Kura Design Villas
Costa Ballena, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica
At a Glance
Superbly stylish, perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for pampered relaxation
Breath-taking views over the Pacific Ocean and Punta Ballena beach
Glass-fronted, individual villas set amongst lush vegetation, with 180 degree ocean and rainforest views
19-metre infinity salt water pool surrounded by a gorgeous poolside bar and lounge
Master suites with private infinity plunge-pools for added romance
Best time to Visit
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The summer season in Costa Rica (December to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it and it is the optimum time to visit. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit and you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. Mornings tend to be sunny with afternoon and evening showers. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
Kura is closed from 1–31 October.
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Kura Design Villas is a stylish and exclusive boutique hotel in Uvita on Costa Rica's southern coast, where jungle-covered mountains spill onto pristine beaches. This superb option for couples and honeymooners is a perfect place to indulge your senses.
Built on an impressive mountain ridge, Kura's tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious jungle experience with breathtaking Pacific Ocean views.
Each of the eight stylish one-bedroom villas is glass-fronted and surrounded by lush vegetation, with views of the ocean on the horizon. Neutral interiors are decked out in slate, with bamboo ceilings, teak shutters and local-wood furnishings. Picture yourself in a private exclusive villa, surrounded by nothing but lush rainforest where the only sounds you hear are those of the local wildlife.
Beyond the villas, there is a 19-metre infinity salt water pool, spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and spa room, a restaurant that specialises in organic and locally sourced produce, and plenty of activities and wildlife excursions on offer, including jungle hiking, boating trips, white-water rafting, zip lining, waterfall rappelling and surfing lessons, as well as trips into the biodiversity hotspot of the Osa Peninsula. This Southern Pacific region has the largest area of protected land in Costa Rica, with Corcovado National Park, Caño Island Biological Reserve, the Terraba-Sierpe Mangroves, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Ballena National Marine Park all within easy reach through Kura's hiking and boating trips.
Designed by Costa Rican owner and architect Martin Wells, Kura has admirable eco credentials. The pool is salt-water and chemical-free, energy comes from solar panels, and rainwater is recycled.
Each villa is contemporary and open-plan, with teakwood panels, bamboo ceilings, large beds and wide terraces with hammocks built for two. Each of the eight exclusive rainforest jungle design villas reflect clean tropical minimalism with local indigenous style. In the horizon, each private jungle villa overlooks an amazing ocean view. The two master suites are located at the highest point of the property and are removed from the rest of the villas, ensuring privacy and some of the most impressive views.
Here, ensconced in tranquility, privacy, luxury and comfort, the city is left behind and genuine relaxation begins therefore there are no televisions but each villa is equipped with an i-Pad and free Wi-Fi.
Kura is best suited for adults.
Enjoy Kura's Sky Lounge with its 360-degree views towards the dense jungle valley and the ocean on the horizon, the best place to spot passing humpback whales.
The spa, with its serene setting and magnificent view to the sea, offers a selection of wellness and beauty treatments: facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and deep tub soaking. Manicures and pedicures are provided by appointment. Add peace to your spirit with a private Yoga class offered in the spa area by a qualified instructor.
The group of beaches that compose the Ballena National Marine Park, beginning in the village of Uvita, are all within a 15- to 25-minute drive of Kura: Uvita, Ballena, Arco and Piñuela.
The humpback whale migrates from both hemispheres to the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica. They arrive mid July to October and again from December through March. Half day whale watching or snorkelling tours are offered, depending on the season.
Looking far into the blue horizon from Kura is Caño Island Biological Reserve, a perfect paradise for diving and snorkelling. You have the opportunity to see turtles, dolphins, sting rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna snapper, parrot fish, puffers and more.
Half or all day tours to several stunning waterfalls can be arranged. The spectacular Nauyaca waterfall is a forty minute drive from Kura.
For those looking for truly thrilling activities, Kura offers white-water rafting, zip lining, kayaking, waterfall rappelling, surf lessons and ATV rides.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Kura is a real design hotel, only 6 rooms and located high on the hill overlooking the distinctive Whale Tale beach of Uvita. It felt like staying in a friends luxury villa in Ibiza, everything is clean lines and glass with an incredible infinity pool towering over the hill. For me the hotel really did not feel like a part of Costa Rica which as part of a larger itinerary was a really nice break to just chill out and relax away from the wildlife or surf centric beach towns. Kura is cool and sleek and above all extremely stylish. The other real highlight for me was the food. With food as good as it was I would be happy here chilling by the pool, reading, taking spa treatments or heading down to the beach on the hotels shuttle each day if it meant I could return and eat this well. The food here really was a step above everything else I ate in the country.
Damas Island & Mangrove Kayaking
Explore the Damas mangrove ecosystem by kayak. Spend a few hours paddling as your highly trained, bilingual naturalist guides reveal the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary home to an array of flora and fauna.
Manuel Antonio Catamaran Island Adventure
Enjoy a sunset sail around the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve and offshore islands. Look out for dolphins, whales, sea turtles and tropical birds. Stop for a leisurely swim at one of the white sand beaches, snorkel and savour a tasty lunch.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Take a leisurely hike with an expert naturalist guide through one of Costa Rica's most stunning National Parks, Manuel Antonio, where tropical jungle meets picturesque white sand beaches.
See how many different species of flora and fauna you can spot.
Quepos Private Bird watching Tour
Surrounded by pristine forested mountains, the town of Villa Nueva is a haven for wildlife and is home to a wide variety of bird species. Explore the rainforest nearby on this nature walk and observe toucans, hummingbirds and a range of other birdlife.
Snorkelling at Cano Island
Cano Island is probably Costa Rica's top dive and snorkelling spot, and this boat trip will take you out to snorkel through the warm, pristine waters looking for triggerfish, parrotfish, puffers, barracudas rays, sea turtles and white tip reef sharks.
Whale Watching in Marino Ballena
Witness firsthand the astonishing abundance of marine life including humpback whales as you explore one of the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica, Marino Ballena National Park, located near the village of Uvita on the Pacific Coast.
Costa Rica Uncovered
San Jose, Turrialba, Heredia, Osa Peninsula, Uvita
from £3900 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Plunge into your epic journey visiting the outdoor wonders of Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and the famous La Paz Waterfall
- Jump aboard your raft for an exhilarating white-water rafting journey along the Pacuare river, taking in the lush rainforest as you go
- Immerse yourself in the charming and remote Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically intense places on earth
Ultimate Costa Rica
Central Valley, Arenal, Golfo Dulce & Uvita
from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce
- Visit a coffee plantation in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley
- Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip
Location & directions
Costa Ballena, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica
Kura overlooks the Southern Pacific coastline of Costa Rica. Kura is not on the beach but perched remotely on the coastal ridge sloping five kilometres above the shoreline, just a 15 minute drive away from the main road. This position provides cool breezes, panoramic views of the ocean and jungle view to the east, making this a great isolated place to go for an unforgettable, non traditional honeymoon. Daily scheduled shuttles up or down the ridge are included.
How to get there
A 1-hour drive from Quepos, a 3-hour 30-minute drive from San Jose or a short domestic flight with Sansa or Nature Air.
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