Recipe: Heart of Palm Salad



Servings: 4

  • 4 cups of cooked heart of palm, sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomato, into halves
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup green scallion, sliced
  • Olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

Mango Salad


Servings: 4


  • 4 cups ripe mango, into strips
  • 1 carrot, shered
  • ½ red onion, julianne
  • 4 tbs parsley, chopped
  • Olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

Recipe: Pura Vida Spa Rice and Chicken (Arroz Con Pollo)



  • 1 whole chicken boiled with onion, sweet pepper, tomato, a stalk of celery and a bay leaf
  • 3 cups of white rice
  • 6 cups of broth
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • Achiote to taste (annatto oil)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, minced
  • 1 cup of cooked green beans, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked carrot, minced
  • 4 tbsp of cilantro, minced


  1. Remove the skin from the chicken and shred the meat. Save six cups of broth.
  2. Heat the oil in the casserole and add the annatto oil. Add and sauté the onion and sweet pepper. Add the rice and stir well. Season with salt. Add the broth and bring to boil. Cover and lower the heat.
  3. Add the chicken, green beans and carrots. Finish cooking over low heat.
  4. Add minced cilantro before serving.

Recipe: Wild Rice Salad


This Wild Rice Salad (Ensalada De Arroz Salvaje) will give the Costa Rican Flavors you desire!


  • 2 cups of wild rice, previously cooked
  • ½ cup of raw broccoli
  • ½ cup of leeks, sliced
  • ½ cup of red onion, julienne
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers, julienne
  • Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve.


Ultimate Wellness Retreat from American Airlines Celebrated Living


We were thrilled to open the latest issue of American Airlines Celebrated Living Magazine and see Pura Vida Retreat & Spa named as the “Ultimate Wellness Retreat” by renowned fitness expert & coach Magen Banwart, founder of Optimal Mind Body. She praises Pura Vida Spa as having “the best holistic healers that I’ve ever experienced. They have amazing massage therapists and bodyworkers.”

Click here to read the full story (Page 16) – or pick it up on the American Airlines’ premium cabins or in the Admirals Club lounges.

Recipe: Port Wine Strawberries


• 5 cups of strawberries (remove the greens)
• 115 grs of butter
• ½ cup of orange juice
• 1 cup of port wine
• 1 cup of brown sugar
• 1 tsp of cinnamon
• 3 cloves

1. In a sauce pan, add the butter and sugar. Melt the sugar until there are no crystals.
2. Add the orange juice, spices and port wine. Let it reduce
3. Finally add the strawberries and cook until tender.

Recipe: Green Papaya Salad



-300 grs green papaya, grated
-8 units cherrys tomatoes, halved
– 1 cup of green beans, previously poached
-1 carrot, grated
-1 chili, chopped


– 3 cloves garlic, chopped
– 5 tbsp lime juice
– 4 tbsp fish sauce
– 2 cds of olive oil
– 25 g of cane sugar
– 20 grams of dried shrimp
– 25 grs of roasted peanuts


  1. Mix all the ingredients of the salad and reserve
  2. Mix with a beater all ingredients of the dressing
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve instantly

Minced Green Plantain



  • 2 green plantain, diced into small squares
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • ½ tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • ½ tbs of Worcester sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 2 tbs of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt an pepper to taste


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  1. Boil the plantain in enough water. Cook it “al dente”
  2. Sautée with oil, the onion, the pepper and garlic. Add the tomato, tomato paste and all the spices. Mix well and then add ¾ cup of water. Reduce the “tomato” sauce and then add a pinch of sugar.
  3. Add the plantain, Worcester sauce and mix well. Add a splash of water to moisture the preparation, then add salt and pepper.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with corn tortilla, or as a side dish.

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Pura Vida Honored by Organic Spa Magazine


We’re extremely honored to share that Pura Vida has been named the “Best Yoga Spa” for 2017 by Organic Spa Magazine in the 2017 Top 10 Awards.Organic Spa cites our serene environment as a “lush and beautiful spot for spiritual refreshment” with four yoga halls offering panoramic Costa Rican views and our extensive retreat calendar.

To read the full story, please click here.

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