Kura Design Villas bills itself as “the most glamorous romantic resort in Costa Rica”. It is a boutique, adults-only hotel high in the Uvita rainforest with just 8 suites all of which have panoramic views over the iconic Whale’s Tail of Uvita.
It certainly is a unique place to stay, although the minimalist architect design may not quite be everyone’s cup of tea. Everything looks fabulous here at first sight, but scratch the surface a little and you soon discover that the sacrifice for that is a compromise on practicalities which can irritate you after a little while. The sun shades don’t shade the sun loungers. The coat hangers won’t hold your clothes. The hammock looks fantastic, but is really hard to get in and out of. The closet is too short for a long dress. There are no locks on any of the doors – including the door to your bungalow, which may not be to everyone’s taste (although there is a room safe). The road up to the hotel is extremely steep and accessible only with a 4×4 vehicle. We were (again) very glad to have booked a private transfer driver. I won’t go on, because ultimately, this has been a really relaxing place to stay. The location is stunning and the staff have worked very hard to make our stay great. It has been great, but I would be cautious to recommend it to friends and personally, I wouldn’t return here. Highlights: The infinity pool – a bucket list item for me finally received a huge tick. I had the pool to myself for a whole hour and swam with vultures circling overhead with a 180 degree view of the sea and mountains – simply unforgettable. A complimentary laundry service – always a great bonus at the end of a long trip! Photo I wished I had taken: The in room amenities kit – see photo no 7 – ??!! I looked up “whale’s tail” when I was researching this trip. Wikipedia came up with: “whale tail is the Y-shaped waistband of a thong or G-string when visible above the waistline of low-rise jeans, shorts or a skirt that resembles a whale’s tail.” It wasn’t what I was looking for at the time, but, with the benefit of hindsight, it was strangely for appropriate for this hotel.