Sleek, sexy and exclusive, Kurà Design Villas, an adults-only property, is the creation of Costa Rican owners Alejandra Umaña and Martin Wells and showcases their passions for architectural design, sustainability and Costa Rica’s natural beauty. Guests are treated to a hilltop perch overlooking Marino Ballena National Park and the famous Whale’s Tail sandbar, making Kurà one of the best destinations in all of Costa Rica to see the migrating Humpback whales. Eight spacious suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls for uninterrupted views of the lush tropical vegetation, abundant birdlife and azure ocean. In-suite amenities include two-person hammocks, spacious open-air verandas, double rain showers, luxury linens, creative lighting and private infinity pools in the Master Suites. The public bar, lounge and restaurant spaces surround a stunning infinity pool which features a state-of-the-art underwater sound system. Innovate local cuisine and cocktails are highlighted at the bar and restaurant and ingredients are either grown on site or sourced from local artisan producers. Complimentary daily transfers are offered to the beaches surrounding Uvita and guests need not brave the road to the hotel (which requires 4x4); Kurà is happy to collect guests upon arrival and securely store their cars down in Uvita. Arrive, settle in and enjoy. You may never want to leave your suite, and we don't blame you.
All Suites: Junior (2) Suite (4) Master (2)
Bed & Breakfast, Honeymoon Packages Available
Yes, Throughout and Complimentary
Open Year Round
Massages, Face & Body Treatments
Infinity Pool, Sky Deck, Complimentary Uvita Beaches Shuttle
Number of Rooms:
Dates of Operation:
From $670 per room per night
From $750 per room per night
From $1,200 per room per night
Starting Green Season
Starting High Season
Starting Holiday Season
Rates do not include government tax at 13%. Full board rates as well as full resort takeover rates are available on request.
LOCATION: Uvita de osa, costa rica
Closet Domestic Airport:
Quepos (XQP), near Manuel Antonio, is the closest airstrip. Quepos is a short 20 minute flight from Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose via SANSA or Nature Air and then Kurà is a additional 50 minute drive along the scenic coast.
Costa Rica has two international airports that receive flights from North America. Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is located in the capital of San Jose and Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport (LIR) in Liberia is located in the northern Guanacaste region.
A nearby helicopter pad enables private arrivals at Kurà. For travelers who prefer to drive themselves, Kurà offers secure parking in Uvita and will collect guests at the parking lot for the 10 minute transfer uphill. This is strongly recommended as the road to Kurà is unpaved, steep and requires 4WD to navigate.
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WHEN TO VISIT
Costa Rica has two well defined seasons; the dry season from December to April and Rainy Season or 'Green Season' from May to November. However, the rain, especially on the Pacific coast, typically occurs during the afternoon or evening. Warm temperatures are characteristic throughout the year making Uvita and Costa Rica a good option for travel year-round.
The Pacific Coast experiences a short mid-year mini-dry season towards the end of July and beginning of August. Rainfall typically decreases significantly for three or four weeks, especially in the northern Pacific. September & October typically experience the most rain, but crowds are significantly less during this 'Green Season.' For travelers who live in the desert states of the southwestern USA, this may actually be the preferred season to travel. Wildlife tends to be very active around this time and excellent discounted rates are available.
Kurà Design Villas is an adults-only property. Children over 16 are welcome though maximum occupancy of each villa is 2 people.
RECOMMENDED LENGTH OF STAY
Depending on the structure of an itinerary, 3 or 4 nights is recommended though many honeymoon couples choose to stay for an entire week. While Corcovado National Park is accessible from Uvita as a day trip, true wildlife enthusiasts will want to actually stay on the Osa Peninsula for the best rainforest experience. Three nights at Kurà with excellent food, leisurely pool time, sumptuous villa lounging, unparalleled views and a trip to the Marino Ballena National Park to snorkel or surf pairs extremely well following a few nights of 'roughing it' in the jungle.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
There's nothing else like this in Costa Rica. Kurà's contemporary, minimalist design concept, woven with references to the local indigenous culture is a welcome departure from the palm-thatched motif of most Costa Rican hotels.
The small size of the property (8 rooms) provides a very intimate and high touch guest experience. Kurà employs close to 40 local staff, ensuring that you are never wanting for attention though the perceptive, service-oriented crew here is equally adapt at leaving you be to lounge undisturbed.
With 180 degree views and an infinity edge that merges with the horizon line, the non-chemically treated pool photographs gorgeously and is even more stunning in person.
Kurà has an advantageous perch for viewing Humpback whales right from your room as Marino Ballena National Park is one of the best places to view whales in all of Costa Rica. Whales are regularly present from mid July to early November and from mid December to April. The best time to see whales, however, is in September and October. Kurà staff will happily arrange a whale watching tour for you with a reputable local company.
The food at Kurà is some of the best that you'll have in all of Costa Rica. Menu profile is fresh with a bit of fusion using almost exclusively local (and 100% Costa Rican) ingredients. Make sure to try the smoked wahoo on the Carpaccio Menu.
Sustainability & community inclusion lie at the heart of Kurà Design Villas. Solar panels provide nearly 100% of the energy used at the hotel which also employs extensive water reuse, composting and recycling practices.
The word Kurà means ‘jaguar’ in the language of the indigenous Boruca people and design elements throughout the hotel pay homage to their culture. With advance notice, Kurà can arrange for interested guests to visit the artisan who carves the masks displayed throughout the property.
BEST COMBINED WITH
We like Kurà as either a stand alone property for 5-7 nights for couples looking for a private and exclusive romantic escape (special honeymoon packages are available) or for 3 or 4 nights after an in-depth exploration of the wild Osa Peninsula, a haven for pristine rainforest and wildlife. On the Osa Peninsula we recommend Lapa Rios Ecolodge.
ROOM Category Descriptions
All Villas at Kurà include the following:
- Air-conditioning in every suite
- King Bed with 400-thread count organic cotton linens
- Twice-daily cleaning service
- Double-rain glass shower
- Over-sized hammock built for two
- Robes, locally-sourced toiletries, binoculars, mini-bar & Nespresso coffee
- Full WI-FI
- Complimentary use of iPads
Junior Suites: Located below the main building and accessed via hidden staircases, these two suites are the smallest at Kurà at 807 sq. ft. They are located at canopy-level and are ideal for birdwatchers, offering a front-row seat to the tropical Rainforest. These suites feature extra-wide terraces tucked right into the Rainforest canopy. Expect to see toucans, parrots, cusingas, and hummingbirds up close.
Suites: These villas are located a short distance uphill from the restaurant and pool via a paved path. They are especially secluded and are extremely spacious at nearly 950 sq. ft.
Take a video tour of Kurà's Infinity and Junior Suites.
Master Suites: Completed in July of 2017, these two suites sit at the highest point of the property for unparalleled views. They measure 1,937 sq. ft. and include private infinity-edge plunge pools.
Take a video tour of the Master Suites.