- Luxurious, ultra-contemporary retreat
- Boutique property with 8 stylish suites
- Adults only, great mix of activities
- Unspoilt coastline near Uvita
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.
- 12 contemporary glass-walled villas
- Hiking trails, waterfall, natural swim holes
- Under 17s not permitted
- Great range of water and land activities
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019