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