The phrase 'Pura Vida' is something you'll hear quite a lot in Costa Rica. In English, it means 'pure life', but it's a whole lot more than just a saying: for Costa Ricans and the travellers who visit this gorgeous Central American country, it's a way of life.
From the stunning, wildlife-filled national parks to the warm seas and vast beaches on the country's Caribbean and Pacific coasts, life here is peaceful and supremely relaxing. And it's this chilled-out living – as well as the year-round tropical climate – that helped get Costa Rica recognised as one of the most positive and happy countries in the world by the Gallup World Index and Happy Planet Index in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018.
But this is a holiday destination with way more than just good vibes: 'Pura Vida' extends to wellness and mindfulness, too. One-of-a-kind volcanic-mud treatments, digital detoxes and rainforest treks are par for the course here, and they all contribute to making Costa Rica one of the world's leading destinations for spa relaxation and luxurious sustainable retreats. Here, you can stay in a luxury eco lodge with all the comforts of a five-star hotel, but none of the guilt of harming the beautiful, biodiverse land and wildlife that lives there.
Sustainability doesn't mean you have to compromise on style and comfort, either – this is a place that suits the luxury traveller just as well as the road-tripper. From the cities to the cloud forests, you'll find luxurious lodgings, spas and high-end restaurants serving delicious local dishes like gallo pinto, ceviche and juicy tropical fruit.
What's more, with BA's new direct flights from London to the Costa Rican capital of San José, the country is more accessible than ever. Add to this regular flights to Liberia direct with Thomson and non-direct with Air Canada, Delta, KLM, Avianca, Air France, Aero Mexico, American Airlines and United, a luxury beach break that's packed with 'Pura Vida' is much closer than you'd think.
Because a paradise like this is worth sharing, we've teamed up with the Costa Rica Tourist Board and luxurious travel and lifestyle brand Tumi to offer you the chance to win an eight-day holiday to Costa Rica for two, plus a £595 carry-on case from Tumi to take on your trip.
Tumi has been making high-quality luggage for travellers since 1975. And with more than 125 patents to their name, it's clear that innovation in travel is the name of the game. Whether it's the company's meticulously tested rolling luggage, its top-of-the-line travel clothing or its high-tech accessories, you can be sure that Tumi gear will perfect your journey.
While you're away you'll split your time between inland and coastal destinations, experiencing 'Pura Vida' with the perfect blend of sun-soaked relaxation and stunning scenery. So what are you waiting for? An eight-day luxury getaway could be just around the corner. Just answer the question below to be in with a chance of winning.
The question is: What does the phrase 'Pura Vida' mean in English?
Competition closes: 11th June 2018
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One entry per person.
Closing date for entries is 11th June 2018.
Entry is via the Costa Rica campaign www.luxurycostarica.co.uk
Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and must be aged 18 or over to qualify. Proof of residency may be required to qualify valid entrants. The Promotor is Four Communications on behalf of Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT). Employees of the promoter: Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and the partner Tumi are ineligible to enter this promotion. The promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Eligible Participants. The holiday prize for this competition is provided by ICT and the luggage prize by Tumi. No cash or other alternative will be offered to any winner.
The prize includes: 7 nights accommodation in Costa Rica, 2 economy class flights from the UK to Costa Rica, Transfers, and a Tumi Latitude carry-on case worth £595.
The prize includes:
7 nights accommodation in Costa Rica across various cities on a B&B basis, double room:
Return Flights from London to San Jose
Bed and Breakfast basis
All internal transfers
The prize does not include:
UK airport transfers
Food and beverages not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
Any other excursions, travel, accommodation, attractions or tips not outlined in the itinerary
Any other personal or medical costs
Travel insurance and visas
All other expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner/s.
The Prize is valid for travel between August - November 2018.
The prize winner, and their travelling companion, must travel together (on both outbound / inbound flights). Both must be over 18 years of age. The prize is exclusive for adults and is not allowed under any circumstances to travel with minors. Both must hold a passport valid for 6 months from date of return, and be eligible for a visa for travel to Costa Rica. Travel insurance is NOT included in the prize, and prize winners must obtain travel insurance for their trip, pre-departure. It is strongly advised that you take out travel insurance for the relevant period. Travel insurance and visa documents may be required.
The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. The prize is non-transferable.
Any amendments to, or cancellation of, the Prize made by the winner after the booking is confirmed may be subject to administration charges and/or cancellation fees, which will be the responsibility of the winner. Any amendments (including name changes) will be regarded as cancellations and a penalty will apply.
The competition is also being co-hosted at Escapismmagazine.com. Entries from all sites will be collated and one final winner drawn.
No purchase necessary. All data collected will be pooled for the prize draw. Incomplete entries will not be included. It is the entrants' responsibility to complete the entry form in full. The promoter is not responsible for any technical issues (or other) which impede an entrants' entry being submitted correctly and/or in full. The promoter is not responsible for any changes in e-mail, mailing address and /or telephone numbers provided at time of entering the prize draw. The promoter is in no way liable for the reproduction or indirect access via third party web site or home page access which reproduction misstates or omits any of the information or terms and conditions connected with the promotion.
The competition prize draw will take place in during the last week of July 2018. The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge from entries made by via the sites. The judge’s decision is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Once notified (via the email address supplied at point of entry), the winner will have 7 days to reply with acceptance of their prize. Should the selected winner not reply within 7 days of being notified, then it will be deemed that the prize winner has forfeited their prize, and a re-draw will take place. Same rules will apply for the re-drawn winner (should this scenario occur). If after 7 days there has been no acceptance notification received, then the prize will be cancelled. The prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if a winner is unable to use the prize as stated. The winner will be liable for all costs and expenses not stated relating to claiming or partaking of the prize.
The promoter reserves the right to cancel this competition, or to change any condition of this competition, without notice. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this prize and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any actual, anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event or if circumstances arise outside of its control, or if the winner does
not comply with any of these terms and conditions.
The Promoter nor any other person or party associated with this promotion shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss or damage) disappointment or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered, nor for any loss arising out of any failure of any third party to fulfil its contractual obligations in connection with this promotion.
The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity as specified by the Promoter. By entering this promotion and ticking to accept the competition terms and conditions, you accept that ICT (the promoter) and partner (Tumi) may use your name for their promotional and publicity purposes, without the payment of any fee, nor the requirement for prior notification or permissions. You also accept that by ticking the opt in box, that you will automatically be subscribed to future communications by the promoter and individual prize partners however you may unsubscribe from each company's communications at any time.
The Promoter cannot be held liable for IT system failures or delays or loss of entries.
This promotion is operated under the rules and regulations of the UK sales.
Acceptance of these terms and conditions is a condition of entry.