrates & our profile explains) are quite steep at points and do require a 4WD. That said, had Kiara read the welcome pack properly, she would have opted for the shorter, easier and recently resurfaced of the two routes (the favourable CORONADO route) which generally takes between 10-15 minutes (depending on the season and one's driving experience).

3) Gersan, our housekeeper & very good friend is available by phone, text and even whatsapp. That said, it is the responsibility of the guests to make sure their cel works in Costa Rica, and (again as explained in the welcome pack) guests are invited to purchase a Costa Rican ICE KOLBY 'pre-pay' sim card at SJO airport for $5 to avoid International roaming fees when booking tours, restaurants etc etc

4) Gersan also explains at checkin how to use the tablet with wifi along with the password and swipe code (which are both in the welcome pack too). So it is incorrect that Gersan is the only one with access to the tablet.

5) Pura Vida Ecolodge, as you will see from the photos and all our other reviews, is most definitely a lot more than just a house and is indeed at the opening of the Pura Vida 'reserve' hence it's name 'lodge'

6) Lastly, we DO NOT restrict the power use with fees but rather encourage guests to embrace the 'eco-friendly lifestyle' of Pura Vida Ecolodge and use the energy (lights, AC, fans etc) responsibly.

In conclusion, there is a reason why we normally have a 2 night minimum stay, as it allows our guests to seize the opportunity and fully embrace the Pura Vida Experience and consequently they invest a little more time in reading the welcome packs before they arrive, so as to get as much out of their stay and adventure as possible. We're incredibly disappointed, in this case, that Kiara didn't feel it necessary to read the welcome pack notes properly or answer our emails/messages in the few days that led up to her checkin, which would have helped her to arrive using the shorter route, work the internet throughout their stay, communicate with our housekeeper Gersan more successfully and in general enjoy their Pura Vida Experience without any unexpected hassles.

Kiara initially contacted us outside the Airbnb community asking us to accept a one night stay request as they were on an incredibly tight budget. We explained that we don't offer this as it doesn't really give guests a chance to 'get' what the Pura Vida Ecolodge experience is all about - but she insisted that this wouldn't be a problem... From now on, we will stick to what we know - how to offer couples, friends & families a wonderful eco-luxury experience and adventure!

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About the Host, Pura Vida Ecolodge

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

  • 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
  • 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 (website hidden)
  • 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 - Telephone (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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