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Pura Vida Ecolodge - A Retreat, A Lifestyle, An Experience
It took a long time for this dream to become a reality, but we're so very glad it did!
Plenty of comfy sun loungers, chairs and cushions to relax on and make yourself at home!
*New outdoor shower area by plunge pool, overlooking jungle canopy & bamboo gardens
The view of the villa as you arrive from the road with Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve in the background
Front deck and balcony to the jungle villa - offering impressive panoramic and ocean views
The open-plan stylish living space on the first floor with wrap around teak decks.
Open-plan kitchen (with NEW teak benches, pictured in next photo) comfy living area with sea views
Fully equipped open-plan kitchen and dining area with new handmade teak benches for up to 6 people
We've recently added a yoga exercise deck hanging over the reserve at the end of the stepping stones
Spacious deck perfect for sunbathing, yoga or admiring the nature reserve, animals and sea views
Our infinity plunge pool,  plenty big enough for escaping the tropical heat! Sea and jungle views!
Our Location with 2 routes upto lodge from the Costanera (Coronado and Puntalmala, near Ojochal.)
The front of the jungle villa with its impressive bamboo palapa roof.
Wrap-around teak decking offering impressive sea, mountain and jungle canopy views
*NEW outdoor shower by the plunge pool, perfect for cooling off after the beach!
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge - your retreat, your lifestyle, your experience!
The new stepping-stones path from the lodge down to the yoga deck and body-weights gym
NEW yoga exercise deck complete with rustic dining/chill-out area. Offers valley and ocean views
NEW yoga deck hanging over the edge of the plantel offering stunning valley, ocean sunset views
NEW Rustic seating and cocktail area in front of the lodge overlooking the valley  and Pacific ocean
Walking back up to the jungle villa from one of the reserves nature trails
Contemporary  spacious master bedroom offers ocean views, sun-deck delightful en-suite bathroom
Wake up to panormacic ocean/valley views out of the bedroom window in the Ocean view Suite upstairs
En-suite bathroom with walk-in powerful rain shower (solar powered heated water 24/7)
Handcrafted teak and bamboo sliding doors so you can have the villa as open or as closed as you wish
Jungle-view Suite has its own private deck overlooking the jungle canopy with all its nature
Downstairs Jungle Suite, offering guests great jungle views, ensuite bathroom and private deck area
Spacious en-suite bathroom with walk-in rain shower overlooking jungle (with heated water 24/7),
Wake up with the howler monkeys as the villa hangs dramatically over the jungle canopy
As you come up the stairs to the 1st floor you enter wrap-around teak decks with panoramic sea view
The toucans especially love these tress that you can literally reach out and grab from the deck
Fun trek along 1 of the nature trails brings you to freshwater plunge pool and waterfall for swim
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Ojochal, Province of Puntarenas

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Marianne...
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“beautiful”
Reviewed 4 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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So reviews are for you, the traveller, to get a better idea of the place and to read other peoples opinions. So that's what this is, a bit of info and my opinion, but I will try to stick with info.
As others have said, the road is rough. 4 wheel drive with good tires is a must! It's incredibly steep, but because of that the view is exceptional. I suggest taking a walk further up the road as well. It's a beautiful and peaceful area.
We are a family of 5, the 3 boys slept upstairs so the twin beds in the master bedroom worked for us. My husband and I slept in the jungle view room which doesn't have the incredible view or the cross ventilation that the upper floor rooms had making it a bit musty but not a big deal. It's the jungle after all and your only sleeping there.
All of the beds were comfortable, the eco-washing machine takes a bit of getting used to, the internet was in and out for us (make sure your devices have notifications and apps closed, it's a SIM card that gets charged in town and not something we were used to, but I think there were other issues as well... like rainstorms!). Solar hot water heater, clouds and rain and 5 people = warm to cool showers. The kitchen is stocked with what is necessary and is easy to navigate. We cooked dinner every night. We never had issues with power going out as we did in other houses.I love the openness of the house, the huge sliding wood doors to make it even more open, the master bedroom view... wow. Relaxing on the deck was my preferred spot.
This house would be perfect for a honeymoon.
I highly recommend Gersan's mangrove tour. He is a young local man with a lovely wife and baby who took the 5 of us in 2 boats with a couple of other locals through the mangroves to a very private and beautiful beach. His wife made us a very delicious lunch.
Special moments:
A lightening storm so far south is was only on the horizon and at the same time the area was filled with fireflies. Magic. Our last night, probably the best sunset of our trip.Poison dart tree frog in the bathroom. Gersan chopping open green coconuts with his machete for us to drink.
Try to visit Bob's Roadshack Deli in Uvita... best sandwiches ever and artisan beer.
Joe, the owner stays in contact with you and is very helpful. When you confirm your reservation his directions include photos! Why doesn't everyone in Costa Rica do that! VERY helpful.
Good luck with your decision and enjoy your trip!

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Liked best: the view
Travelling group: Teenagers
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“Pura Vida Ecolodge is a fantastic spot in the middle of paradise.”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Our stay at the Pura Vida Ecolodge was fantastic. Arriving at the house each time requires a really fun dirt road drive up a mountain. It's very steep and bumpy, so 4 wheel drive is a must. The location is incredible, surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, beaches, hikes, and great local restaurants. The only big issue we had was the quality of the bed. In the main bedroom, the bed was actually two single beds pushed together, so by morning time, the gap has grown and is uncomfortable. The mattresses themselves were also quite uncomfortable. The sleeping situation aside, we had a great time in this beautiful place, both at the house and surrounding areas. Also, the local help, Gersan, is a great host and is quite helpful.

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Ushuaia20...
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautyful hideway - perfect place to relax”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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The two of us stayed one week at Purevida Ecolodge. We simply enjoyed it. Perfect location with views on the pacific ocean. More privacy isn't possible, this place is perfect for people who just want to relax.
The house has everything you would need. The hosts, Joe and Kika, are very helpfull and its easy to communicate with them.
So all in all we can highly recommend this beautyfull place in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rockport, Maine
Reviewed 28 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Liked best: The remoteness of the location.
Liked least: The road getting to the location.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Krysten L
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Incredible Escape!”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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We had an absolutely incredible time at the Pura Vida Ecolodge! We couldn't have asked for a better experience and truly feel thankful that you have opened your retreat to us. We met Gerzan, their host and Zeger, their neighbor to the north and both were so nice and helpful! We utilized the beautiful kitchen and all it had to offer by cooking breakfast, fresh fish and blending fresh fruit smoothies. We used many of their local recommendations on beaches and places to visit which was really nice to have! We didn't have time to do Gerzan's mangrove boat tour but we so wish we could have because it sounded wonderful. We surfed in dominical, saw la Catarata de Uvita, visited Manuel Antonio National Park and explored some local beaches close by! We would absolutely recommend the beautiful retreat full of natural sights and sounds. It is within an hour of everything you would want to see and do yet you are off in the jungle so high up to enjoy some quite relaxation when wanted. You will definitely need a 4x4 because the road to get to the Ecolodge is dirt/gravel and very steep with lots of sharp curves. With that being said, we definitely had fun riding up and down everyday! We were unfortunately a little later than expected when arriving which got us there after dark. We were comfortable driving on but I'm not sure we would recommend to most- definitely arrive in day light. We were fortunate that Zeger was there to greet us and let us in late! Everything we needed was there or at the local soda/convenience stores right before turning down the dirt road to the house which was nice, too! Joe & Kika are so nice and stayed in touch throughout our stay and made sure to be available from afar if needed! Thank you so much again for letting us into your wonderful retreat! We truly hope to visit again in the future and hope other people get to experience it as well- Pura Vida! Krysten, Lucas, Jamie & Raven

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Liked best: The beauty of the property & lodge and the fact that it was off the map yet so close to everything we wanted to do!
Liked least: There was nothing we didn't love about this beautiful place!
Travelling group: Other
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Alex_fr_6...
Landser, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“La pura vida”
Reviewed 10 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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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). 1h drive to Manual Antonio and to Sierpe (good start point to go to Corcovado).

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Anja T
Dusseldorf, Germany
1 review
“Pura vida as it should be - highly recommended !!!”
Reviewed 9 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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).

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