Each villa features a spacious outdoor terrace – the perfect spot to wind down after a day spent exploring the nearby jungles or combing the beach.

Luxurious touches, such as this 62-foot saltwater infinity pool, add to the guest experience.

At the outdoor pool lounge, Kurà guests can soak up some rays, enjoy a beverage from the nearby bar and take in views of the stunning ocean.


This Green Season – from now to December – Kura Design Villas is inviting travellers to experience the definitive blend of luxurious and sustainable accommodation, with a limited-time opportunity to receive a fourth night for the price of three when booking direct through their website.

Rates start at $550 per night and guests can save 25 percent when booking for four nights. Kura Design Villas brings the rock star vibe, along with sex appeal, to the hilltop above the small town of Uvita. The property features space for only 12 guests, including two infinity villas featuring high ceilings and expansive terraces, tucked beneath the salt-water infinity pool.

Kura Design Villas offers a spa that is set within its own private mountain top villa in addition to the infinity pool, restaurant, bar, and sky lounge, which all overlook the distinct Whale’s Tail sandbar in Ballena National Marine Park. Designed to offer a completely private experience for individual guests or couples, services include facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs, and deep tub soaking. Manicures and pedicures are also available when booked in advance. Services range in price from $20 to $250.

The property development began with a commitment to protect the local environment. Owners Alejandra Umana (a biologist) and Martin Wells (an architect) are both Costa Ricans who share their love of the country’s biodiversity and beauty with a hospitality experience that enhances yet does not compete with the surrounding wilderness. Kura was created around a minimalist design, which allows the lush mountain top rainforest to blend in with the elegance of the accommodations.  

Guests can rest easy knowing their footprint while visiting is being minimized as much as possible. Eco-friendly features include solar panels to provide electricity and heat water, a rainwater collection system, LED lighting throughout the property, and the use of biodegradable cleaning products. When designing the menus, as many local ingredients as possible are used; local guides and tour operators are employed to provide services to guests.

After opening its doors in November 2012, Kura Design Villas has been praised and raved by the industry and travelers alike, including awards from Travel + Leisure (“It List for Best New Hotels of 2012), Condé Nast Traveler (“Best New Hotels 2013”), and TripAdvisor (“Hot New Hotels Across the Globe 2013”).

To book, visit www.kuracostarica.com. Blackout dates (such as US Thanksgiving, may apply).

About The Cayuga Collection

The Cayuga Collection consists of ecolodges, resorts, and sustainable hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. All Cayuga properties specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury, always providing a sense of place by taking into account local culture and customs. To Cayuga, sustainability is about more than reusing your towel twice and passing on plastic. The luxury hospitality group earned a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers award in 2010 and 2012 for its social responsibility, and a Travel + Leisure Global Vision award for Environmental Leadership in 2010. Its properties have earned four and five leaves from the country’s Cámara Nacional de Ecoturismo (CANAECO). Cayuga works with local communities to train and employ local people and improve local living and learning conditions. Each of its properties is involved in conservation and community development, and the company even created a public charity called Equilibrium to further its reach and impact. For more information about all of Cayuga’s properties and experiences, visit www.cayugaonline.com.


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