Photo courtesy of Kurà Design Villas
The Art of Perspective at Kurà Design Villas
After three days of nature exploration in and around Manuel Antonio National Park, I was off to Kurà Design Villas in Uvita de Osa, a small village in southern Costa Rica. I arrived mid-afternoon to sunny skies and the soft humming of birds outside. As part of the Cayuga Collection, the resort is eco-friendly, and these efforts are visible throughout. There is a large row of solar panels in the pool area and this is what heats the shower water and lights the lamps. Then, there are the smaller details that don't go unnoticed either—the relights turned on in the evening, tranquil candles and bamboo straws to name a few. In true design hotel style, everything is tastefully done. There are eight suites as part of the boutique property, two of which opened only a few days ago. I stayed in one of their "infinity suites," which features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a spacious, and very private terrace overlooking the land and sea. While I didn’t see the other suites to compare, it seems that they all feature glass showers and an open-floor design as well. Kurà is definitely on the pricier side, and this applies to their food and beverage selection, the spa and transportation fees. That said, you also get a lot for your money. There’s a once-daily, free shuttle to and from the beach along with tour activities that you can purchase through the hotel. That, and breakfast is complimentary. Some selections are larger than others, and might even tide you over until dinner. Best of all, are the complimentary daily activities offered on rainy days, which is practically every day during the rainy season. I participated in a spice lesson one day and a tutorial on how to make “agua dulce” (sweet water) the next. It all depends on what is planned; For example, on on the weekends, there’s usually an excursion that takes guests to the heart of the local food market where they can see first hand where the food they eat is sourced. For me, I found the pool are the most inspiring. Since Kurà is located at the top of a hill, the view is pretty stunning. From the infinity pool, you can see all sorts of birds as well as the famous “whale tail” of the beach below. In the rooms there are binoculars, in case you want a close up view of the wildlife outside your door. There’s also an oversized hammock that fits two (or one, in my case since I was solo)! Unfortunately, I was sick most of my stay, so I didn’t leave the property much. That said, there’s really no reason to—the view up there is better than any I’ve seen. I mostly kept to myself, which is easy to do at such a boutique-sized property but the staff and other guests were friendly and polite. I also treated myself to a spa treatment at their spa; it was a combination of a Swedish massage and stretching. If you’re planning your honeymoon, this is a great place to go! It’s effortlessly romantic, even for solo travelers like myself.
By Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
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Private Rd, Provincia de Puntarenas, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
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