Kura Design Villas Uvita

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Built on an impressive mountain ridge, overlooking the whale-tale-shaped sandbar of Uvita de Osa, Kurà Design Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel on the South Pacific Coast, where the Osa Peninsula rain forest covered mountains tumble on to pristine beaches. Featuring six luxury villas, an infinity salt-water pool and a spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and Spa area, Kurà is the perfect place to indulge your senses.

All six of its exclusive villas reflect a clean, tropical, minimalism style and share an open-floor design featuring a king sized bed, a spacious private terrace with a glass veranda, a double rain shower with ocean view, bathrobes and towels, a sliding-glass-door façade for a gentle, free-flowing sea breeze, ceiling fans, AC system, binoculars, free wireless internet, private minibar, wine cellar, espresso coffee machine and a safety deposit box.

Living in harmony with the surroundings, the hotel incorporates responsible alternative sources of energy such as solar panels, solar water heaters, rainwater collection systems, energy efficient fans, and LED lighting. The elegant pool lounge and bar area offers an uninterrupted, 180-degree view of the Pacific horizon. Kurà guests can discover Costa Rican fusion cuisine at the restaurant, which has developed a concept of using local, primary, organic tropical ingredients to present a creative yet simple menu.

The Spa, with its serene setting and magnificent view to the sea, offers a selection of wellness and beauty treatments: facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and deep tub soaking. There is no doubt that nature blessed this region with countless natural attractions ideal for eco, cultural and adventure tourism. Half-day whale watching or snorkeling tours are offered, depending on the season. You might see the pilot whales or the bottlenose and spotted dolphins, which are residents of the Uvita coast.

For day trips, the hotel is close to both Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks. Ballena National Marine Park and its beaches are all within a 15 to 25 minute drive. The small village of Uvita is located between Dominical, a world-class surfing spot, and Ojochal, a town known for its exquisite culinary tradition.

The Kura Design Villas experience is recommended only for adults. Those under 16 years of age are not permitted, but they are welcome when one party occupies the hotel. Here, ensconced in tranquility, luxury, privacy and comfort, the city is left behind and genuine relaxation begins. Therefore, there is no television, but each villa is equipped with an iPad and free Wi-Fi. Books, movies, magazines, and newspapers are also provided.

From an in-house chef talented in typical Costarican food fused with superb culinary expertise to a concierge team ready to meet your every need, a stay in these luxury rainforest villas will be an unforgettable experience.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

This jungle and beach resort has a privileged location: within walking distance from the Dominical village and its unspoiled beach, only 21 miles (35 Kms) away from the city of San Isidro de El General and just 45 minutes away from the popular Manuel Antonio beaches.

The area has an average temperature of 83F (28C) and is green year round. There is a dry season from November through April. During the rest of the year, mornings are usually sunny, but it may rain in the afternoon. This is the best time of the year for nature lovers.

The hotel is bordered by a spectacular mountain range and the beautiful Barú River; it offers 46 pleasant and comfortable guestrooms of different categories: 32 Superior rooms and 12 Junior Suites and 4 kitchen suites. All rooms include a private terrace, air condition, television, a mini-refrigerator, telephone and free wireless internet access.

The Rancho style restaurant serves delicious local and international dishes in a very relaxing atmosphere. The hotel features a large swimming pool with wet bar, a tennis court, outside gym and a mini golf course.

The Spa is privately located on a secluded edge of the property and offers a variety of treatments using organic products. Guests can enjoy many nature activities while lodging in Villas Río Mar such as walking or jogging along the Río Baru, bird watching in the self-guided walking trails of the property or even whale and dolphin watching in the nearby Marino Ballena National Park. Kayaking, snorkeling, horse riding, fishing and surf lessons are also available.

Famous Manuel Antonio National Park is only 45 minutes away and a one-day visit to Corcovado National Park is also possible. Other services and facilities include: laundry service, room service, fully equipped conference center and parking area.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica’s still-virgin South pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle, sits La Cusinga, an eco lodge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. It is located on the South-Western Pacific coast and it borders Ballena Marine National Park, which was established to protect the humpback whales that frequent the coast.

In addition La Cusinga is part of a Private Nature Reserve protecting 200 hectares of virgin rainforest that borders thousands of more acres of privately protected forest. The hotel offers breezy comfortable rooms made from reforested wood and a great panoramic view.

There is also a secluded bungalow ideal for honeymooners. This suite features a beautiful, hand-laid stone bathroom and shower. The Gecko Restaurant creates delicious, mostly organic food using entirely local ingredients, grown and sourced for organic and sustainable practices. Fruits come from the trees on the property and fish is locally caught, and in most cases, bought directly from the fishermen themselves.

La Cusinga is also ideal for a yoga retreat: the beautiful yoga platform is a place of tranquility and complete balance with nature. The open-air design with panoramic ocean views and tropical breezes creates a refreshing, inspirational atmosphere perfect for individual exploration and personal growth for beginners and advanced practicioners alike.

Guests can also enjoy several types of massages and beauty treatments in the Spa. La Cusinga is also ideal for birdwatching and hiking. There are several different trails in the property, both through secondary and primary forests, including a short walk to arrive to Playa de Arco. Other possible activities are: whales watching and snorkeling at Marino Ballena National Park, Caño Island tour and a one day visit to Corcovado National Park.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

This small boutique hotel is located 9 km south from Dominical beach, a strategic location to visit and explore tourist attractions such as: Manuel Antonio National Park, Marino Ballena (Whale Marine) National Park and the worldwide famous Corcovado National Park, besides a wide variety of exciting activities in the vicinity. It has 23 rooms in total: 16 Angel Deluxe and 7 Jungle. Styled in ecological grown teak furniture, guestrooms feature A/C, ventilators, TV with DVD, hair dryer, mini bar, water heater for tea or coffee and safe deposit box. All rooms enjoy either direct ocean or tropical rainforest views.

The hotel includes other services like: a pool with infinity edge and sun deck, high-powered telescopes for wildlife viewing, spa services, deep sea fishing, whale-watching, wildlife photography tours and especially bird watching. Diving and snorkeling, surfing on the famous Dominical beaches, kayaking, river-rafting and ultra light flying, quads, motor-biking, mountain biking and mountain climbing, horse riding on the lonely beaches and the famous canopy tours are all in the vicinity.

Writen by Milagro Guerrero

Cristal Ballena is located in Costa Ballena, very near the Ballena Marine National Park, at the South Pacific area of the country. It is about 185 km from San José and 30 minutes from the Palmar Sur airstrip. The hotel offers 16 spacious junior suites, two master suites and one family suite in a 12-hectare private tropical garden. All guest rooms have private balcony, amazing ocean views, air conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite television wireless internet access, minibar, safe deposit box, coffee maker and hairdryer.

In addition, Cristal Ballena offers two simple but charming “Adventure Lodges” situated in the gardens and surrounded by the tropical forest. Each lodge has a king size bed, separate tiled bathroom, wireless internet access, telephone, ceiling fan and terrace. Guests can also enjoy the café-style Bar & Restaurant Pura Vida, Spa Cristal, a refreshing swimming pool, deckchairs and sunshades, room and laundry service, souvenir shop and pool table.

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