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Owned by a cool young Costa Rican couple, Kura Design Villas luxury hotel is tucked away in dense rainforest a couple of miles inland from the Central Pacific Coast, but on a mountain slope meaning exceptional views out over the ocean.
There are no mere rooms here - it's a choice from six immaculate Junior Suite Villas, Infinity Villas and Suite Villas (two of each), all of which are open plan and with design features such as mood lighting and a big terrace from which to savour the views.
The restaurant is a very intimate affair, with just a few tables besides the pool, which is lit up at night. Breakfast is excellent (try the delicious banana bread), while there is high quality sushi and sandwiches for lunch and excellent experimental cuisine for supper with the emphasis on seafood.
There is a small spa with a double treatment room, bath and huge shower, and as the hotel is spot on for honeymooners, the superb staff can make the spa area completely private and romantic for couples, with champagne on ice and other nice touches.
While there's a strong temptation to laze the days away in the immaculate pool area, away from the hotel itself the super-helpful team can arrange whale watching trips, diving, snorkelling, surfing and rainforest canopy tours as well. There are also several glorious beaches within easy reach of the hotel.
Why we love it
The high design look might not be to everyone's taste but the villas are extremely comfortable and the staff are outstanding - they know your name immediately, the chef will prepare something off menu, the barman mixes fab cocktails - the service is basically incredibly thoughtful and welcoming. This is also a perfect place for honeymooners.
Saskia, Original Traveller