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
I have booked Kura based on the amazing reviews that I have read online, but I had absolutely no IDEA HOW INCREDIBLE THIS HOTEL AND THE SERVICE WAS GOING TO BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can't imagine it, nor picture it until you experience it. This is a 8-room Hotel, extremely exclusive with a staff that is at your entire service. They thought of every single detail possible!! For each excursion (whale tour, horseback riding tour) not only did they plan a car with a driver to bring you and take you back, but also food for you to take with you in case you get hungry, wet towels if your hands get dirty and welcome back drinks each time!! Sergio from the restaurant is beyond amazing! So friendly and so willing to do all that he can to make sure your dining experience is memorable. Manual is beyond amazing as well, I loved their banana cake in the morning and the morning of the day I left, the chef and him printed me the recipe without me asking anything!
Douglas and Ismael (the 2 Concierges) are the most helpful workers and always smiling that I have every experienced and I do travel a lot around the world. The SPA is just a pure Blissful moment of relaxation in the middle of the jungles and you immediately feel taken to another world of serenity. We strongly recommend Yendry for hot stone, Marcella for Deep Tissue and Lisbet was good as well for Deep Tissue.
The rooms are stunning and the housekeeping service is so discreet and amazing I have never seen this.
The only and I would really mean the only downside, is the road to go up and down from the hotel. We don't recommend renting a car, it is way too challenging to do this road... and also if you are car sick, well, make sure you know what you are doing before booking at Kura, because the road to go up is quite long (20-25 min) and it's rocky and challenging.
Thank you the KURA team for making of this long weekend the best we have had in a long time!!!
It was our first time in Costa Rica and this hotel with its excellent staff and outstanding service made our trip truly memorable. I have no words to express how incredible this experience was and it exceeded out expecations by far. Its an adult only couple resort and perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon. Very exclusive and private property with only 8 suites. Our mastersuite was incredible with a plunge pool and stunning views. My favourite part was the double rainshower and the bathroom with a view. It offers all amentities that you need for an amazing stay. The food was delicious and the staff amazing. We felt at home from the time we arrived and sad when it was time to say goodbye. We will defo be back very soon. Pura Vida
Looking to escape from your everyday life? This is the place to achieve the ultimate high end break/vacation.
I booked this place for our 20th wedding anniversary.
First of all upon arrival you are greeted by members of staff that are waiting to welcome you in the most friendliest of ways, you get an insight into the hotel and a bit of an history lesson about Costa Rica (which is a really nice country by the way)
All the staff are very professional and obviously very proud to work at the hotel (all local people)
You get to know the staff personally (by name) and they go above and beyond in every aspect.
This has to be the one of the most sensational hotels we have ever stayed in, Shangri-La in the rain forest.
The views are outstanding and the hotel is set at the top of a mountain overlooking the southern Pacific coast (whale tail)
All the reviews are absolutely 100% accurate.
We spent our time relaxing in and around the infinity pool and bar area. Range of drinks and cocktails are impressive and the staff again will do anything to meet your requirements.
The hotel has a fantastic spa and a first-class restaurant. Although there is a menu the staff get to know what you like and personally discuss your requirements with the chef. Fantastic service.
The room is exceptionally clean and spacious. Very private and sublime views over the forest. The design of the hotel is unbelievable and very well thought out.
We love you Kurà. Definitely will come back again.
I know there is a lot of staff who I have missed out but special thanks to:
And all the receptionist, chefs, grounds persons and other staff (apologies for not naming you personally)
Massive thanks for making this a memorable unforgettable holiday.
Lots of love
Ann and David from the UK