My husband and I stayed at Kura in mid-August 2013 for the first stop on our 12 day honeymoon in Costa Rica. First things first, you need an SUV and you should probably shoot to arrive during the day if at all possible. The road is just as bad as everyone says, very steep with tons of potholes. Surprisingly, one of the worst parts is at the beginning immediately after leaving the paved road in Uvita. Speed bumps and tank traps? Not a good combo.
Our room was absolutely beautiful. We had a junior suite villa on the lower level next to the spa. Everything at Kura from the bed linens to the grounds were immaculately maintained. We spent our mornings and afternoons watching mint green and strawberry poison dart frogs hop around on the patio while toucans flew between the trees. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys. We never saw any but you can definitely hear them.
Kura arranged an incredible horseback tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls (~$60 pp)
Surprise cake and song on my birthday
Watching lightning and listening to the rain at night
Whale watching from the hotel balcony during breakfast
Strolling along the beach at Bahia Ballena (spotted a blue iguana!)
The drinks! (Get Adam to whip you up an almond papaya lassi with a shot of rum, amazing)
Rainy season turned out to be an hour or two of rain in the afternoon or all night, not bad
The food was wonderful, varied breakfasts and interesting dinner options. Definitely try the bocas and desserts.
The private beach. Quiet and lovely, it's easier to swim without worrying about your stuff.
Uvita isn't much of a town. If you're looking for nightlife and bars this probably isn't the place for you and other than Kura there are few dining options. I'd recommend stopping by Il Fogato for a bbq chicken pizza or Goathouse (formerly Roadhouse) for a falafel taco .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kura Design Villas is an exclusive upscale boutique hotel on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica where the rainforest covered mountains tumble on to pristine beaches. Built on an impressive mountain ridge, Kura's tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious jungle experience and breathtaking Pacific ocean views. Kura Design Villas is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kura Design Villas Uvita Costa Rica