THE FACILITIES 

Sycamore ceiling fans & cozy lighting
Inviting King-size beds (or twin depending on your group size & setup) - full linens provided
Fully equipped kitchen - Polished granite tops & teak island tops with stainless steel appliances. (Gas range)
Dining area (up to 6 guests)
Lounge area with L-shaped sofa
Internet connection (wifi)
Housekeeping services (optional)
Concierge service (optional)
Private terraces and balconies (sun and shade) - Towels, cushions & deckchairs
Infinity plunge pool & adjacent sun deck and loungers
Yoga & exercise platforms
Large 'walk-in' 8” rain showers with solar powered hot water (indoor)
Natural stone perlato washbasins - bathrooms complete with towels & robes
Safe deposit box
Secure indoor & outdoor parking for two 4x4 cars

*Laundry Service, Private Chef and Catering services all available

 

*NEW 'SLEEP ON NATURE' BEDS & PILLOW MENU (BY COCOMAT)

We are happy to announce that our Jungle & Ocean View Suites are now kitted out with Cocomat products - beds, mattresses, toppers and pillow menu! Guided by Mother Nature's wisdom, Cocomat have created innovative products made only of 100% natural materials. Our 'Sleep on Nature' beds are made of multiple layers of natural materials. The harder layers, such as coconut fiber, provide bodyweight support, while the more elastic layers of natural rubber follow the body's shape, gently hugging each curve. Our Cocomat products not only redefine luxury but have essentially reinvented sleep for our guests and you will quite simply Love Organic and Sleep Organic!

Likewise, just as there is no 'one-size -fits-all' dress or pair of jeans, there can't be such a thing as a 'one-size-fits-all' pillow. Hence, Pura Vida Ecolodge very proudly presents the Pillow Menu. Guests can now choose from our exclusive collection of unique customizable pillows.

 

THE 'PURA VIDA' ECOLODGE NATURE RESERVE

When we found the land that is now home to Pura Vida Ecolodge, the largest part of the reserve was primary jungle, and functioned as a fantastic wildlife corridor. Right from the beginning we knew that we weren’t going to disrupt what is essentially ‘home’ for over 850 species of animals.

Less than 5% of the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve has been used for architectural buildings and all the primary jungle part is now protected as the Pura Vida Ecolodge private reserve. There are a selection of easy & accessible nature trails both near the ecolodge itself as well as longer walks on the edge of the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserva. The nearest (and easiest) trail starts from the villa itself and winds through the often-dense jungle, crossing a couple of creeks and streams, leading guests to a beautiful two-tier waterfall (best in the wet season). The more challenging nature trail is on the edge of the reserve, is a longer hike and walk but is well worth the investment! The 600+ carefully crafted steps wind their way through both primary & secondary jungle, where if you set off early you're likely to see (or atleast here) large groups of monkeys playing in the trees. At the end of the trail, you'll meet the river and with a little adventure upstream, you will find countless waterfalls and plunge pools in a fantastic and dramatic setting. There is no better way to unwind than to wash off under the free-flowing water or bathe in the pure mountain water holes. Keep your eyes peeled en-route for all sorts of colourful and magical plants and creatures… (More info, tips & directions inlcuded in your welcome pack.)

Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a tiny area. The range of habitats in Costa Rica, a consequence of its unique geography, creates an incredibly rich diversity of flora and fauna – in fact no other country on the planet has such variety.

Along with its diverse geography, the large number of species in Costa Rica is also due to the relatively recent appearance of the country. Roughly three million years ago Costa Rica rose from the ocean and formed a land bridge between North and South America, and as species from these two vast biological provinces started to mingle and mix, the number of species was essentially ‘doubled.’

The South Pacific zone enjoys tow very different 'seasons', both of which will offer you a very different jungle experience. The 'Green Season' (from May through to early December) provides the reserve with the necessary rain it needs for its various eco-systems and the creeks and streams become full and often fast flowing. In contrast, 'El Verano' (the summer season starting December through to April) brings strong and consistant sunshine, often drying even the heaviest of waterfalls and plunge pools at one stage or another.

No season is a bad season for exploring Pura Vida Ecolodge's natural environment, though most of our guests arrive during the peak dry season when trails are less muddy and more accessible. An added bonus of visiting between December and February is that many of the wintering migrant birds are still hanging around. A trip after the peak season may mean fewer birds, but it is a stupendous time to see dried forests transform into vibrant greens and it’s the time when resident birds begin their nesting season.

Luckily, the Pura Vida Ecolodge is wild throughout the year and while each season may attract different species to the reserve, you will hear howler monkeys (congos) most mornings as you wake, toucans finding their bed for the night as the sun sets and even the occasional sloth (perezoso), mountain leopard (leopardo) and panther (pantera)have all been seen in and around the reserve. After a couple of days in and around the retreat, you'll see that birds in Costa Rica come in every color, from strawberry-red scarlet macaws to the iridescent jewels called violet sabrewings (a type of hummingbird).

Enjoy this completely untouched area, as this is your chance to really embrace the Pura Vida experience.