Another gem amongst the few true luxury wedding destinations we at Arenas Foto Wedding Photography have come across in Costa Rica is Kura Hotel in Puntarenas. It’s a sublime venue for small weddings due to its remote location on a hilltop in a mountainous rainforest with fabulous ocean views, its incredible spacious luxury suites with stunning amenities and views, and intimate sites for your wedding ceremony, reception and dinner whose romantic and unforgettable ocean and mountain views will leave you speechless. If planning a luxury destination wedding in Costa Rica, Kura should be on your short list.
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
In operation since 2013, Kura is located in Uvita, Osa, overlooking the Marino Ballena National Park. Just inland from the Pacific Ocean, Kura is about halfway between San José – the capital of Costa Rica – and the Panamanian border. The nearest international airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which is approximately 4 hours from the resort. Transportation can be arranged to and from SJO in the form of a private transfer, helicopter (landing 2km from Kura), or by plane to one of the domestic airports within 40 minutes of the hotel – Quepos or Palmar Sur Airport. For details and pricing, please contact Kura at Reservations@kuracostarica.com.
HISTORY, DESIGN & REPUTATION
Kura is an ultra-exclusive, adults-only, luxury boutique hotel that is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels. The mountain-top destination is the vision and dream incarnate of architect Martin Wells and biologist Alejandra Umaña, a Costa Rican couple who were inspired to create a modern and dynamic architectural concept that would test the limits of what they consider “intelligent luxury. The result was Kura, a brilliant expression of minimalist design-meets- unruly jungle. Dubbed “Costa Rica’s most romantic resort” by Forbes Magazine, Kura is the embodiment of “sexy-chic”, making it an unrivaled choice for intimate, romantic weddings.
WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES
For weddings at Kura, you’ll need to contract a wedding planner. Kura can recommend one who can take care of all of the planning, from your bridal bouquet and cake to the ceremony itself and reception decorations. The hotel can also recommend other suppliers including videographers, photographers, musicians and DJs. For help choosing a wedding planner, visit our 7 Reasons You Should Choose a Wedding Planner and How to Choose a Wedding Planner pages.
WEDDING PREPARATION SERVICES
On your wedding day, Kura can arrange for a hair stylist, makeup artist, and nail technician to join you in the comfort of your luxury suite to help you and your bridesmaids prepare for your big day.
Kura can accommodate up to 16 overnight guests for your wedding in its 8 luxury suites that fall into 3 categories – Master Suite, Infinity Suite, and Junior Suite – each with a maximum occupancy of two adults. The luxury suites are minimalist masterpieces with open floor plans, double glass showers with outdoor access, 180° views of the ocean and rainforest, more than ample private terraces and lounge areas, ceiling fans and air-condition, oversized double hammocks, large dressing areas, king-sized beds, and other luxury amenities to make your wedding day and stay at the resort one to remember.
2. SKY LOUNGE – CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS
Sky Lounge – which is a great location for wedding ceremonies and receptions during the dry season – is located atop the restaurant at the highest point of the hotel from where you and your wedding guests can enjoy spectacular 360° rainforest and ocean views as you tie the knot.
3. NEARBY BEACHES – CEREMONIES
Although beach weddings are not recommended at Kura as there is no direct access from the hotel, a special package can be created for couples who desire an oceanfront wedding ceremony. Please note that the Whale’s Tail beach cannot be used for wedding day events as it is part of the Marino Ballena National Park.
WEDDINGS AT KURA – THE DETAILS
· Kura is an adults-only hotel · Kura hosts weddings all year round except during the Holiday Season from December 22nd to January 3rd · Consider choosing the Kura All to Yourself option for to have the hotel all to yourself for absolute privacy on your wedding day (an extra hourly charge for service after 10:00 p.m. applies) · Djs and live music is permitted without a cut-off time if you choose the Kura All to Yourself option (otherwise, music is allowed only during your wedding ceremony) · Kura asks you confirm all services at least two months before your wedding day whether or not they are provided by in-house or independent providers.
DINING AT KURA – RESTAURANT DIABLITOS
For your wedding dinner, Kura will provide a special menu tailored to your tastes and dietary requirements. As for beverages, Kura will coordinate with your wedding planner to develop a menu. You can procure your won alcoholic beverages for your wedding locally but will incur a corkage fee. The dining experience at Kura is based on organic, local and high-end fusion cuisine, with a focus on super-fresh seafood. All ingredients are all sourced responsibly and prepared with a creative passion for flavor. For local dining, there are some great restaurants in the Ojochal area, which is located approximately 12 kilometers from the hotel.
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES – VILLA & BEYOND
During your stay, you and your wedding guests can enjoy various luxury amenities at Kura. Take a dip in the hotel’s iconic infinity pool and relax on double loungers while soaking up the fabulous ocean and rainforest views, enjoy high-end cuisine at the resort’s poolside restaurant with ocean views, sip on a cocktail or two at sunset, and while away the afternoon at the Sky Lounge with its 360° views.
Or, visit the hotel’s onsite Spa Shà for indulgent pre and post wedding treatments including massages, facials, and moisturizing body wraps. As for activities, enjoy yoga or cocktails classes at the property, or find your perfect adventure beyond the resort, from horseback riding in the jungle, to snorkeling, surfing, nature reserve hikes, and more.
WHY GET MARRIED AT KURA – SILVIA SOLIS
Kura was designed with romance and intimacy in mind, as well as a connection to nature. As for our suites, they all have 180° lush rainforest and ocean views so you and your future spouse can enjoy the rainforest and ocean views and the spectacular sunsets together. In fact, you can take in these amazing views from anywhere at the villa, making our villa a marvelous wedding venue, especially when taking into account our the gastronomical delights created by our chef, the chic and sexy design of the hotel, and our experienced and accommodating staff whose dedicated to making your stay and wedding at Kura as memorable as it should be.