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 flavors. 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 in Uvita

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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 Romantic 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 the most luxurious ecolodge in Costa Rica in Uvita on the South Pacific Coast. Kura’s design has become 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…


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Water Heaven; Would You Dip or Dive?

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Where there is water, there is life. Ocean is a mysterious yet very intriguing place. Beneath the powerful waves live many creatures, they cannot be counted! There are also splashing gushes of life rushing to crash into the ramrod rocks, waterfalls. Costa Rica has it all! Blissed with both natural phenomena, at Kura you can dive in the ocean or swim in refreshing waterfall pools . Waterfall Pools Natural waterfall swimming pools are numbered and rare. Although you might find a considerable number of waterfalls, not all of them are…


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Dinosaurs of Costa Rica: Kura’s Coolest Reptiles

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The original Juarssic Park was set in Costa Rica and, although you won’t find any tyrannosaurus rex roaming the forests outside your jungle villa, you will find several interesting reptiles reminiscent of the prehistoric creatures that strutted across the big screen several years ago. Here are a few reptiles to look out for. Black Ctenosaur This massive land reptile reaches up to 1.5 meters in length and is often spotted soaking up the sun on rocks, boulders, and fallen trees. It is a greyish brown colour with faded dark grey stripes…


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The Mystery of Cano Island’s Spherical Stones

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Just a short trip from Kura Design Villas, lies one of the world’s most magical islands. Overgrown, shrouded in mist, and full of wildlife, Cano Island is an absolute must see for lovers of nature, beauty, and mystery. Yes we said mystery. Whispers of pirates, treasure, and ancient tribes float about the island piquing the interest of locals and tourists alike. One of the most fascinating mysteries of Cano Island is the perfectly spherical stones scattered about its forests. The granodiorite spheres range in size from 2cm to 2m in diameter…


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