Monthly Archives: March 2017

Recipe: Passion Fruit Cheesecake





  • 6 ounces of graham crackers
  • 8 tablespoons of melted butter


  • 2 (12 oz) cans of evaporated milk
  • 2 (12 oz) cans of condensed milk
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 2 teaspoons of gelatin powder (previously dissolved in ½ cup of warm water)


  • 3 passion fruits
  • ½ cup of sugar


For the crust

1.      Add graham crackers to food processor and process until powdered. Add the melted butter and mix well.

2.      Press the cookie mixture into a glass pan.

3.      Bake for 5 minutes until browned. Remove from oven and cool.

For the filling

4.      Add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until evenly mixed.

5.       Fill the glass pan with this mixture on top of the graham crust, and chill into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

For the sauce

6. Reduce everything together in a sauce pan. Cover the cheesecake with this sauce.

Recipe: Detox Green Juice


detox green juiceDid you know some of the benefits of juicing include detoxing your system, losing weight, controlling blood sugar, and reducing inflammation? That’s why we love serving our guests fresh juice at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa! Now you can make it at home with this recipe


  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 ½ celery stalk
  • ½ lime juice
  • 1 green Apple
  • ¼ cup of spearmint

Organic Spa 2017 Wellness Travel Guide


The March issue of Organic Spa Magazine features an awesome new round-up, the 2017 Wellness Travel Guide – a carefully curated list of 145 top wellness and destination spas found around the world. We are beyond thrilled to be included on this list!

Click here to read more about the amazing resorts featured in the International Wellness Destination Spa category, we are definitely in very good company here.

Pura Vida Watsu Pool

Recipe: Turmeric Tonic


turmeric2We love using turmeric in our recipes and here’s why: its root is active and helpful in treating diseases of the skeletal, respiratory and circulatory systems. Turmeric also gives the same benefits as ibuprofen, but without the adverse chemical effects.


  • 6 inches of fresh turmeric
  • 5 tablespoons of ginger juice
  • 1 cup of tamarind pulp
  • The juice of 4 limes
  • 1 cup of honey


  1. Chop the turmeric into pieces and boil it with 1.5 liters of water. Boil it for 20 minutes.
  2. In a blender, add 1.2 liters of the turmeric water with the pieces of fresh turmeric. Add the tamarind pulp, the lime juice and honey.  Blend everything together.
  3. In a pitcher, add the blended juice and 1.5 liters of fresh water. Add more honey if necessary.

Watsu Aquatic Therapy


Looking for a way to heal your mind and your body?  Need an escape from the daily stressors in your life?  We invite you to experience our Watsu treatment, one of the many amazing aquatic therapies offered here at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa.

Pura Vida Watsu Pool

Watsu is the union of two words: Water and Shiatsu, the Japanese healing technique based on the same principles as acupuncture. Having the body submerged in water, rendering it completely weightless, allows you to relax in a unique way. Watsu combines breath connection, stretching, and energy work in a heated Watsu Pool, allowing your body to return to its natural state of well-being. Many people consider this 60-minute treatment one of the most profound experiences of their life!!

Please visit the Wellness Center for more information and to sign up for a Watsu Aquatic Treatment.

Recipe: Patacones with Mashed Beans, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Patacones with Mashed Beans, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo (2 servings)

Patacones with Mashed Beans, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo (2 servings)


  • 1 green plantain, cut into 4 cm pieces
  • Oil, just enough to cover half of a pot

Mashed beans

  • 1 cup of mashed beans
  • 1 tbs of onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp of garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp of raw sugar
  • ¼ tsp of oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 Hass avocados, mashed
  • ¼ cup of red onion, chopped
  • The juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 tbs of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pico de Gallo

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup of red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs of cilantro, chopped
  • The juice of ½ a lime
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the guacamole in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix all the ingredients of the pico de gallo. Set aside.
  3. For the mashed beans, add a splash of oil to a sauce pan and sauté the onions. Then add the garlic, sugar and oregano. Mix well and add the mashed beans, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a pot, heat the oil to make the patacones. This should not be very hot, so as to not burn the patacones. Add the plantain pieces and let it brown slowly for a few minutes. Remove the patacones and place them on a plate. Then use a glass or dish to press them to obtain a round, flat shape.
  5. Raise the oil temperature until it bubbles, add the flat patacones and cook until golden brown.
  6. Remove from heat and dry with a paper towel to remove the excess fat. Serve with the mashed beans, guacamole and pico de gallo.
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