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Kura Design Villas

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Price rating 5


- Luxurious, ultra-contemporary retreat
- Boutique property with 8 stylish suites
- Adults only, great mix of activities
- Unspoilt coastline near Uvita

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Kura Design Villas is a super-luxurious, contemporary retreat set high up on a striking mountain ledge overlooking southern Costa Rica’s Ballena National Park and the Pacific Ocean. This glamorous and stylish adults-only property was designed by a Costa Rican architect and biologist who have together created this upscale, sustainable boutique offering in an unspoilt spot not far from the charming village of Uvita. Guests are invited to relax, unwind and bask in the magnificent, unspoiled mountain scenery and to enjoy a huge range of water and land-based activities, not to mention some fabulous on-site facilities.

The accommodation consists of just eight spacious, air-conditioned suites designed specifically with couples in mind. All suites are located in exceptionally well-presented, stand-alone buildings and are noticeably modern, minimalist and open-plan in design. All come with a large private terrace and double hammock, with stunning 180-degree views of the rainforest and ocean down below. There’s a double-sized glass rain shower that can be accessed from outdoors, along with organic toiletries and sumptuous bathrobes. Binoculars are provided for spotting wildlife from the comfort of the suite and other amenities include a well-stocked minibar, coffee making facilities and a wine cooler.

The magnificent infinity pool, complete with double loungers, is open throughout the day and late into the evening and offers captivating sunset views. The nearby Diablitos Bar & Lounge has a broad range of cocktails, wines, craft beers and other specialty drinks on its menu, and a poolside bar service is also available. Meals are served at the Ocean View Restaurant, which, as its name suggests, looks out on to the Pacific. Here, gourmet meals are served three times a day, with ingredients sourced locally and a focus on both local and national dishes. Romantic candlelit dinners for two can be arranged at the Sky Lounge, a private rooftop venue that offers intimate dining experiences and 360-degree views. The open-air Spa, Sha, offers a wide menu of treatments - some are for just one individual, while others can be enjoyed by couples together.

While there’s certainly an emphasis here on soaking up the scenery and taking things easy, there’s also a huge range of land and water-based adventures to enjoy. The hotel offers a complimentary daily shuttle service to a variety of nearby beaches – towels, iced drinking water and beach chairs are provided, and it’s generally a 25 to 40-minute journey to reach the various, unspoilt beaches along this very special stretch of coast. There’s also horse riding along a waterfall trail, or through a wildlife refuge. The birdwatching hikes which begin at dawn are a delight, and kayaking, snorkelling and waterfall rappelling through several stunning waterfalls with a lovely, relaxing swim at the end are all possible. Quad biking, zip lining in the tree canopy and fishing are also on offer, along with visits to the wildlife-intense Corcovado National Park.

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- Under 17s not permitted
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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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