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“Blissful few days in Garden of Eden!”
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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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Simon M
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“Blissful few days in Garden of Eden!”
Reviewed 12 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Arriving late in the afternoon sunshine at Pura Vida ecolodge in the sumptuous Costa Rican jungle felt like arriving in the Garden of Eden! The whole experience was magical and unique and was enhanced by Joe and Kika's attention to detail; they've thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable and life-enriching as possible.

The villa is spacious, thoughtfully designed and beautiful; natural and harmoniously respectful of the surrounding beauty by minimsing the impact of our stay. We spent many a warm, sunny afternoon on the outdoor teak deck contemplating the beauty of where we were. The trails and walks from the villa down to the waterfalls in the jungle were great fun and I particularly enjoyed working out on the new yoga deck (a new addition apparently) with views over the jungle and on towards the ocean.

The infinity pool is so cool! They have cut back the foliage so there are, again, stunning views from the pool - I can think of very few places in the world where I can relax in a plunge pool with breath-taking views over the rainforest to the sea. Some memorable afternoons were spent there!

Finally, I'd really recommend Gersan's boat trip; another entirely new and unique experience for us; beautiful wildlife through the mangroves to Gersan's 'secret' island; coconut's and galla pinto on a deserted beach in a tropical paradise.....and we didn't see another soul!! Thanks Gersan.

Unique one in a life time experience - can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you Joe and Kika.

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“These are old pictures”
Reviewed 15 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Firstly I booked this Villa because of the picture showing the infinity pool and jungle/sea views.
I was very disappointed with this aspect because these pictures are two years old from when the villa was newly built, in the last two years the jungle has grown rapidly.
Now THERE ARE NO VIEWS FROM POOL because 3 No 25ft trees/bamboo have grown infront of the pool and tower 8ft above the pool (see my hoto showing this) stopping a lot of sun too.

You also need a mobile phone to contact the hired help (Gersan) he only speaks Spanish, if not you can message the owner who will work with Gersan to help you out.

The internet is advertised as supplied but the welcome pack explains there is a SIM supplied with credit, when this has ran out put in the second SIM which should be okay, but if this runs out you add credit yourself.

There is no ladder in this villa which is a big help when putting a new lightbulb in, I nearly killed myself going on tip toes to replace a light bulb in the bathroom, turns out the switch is broken. In the second bathroom there is just a wire hanging from the ceiling.

Before you go ask for a list of things currently in stock in the villa, as we had to buy a sponge and washing liquid (for washing pots), bags (for the bin).

The villa has ice blocks and no ice box which would be great for shopping and the beach.

It doesn't have a BBQ which would be a great addition.

You are in the jungle with the wildlife, I had to remove a scorpian from the bedroom on the first morning. There was a friendly bird eating snake in the roof too.

If the infinity pool goes green and mouldy as it did when we were there, check the chlorine tablet and there are extra in the pump room.

In the welcome pack it mentions about candles for when there is a power cut, it doesn't tell you where to find them though.

This place says it sleeps 6, it has 2 double bedroom and a big settee.

There are two routes to get to this place a easy route and hard but no explanation why. The quickbut difficult route 8-12 mins, first time round will probably take you 20+ I did it in 12 mins once went like a madman to do it in that time and scared the hell out of my girlfriend. This difficult route has one problem it crosses a river that can go too high to cross in your 4WD. The easy route takes ages 40 mins the first and only time we did it.

All the above practicalities said this is a beautiful villa in an amazing position easily best position on the hill. Well worth a visit.

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Liked best: The View
Liked least: No View from the Infinity Pool (contrary to advertised).
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
24 Dec 2014
We’re obviously disappointed to receive a 4-star review rather than what has almost become the ‘norm’ 5-star review! On top of that we feel it’s a shame Diane and her partner seemed to focus on the negatives rather than the endless good and unique things about Pura Vida Ecolodge. Having read their comments it would also appear that they weren't very prepared for the trip as a lot of their comments are addressed (very clearly) in the welcome pack. For these reasons, we felt it necessary to go through each of their points one by one, so that future guests are absolutely clear on exactly what is on offer at Pura Vida Ecolodge.

SWIMMING POOL VIEWS - First things first, since Diane stayed we have cut back the bamboo and other foliage (balsa trees) and can confirm that the views from the pool now extend over the jungle canopy to the Pacific Ocean which has always been the case since we opened (other than in November 2014) when Diane and her partner visited. As we explained to the guests at the time, that November was a very extreme month in terms of weather - we received 70 inches of rain in a week so it wasn’t a particularly ‘safe' week to start scaling trees and cutting back foliage (which we generally do most months during ‘green’ season). While we’re obviously disappointed for the guests to not have had the entire views they were expecting (from the pool), we did point out that the Pura Vida Ecolodge reserve is to some extent a wild and organic combination of primary and secondary rain forest and NOT a manufactured garden. That said, it is regularly maintained and guests can count on the valley and sea views from both the pool and various balconies, terraces and yoga decks that our lodge offers. (It’s also worth pointing out that from every other part of the upper level of the lodge, the panoramic views were 100% 'in tact and as photographed'

The plunge pool itself is always treated with Chlorine tablets (as is necessary due to the humidity and location) and as long as it has the leaves cleaned out every morning (as explained by our housekeeper), will stay lovely, fresh and clean throughout your stay.

MOBILE PHONE - As our welcome pack indicates, guests are well advised to have a working mobile phone at Pura Vida Ecolodge and indeed throughout their stay in Costa Rica. We actually advise buying a Costa Rican SIM card in the arrival hall of the airport which costs just a few US$’s and will save you roaming fees and is very easy and handy when booking tours, restaurants and day-to-day use.

LADDER - Again, as explained in the welcome pack, there is no ladder at the lodge but as guests are meant to be on vacation, any bulbs that might need changing that are out of reach we can happily send the housekeeper Gersan up to help out - definitely no need to tiptoe and risk falling over and hurting yourselves please!

KITCHEN SUPPLIES - The lodge is fully stocked with the very basics, bin bags and washing liquid included - don’t know how Diane didn’t manage to locate these :( That said, and again mentioned in the welcome pack, guests are advised to ‘stock-up’ on food supplies before they arrive.

BBQ - Both our profiles for Pura Vida Ecolodge (on Airbnb and TripAdvisor) clearly indicate what we do offer guests up at the lodge. There is no BBQ to date.

CANDLES - The candles are in the wicker basket next to the wifi router in a large bag labelled ‘Candles’. There are also two ‘wind-up’ lamps in the bedrooms for if and when there is a short power cut.

SLEEPS UPTO 6 - As very clearly explained in our profiles, the lodge sleeps UPTO 6, with 2 double en-suite bedrooms and a large double sofa bed in the open-plan lounge area. A little strange that Diane decided to focus on this in her review, given that it was just her and her partner and it’s all very clearly explained in our profile anyway.

As we said in our private message Diane, we are so happy you had such a great stay, apologise for the temporarily overgrown bamboo but are disappointed you focussed on all of the above when you had previously said what a fantastic stay you had.

We are happy to confirm that the photos are current and up-to-date.
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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 29 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Liked best: The view and location
Liked least: The road to the house
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed 7 November 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Liked best: The view from the balcony
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Chris M
San Francisco, California, United States
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“Absolutely Amazing”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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My Girlfriend and I had an unbelievable experience at the Pura Vida Ecolodge recently. The pictures certainly do it justice! Costa Rica is a beautiful country and this location and lodge is the perfect place to stay. Very Tranquil location surrounded by rainforest. Joe and Kika are very responsive hosts. Definitely rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle as you will need it! No complaints! Would love to come again!

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