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Kura Design Villas

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- 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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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