Beautiful & very private 'eco-luxury' retreat near the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our unique & stunning location offers guests panoramic sea views & hangs dramatically over the jungle canopy. A romantic getaway and a nature lovers paradise
Pura Vida Ecolodge - A Retreat - A LIfestyle - An Experience
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge, a new and unique 'eco-luxury' retreat nestled amongst virgin rain forest just 5 km from the volcanic sands of the Pacific Ocean in Central America's Costa Rica.
Our beautiful and breezy location, at an altitude of just over 300 meters, boasts stunning panoramic views over the lush valleys towards the meandering 'Rio Terraba' and directly faces the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica's spectacular sunsets and the world famous National Park, namely Isla del Caño.
Pura Vida Ecolodge is a peaceful sanctuary to experience and embrace 'Pura Vida' (Pure Life), a destination where guests can enjoy not only a memorable holiday, but tranquility, adventure and equilibrium in a utopia second to none. Our private 'Eco-Chic' retreat is your chance to relax and truly let go, to welcome an organic, integral experience for contemplation, rejuvenation and nurturing among friends, family and loved ones. A place where it’s entirely possible to travel in style without feeling guilty...
The wonderfully located Jungle Villa has two large double bedrooms, both with private balconies/decks, en-suite bathrooms complete with indoor rain showers (with solar powered hot water) and AC and fans. One bedroom offers guests impressive sea views while the other hangs over the jungle canopy itself. Both bedrooms can be set up as doubles or twins.
The main communal living space offers guests a fully equipped 'American-style' open-plan kitchen, dining table (space for 6) as well as a comfortable and stylish lounge area. The whole of the upper level of our Jungle Villa is surrounded by a teak hanging deck, perfect for yoga, sunbathing or enjoying the fantastic panoramic views on offer. There is of course also the infinity plunge pool, the perfect escape when the sun gets too much!
While Pura Vida Ecolodge's location is indeed remote and the retreat itself will provide you with all sorts of adventures and experiences (we have our own nature trails, waterfalls & plunge pools both near the ecolodge & on the edge of the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve). Whether you are honeymooners, a group of friends or a family of 6, you will have the entire villa just to yourselves.
We are just a 8-10 minute drive from the Costa Nera Highway therefore allowing guests to easily explore the area, its national parks (Manuel Antonio & Corcovado to name but a few), stunning beaches (Playa Arco, Tortuga y Ventanas are our three favourites) and our concierge service can help with tours and boat trips, trekking options, scuba diving & snorkeling trips, kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, canopy lines and horse riding etc. The nearby village of Ojochal (just 5 minutes up the Costa Nera) is one of a few local villages hosting a whole load of fine dining and fusion restaurants or if you'd prefer to relax 'at home' we can happily arrange food parcels (according to the season, fresh fish, ceviche and seafood all available) and fruit baskets to be delivered direct to the Jungle Villa.
Eco-travel in Costa Rica is your ticket to explore a plethora of amazing places that care just as much about the environment as they do about their guests. It’s a country where organic is as important as stylish, and the government plans to make it the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021.
‘Pura vida’ is Costa Rica’s national motto, and for good reason. It’s a real paradise: Our guests can enjoy the pure life in some of the world’s most bio-diverse jungles, rain forests and coastlines. The country’s book-ended by beaches on its Pacific and Caribbean sides (hence the laid-back surfer ethos that characterizes coastal life) and inland, nature holds sway: a full quarter of Costa Rica is protected land, from the smouldering volcanoes to dense jungles. In the highlands, farms and plantations produce delicious tropical fruit – as well as some of the finest coffee ever to grace your espresso
JUNGLE VILLA FEATURES/HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Private rental regardless of group size
- Infinity-edge pool with expansive forest and ocean views, cozy lounging areas (hanging teak decks, balconies and yoga platforms.)
- Perfect for honeymooners, small groups, friends or families.
- Sumptuous Master Bedroom (Ocean view suite) with king size bed, private terrace and large windows overlooking the valley, coastline and Isla de Caño. Elegant polished concrete floors, stucco finished walls, teak and bamboo doors and fittings, 'guadua' and bamboo ceilings, perlato natural stone wash basins, walk-in shower with beautiful 'pizarra' finish.
- Elegant second bedroom (Jungle view suite) again with choice of King or Twin 'sleep on nature' orthopedic beds. Offers guests views of the colourful jungle canopy, private deck and yoga platform, elegant polished concrete floors, stucco finished walls, teak and bamboo doors and units, 'guadua' and ornamental bamboo ceilings, perlato natural stone wash basins, walk-in rain shower with stylish 'pizarra' finish.
- Contemporary living space with L-Shaped sofa again offering spectacular Pacific Ocean views with connecting hanging terrace.
- Stylish 'open-plan' fully equipped kitchen with polished stone counter tops, contemporary appliances.
- Dining Room seats up to 6 guests in a comfortable open-plan living space looking out onto the Pacific Ocean (to the west) and the dramatic Jungle Canopy (to the north)
- Central air-conditioning throughout the bedrooms, with independently controlled thermostats in each suite.
- Laundry service with use of washer and dryer.
- Secure indoor parking
- Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve - a selection of nature trails & winding jungle paths leading to streams, waterfalls & natural plunge pools perfect for bathing and relaxing - the easiest trail starting right by the ecolodge, with more challenging treks on the edge of the reserve just a short up-hill walk from the lodge. Embrace the Pura Vida Experience!
PURA VIDA ECOLODGE FAQs:
- WILL I NEED A CAR? Yes, our retreat is situated approximately 4-5km from the coast on a well maintained gravel road into the coastal mountains. A 4WD car is recommended. There are two convenience stores or “sodas,” as they are called in Costa Rica, at the Coronado junction, where one turns off the CostaNera Highway up towards the ecolodge. For groceries, restaurants/bars, beaches, stores, etc. you would require transportation to the local towns of Coronado, Ojochal, Uvita and further up the coast Dominical and down the coast Cortes. Several taxi services are available. The nearest village (more of a hamlet) is Tres Rios and is a 15-20 minute walk from Pura Vida Ecolodge or a 3-4 minute drive.
- IS THERE SOMEONE IN COSTA RICA WHO CAN ASSIST ME WHILE I AM THERE?
Yes, once you book Pura Vida Ecolodge, you will be sent the welcome pack which includes all the details of our housekeeper and his wife, who double up as a 'concierge service' throughout your stay. They are very knowledgeable on the area and will be there at checkin & checkout.
- IS THERE A BEACH NEARBY THAT IS EASY TO GET TO? Yes, in fact you are really quite spoilt for choice. Playa Tortuga is the nearest and possibly one of our favourites. Once down at the Costa Nera, it is just a 5 minute drive up the coast. A short drive further up the coast takes you to Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ventanas and then the stunning national park of Marina Ballena and Uvita. Full directions (including which beaches are best for swimming and surfing etc is included in your welcome pack).
-HOW EASY IS IT TO FIND PURA VIDA ECOLODGE? Upon confirming your reservation, we send all our guests a welcome pack with very clear directions including photos of landmarks along the way. This is updated monthly as we aim to give all our guests as up-to-date info and recommendations as possible
-ARE THERE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING NEARBY?
Ojochal is the nearest town with a really good selection of fine & casual dining. You can find Fusion, Italian, Asian, “Typical Costa Rican,” even a deli/bakery and a handful of great fruit smoothie and ceviche places. Further up the coast there is Uvita, again with a good balance of International and 'local' options. We include a full list of recommendations (both restaurants & bars) in the welcome pack. For shopping, you may wish to visit the bustling tourist town of Manuel Antonio (50-60 minutes drive north) which has souvenir, jewellery, and art/craft shops and many lively restaurants (we recommend a trip to Manuel Antonio, anyway, for the national park, which a lot of our guests do either on the way down or on the way back up to San Jose.
-ARE THERE EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES CLOSE BY? Yes, yes, yes! Again, you can find more details on the Pura Vida Ecolodge web site, but there are spectacular waterfalls, nature trails and plunge pools right in the reserve itself. The surrounding area offers world class scuba diving, snorkelling, zip-lining, boat tours, mangrove tours, horseback tours, canyoning, as well as being located between the country's best national parks (Corcovado & Manuel Antonio). There are dozens of picturesque, quiet beaches all the way up and down the Southern Pacific coast, with enough activities and adventures on offer to do something completely different every day! We can also recommend great day trips to the Osa Peninsula, Sierpe and Nuayaca Falls. For surfers, Playa Dominical has a famous left and right beach surf break, and waves 95% of the year. Closer to the lodge, Playa Tortuga and Ventanas often have good waves more for beginners.
-IS IT A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD? Yes, Pura Vida Ecolodge is the best of both worlds. While being a completely private retreat and reserve (both the house, pool and the surrounding nature trails) with it's orientation meaning that the property literally hangs over the jungle canopy on one side and directly faces the Pacific coast on the other, you will have a handful of neighbours nearby in the slowly growing community if you wanted a friendly chat or even some more tips on the area.
-IS THERE A GROCERY STORE NEARBY?Between the two 'pulperias' (small local stores) on the crossroads at Coronado (around 5km away) you will have almost everything you would need. There is also a great fish/seafood place just 1 km from the Coronado junction. For larger shopping, there are two big supermarkets in Uvita, about 15-20 minutes up the coast
-DOES THE ECOLODGE HAVE INTERNET? Yes, the house is equipped with WiFi for internet connection.
-WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE? A more detailed description of Costa Rica's seasons can be found on the Pura Vida Ecolodge web site, but in general you can expect about 85+ degrees at the beach year round. The only difference in climate year round is that April/May-November is the "green," or rainy season, and December through March/April is the dry season. The temperature up at the ecolodge is always a few degrees cooler because it is around 1000ft. elevation, and you get great mountain breezes. Likewise, because of its proximity to the equator, the sunrise sunset are constant year-round at approximately 6am/6pm.
-WHICH ROOMS HAVE AIR CONDITIONING?
There are two bedrooms with a/c: the Ocean-view suite on the first floor, and the Jungle-view suite on the ground floor. There is not a/c throughout the rest of the home, but there are ceiling fans in each room and the ecolodge has been designed with your comfort in mind, with large-open plan living spaces, surrounded by sliding doors leading out onto the wrap around decks.
-WILL I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME? You need not bring any household items as all bedding, tableware, towels, cookware etc are all provided. We also provide a wonderful fruit basket and some other local delicacies on arrival. Bring only your personal items, and of course a sense of 'Pura Vida' adventure!
-IS PURA VIDA ECOLODGE A PRIVATE LOCATION? Yes, not only is the location incredibly private but regardless of your group size, you will have the entire retreat (house and surrounding reserve) just to yourselves. A lot of our guests are honeymooners and couples, as well as groups of friends and entire families. Either way, whether you are 2 people or a group of 6 with kids, you will have the entire property to yourself.
You will have access to the entire property, whether you are just a couple or a whole family. In other words, you can stay in the Ocean Suite or Jungle Suite (or both) as well as enjoying all the other spaces around the property.
We realize that most guests come to our area to really switch off and get away from it all. We therefore meet you up at Pura Vida Ecolodge on your checkin day and collect the keys on the day of checkout, thus giving you all the privacy you want. That said, we are of course available for anything throughout your stay if you should need us and our local Costa Rican housekeeper (and his wife) offer a brilliant mangrove boat tour - which is a really fantastic day out and adventure, offering a great insight into the locals way of living and the area as a whole (More details included in welcome pack).
The neighborhood boasts peace and quiet and an abundance of nature and stunning flora and fauna. You can wake with the sounds of the congo monkeys and watch the sunset as the toucans fly right by the house.
Once up at Pura Vida Ecolodge, you can explore the surrounding nature reserve and local area by foot. A 4WD car is the best option for exploring further a field (we include all sorts of suggestions, da trips and activities in the Pura Vida Ecolodge Welcome Pack).
Hopefully you'll have a chance to read through all our notes and flick through all our photos, but the nest way to really find out what Pura Vida Ecolodge is all about is to read our reviews and see what last seaons' guests really thought of our retreat, lifestyle and experience. We hope to welcome you one day soon at Pura Vida Ecolodge.
We spent 6 nights in the lodge with our children (6 and 9) and we all loved it.
The first day arrival by night was already the real adventure we were looking for: wild animals (toads, birds, bats...) on the road, climb the hill (4x4 is the only option), alone in the dark... Once there, we discovered this nice and well-designed paradise: the lodge is like on the pictures, the sound of the jungle on top!
Eco life style: do not expect a quiet and luxurious place, but as mentioned in the description, a retreat / an experience. The sun rises at 5:30am and the life of the forest (monkeys, birds...) wakes up, it is ideal to observe the nature. The night is quite dark, you can see stars that are not visible close to cities. The lodge is equipped with everything you would expect from such a place (+ a bonus with the pool).
The lodge is 25 mins drive to Uvita and 20 mins of the first beach (Tortuga, Ventanas, Ballena, Dominical... playas) and Marino Ballena NP . 1h drive to Manual Antonio NP and to Sierpe (good start point to go to Corcovado NP).
Even if they are not present on-site, the hosts Joe & Kika are seriously and remotely taking care that everything goes well and their local friend Gersan is available to welcome you and in case of emergency. Great organization!
Thanks for your kind words Alexander, I knew you and your kids would love the Pura Vida Experience!!! Should probably point out (for the benefit of future guests) that Pura Vida Ecolodge is indeed very quiet and peaceful - I think Alex must have been referring to the congo monkeys in the mornings and the playful toucans etc which are about the only 'noises' around ;) Likewise, we'd like to clarify that the nearest beach (Playa Tortuga) is more like 15 minutes rather than 20...and Uvita more like 20 than 25... Either way, really pleased you managed to pack so many adventures into your stay and likewise, thank you VERY much for appreciating all our attention to detail, our eco-luxury concept and all the organization that goes into making sure all our guests have a very special stay indeed. Hope you guys manage to come back to Costa Rica one day soon and let's keep in touch. Joe, Kika & Gerzan
Pura vida as it should be - highly recommended !!!
The Ecolodge was a highlight of our Costa Rica trip. Everything was as described or even better than the photos can show it. The house is furnished with great attention to detail and has everything you could wish for. In particular, the stylish kitchen is fully equipped and preparing food a pleasure.
In addition, we enjoyed very much the environment (jungle, beaches, mangrove tour with Gerzan).
Thanks for everything (including the helpful welcome pack and the fruit basket).
Wonderful that you were able to enjoy the 'eco-luxury' of Pura Vida Ecolodge and always nice to hear from guests that it was the HIGHLIGHT of their trip! Really pleased you enjoyed the kitchen, my wife especially loves cooking there (she is Italian) every time we manage to stay ;) Gerzan said he LOVED showing you the mangroves and beach on his boat tour - such a nice way of giving something back to the local community, and I'm pleased you opted for this 'off-the beaten track' tour... Hope to see you back in paradise one day soon. Take care, Joe, Kika & Gerzan
Auf- und Abfahrt zur Lodge sind etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig und ein Allradwagen ist dringend notwendig., doch einmal in der Lodge angekommen entschädigt der herrliche Blick über den Wald bis zum Meer..
Der Kontakt zum Verwalter war schnell hergestellt , und die Schlüsselübergabe funktionierte tadellos.
Die Räumlichkeiten waren so, wie auf der Homepage angegeben.
Duschen funktionierten prächtig, genügend saubere Handtücher waren vorhanden. WiFi lief ohne große Probleme. Ein großer Kühlschrank ist vorhanden.
Der " Plunge - Pool " bot eine willkommene Erfrischung in der Hitze des Tages. Das Haus ist mit zahlreichen Ventilatoren ausgestattet, in den beiden Schlafzimmern wird man mit Air Condiition verwöhnt.
Es wird vom Verwalter eine Mangroven-Bootstour angeboten, die recht urig ist. Ein typisches costaricanisches Mittagsmahl ( sehr wohlschmeckend ) ist im Preis enthalten. Gersan, der Verwalter, spricht allerdings fast ausschließlich spanisch, wobei ein Grundwissen in der spanischen Sprache für C.R. Ohnehin nicht verkehrt ist.
In der näheren Umgebung des Hauses befinden sich zahlreiche kleine und größere gute Restaurants.
Die uns vor der Reise zugemailten Informationen waren sehr ausführlich und gut.
Alles in allem ein sehr empfehlenswertes Haus, was sich auch in der Architektur schon zeigt .
Thanks Walter for your kind words. Great you managed to explore the area and experience the real Costa Rica in La Zona Sur. For those whose German isn't too good, my 'rusty' translation of their review is as follows...
Dramatic access to the lodge, we'd suggest a 4WD but once arrived one is compensated with the magnificent view over the forest to the sea .. Easy checkin and key pick up at the house, where the housekeeper was waiting. The premises were as specified on the website. Rain showers worked splendidly, plenty of clean towels were available, WiFi ran without problems. The 'plunge-pool' provided a welcome refreshment in the heat of the day. The house is equipped with numerous fans with AC & fans in both bedrooms. The housekeeper and his wife offer a fun (and quaint) mangrove boat tour which includes a very tasty typical Costa Rican lunch. In the immediate vicinity of the house are numerous small and larger good restaurants. Very useful & detailed welcome pack sent before checkin. All in all we highly recommended the house, its design and architecture...
We had the most amazing stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge! We got the perfect route how to find it in the Welcome Package and once we arrived Gersan was right there to explain everything to us. We even got fresh fruit as a welcome gift!
From the very first minute we fell in love with thus beautiful house in a stunning location. Everything was super clean and very well kept in shape. It even has a second guest house on the lower level which we didn't get to use since there was plenty of room for the both of us upstairs. The pool is lovely and refreshing. I did Yoga twice a day with the sunrise and sunset on the terrace with its amazing view. The kitchen is super well equipped so we cooked every day, though there are a lot of great restaurants in the area...
On our last day we took the tour with Gersan which was so great! His wife prepared a late breakfast for us at their home and from there we headed of to get to the boat and into the mangroves. We saw tons of birds and even monkeys! Finally we arrived at a super isolated, beautiful beach where we had the picnic they specially prepared for us (were both vegetarians and they had tons of fresh fruit and a homemade delicious guacamole and tortillas). Gersan and his friend were very polite and cool guides, telling us everything about the nature...
What can we say: it was a PLEASURE to stay at Joe's & Kika's home and we'd definitely come back next time we're in Costa Rica!
Thanks again for being such great hosts!
Glad you found our Welcome Pack so useful, We do try to update it once a month or so, with new tips and recommendations. Great that Gerzan was able to show you round and take you on his boat tour. Always makes me very happy when guests comment on the infinity pool and wrap around decks, as an avid yoga person myself, all this was carefully considered when we designed the house ;) Glad you had such a fantastic experience and we welcome you back one day soon. Do keep in touch and Pura Vida!
Lovely accommodation. A great view to wake up to in the morning. Good functioning kitchen. Be prepared you really do need a 4x4. My husband did the driving and I was glad. The jungle is gorgeous. Gersan who did the boat tour was fabulous, despite his limited english. He brought Elsar along who spoke a little more. The beach is great, bring lots of sunblock as the sun is baking.
Great that you took advantage of the nature trails in and around our nature reserve and always nice to hear that guests enjoyed the 'off the beaten track' boat tour that our housekeeper Gerzan offers. Thanks for your kind comments and I'm glad your husband enjoyed the drive up to the house whilst you enjoyed the views ;) Keep in touch guys and do come back one day soon. Shalom and Pura Vida!
Our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge was way beyond anything we could have imagined or expected! The open-air plan gave us a wonderful feeling of being immersed in the tropical jungle. Awakening every morning to the rising sun and the sound of Howler monkeys, sea surf and many many birds was spectacular! We so thoroughly enjoyed our Mangrove / River / Deserted Beach tour with Gersan and Ili. This is truly a special way to engage with the real goodness of Costa Rican people and is not to be missed! We can't find enough good words to say about our whole experience here and we're already thinking about how to go back again.
Lovely to hear from you guys and so happy you were able to experience Gersan & Ili's mangrove boat adventure. It's something we've managed to set up for them and it's nice that you realized how important it is to us to give something back to the local community, after all sustainability was one of the founding philosophies of our little Pura Vida project. Thanks for leaving the lodge so nicely and do come back one day soon! Keep in touch and Pura Vida!
My husband & I had a fabulous experience at the Pura Vida Ecolodge. The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the surroundings and the craft of the lodge itself. We took advantage of the boat tour & loved experiencing Costa Rica with some fabulous locals. Thank you for the opportunity and we hope to be back!
Thanks for your kind words Shanna and we're so happy that you were both able to embrace the whole Pura Vida Ecolodge experience. Gersan said he had a lot of fun with you guys on their tour, it's always nice to hear when guests leave 'the beaten track' a little and experience the real Costa Rica. Do come back soon!
We had a fantastic three days at the beautiful villa. Beautiful views, nice setting in the midst of nature, refreshingsmall pool, cool breezes, it was a real wow-experience. Would recommend it !
It is a nice but shaky ride (approx 10-15 min) from the main road to the villa, so bring drinks and breakfast with you on arrival. But all this is explained in really the best welcome-brochure we ever received.
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge was. The house is tucked away in the rainforest, with a giant porch and view over the trees to the ocean. The half of the walls are screen doors that slide open, making you feel as connected as possible to the birds all around you. I was nervous about being so far south in Costa Rica, but it ended up being exactly what we needed. The highlight of our trip: Playa Ventanas. We went to that beach 3 times in 7 days, and I wish I could return. Possibly the most perfect beach I have ever been to.
Pura Vida Paradise!!
We stayed 5 nights at this wonderful villa, a family of two adults and two kids. The villa live up to all the promisses from the pictures and lots of more. It is well equipped with everything you need, and even yoga mats that we used every morning on the wonderful terrace with absolutely magical views.
You will live in the middle of the forest surrounded by stunning scenery. We experienced the most fanatstic stary sky we have ever seen.
Make sure you have a 4 w drive otherwise you wont be able to reach the villa. And the drive is a adventure by itself!! If you arrive after dark, be sure to make arrangements so that you will be met in Coronado by Gersan, who takes care of the house to Kika and Joe, he will guide you up the adventurous road.
We went on the mangrovetour with Gersan and Illy. A delightful experience with stunning scenery and a wonderful day on a deserted beach. We highly recomend this tour, but for small children the 1,5 hour boattour at the river in the sun might be a bit to long.
Kika and Joe has been very helpful and fast to replay in email. The welcomepack we received before we arrived was very helpful.
We hope that the villa and its surroundings maintain its unique atmosphere and we are able to visit this unspoiled paradise again!
Lots of love
Camilla Lars Seth and Sam