Kura Design Villas
Uvita, Costa Rica
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.