Fodor's Expert Review Kurá Design Villas

1 km (½ mile) above Uvita, to parking lot; hotel transport up to Kurá, Bahía Ballena, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Stunning contemporary design, high-tech comforts, and a lofty location overlooking the Pacific combine to set a whole new standard of luxury. An exquisite saltwater infinity pool surrounded by an elegant terrace restaurant and chic bar and lounge establishes the sophisticated tone in the main lodge. Garden walkways lead to spacious villas where architect and owner Martin Wells has pulled out all the stops: glass-walled showers for two, innovative stone double sinks, sliding teak doors leading to an exquisite walk-in closet, and glass flooring. Boxy white sofas and chairs and a floating king-size bed, piled high with pillows and a puffy duvet, invite relaxation. Creature comforts include exotic teas and a Nespresso machine. From breakfast to dinner, every dish in the restaurant is delectable as well as beautifully plated. Returning from dinner, you'll find your villa romantically staged, with drapes drawn, candles flickering, and a red glow emanating from under the bed. Smooth service is supplied by soft-spoken, attractive young men and women. The spa is an experience not to be missed. All this high-tech comfort also comes within the context of a sustainable philosophy.

PROS

  • the ultimate in contemporary design and comfort
  • saltwater infinity pool
  • excellent restaurant
  • no children under 16

CONS

  • the ultimate in price (but worth the splurge)
  • a long, steep drive down to the beach

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Romantic
Sophisticated
Remote
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -8521–3407 | -800–728–0466-toll-free USA

HOTEL DETAILS

4 villas, 2 junior suites
Rate Includes: Closed Oct., Free breakfast

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