Set in a quiet village of Uvita in Costa Rica, Kura Design Villas is a sustainable luxury hotel that caught our attention with its mysterious start, unlikely location and state-of-the art eco-friendly design. According to a local tale, drug money helped build this stylish, luxury resort on a cliff above the Pacific ocean.

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The hotel is so steeped in luxury and glamour that a drug money related start doesn’t seem like a far stretch. In fact, there was a fair amount of speculation among neighbours when the hotel was built as to how a young Costa Rican couple was able to finance this project. But the truth is, drug money was involved, though not quite as seedy as initially thought. A hefty investment from a Costa Rican cancer researcher in Switzerland helped realise the dream of a sustainable luxury haven in a jungle.

Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s take a look at Kura Design Villas. Built on a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific ocean, this is the definition of minimalist architecture with a luxurious jungle experience. There are six suites, each with a contemporary open plan layout. With bamboo ceilings and wide terraces with hammocks for two, each villa is the epitome of rainforest luxury with influences of local indigenous style.

Perfect for a romantic getaway rather than a family or a business trip. The rooms have glass showers and the light settings aren’t quite bright enough for reading but rather lounging. Same goes for the furniture.

This is also not the place to go if you’re looking for white, sandy beaches. Kura overlooks the Southern Pacific coastline and is perched remotely on the coastal ridge. You’ll be treated to cool breezes and stunning panoramic views of the ocean and jungle as far as the eye can see.

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