Perched high on a remote coastal ridge, among the lush tropical forests of Ballena Marina National Park, Kura Design Villas is an outstanding vantage point for dramatic views over the turquoise South Pacific. Built by a local architect and biologist couple, the six villas unite the vocation of each with sleek design and a sustainability programme that demands a minimal environmental footprint. There are no TVs on site; a selection of books, magazines, newspapers and movies are provided along with an iPad and free WiFi. Outdoorsy types best take advantage of the unique surroundings with a spot of whale watching or a visit to the national park.