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
I arrived home from Kura last night and could not write this review fast enough. My fiance and I stayed at Kura for 6 nights and we are already planning a return trip in July. The hotel itself is immaculate, the attention to detail is incredible and the views are out of this world. The food was also incredible, and it absolutely exceeded all of our expectations. But the thing that makes Kura the best hotel we have ever visited is the staff. Manuel, Cindy, Sergio, Jay, Sylvia, Isidro, Lalo, Douglas.. the list goes on. Thank you all for making us feel right at home at Kura, thank you for your kindness and generosity and your willingness to help with anything we might need. You are some of the most wonderful people we have met in all of our travels and we cannot wait to see you all again this summer. - Mike & Kate
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”
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.
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.
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.