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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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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Mountaintop chic in the tropics, with knockout ocean views, epicurean feasts and indigenous flair

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Kura Design Villas
Uvita, Osa Peninsula
Uvita, undefined Costa Rica

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 312 Reviews
Pretentious
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really hate giving bad reviews but this place is so far up its own posterior that it has to be made aware of its limitations.
First off, it’s got stunning views and undoubtedly it is beautiful. The staff are lovely - but so has everyone else been in Costa Rica.
However. Getting to it is a nightmare. Thoroughly recommend their offer of picking you up from a restaurant down the mountain. The road is seriously steep and you need a GOOD 4x4 to get there (not least up their drive) not the standard hire job. We are experienced off road drivers and even we couldn’t get up the drive.
The rooms, while spacious simply haven’t been thought through from a practicality point of view For example, the sofas/chairs are either leather (inside) or plastic (outside). Whichever way, you stick to them and they’re too deep to sit comfortably on. Also there are no tables inside. The vanity unit is monopolised by 2 enormous sinks so that there’s no room for one’s toiletries or cosmetics to be laid out. And one needs a step ladder to get into bed.
The restaurant is around the pool. The food is excellent and the pool is really beautiful but again, it’s a case of looking good rather than being comfortable. The height of the tables does not match that of the chairs so one is eating with one’s elbows around one’s ears! Also while the food is very reasonably priced the wine is, in general, seriously expensive.
While I can see that Kura would suit some people it clearly wasn’t for us. That’s the fault of our travel agents (Audley), not them but I do hope they learn to be a bit less “form over function”

Fantastic place to stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved this hotel. The views, the excellent service, the amazing room, the really good food and the attention to detail. I stayed for 4 nights at the end of a 2 and a half week really busy tour of Costa Rica and Panama. I wanted to chill and relax for the 3 full days we were there and that is what I did.
The only reason I have given it 4 and not 5 stars is the fact that there is always music playing, too loudly, in the background. There we were staying in a magical spot with an abundance of wildlife around us, but the sounds of the birds etc were drowned out by the music. The staff were very good at turning it down or off - when we were the only people there and we asked - but otherwise day and night it was on in the communal area, around the pool and the dining area. In every other respect this is a first class place to stay and their eco credentials are also excellent.
If the music was only played occasionally and as low background music, or no music at all as headphones connected to your Spotify would mean each person can choose their own music if that's what they want, then I would have given it 5 stars.

Stunning views
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the hotel for a few days during our honeymoon in Costa Rica. The hotel is very cozy and staff are super friendly. There are only 8 rooms in the hotel so the level of service exceeds the expectations.

The food is great and cocktails are very delicious. You will see the famous Ballena whale tale beach (during low tide) from the pool are and sunsets are to die for.

The only small issue for us was with the insects getting inside the rooms (as the hotel is located in the middle of the jungle it isn’t surprising that there are many different types of insects around).

However almost every night giant crickets and other insects get inside the room- we assume this is because full panoramic windows in the rooms are hard to isolate completely. These species are totally harmless however in case you are afraid of insects just be aware.

Also be advised that you need a 4x4 (4 wheel) vehicle to access the hotel. This is also advised on their website and everywhere along the road.

Honeymoon in kura
Reviewed 2 months ago

Kura was definitely the best hotel we have been to. The staff were exceptional (Manuel, Sergio, Jorge and Lley) and really couldn't do enough to help us. Jorge very quickly arranged a fantastic trip for us independently when our wildlife spotting tour got rained off.
The spa was exceptional and definitely worth a visit whilst you are there.
Finally, the views from the infinitity pool, whilst watching all the many bird species, really can't be done justice by a camera.
Kura really made our honeymoon fantastic and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Magical!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We recently returned form our stay at Kura and LOVED everything about our experience - except that we couldn't stay longer! We stayed in one of the 2 Master Suites with the infinity pool - and it was definitely worth the splurge. With 180 degree plus unobstructed views of the pacific ocean, it was difficult to leave the pool/poolside area! During the day, we had spectacular weather. Late afternoons brought a variety of weather systems, that we watched move across the ocean from multiple sides. Then, at night, after dinner, we star gazed. The pools are set to 'cool' during the morning/day and by late afternoon they automatically change to warmer temps. Delightful! Breakfast and dinners were delicious - fresh and varied. For such a small hotel the food was incredible. We also enjoyed the 'ceviche' class one afternoon. The staff from start to finish do everything & anything to make all aspects of your stay flawless. You had privacy when you wanted it and top notch service whenever you requested it. The room/shower were also terrific. Especially at night - when your turn down service included the white gauzy curtains drawn around the bedroom portion and the entire suite romantically lit by tall candles.
We met several couples of varying ages and hands done - everyone was having a 5 star experience. We were there to celebrate my boyfriend's 60th and it was the perfect choice. Thanks for a wonderful vacation leaving us wanting to return soon!