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Private Chef & Dining Experience (generally needs to be arranged 2 weeks in advance):

This is a relatively new venture we have launched this year with a wonderful tico chef called Royner and his team of professionals from up the road in Uvita. The unique concept is a bespoke gastranomic experience as Royner and his team of 'private chefs' come fully prepared packed to the brim with fresh ingredients and oozing culinary ideas, offering guests a bespoke authentic tico menu counting on 100% organic local produce and ingredients and prepare the whole dining experience for guests to enjoy in the comfort of Pura Vida Ecolodge... Think ‘Private Chef meets Ecoluxury of Pura Vida Ecolodge’. The dinners include beverages/wine and for a two course meal cost $155 and $180 for a complete three course feast. (prices are based on two people). Naturally, as the number of your group increases, the ‘per head’ cost comes down considerably. The price includes preparation, set up and all the zero km organic ingredients. Payment (in cash please) goes directly to Royner on the day. He can also arrange home-cooked Tico breakfasts, lunches and other special dinners. For more info, testimonials & some photos, go to:


So whether you don’t fancy cooking or ‘eating out’, as long as arranged well in advance (we recommend 2 weeks to avoid disappointment as they’re becoming incredibly popular in the area), the Private Chef and his team can prepare a variety of home-cooked, authentic Tico cuisine for all tastes. In keeping with the sustainable and eco-conscious foundations on which Pura Vida Ecolodge is built on, we have decided to focus on vegetarian and vegan variations with a particular emphasis on locally grown and sourced ingredients. But for the carnivores among you, fear not, Royner can create a plethora of super tasty ‘platos fuertes’ y’ entradas’, full of all the colours and nutrients your bodies will be craving, so you won’t be going hungry!




"...The Ecolodge is an incredible place to stay, the pictures provided are beautiful but in person the views are even better and the warm meal prepared by Iliana for when we arrived set the tone for the rest of the week! The canopy tour, surf lessons, beach time, private boat tour with Gersan, Manuel Antonio, local waterfalls, and all of the amazing restaurants in the area were highlights of our trip!"

Brock Buckellew, September 2016


"...My husband and I spent three days of our honeymoon here and we're so glad we did! From the very start of our stay, we were welcomed by Gersan and his wife Iliana with a home cooked Tico dinner which was one of the best meals we've ever had! After a long trip from the states and delayed flights that was exactly what we needed and really set the tone for the trip! Every little detail of the house is perfect from the shower, infinity pool, close by hiking trails to the hammock on the deck. We enjoyed ourselves. We also took Gersan's boat adventure which we highly recommend."

Melissa Stack (June 2016)


"...Oh. My. God. This place comes as advertised: just the right amount of remote, extraordinarily beautiful, and very peaceful. Joe went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of. In fact, when we arrived, there was a fresh, home-cooked meal waiting for us! Lots do, all within easy driving distance. Highly recommend the zip lining, Playa Ventana at low tide"

Geoffrey Mccartney (April 2016)