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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort and Spa

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Room rates from:
$123 $98
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
WAS
Starting from:
$1,679 $1,399
Per Guest
Based on 245 reviews
After a full day of activities, relax in the Cristal Ballena Spa with their professional skilled therapists. They offer Therapies and Massages to Cosm
Style: The resort is designed in Mediterranean style.
Room & Rates
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Junior Suite

Starting from
$123 $98
Per Adult Nightly
The Junior Suite Includes:
  • One King Bed or Two Queen Beds
  • Ocean View
  • Mini Bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone for International Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fan
  • Safe
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Master Suite

Starting from
$174 $139
Per Adult Nightly
The Master Suite Includes:
  • One King Bed or Two Queen Beds
  • Ocean View
  • Living Room
  • Mini Bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone for International Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fan
  • Safe
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Family Suite

Starting from
$174 $139
Per Adult Nightly
The Family Suite Includes:
  • One King Bed
  • Two Twin Beds
  • Ocean View
  • Living Room
  • Mini Bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone for International Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fan
  • Safe
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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort and Spa
7 KMs South of Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Puntarenas

Location

Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort and Spa is nestled at Costa Ballena in the hill side between the South Pacific Ocean and the mountainous rainforest of 30-acre private tropical gardens.

Why Stay Here

The resort is designed in Mediterranean style with cool breeze from the South Pacific to the tropical mountains.
After a full day of activities, relax in the Cristal Ballena Spa with their professional skilled therapists. They offer Therapies and Massages to

Breathtaking Ocean Views with Cool Ocean and Mountain Breeze.

Resort Details

You will find plenty to do while on vacation at Cristal Ballena. Stop by their activities and tours desk to arrange your adventure.

  • Cristal Ballena Spa
  • Poolbar
  • Wedding Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Conference Room up to 100 guests
  • Billiards
  • Poolbar and Restaurant `Pura Vida`
  • Wireless Internet (fee)
  • Guest Activity and Rental Car Desk
  • Swimming pool -1300 sq. ft.
  • Children`s Play Area
  • Shuttle Services to Airport

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Dine at the Poolbar and Restaurant `Pura Vida` for breakfast, lunch or dinner located at the pool side.
Arrange your wedding services from their conference room that holds up to 100 guests, and or at their Pavilion with spectacular ocean views.

Nearby

  • Whale watching
  • Nauyaca Falls
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rainforest hiking and trails
  • Canopy tour Zip lining
  • Bird watching
  • Scuba diving or snorkeling
  • Sports Fishing
  • Surfing

AMENITIES:
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Attraction Tickets Available (+)
  • Biking / Hiking Trail (nearby) (+)
  • Bird Watching (nearby) (+)
  • Bookstore
  • Business Services
  • Check In/Check Out Kiosk
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk (+)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dolphin Watching (nearby) (+)
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Exterior Corridors
  • Fishing (+)
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gift Shop on Property (+)
  • Golf
  • Great for Kids
  • Guest Activity Desk (+)
  • Handicap Services
  • Historic Landmarks Nearby (nearby) (+)
  • Honeymoon Amenities (+)
  • Horseback Riding (nearby) (+)
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • Lounge/Bar (+)
  • Luggage Storage
  • Massage Services (+)
  • Massage Therapist (+)
  • Medical Services (+)
  • Mountain View
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Ocean View
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Patio
  • Pool Area Bar (+)
  • Public Internet Access
  • Restaurant (+)
  • Room Service (+)
  • Secured Parking
  • Security Guard
  • Snack Bar (+)
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Sun Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Water Sports (nearby) (+)
  • Wedding Services (+)
  • Whale Watching (nearby) (+)
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Zip Line Tree Top Adventures Within One Mile (nearby) (+)
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 245 reviews
from Westport, Connecticut
Submitted on 26-03-2016
We were on a nature tour of Costa Rica and stayed at 4 places. This was far and away the best. Lovely setting overlooking the Pacific. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. We had some minor room problems (drapes didn't close; table light didn't work) but they were promptly fixed. I had "digestive problems" so I didn't eat breakfast or dinner and cannot comment. However, the breakfast buffet did not look appetizing. One caveat: the dining room is several flights of stairs below the rooms and b... Read more
from Costa Rica
Submitted on 25-04-2016
Myself, my Wife & young Daughter spent the weekend here during April 2016 and had an excellent weekend. The resort was so relaxed & peaceful. Our room was great with a sea view and we sat watching Toucans from our balcony, which was awesome. The views over the rainforest & ocean were incredible. Service was excellent throughout our stay and evening meals very good from seafood to steaks. Very close to nearby beaches & the Ballena national park. I would highly recommend this hotel for couples l... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-06-2016
This is a lovely small hotel, set in beautiful surroundings with a breath-taking view over the countryside and out to sea, and great sunsets. The rooms are large, most with a balcony, free wi-fi, aircon and a good sized pool. What lets this place down is the service compared to other places in Costa Rica. The reception staff were indifferent, bar staff grudgingly served drinks and lunch and the atmosphere at dinner was just far too cold. If you want to use this as a base and cooling down in the ... Read more
from San Diego
Submitted on 25-06-2016
My family recently stayed at Cristal Ballena in Costa Rica. I have to say it is a beautiful hotel with stunning views. The staff was very attentive & helpful. The rooms were very large & spacious, all with amazing ocean views. Breakfast was fantastic. Overall a really pleasant experience.
from San Ramon, California
Submitted on 05-07-2016
The views from the rooms at the Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort were absolutely beautiful. Loved having coffee on our balcony while watching the sunrise over the ocean. Also took pictures of toucans perched on a nearby tree. The grounds at this hotel are lovely and well maintained. Breakfasts and dinners were delicious. Our server for dinner and breakfast was awesome!! We enjoyed having several nice conversations with him. The staff in the office was very helpful too. They recommended a nearb... Read more
from Plymouth, Minnesota
Submitted on 09-07-2016
We have never stayed here as we have a house in the area BUT we eat here for the food and the view! Pricey ($18 hamburgers) but the view of the ocean is second to none! I can recommend the palm salad and their ceviche and the mojitos. Only a short distance off the road and clearly marked signs.
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