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
Stayed at Kura for 4 days. What to say that has not been. Of course the location is magical, the pictures speak a million unspoken words... what cannot be overstated however is how wonderful the people of Kura are... every day the team here goes beyond what a guest may want ... subtly, with a sense of love for where they are and what they do... which essentially is infuse you with their love of this place, the ineffably beautiful space and all that comes with it. Kura truly is an oasis of peace and the most joyous noise of nature running it’s own exquisite riot.
Thank you team Kura.... for creating a wonderful wonderful haven... x
Beautiful Costa Rica, traveling trough the mountains. Imagine you are following google map and it leads you into a road that is actually not paved and not a road for cars, but there is no way to know that, and you end up going downhill with brakes not working, car taking more and more speed. It's nigh time, you know there are some 100-200 M cliffs out there, but you can't see. You and your girlfriend want to jump of the car, but change your mind. Two seconds later, you loose control of the car, jump a cliff while hitting something and doing a 180 degrees turn, car hits the ground badly 2 meters lower, bags deployed and hit your face, girlfriend ejected in the back seats and car keeps going down hill, literally falling backyards. You end up 30 meters lower on a tree. Police is useless, they can't figure out how to find you, nor make you texting them, they literally leave you dying there. Not even trying to call you back. You had fallen deep into the jungle and guess who is coming to pick you up, helping picking the luggages in the mud, up a 60 degree cliff, bring you to your hotel, wash your clothes and luggages, give you free tenderloin, desert and drinks, and give you an upgrade into their best suite? The Kura Design hotel staff!!! Yes, you heard me. I will be eternally grateful for that. On top of that, be clear that we have traveled into 5 stars hotels all around the world and this is the absolute paradise. It is expensive, but worth the money, and not just because it's absolutely stunning and everything that I wrote up there, but because it's is out of this world. I usually need to constantly move and do something, but this is so amazing that I felt full of energy, never bored. Also, it's small, but you don't feel like you are alone. Other guest are also the nice educated type and they know how to behave. You can keep your space or go for chats and hang out. For the first time of my life, I could say as a physician, that if you need to heal from something physical or psychological or both, it is a place to do it. Getting the upgrade for the suite with the infinite pool is worth it, believe me. The most romantic ever, best architecture ever. Food is amazing and healthy, best drinks ever. Please do me a personal favour and book them... they deserve it. They will hopefully not have to pick you from down a cliff, but you will be very happy of who they are and of this hotel. Of note, I would have made a similar review having not had this accident. 6 stars!!!
This place is one of a kind, a real jewel for relaxation and couples retreat, everything is so tough of and designed to perfection. The whole hotel is a impressive attention to detail and a breath taking view that just never stops being impressive.
What a special and beautiful place! The rooms and views are stunning, the infinity pool is beautiful, food is good, spa is good, staff are very friendly and attentive without being intrusive, the place is spotless. Our only disappointment was our dolphin and whale watching trip, which turned out to be a boat ride with a siting of a pod of shy dolphins surrounded by 4 boats, no whales and too cloudy to snorkel. I would have loved to try the yoga!
What a find! Spent 3 nights at this 8-suite hotel and cannot recommend highly enough. The website almost doesn’t do the hotel the full justice it deserves. From the moment you’ve navigated the (steep!) drive you really land in a hillside Oasis with breath-taking views of the Pacific and the stunning “whale tail” sandbank for which the area is famous.
The service and the accompanying smiles are second to none and you really do feel like one of the family. The team have a real knack of anticipating your every need at every turn. This is how all hotels should be run!
Can’t wait to return!