Kura Design Villas

Costa Ballena, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Fantastic for honeymooners

  • There is a firepit in the pool - the perfect for enjoying a cocktail after dark

  • Amazing views over the ocean and Punta Ballena from the rooms and the pool-bar area

  • Contemporary designed rooms with a very fresh, sleek feel and ultra comfortable beds

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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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Insider's View

Order the smoked wahoo carpaccio, not only does it have a funny name it really is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten.

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Kura Design Villas or take a look at our itineraries to Manuel Antonio

Description

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-meter infinity salt water pool, spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and spa room, a restaurant that specializes 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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

Kura is best suited for adults.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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 snorkeling 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 snorkeling. 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.

Reviews

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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.

Experiences

  • 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 snorkeling 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.

Vacation Ideas

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    from $5100 pp 8 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • Costa Rica in Style

    Central Valley, Arenal, Golfo Dulce & Uvita

    from $7400 pp 12 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

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 kilometers 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.

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