The place drips with the kind of sex appeal and glamour one might associate with the popular fantasy of the narco lord’s life, depending on how much one is inclined to romanticize that lifestyle (and I’m not suggesting that anyone do). The managers, a marine biologist and an architect, have made appreciating nature and the sea downright sexy. The name means “jaguar,” and the jungle cat appears in some of the stylized iconography, but otherwise, there’s nothing folkloric. It’s far more contemporary cosmopolitan hideaway than homey hacienda or upscale surf shack, two of the motifs that have long defined many Costa Rican micro-hotels.
Kura’s six freestanding junior suites and villas and Instagram-ready infinity pool are perched atop a bluff some 1,000 feet above the “whale’s tail” of Uvita Beach, which emerges at low tide. Many of the rooms and public spaces are at the height of the rain forest canopy, which makes them prime spots for bird-watching. Even the view from the public washroom near the lounge area is drop-dead gorgeous.
It’s the kind of place you’ll want to go with someone you like very much, as the rooms have glass showers (double-headed and big enough for two) within their living areas, two light settings—dim and dimmer—and furniture that’s more suited to lounging than to sitting upright to work or read. Some of their walls are a rich, attractive exotic wood, while their western-facing walls are entirely glass, and each has its own very private terrace with chairs and a modern, bright purple hammock.
The friendly, local staff will give you a ride to the beach and back, with water and towels for the adventure, or send you out on organized excursions to see waterfalls in the rain forest or whales in the Pacific. But many guests seem to quickly decide that they’d rather stay put, by enticing saltwater swimming pool, in their rooms, in the pretty one-couple’s-room spa or at the poolside restaurant and Diablitos Bar, which serves interesting tropical cocktails and mighty fine seafood tiraditos in the evenings.
It likely goes without saying that Kura is an adults-only place, and honeymoons—which book up months in advance—are big business. There are far worse places to celebrate the official start of a life together.