What is the Meaning of Pura Vida?

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Pura vida. Pure life. This pair of words explains Costa Rica’s way of life like no other. But to a first-time visitor, it may come as a cultural question mark that could use some background info. Everyone you meet at our retreat or the surrounding communities says pura vida, all the time. In fact, it is the Ticos’ (as Costa Ricans are known) favorite phrase. But what do they mean and why do they use it all the time, in every possible context? The expression has been around for over…


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Kura Design Villas – seductively sustainable

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A great example of how a seductive luxury hotel can seamlessly blend sustainability into its core, Kurà Design Villas is perched on a mountain ridge overlooking the ocean near the town of Uvita on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. A shared vision of an architect and a biologist, this hideaway is committed to preserving the fragile ecosystem that surrounds it. The founders are Costa Ricans who wanted to share their love of the country’s biodiversity with a hospitality experience that doesn’t compete with the surrounding wilderness, but rather enhances it….


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Romance meets adventure at Kura

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There are few places in the world as romantic as this secluded retreat perched on a mountain ridge overlooking the ocean near the town of Uvita on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. Kurà Design Villas present a dream hideaway for honeymooners and couples on a quest to spark up some romance. The boutique spa retreat is the just the perfect fit for a memorable getaway in an adults-only intimate setting.   With only four open-floor hillside units, Kurà Design Villas gives you as much privacy as you please, to relax together…


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Bird’s eye views of wildlife from the canopy level in your heavenly hideaway

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Perched on a dramatic mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the town of Uvita on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Kurà Design Villas present a dream hideaway for wildlife lovers. National Geographic called the Osa Peninsula “one of the most biologically intense regions on earth” and its so-called Whale Coast is a secluded region that remains off the radar for most visitors. From Kurà Design Villas, guests can explore these wildlife-rich areas on expert guided hikes. Don’t miss a trip to Corcovado National Park and Sierpe, the…


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Tips for a Great Whale Watching Trip

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Costa Rica is home to beautiful whales and dolphins, and watching them beautifully swim in the blue waters is a truly uplifting experience. Here are some whale watching tips to prepare for a tour and enhance your experience. Don’t Skip Breakfast! We’ve all hear that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and it’s even more important when you are planning to spend most of your day sailing on a boat. Contrary to the public opinion, an empty stomach induces sea sickness. Therefore, make sure to have a carbohydrate-based…


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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NOMINATES CAYUGA COLLECTION AS “EARTH CHANGERS”

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There are many hospitality awards out there, but only a handful that are for real – meaning you don’t have to “pay to play”.  One of them is the World Legacy Award by National Geographic.  We are incredibly honored to be named as a finalist in the “Earth Changers” category. At the Cayuga Collection, we have many reasons to be proud of the work that we have done, and continue to do, throughout our properties. Whether it has been our commitment to providing year around employment to a 100% local…


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Rainy Day Activities at Kura

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Rainy days can be gloomy, but they can also be cozy and adventurous. Costa Rica’s nature is the most beautiful during the rain, coming to life under the invigorating rain. So don’t despair, whether you want to stay in or go on adventures, rainy days are full of potential. Explore the Food Rainy weather is the best excuse to explore and experiment with a restaurant menu! Especially Kura’s restaurant with mouth-watering dishes full of explosive flavours. The ingredients come from the greenhouse on the premise where we grow kale, peppers,…


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7 Tips for a Great Spa Day

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Time to get pampered! When you are on an exciting vacation, in the heart of beautiful nature in Costa Rica, strolling on the velvet sandy beaches, what would be the cherry on top in this paradise? A day of heavenly massages, hot tub, sauna, body scrubs and all relaxing goodness. Here are some tips to prepare for your special spa day and make the most of it: Food and Water Eat lightly before going to the spa, being too full or too hungry would make it difficult to relax. If…


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A Romatic Escape

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Strolling hand in hand, with toes in the sand and the sun kissing your skin, watching a mesmerizing sunset with a chilled glass of wine, surrounded by pristine nature whether you’re indoors or outdoors, a romantic dinner under the stars; Kura is the perfect romantic escape. With 6 sexy villas and tucked in the stunning South Pacific coast of Osa Peninsula, Kura is the ultimate romantic destination. Open Design Kura has a minimalist and unique open design that allows the interiors to blend with the exterior nature. Everything has a…


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The story of Kura Design Villas

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Kura was born out of the concept of combining luxury with sustainability.The owners, Alejandra  Umana ( biologist) and Martin Wells (architect) combined their passion and expertise to create something special. Kura Villa Design is a minimalist and boutique hotel that brings a new ecolodge to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Therefore, Kura’s design became a model for sustainable development in the region. The managers of Kura Design Villas are a Costa Rican couple. They grew up in San Jose, but having fallen in love with the southern Pacific coast, they moved to Uvita…


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