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Kura Design Villas

Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Kura Design Villas

Six minimalist, open-air villas set in one of this year's of-the-moment destinations—Bahía Ballena, Costa Rica.

The Scoop

Surrounded by mountains and jungle-fringed beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, pristine Bahia Ballena was long the secret of surfers and backpackers—and migrating whales. Now there's the romantic Kurá Design Villas, an upscale eco-resort with six minimalist villas that are open to the tropical air. Built and owned by architect Martin Wells, the property combines subtle luxuries, such as in-room iPads, with a forward-thinking, eco-focused philosophy (indigenous landscaping, rainwater collection systems). Everything, it seems, is geared towards couples looking for a sublime escape: from the sexy double rainforest showers to the 62-foot, saltwater infinity pool lined by sunbeds-for-two.

Insider Tips

Kurá guests have access to a private beach in the Marino Ballena National Park via a private Land Cruiser transfer stocked with lounge chairs, an umbrella, and a picnic.

The ultimate spa treatment: a couple's hot stone massage at sunset, which includes extra time to use the soaking tub.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela (SJO) which is approximately 130 miles from the villas. Anticipate about 3.5 hours of travel time. You may also opt to arrive at the local Quepos Airport (no code available.)

Costa Ballena, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Salt Water Infinity Pool
  • Double Sun Beds
  • Private Beach Access
  • Spa Treatments
  • Yoga Classes
  • Tours + Activities
In-Room Amenities
  • Large Private Terraces
  • Glass Verandas
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bamboo Ceilings
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Free Wifi Internet
  • Double Rain Showers
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Private Mini Bars
  • Private Wine Cellars
  • Espresso Coffee Machines
  • In-room Safes
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • Binoculars
Dining & Nightlife
  • Pool Bar + Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Open-air Lounge
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Available room types:
Rates Include:
  • 2 person max occupancy in both rooms
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast for two each day
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Uvita de Osa

Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast, on the Osa Peninsula, is prime territory for outdoor adventure—from rainforest zipline courses to ATV jungle tours and prime surf swells (plus pristine beaches and Costa Rica's famous wildlife).

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: There are just a few top-notch restaurants on the Osa Peninsula, so make reservations in advance for the Thai-fusion spot Exotica, at the end of a dirt road beneath palm trees. Order the plum-and-bacon-stuffed chicken.
Ojochal de Osa.
Dinner for two $70.

Where to Drink: At Kurá's open-air Diablitos bar, the signature cocktail is the Jaguar Colada, a mix of Guaro Cacique (a locally made sugarcane alcohol), passion fruit, coconut cream, and mint.
Drinks for two $16.

Outdoor Excursion: Take a guided hiking tour of Corcovado National Park, about 15 miles south of the hotel, with Osa Corcovado Tour & Travel. Keep an eye out for the elusive Baird's tapir, which lives among the trees.
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Eight-hour tours from $75 per person.

Best Day Trip: Caño Island, about 10 miles off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, is home to pre-Columbian stone spheres and surrounded by coral reefs. Book a full-day tour with Bahia Adventures.
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Full-day tours from $125.

Untouched coastline of Bahía Ballena.

Untouched coastline of Bahía Ballena.

Why Go Now

November - May
Costa Rica's Dry Season
November through early May is Manuel Antonio's prettiest time of year. Temperatures range from the high-60's to the mid-80's.

April 11, 2014
Juan Santamaría Day
This day commemorates Costa Rica's national hero—a barefoot soldier who heroically died in the battle with William Walker's troops in 1856. Week long celebrations, bands parades, concerts and dances.
Throughout Costa Rica.

July 13, 2014
Day of the Virgin of the Sea
The Virgin of Monte Carmelo is honored with a boat parade in the Gulf of Nicoya and an all-night party on the Paseo de las Turistas, a beachside promenade.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

September 14-15, 2014
Independence Day
A torch relay that ends with a citywide party in the colonial capital of Cartago.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Kura Design Villas

Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica

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