Unique Award Winning Pura Vida Ecolodge & Retreat – Home 286936 Villa
- 2 bedrooms
- 7 sleeps
- 2 nights min stay
Unique Award Winning Pura Vida Ecolodge & Retreat – Home 286936
- 2 bedrooms
- sleeps 7
- 2 nights min stay
Villa / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 7
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 8 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car essential
- Air conditioning
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
Description from owner
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge, a unique 'eco-luxury' award-winning retreat nestled amongst virgin rain forest just 5 km from the volcanic sands of the Pacific Ocean in Central America's Costa Rica. The ecolodge been awarded with a 'Certificate of Excellence' for the last two years by TripAdvisor and was designed by award winning Architect Franco Casalvolone (FCB Arquitectura).
This is, as they say, the ‘real’ Costa Rica as our beautiful and breezy location, at an altitude of just over 300 meters and with over 3 acres of private land, boasts stunning panoramic sea 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 Parks - Isla del Caño & Osa Peninsula. The most magical times are the early mornings and late afternoons where you can sit back with a freshly made juice or a glass of wine and be a spectator of
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge, a unique 'eco-luxury' award-winning retreat nestled amongst virgin rain forest just 5 km from the volcanic sands of the Pacific Ocean in Central America's Costa Rica. The ecolodge been awarded with a 'Certificate of Excellence' for the last two years by TripAdvisor and was designed by award winning Architect Franco Casalvolone (FCB Arquitectura).
This is, as they say, the ‘real’ Costa Rica as our beautiful and breezy location, at an altitude of just over 300 meters and with over 3 acres of private land, boasts stunning panoramic sea 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 Parks - Isla del Caño & Osa Peninsula. The most magical times are the early mornings and late afternoons where you can sit back with a freshly made juice or a glass of wine and be a spectator of nature with monkeys, parrots and toucans all frequently visiting the lodge and it’s surrounding reserve.
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 - Experiencing a sustainable lifestyle as our ecolodge is set up with rain water catchment, solar panels and a 100% natural water source right from the mountains
PURA VIDA ECOLODGE FEATURES/HIGHLIGHTS:
- Private rental regardless of group size
- Infinity-edge plunge pool with expansive forest & ocean views,
- Cozy lounging areas inside and out with numerous wrap-around teak decks, balconies and yoga platforms.
- Plethora of comfy cushions, bean-bags, sun-loungers, rugs and sofas.
- Perfect for honeymooners, small groups, friends or families.
- Ocean View Suite with King size Coco-Mat bed, (additional pull-out single bed if required) private terrace and large windows overlooking the valley, coastline and Isla de Caño. Complete with en-suite bathroom and walk-in rain shower.
- Jungle View Suite with Queen "Coco-Mat' bed. Views of jungle canopy, private deck and yoga platform, Complete with en-suite bathroom and walk-in rain shower
- Contemporary living space with L-Shaped sofa (converts into double sofa bed) 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 Jungle Canopy (to the north)
- A/C throughout the bedrooms, with independently controlled thermostats in each suite.
- Laundry service with use of washer and dryer.
- Secure indoor parking for 1x 4WD car plus ample outdoor parking space.
- Yoga deck and outdoor ‘body weights’ gym complete with outdoor shower and great panoramic views.
- Pura Vida Ecolodge Nature Reserve - jungle paths leading to yoga decks, streams, waterfalls & natural plunge pools perfect for bathing and relaxing or even adventure & adrenalin!
Our Ecolodge has 2 large double bedrooms (with AC & fans). Both suites boast elegant polished concrete floors, stucco finished walls, teak and bamboo doors and fittings, bamboo ceilings, perlato natural stone wash basins and walk-in (indoor) rain showers with beautiful 'pizarra' finishes (with solar powered hot water). They also both have private balconies/decks. Upstairs is the Ocean View Suite (with King or twin setup depending on your group dynamic) while the other Jungle Suite (Queen setup) hangs over the jungle canopy itself on the ground floor.
The lodge's contemporary communal living space is located upstairs and 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 Ecolodge is surrounded by a ‘wrap-around’ teak deck, hanging dramatically over the jungle canopy - 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!
At the same time as being near local beaches, restaurants and other tourist attractions, Pura Vida Ecolodge's location is both remote and private and the retreat itself will provide you with all sorts of adventures and experiences. We have our own nature trails, waterfalls & natural plunge pools both near the ecolodge & on the edge of the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve - the easiest trail starts right by the ecolodge, with more challenging treks on the edge of the reserve just a short up-hill walk (300m) from the lodge. Your adventure can be as extreme or relaxing as you choose with a plethora of natural swimming pools, waterfalls and rock faces to explore! Whether you are honeymooners, a group of friends or a family of 6, you will have the entire ecolodge just to yourselves. We have also planted lots of trees, so please be our guests and pick any of the fruits they are all obviously 100% organic! If you venture off any of the paths, take your boots and maybe a hiking pole.
*NEW - You'll also love our new yoga deck, exercise and body weights area (with pull up & dip bars etc) complete with outdoor rain shower and a 'chill out area', again hanging dramatically on the edge of our nature reserve - so you can enjoy the lodge's valley, ocean and sunset views whether working out or just relaxing.
We are just a 12-15 minute drive (depending on season & road conditions) from the Costa Nera Highway allowing guests to easily explore the area with day trips to two of Costa Rica's most popular national parks (Manuel Antonio & Corcovado), 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 & snorkelling trips, kayaking, stand up paddling, surfing, hiking, 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 way: 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
PURA VIDA ECOLODGE FAQs:
- WILL I NEED A 4x4 CAR? Yes, our retreat is situated 5km from the coast and the village of Coronado on a well maintained gravel road into the coastal mountains. A 4WD car is necessary. There is a convenience store or “soda” as they are called in Costa Rica, at the Coronado junction, where you can get the majority of your groceries and supplies. For supermarkets, restaurants/bars, beaches, bigger stores, etc. you would require transportation to the local towns of Ojochal (5 mins), Uvita (15 mins) up the Costa Nera Highway. Several taxi services are available but you cannot beat the independence of having your own 4WD. Driving time from San Jose is around 3.5 hours. Full details & directions in welcome pack TIP: Bring coins and change from the US or change colones for the highway tolls!
- WHO SHOULD I RENT OUR 4WD WITH? We have been working with David at Vamos Rent-a-Car since we opened. He speaks English and they have various offices around the country (Near San Jose Airport and Quepos area amongst others). They will meet you off your flight or even at your hotel if you’re setting off early in the morning. Be sure to mention us and Pura Vida Ecolodge to get the best prices & treatment. You should allow around an hour for vehicle collection and paperwork.
- 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 and can help you throughout your stay with anything you might need. I'm sorry we cannot be there but you'll be in very good hands!
- 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 part 1 of the welcome pack with very clear directions including photos of landmarks along the way. Part 2 is snet 2-3 weeks prior to arrival and 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, snorkeling, zip-lining, boat tours, mangrove tours, hiking, stand-up paddling, horseback tours, canyoning, as well as being located between the country's best national parks (Corcovado & Manuel Antonio) and a 20 minute drive from Marina Ballena National Park. 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 amongst others and an overnight option to Mt Chirripo is incredible if you have the time. 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 or if you’re after an almost private beach and wildlife experience, you can have breakfast or lunch at La Cusinga and then explore the different monkey colonies. if you’re lucky you might spot some Red Scarlet Macaws and guests also regularly see lots of toucans and different types of parrots. The 10-min walk through the jungle down to Playa Arco is well worth the trek!
-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 minutes up the coast
-DOES THE ECOLODGE HAVE INTERNET AND CAN I PURCHASE A LOCAL CELL NUMBER? Yes, the house is equipped with WiFi for internet connection and you can even purchase a sim card for around $4 (around 2000 colones) by the luggage claim in the airport, you just need a passport. Sim card is technically free as you can use all of the funds with calls. Cellphone signals have greatly improved in the country, there are some spots around Coronado that don't have reception but there is consistently good signal in and around Pura Vida Ecolodge.
-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 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 is around 5-5.30 with the sunsetting at 5.30-6pm. The ‘Green season’s’ rains are quite welcoming, it's always hot and the partial clouds and afternoon rains are soothing. Typically the rains start on the mountains between 2-4pm, maybe a little later by beach. For us, the best times of the day are between 5-7am. The congo monkeys will wake you up, and it's the most glorious part of the day and besides you’ll most likely be asleep by 8/9pm! It’s amazing how quickly you’ll adjustment!
-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 which mean there are lovely fresh sea-breezes throughout.
-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.
- IS COSTA RICA SAFE? In general Costa Rica is very safe, however petty crimes do happen especially by the beaches or touristy areas. Do not bring any valuables to Costa Rica with you and especially do not bring them with you to the beach. TIP: Leave the glove department open to indicate it’s empty.
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 View Suite or Jungle Suite (or both) as well as enjoying all the other spaces around the property. All for you - Just for you...
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
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 parts 1 & 2).
Hopefully you'll have a chance to read through all our notes and flick through all our photos, but the best way to really find out what Pura Vida Ecolodge is all about is to read our reviews and see what our last few guests really thought of our retreat and the lifestyle and experience it provides. We hope to welcome you one day soon at Pura Vida Ecolodge.
The main 'House Rules' are to realize that living in the tropics creates more challenges then we normally face in the Northern Hemisphere and with this in mind we hope you adopt the 'Pura Vida' philosophy & concept we have worked so hard to create. That means respecting nature, the animals and the magical surroundings of the Jungle Villa and it's reserve. Our main goal, as designers, hosts and 'conceptualists' is that you are able to leave the 'urban madness' behind and fully enjoy & embrace a unique life at Pura Vida Ecolodge throughout your stay, whether it be just two days or two weeks, always conscious that our Jungle Villa really is 'A Retreat, A Lifestyle & An Experience.'
Please don't leave any food out as bugs and ants will prey on it! Cleaning up after each meal (including the floors) will help you keep them off. Please keep all of the foods in the fridge or covered, especially overnight. Likewise, all of the organic waste (except fish and meat) can literally be thrown over the balcony (towards the jungle – not in the garden behind the house). It’s great natural fertilizer for the papaya trees! Also, please refrain from putting anything wet or hot on the wood, there are plenty of table mats. Likewise, please use the chopping boards instead of the polished concrete finishes – especially when cutting citric fruits.
The sliding doors of open plan lounge have been designed to bring a little but of the glory of nature inside the ecolodge. During the day it’s perfectly fine to keep the sliding door and screens open. However at night with the lights on everything needs to be shut otherwise the lights will attract the insects! The screens shut very well and the bedrooms are also 100% sealed.
Please be mindful that Pura Vida Ecolodge uses a naturally composting septic system, so we remind guest to put ALL toilet paper and sanitary towels in the bins provided.
ELECTRICITY & WATER
While we have plenty of electricity and water, being an ecolodge, we ask that they are both used mindfully. The solar system was recently serviced and while it’s very efficient we ask that in the rainy season especially to please be extra mindful. Likewise, in the dry season, we ask that guests are especially mindful in terms of their water usage – not leaving taps running unnecessarily etc.
We appreciate that life on the Pacific coast can start early so ask guests to try and checkout by 10am with check-in starting from 2pm. That said, we understand a lot of our Jungle Villa guests are indeed on an extended itinerary, often with limited flexibility in terms of transport & internal flights, so we are of course happy to try and work around your timings as much as we can.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD - OVERVIEW
The neighbourhood offers guests peace and quiet and has an abundance of nature and stunning flora and fauna. You can wake with the sounds of the congo howler monkeys and watch the sunset as the toucans fly right by the house. There are nature trails and waterfalls just a short walk away plus plenty of adventures on Pura Vida Ecolodge's doorstep!
HOW TO GET AROUND
Once up at Pura Vida Ecolodge, you can explore the surrounding nature reserve and local area by foot. A 4WD car (Mitsubishi Montero manual for more control and 'umph' is a good choice) is the best option for exploring further a field (we include all sorts of suggestions, day trips and activities in the Pura Vida Ecolodge Welcome Pack but Vamos-Rent-A-Car are our recommended hire car company if you want to book well in advance, be sure to mention us to get the best deal, they may even include a local mobile (real handy) or GPS, likewise we advise guests to buy a 'Kolby pre-pay' sim card on arrival at San Jose airport for ease - Kolby have a small store in the arrivals hall).
In terms of getting up to the lodge from the coastal road, there are currently two options for arriving (both from the Costanera Sur), with roads leading up from the village of Coronado (*this route has recently been improved by the community & the local Municipality April 2015) and the longer bumpier road from Puntamala by Ojochal. (Full details & maps in welcome pack).
Location description from owner
The Province of Puntarenas region
Costa Rica, no bigger than West Virginia or Switzerland, is situated as a small strip between the Pacific and the Caribbean. Central America’s jewel is one of the world’s best kept travel secrets; an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbours and an ecotourism heaven, making it one of the best places to experience the perfect mix of tropical rainforests and pristine beaches.
Unlike many destinations, where man has driven the animals into the deepest backwater seclusion, Costa Rica's wildlife seems to love to put on a song and dance. Animals are prolific and relatively easily seen: monkeys, sloth, scarlet macaws, and toucans, and even the allusive jaguar and tapir, exotic species in abundance, with incredibly lush flora to match. Costa Rica has an enlightened approach to conservation with the government aiming to make it the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, which guarantees the country’s splendour for the future.
‘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, rainforests 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: over a 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.
Costa Rica's climate is renowned as an atmospheric treat. Mild subtropical conditions prevail year-round. Temperature varies mainly according to elevation, the higher the cooler. There is no summer or winter, but a wet and dry season. The wet season lasts from May through October, but days often start cloudless with only short tropical bursts of rain in the afternoon. So do visit Costa Rica year-round; you will find an even greener Costa Rica during the wet season, with a lot less people to share it with! Costa Rica’s rain falls mainly on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate with an average year-round temperature of 80º Fahrenheit (27º Celsius).
Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America where family values and respect are forthright. It is a peaceful, progressive country where democracy and stability are hallmarks.
Tres Rios & The Zona Sur:
The real ‘eco hot spot’ of Costa Rica, enclosed by the Pacific Ocean and mountainous rainforest surroundings, buzzing with tropical wildlife. This is where jungle meets ocean. Described by National Geographic magazine as “one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world” south-western Costa Rica has a plethora of stunning (and mostly deserted) beaches and fantastic vistas. The areas beaches include the deserted Playa Tortuga, the rugged Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ventanas (named after the two huge cliffs on either side that frame this idyllic surfing beach as well as Playa Uvita and the ‘party town’ and ‘surfers hot-spot’ of Dominical.
The nearby village of Ojochal (5 minutes up the CostaNera) 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.
Pura Vida Ecolodge is uniquely located between 4 of Costa Rica’s most impressive national parks:
About 40km off the Pacific coast and visible from the Jungle Villa itself, lies the Isla del Caño which is one of Costa Rica's top spots for diving, with attractions including intricate rock and incredible coral formations and an amazing array of underwater life, teeming with colourful reef fish and larger marine life such as manta rays, turtles, dolphins, huge shoals of barracuda and moral eels. Day trips can be arranged which typically include two emersions (or as much snorkelling as you like), a picnic lunch on the beach, a trek up to the national parks waterfall and then a leisurely ride back to the mainland, hopefully having spotted a couple of whales!
Just to the North lie the pristine sandy palm beaches of Marino Ballena National Park. The largest marine park in Central America and is named after a common visitor: Humpback whales migrate here to the warm waters off the coast to mate before returning up north. Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles can be seen laying their eggs on night visits to the beach and dolphins are regularly spotted. A protective coral reef (the largest on the Pacific Coast of Central America) makes for ideal swimming, snorkelling and diving conditions. Horseback riding, deep sea fishing and kayaking are also popular activities here, while for those of you who prefer a more relaxed pace, you can go for long walks along the coast, sunbathe on the beach and enjoy the fabulous scenic beauty and marine life that this gorgeous park has to offer.
Also to the North is the most frequently visited national park of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio.
A walk through the park rewards visitors with frequent sightings of several species of monkeys, as well as sloth, iguanas, coati’s, and hundreds of exotic birds. Within the park are a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches, surrounded by rain forest. These beaches are easily accessed by well-groomed trails that wind throughout the park. Pack a lunch, have a picnic on one of the sandy beaches, and be sure to take your swimsuit along for a refreshing swim after a day of hiking.
Situated South of Tres Rios is world renowned Corcovado National Park; an undeniably beautiful place, considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas (considered top 3 worldwide by National Geographic), this virgin rain forest park with its amazing variety of wildlife invites superlatives from all who visit. The captivating visual beauty of its forest and coastline, with miles of uninhabited beaches and roaring cascades, draws visitors from all over the world.
On our doorstep, there are a choice of larger waterfalls and lagoons, Marina Ballena National Park and even the recently completed San Buenas Golf Resort. It also has the surfer’s paradise of Dominical and the world famous Scuba Diving site of Isla del Caño within easy reach. For the 'foodies' among you, when not enjoying the local catch 'at home', there is a wonderful selection of International fusion and gourmet restaurants just a bike-ride away (or just a short drive) in nearby villages of Ojochal & Coronado.
The Osa Peninsula (the gateway to Corcovado National Park) is under 2 hours away to the south and Manuel Antonio National Park lies just over an hour away.
HOUSE RULES & POLICIES:
The main 'House Rules' are to adopt the 'Pura Vida Ecolodge' philosophy & concept we have worked so hard to create. That means respecting nature, the animals and the magical surroundings of the Jungle Villa and it's reserve. Please remember that given the unique location, you will inevitably have some visitors from the surrounding rain forest during your stay. Whether that be congo monkeys as the sun rises, early morning visits from the the incredibly tame 'pizotes', toucans as the sunsets or even the odd bull-frog having a splash in the pool! Our main goal, as designers, hoteliers and 'conceptualists' is that you are able to leave the 'urban madness' behind and fully enjoy & embrace a unique life up at Pura Vida Ecolodge throughout your stay, whether it be just two days or two weeks, always conscious that our Jungle Villa really is 'A Retreat - A Lifestyle & An Experience.'
We do ask that guests read the welcome packs & guidebook thoroughly before arriving in Costa Rica so you can fully enjoy your Pura Vida Experience and be prepared for what the Pura Vida Adventure is all about.
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind guests that being 'off the beaten track' in this hidden corner of Costa Rica does mean that from time to time we can experience a variability of Pura Vida Ecolodge's infrastructure (such as internet connection, water pressure and power cuts for example). While largely unavoidable when they do happen, they are generally short-lived, pretty infrequent and shouldn't manage to interfere with your holiday providing you remember where you are, the ecolodge adventure you've chosen to experience and that things will not necessarily be quite the same as perhaps you are used to 'back home'. That said, our housekeeper is always just around the corner and we always have a 'plan B' up our sleeve should the need arise to ensure your trip is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
We appreciate that life on the Pacific coast can start early so ask guests to try and checkout by 10am with check-in starting from 2pm but we strongly advise arriving before sundown (so as to familiarise yourselves with 4WD driving and the orientation of the lodge). That said, we understand a lot of our Jungle Villa guests are indeed on an extended itinerary, often with limited flexibility in terms of transport & internal flights, so we are of course happy to try and work around your timings as much as we can - as long as we know well in advance.
Our dear friends and housekeepers, Gersan & Iliana know the area like the back of their hands and are happy to help with organising tours, trips and adventures and will even help you explore the local area on foot. They can also offer a laundry service, pick up (and drop off) various food parcels and even set up a special home-made meal for your arrival day (as long as it's arranged with us in advance.) They run a very popular 'Pura Vida Boat Adventure' and will happily supply you with all sorts of local treats up at the villa (from natural coconut oils, fruit baskets and evEn home-made 'empanadas'.
When planning your trip, we do recommend to get in touch with us direct BEFORE you arrive if interested in any adventures & excursions as some of the attractions available get booked up with limited numbers in high season and likewise there is less availability of some tours in the Green Season.
Pura Vida Ecolodge is equipped with WiFi for internet connection but we also recommend that guests purchase a Costa Rican Kolby SIM card for their mobile/cell. (They even sell them in the arrival hall/luggage collection area at San Jose airport for $5) allowing them to make restaurant & tour reservations, keep in touch with our housekeeper etc without paying expensive roaming fees - with Kolby, you are also likely to have better 'coverage' than with your home network or any other Cost Rica networks such as Movistar and Claro.
The Ocean View Suite can be set up as either a King or indeed a separate twin room, according to your particular needs and group size. Whereas the Jungle Suite room is set up as a Queen. In the open-plan living area there is also a sofa bed that can sleep a further two people comfortably - with a maximum for the entire Jungle Villa being limited to 6 adults.
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: Super King Bed Single Bed
Bedroom 2: Double Bed
Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
- 2 En suites
- Wi-Fi available
- Air conditioning
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Private garden
- Solarium or roof terrace
- Balcony or terrace
- Sea view
- Internet access
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Ceiling Fans
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Secure parking
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time:14:00, Check out time:10:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
- No smoking inside house
- Don't feed visiting animals
- Enjoy wildlife, don't be afraid of insects, it's a Jungle Villa!
- Use safe for valuables
- Don't throw paper in toilets, use bins provided
- Lock windows & doors, turn off AC, lights & fans when you leave ecolodge.
- More info in welcome packs
About the owner
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- Calendar updated::
- 29 May 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian
This Villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 7. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 06 Dec 2012. Located in Province of Puntarenas, it has 64 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1094 to £1422.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 29 May 2017.
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– based on 64 reviews
- Very Good
“Paradise in the Jungle”
Oh my, I don't even know where to begin! It's not the easiest place to get to but that's not negative at all-it's part of the magic! Our first thought was "someone put their heart and and soul into building this place!" It just has that special quality to it. The groundskeeper Gershan is a lovely young man and greeted us upon arrival. He showed us how to navigate the nuances of the home. We loved opening all the doors and letting the sounds of the jungle in. We had planned day excursions but decide we had to stay one full day and just relax and soak in what this property has to offer. Quick note on the amenities and service. The communication from the owners is amazing. I would advise thoroughly reading the welcome packets they send before you get there and again, once you arrive because EVERYTHING you need to know is there. Also, the beds... To die for! I am looking into buying the CocoMats for home. Best nights sleep ever! I would recommend this to anyone who would like to relax, have a romantic getaway, honeymoon... It's perfect for shutting down and taking in the pure life! We hope that return someday for sure!
Our stay at the Pura Vida Eco Lodge was amazing! From the views and accommodations, the jungle paths that led to amazing waterfalls, to the beaches that were virtually empty, becoming our own private oasis, this vacation was one for the books! The perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, we could have stayed forever. Gerzan was amazing and even with limited English we were still able to communicate and learn so much about his life! His boat tour through the mangroves and to his private beach is a must! We would recommend this to vacation spot to any adventure seeker who isn't afraid to detach from reality and truly experience what Costa Rica has to offer!
“Fantastic place to stay”
We stayed here for a week and what a fantastic week it was. The green credentials are outstanding and the lodge itself very thoughtfully and tastefully designed. The beds were comfy and loved the unique decor The location is amazing with fabulous views and being lulled to sleep by the relaxing sounds of the rainforest, a real treat. The trip with Gersan through the mangroves was fab and Joe, always ready to help with trip bookings etc. An unforgettable trip, Thanks Joe, Kika, Gersan and his wife Lly
“Pura Vida Adventure at the Jungle Villa”
This place is amazing. We thought it'd be hard to live up to the reputation from the site, but it fully exceeded our high expectations. Everything was very well done, the views are spectacular to say the least, both of the Pacifico and the Jungle. The wildlife continued to astound us throughout our week long stay. Toucans, Howler Monkeys, wide variety of birds, and other exotic insect species. Las Cascadas (the waterfall hike) is a must-do activity. Go either way at the bottom of the well-marked trail, and be taken aback by the adventure. Stunning pools and waterworks abound. Gersan, the housekeeper, is the man. Totally helpful, extremely nice, and all around good guy. We could go on but the place was all-in-all amazing. Don't think, just do it! Muchas gracias Joe, Kika, y Gersan... Pura Vida. Jay y John
“Immerse in the jungle”
Great house, comfortable, with extraordinary location : soak the jungle atmosphere, hear and catch sight of the diverse animals and birds ! Nice (small) pool. Great views of the ocean in the distance. Nice play area for yoga and exercise.
“This is a special place.”
A perfect place to unwind and relax on the deck with a gorgeous view. We saw many birds and a howler monkey...! The house is very well located. Manual Antonio is an easy day trip and you can take a boat trip to the Corcovado Park from nearby Sierpe. We only stayed 3 nights and wished we had stayed a week.
“Perfect Pura Vida”
From the beginning booking and preparing for this was easy. Once we had made the booking Joe and Kika were really helpful and provided a complete welcome pack. This covered everything we needed in a simple and clear way (and made us very excited!) In the end we printed out the pack and took it everywhere to help find the beaches and other local places like the local fish shop where we bought some lovely fish. It also covered the practicalities as well for the lodge, like the safe, and the directions for getting to the lodge that were really helpful, with pictures and distances. Once there, although the pictures are good, it is even better. The views are amazing from the lodge and we never bored of simply sitting on the balcony, drink in hand, watching the weather pass us by, sun go down, and all the nature around us. The lodge itself is open and airy. It is full netted so as long as you keep the doors closed you are quite bug free (relatively as remember you are in the jungle). However, you never feel trapped as it is so simple and open. It is an incredible building with an understated feel of luxury with the two walk in showers, spacious rooms and tall ceilings. We especially loved the sofa where we would have a lovely afternoon snooze under the throws provided. You do need a 4x4 and were pleased Joe flagged this. The final road up to the lodge is a bumpy track but it is fine if you have a 4x4 and after a couple of drives you do not think about it, night or day. You simply just need to be able to drive sensibly. Locally, the beaches are quite hidden away but secluded and beautiful. The water was really warm. The welcome pack helps and locals were also helpful. Playa Arco was incredible with monkeys and waterfall. That said, you do need to pay $18 to go through the entrance at the hotel, but that includes a walk through their jungle trail, the amazing beach and a piece of cake and juice when you return. We were happy with the money spent! We found a couple of great restaurant but to be honest, often cooked ourselves in the evenings. The kitchen has everything you need which is great including a simple and easy to use bamboo coffee maker the locals all use. Overall, we couldn't recommend this highly enough. We wanted to get away from the rush of city life and spoil ourselves and this was perfect to do this. If you appreciate what it is and where you are going it is perfect. If you are expecting a 5 star hotel all inclusive, you will probably still be converted!
“Family Pura Vida Vacation”
We very much enjoyed spending our first family visit to Costa Rica at the Pura Vida Ecolodge. If you are looking for a bit of an adventure with a serene setting, then this is the place. Set on a hill top in the jungle canopy with breathtaking views out to the Pacific Coast, this beautifully designed and constructed villa offers its visitors a peaceful and relaxing location to experience Pura Vida. A variety of local beaches, waterfalls, canopy tour, restaurants and amenities are all close by for daily excursions. SUV/4 wheel drive is essential.
“Pura Vida Eco Lodge - more a feeling than only a name!”
Joe, the owner, did our check-in (and also check-out) himself and made us feel extremly welcome! From the beginning on we definitly recognized that it was the right choise to stay there. Independently which place, room or piece we discovered within the eco lodge, we could see, with how much passion, knowledge and love this was designed. Really well done! The kitchen was extremely well equipped, as well as the remaining house - they thought of everything!!! Beside of all the incredible things the eco lodge had to offer, Joe was a great host and gave us additionally some tipps for the surroundings (the trail nearby and especially the waterfall are absolutely stunning...) This is THE place where you can definitly leave the stress behind, lean back and just have a great Pura-Vida-time! If you have the chance, take it, be a Part of it and spend a few Nights in paradise!
“Perfect Eco lodge”
As first time visitors to Costa Rica we knew we were in for a real treat when we came across Pura Vida Ecolodge just before we arrived. It was a very last minute booking but this magical retreat really is (if at all possible) even better than we imagined and is and does exactly what it says on it's profile. We drove down from San Jose which was a great experience in itself, i'd say it was about 3 hours and the directions made it super easy. In the 3 days we were there, we definitely managed to unwind, relax, turn off and embrace the 'pura vida' lifestyle on offer. The location was perfect for us, secluded, beautiful and quiet but within easy reach of some of the best beaches we've ever seen, loads of great activities (we highly recommend the canopy tour) and Ojochal (lovely little village about a 10/12 minute drive away where we had 2 very tasty meals). Back up at the lodge, the facilities were pretty impressive, it's been designed with a lot of attention to detail and it looked like the owners had recently stocked up on a completely new kitchen (my girlfriend LOVED this as she's an avid cook), and Gerzan explained that Joe & Kika had just installed a new wifi router, which meant that I could keep in touch with work and emails whilst taking in the views on the deck. Personally, my favourites were the infinity pool and the huge rain showers in the bathrooms and just up the road from the house, there is really cool nature trail, which basically takes you through the jungle to a river and natural plunge pool - there is no better way to start the day! On the other mornings we did yoga (another great touch) on the deck and enjoyed papaya smoothies (thanks for the fruit basket!!) I'd say the house has everything you need and nothing you don't. We even managed to pick up a bit of spanish the day we did the boat tour with Gerzan and Ily. Again, this comes highly recommended and is really good value for money and quite a unique way to discover the local area and fishing was really fun, those mangroves were amazing and we were lucky to see a whole load of monkeys and birds. If only we could have stayed longer. In short, a great location, great place, and great value for money. Highly recommended! Thanks for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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