At Kura, sustainability is in our DNA. It guides our everyday decisions, and is ingrained in our guest experience. Explore some of our sustainable practice highlights here.
We’re proud to have banished all single-use plastics from our resort.
Find out why.
Since day one, we made the conscious decision to banish all plastic water bottles from our resort. Plastic bottles take vast quantities of fossil fuels to produce, and are non-biodegradable. Used bottles don’t get recycled either. Water in Costa Rica is 100% potable and we instead encourage our guests to use the reusable bottles we have available at the hotel.
We have also replaced single-use plastic straws with locally-made bamboo stalks. They’re compostable which helps us reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste produced at the resort.
We’re bringing local sourcing even closer to home.
Onsite we have an organic garden greenhouse which grows some of the herbs and veggies we use in our tasty dishes. Supported by our Japanese Takakura composting system, our little garden yields the likes of microgreens, kale, peppers, basil, spearmint and more. Growing in the safety of a greenhouse, there are no pesticides involved either.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Four rules to live by
These four Rs are the pillars of solid waste management at Kura. We refuse certain items that could turn into trash like single-use plastic water bottles and straws. We reduce waste wherever possible by working with our suppliers to cut our unnecessary packaging, calculating exactly how much food we need for the restaurant. And whatever can be recycled or reused always is. Our restaurant leftovers for example are composted onsite.
Responsible furniture design.
From our plush king sized beds to our restaurant tables, we’ve used a lot of teak wood around the resort. Teak wood is fast growing and considered a sustainable building material. It doesn’t require wood finishers or any harsh chemicals, helping us keep our furniture as natural as possible.
Awards & Memberships
Redefining the symbiosis between luxury and sustainability.
Kura is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges. As a group we were awarded the accolade of Earth Changers at National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards in 2017 and the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award in 2018.
The accolade recognizes cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation, to zero-waste systems and carbon-emissions reduction.
The Cayuga Collection also won the People Award in the 2018 Tourism For Tomorrow awards. We were recognized as a company that firmly supports our staff in their professional and personal growth, and our wider communities in their sustainable development.
"A truly authentic, local experience"
“When we first stayed at Kura we couldn’t believe our good fortune to have found such a beautiful place – both in terms of the surroundings and the accommodations – and a truly authentic local experience created by Kura’s Costa Rican owners and staff. We loved Kura so much that when we got engaged and went to choose a honeymoon destination, there was no contest!”
– Lynn, Washington DC