My husband and I just returned from a 4 night stay at the Kura Design Villas. We were amazed at the views, the design and the friendly staff. This was the third and most spectacular place we visited in costa rica. here is a summary of our stay:
the villas -
wow, you could tell these were designed with so much thought and intention. we stayed for 2 nights in the junior villa and 2 nights in the infinity villa. the junior villa seemed larger but i think it was just the layout. the only thing that was weird was the bed placement you felt like you were in the middle of the room. very minor though. the junior villa had so much counter space and nooks and crannies to place your items. the infinity villa had an amazing view. all in all not sure the infinity villa is worth the extra money but both rooms are quite beautiful. we loved the double rain showers and the products smelled delicious in the shower. we loved the outdoor space in front of the villa and spent time reading on our hammock. the turndown service was really special with candlelit ambiance. on the night of my birthday they left some gorgeous flower petals in the room in a beautiful design.
arrival/ride up the mountain -
as you may have read from other reviews, the hotel is on top of a large hill/mountain. the ride up/down is very extreme on a dirt road and is steep at a few points. we opted to park our rental in the designated kura lot in uvita and get a ride with the hotel the first day we arrived. we didnt have a cell phone since we are from out of the country and therefore didnt really have a way to contact the hotel when we arrived at the parking lot. we thought we had arranged a 3pm pick up via email prior to that day. when we arrived we werent even sure if we were in the correct lot as there is one small sign and its basically someone's home which we werent expecting. we tried to speak our limited spanish to the owners of the house who seemed confused. they did end up calling kura for us but we didnt get picked up for another 45 mins. i guess we were supposed to give them more notice than that so if you dont have a cell we recommend that you try to call in advance of getting to the lot in uvita. maybe find a pay phone if those even exist? we waited for 45 mins in the lot and didn't know if we were even getting picked up it was a little odd. no one mentioned the long wait to us. just a small inconvenience because costa rica is a lovely place to be waiting outside but wish we had just understood the process better prior to arrival.
the pool is gorgeous. the views go on and on all around. the water was easy to swim in the majority of the time (temperature wise). it was very clean and well maintained (as is the entire property). we enjoyed swimming at sunset with a drink by the pool.
this is the only sort of negative in our opinion. we were told there is a free shuttle at 10am and one back at 130 pm. its a little limiting since all excursions start really early. knowing the road situation we rented a 4x4 but were nervous to drive up the first time based on reviews. we did try the next day and didnt realize the small suv had a button you needed to press to engage the all wheel drive.needless to say we got half way up one steep section and had to back up because we ran out of gusto. that was a little scary but we eventually made it and realized our mistake. also apparently having the ac on takes some power away as well. it takes a while to get into town and back so this sort of added extra time and stress to leaving/arriving the hotel throughout the day. once you leave you dont really want to be driving back and forth all day. you can just pay them 10-15 dollars to bring you up and down at your leisure but since we had the 4x4 we decided to utilize it.
the food was great. for the size of the hotel there was a decent selection. the breakfast was our favorite. you would be provided with a plate full of fruit and some warm fresh bread then you ordered an entire breakfast. the egg s Benedict is very good. the portions are large for a nice restaurant. the service is excellent (all staff members were very friendly and so were the owners.) the chopped salad, shrimp, beef and chocolate cake were among our faves. i spent my birthday there and adam was kind enough to bring out a piece of dessert with a candle on it and sang in spanish!
there are some great beaches in the area and waterfalls. we drove to the playa hermosa and swam during low tide. be very careful during high tide at all beaches as the waves are insane. there is free parking at hermosa and the beach was so quiet and desolate. kura let us borrow a cooler for our snacks/beers and some chairs which was really nice of them.
we hiked to the small $1 waterfall on the entrance road in the rain which was fun. worth the buck to go see but not as magnificent as the other waterfalls in the area.
we did the dolphin/whale cruise where we were told it was a combo tour with snorkelling. we really only wanted to go in order to snorkel and there was no snorkelling on trip. it was essentially a 4 hour boat tour with no bathroom, no swimming and no whales. we thought it was way over priced at 80 dollars a person. we didn't get lunch or anything. we sat on the boat the entire 4 hours and were whipped all around, and someone was puking the whole time. not sure if this is worth the money in our opinion. maybe if it was 30 dollars and you got to actually snorkel! we really regretted going and spending 160 dollars. the dolphins were pretty though. we also drove down to dominical which is a touristy spot with beach side dining (casual) and souvenir shops.
all in all kura is a magnificent, unique, friendly place to spend a vacation. the staff and owners are warm, and very accommodating people! we loved costa rica, the people, the beautiful country and kura as well. it is a long journey to get there but so worth it! you wont regret it!
- 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