Kura Design Villas
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes daily à la carte breakfast and one roundtrip transfer from Uvita to Kurà (to be arranged with the property)
- Villas feature expansive private balconies, double rainfall showerheads, supercomfy beds and red lights
- Top-notch cocktails and fusion cuisine (note: portions are gigantic)
- Service is prompt, intuitive and personable; everyone will know your name
What To Know
- It's best to rent a 4x4 or take the hotel shuttle – there's a steep gravel driveway up to the hotel
- There is decent WiFi but no TVs on the property
- Kurà is adults-only unless you reserve the whole place
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
What do you get when you cross a Costa Rican architect with a Costa Rican biologist? The answer, apparently, is the nature-focused minimalism of Kurà, which its owners have achieved with abundant glass, shiny teak and sleek steel. Add to that some oversize purple hammocks, an L-shaped infinity pool and some well-placed his-and-hers white lounge chairs, and presto: a Bali-style lovers paradise. Eye-catching masks, an important cultural symbol of the nearby Borucan tribe, complete the polished look.
Bed and Bath
The first thing you’ll notice about the room is that the plush King bed is right in the middle, which is in line with the hotel’s emphasis on, ahem, intimacy. The glass walls invite nature in, while teak shutters and opaque exterior side walls allow the utmost privacy. Bathroom elements are compartmentalized, with stone sinks at the back of the bedroom, a small toilet station behind frosted glass and a bathing chamber featuring double rainfall showerheads using solar-heated water and sensual red lighting, which can also be activated in the bedroom.
There is no better place to watch dramatic sunsets and sit down to dinner than Kurà’s open-air restaurant, which serves up Costa Rican fusion cuisine with local, organic ingredients. (The tuna tartare, an off-menu selection, was delicate and plentiful.) Next door, the Diablitos Bar offers a range of cocktails, including the signature Jaguar Colada: passion fruit, coconut crème, mint and Cacique, a well-known Costa Rican liquor. At the edge of the property, Spa Shà offers a popular “Kurà Paradise” couples massage that lasts an hour, and down the mountain the hotel has a private beach entrance, to which you can be shuttled with a stocked cooler.
In the Area
Down the Pacific coast from the touristy Manuel Antonio, the jungle-covered mountains of Uvita offer a high-caliber, adventure-packed vacation without the maddening crowds. The few visitors have access to some of Costa Rica’s best kayaking, surfing and hiking; Corcovado National Park is the country’s most beloved, and it can be explored for a day or, even better, overnight. Foodies will rejoice at Playa Ojochal, an unexpected enclave of fine dining where highlights include Exotica, a gourmet fusion restaurant, and Citrus, which serves New World cuisine. Back north, on the road to San Isidro de El General, there’s also Charter — a fantastic new airplane-themed restaurant with its own Boeing 727.
How to Get There
This place is nothing short of amazing. Although it looks cool from their website, it’s even better in person. The staff is overly accommodating and the rooms are amazing, we stayed in the middle tier suite and it was huge. We went during hurricane season and we basically had the place to ourself! There was sun in the morning and rain at night which was fine by us!
The staff is amazingly hospitable, the scenery is unbeatable, and the restaurant is one of the best in the area and top 10 I've been to in Costa Rica. Whatever you do, please stay there at least 3 days even if you don't leave the place (my wife and I did not). What can you do there? Just take a book and chill on your in-room hammock, or get pampered by the staff by the pool side, or cool down in the pool itself, or ...etc. In an ideal world I would move in permanently, but dreaming aside we're definitely revisiting it again.
The people, the property the food was all amazing. There is also a ton to do in the area but we really didn’t want to leave our room. While my wife and I were soaking in the tub and drinking wine in the spa just after our massage listening to the jungle and the rain and she turned to me and said whoever thinks their wedding day is the happiest day of their life has definitely never been here, which pretty much summed up the whole experience.
Kura Design Villas are breathtakingly beautiful and have excellent customer service. The staff truly went above and beyond to make our stay romantic, exciting and unforgettable. We will always remember Kura for its delicious cuisine, impeccable customer service and delightful staff. We will definitely be back to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Thank you Kura team for your hard work during our stay and dedication. We miss seeing your smiling faces every morning!!
My husband surprised me with this place on what the locals call the “BEST” view if the whales 🐳 tail. Only 8 villas and so peaceful, calm, friendly, and surreal with the infinity pools ( ours had our own private one) overlooking the rainforest and ocean. Everytime we left the resort, down a curvy rocky steep steep steep road and then came back up again we were greeted with a homemade drink of some kind. Limited but delectable menu. The hosts were very friendly and determined to please.