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
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!
The pool area is extraordinary and so are the rooms. All the decoration is in perfect harmony and you can see all details where thought of in advance.
The staff is always friendly and the food is amazing. Highly recommended for couples!!
The lodge, service, view and people were one of the best we have been too. Romantic setting, quite boutique hotel overlooking the pacific in the jungle. I can’t say enough about the staff and service. Everything was quite nice and a great place to relax. All meals are in sight and quite good. There is also A/C in the room to keep you cool. Large shower, living room and mood lighting.
Kura is a 5-Star resort on top of a mountain that gives you a view unlike anything I've ever seen. All the reviews that mention the ride up to the resort are very accurate (it's fairly scary the first time!), but it's well worth it.The food is fresh and extremely tasty and the rooms are spotless, but what makes Kura really shine is the staff that tends to your every need. Sergio, Manuel, Jay, and all the other wonderful staff members working behind the scenes are the secret sauce of this hotel. We never wanted for anything and that's because they always thought ahead and worked around our movements. I never saw the cleaning staff, however our room remained spotless, including the lovely turndown service. We stayed in Master Suite (7) and it's well worth the price! We plan to be back very soon. To our new friends at Kura, you're AMAZING and we can't thank you enough for making our trip memorable! Pura Vida!