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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The most beautiful resort I've ever visited. While the rooms are intimate and sexy, the pool and rest of the resort are equally private. This is the perfect place if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing getaway. The staff are incredibly attentive, kind, and helpful. I can't wait to go back.
We just came back from Kurá with another couple visiting from Chile. The place is awesome and to Costa Rican standards, getting there was very easy from San José. It only took us about 3 hours. The road is perfect up to the last 5 km or so, but not too much of a hassle. We were expected and taken to our rooms pretty soon after arrival. The views are incredible, the suites are spacious and beautiful.
There is a lot to do around the little town of Uvita. We were also in the area last August and took a whale seeing tour and saw many, many whales.
We had a total of 6 meals at Kura and food was great. Our only recommendation is that their portions are small, kind of French cuisine style small. Other than that, all good.
I want to mention the incredible and personalized service provided by Jay, Ismael and the team. This is an all Costa Rican local staff, we felt pampered and given truly great, friendly and unpretentious service.
My husband and I went last May (meant to write this sooner) and had the most amazing trip ever! Definitely planning on going back there as soon as we can.
We flew into San Jose and rented a car; getting to Kura is a bit of an adventure. You definitely need a 4x4 to get up the road and someone who is confident in driving uphill - my husband, not me. Our first rental had a faulty first gear and we couldn't make it up the drive but when we let the Kura people know, they took care of it and got us a new rental! That made the drive less terrifying.
The location is stunning - my husband has the most amazing pictures from the pool area. You overlook the rainforest/beach and the infinity pool is incredible. We spent half of our time at the pool. We stayed in the junior suite and thought the room was great. They are so beautiful/modern and we found the bed comfortable. There are no TVs which we didn't mind as we enjoyed disconnecting but there is wi-fi if needed. Next time, we may do a master suite as we were able to get a quick peek into it and they are incredible! The staff and service was AMAZING. Everyone was so quick to help in anyway they could, Manual especially.
The food was fantastic. Breakfast is included and ohmigod is the banana bread to die for. The cornbread is also really good but cannot compete w/ the banana bread. We asked for extra every breakfast. I ate these fantastic banana pancakes every morning, they were so delicious. You have to pay for lunch and dinner but we ate such large breakfasts we mostly had snacks around lunch time. Also delicious. We loved the drinks too - a lot of fun fruity cocktails for me and we got a drink when we first arrived and were able to take a cocktail class while there one afternoon. We usually sat by the pool, got some tapas and had drinks in the early afternoon. The meals were reasonable for dinner and were delicious. My husband is a huge seafood fan and loved the halibut especially. I am not a seafood fan but I enjoyed the fish I did eat but also found other great options.
For excursions we went horseback riding to the falls and we went canyoning, set up through the hotel. Since we rented a car, we drove ourselves to the excursions. Both were amazing experiences. We especially enjoyed the canyoning as it was just the two of us and our guide. It was slightly terrifying but incredible. Highly recommend these excursions. We also drove ourselves to the beach at the whales tail - it's a bit of a walk to get to the tip of the tail but the water was incredible - so warm because it's so shallow and super calm because of the rocks making up the whale's tail. It was like a bath. We hung out there for a morning before returning to Kura for lunch and the pool. We had a hard time staying away from the pool :) there were really any other people at the pool since there are so few rooms which was great for us.
I also had a massage and the spa was awesome. The massage was wonderful (slightly pricey!) and I was able to relax in this bath w/ a fantastic view afterwards. The only time it rained while we were there was when I had my massage - super fortunate.
Overall, it was an absolutely amazing experience and vacation, one that I'll hold all future vacations to. I highly recommend everyone to go there, you won't be disappointed!! Thank you to everyone who made our trip so wonderful, we will definitely be back!
We’ve heard a lot about Kura and wanted to visit there for our anniversary last year. Things got changed and we changed our plans.
This year, although it was last moment but we booked for our 4th anniversary. It was by far our best trip! My wife is already planning for another visit!
Weather... amazing. People... awesome... sights... breathtaking... service quality... to the roof!
We stayed all days in the property, enjoyed the semi private pool and took tons of photos!
Although we’re in the middle of nature, only few insects managed to enter our balcony/room!
Thank you Ricardo, thank you Cindy, thank you Manuel, thank you Fernando, and thank you other nice people in Kura!
My new husband and I traveled from Texas to beautiful Kura for a 6 night honeymoon stay. We rented a car from the San Jose airport and enjoyed a scenic 3.5 hr drive to the town of Uvita. We were met at a nearby restaurant to bring us up the mountain to the resort. The mountain is steep and bumpy and provided a natural back massage! At first I was a little worried whether the challenge in getting to Kura would be worth it... it totally was! It's actually only ~10 minutes up the mountain - you get used to it and the drivers are expert.
We ended up staying in Master Suite 8, which was unbelievable! So much space and amazing views. All the staff provided us with exceptional service. Here are a few who deserve individual praise: Douglas, Sergio, Jay, Manuel, Ismael, La-Lo (sorry for butchering spelling), Laura at the spa.
Kura staff also helped us book daily activities: private beach club, waterfall repelling, ziplining, snorkeling, and massages. All were splendid. We did get a little burned snorkeling so we were nervous about our massages but Laura and her spa partner expertly applied a special aloe treatment and were able to continue the massage as planned.
We were toasted with champagne and the last night treated to a private dinner on the roof deck. We never had a bad meal (between daily breakfast and dinner) at all during our stay. I really can't say enough great things about Kura. I hope some day to return - will be hard to top this trip. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway!