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Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena

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Starting at $255 (USD) / night
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Cristal Ballena is a 4-star hotel and 4 leaves of CST, with its open café-style Bar - Restaurant “Pura Vida”. Located in the midst of its own 12-hectare grounds, very close to the unique “Marino Ballena” Marine National Park and mountains covered in rainforest.

The hotel is located at Costa Ballena, at the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.

This currently strong developing area is 15.5 miles south of Dominical and 4 miles south of Uvita. It is about 185 km from San Jose and 30 minutes from the Quepos Airport.

Hotel**** Resort & Spa Cristal Ballena is situated in a grand scale of 12 hectare (30-acre) private tropical garden, embedded on a hill between the Pacific Ocean and rainforest-covered mountains.

This unique position allows breathtaking ocean views while a cooling breeze is coming from the mountains. Especially the daily sunsets are occasions in your life you will never forget.

The resort is built in a very generous way with lots of green areas. All buildings are designed in elegant Mediterranean style and it offers 18 Suites, from which 15 are Junior Suites, 2 are Master Suites and 2 are Family Suites, all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, telephone for local and international calls, coffee maker, satellite TV, hot shower, hair dryer, fan and safe.

Guests also has Front Desk Tours, high speed WiFi, games room, reading room, gardens, fitness trail, rainforest trail, transfer to the beach, swimming pool, our Spa Cristal and a conference room which can accommodate 100 persons for your special events. The Hotel can also arrange your wedding there at the Pavilion with ocean view.

Key Features

  • Relaxing Atmosphere
  • Breathtaking Ocean Views from all Suites
  • Special offers at the Spa Cristal
  • Rainforest Hiking Trail & Fitness Trail
  • Gardens with many exotic Plants
  • In front of the Marine National Park "Ballena"
  • 1.300 sq.ft. Swimming Pool with Ocean View
  • 5-10 minutes from all the beaches of Costa Ballena
  • Exquisite Restaurant with international cuisine
  • Conference & Events Center "Cristal"
  • WiFi in all the suites and Internet access
  • Happy Hour at the Bar "Pura Vida"
  • Weddings at our Garden Pavillion with ocean view
  • Front Desk Tours
  • Souvenir Boutique
  • Birdwatching - Birding Hotspot
Family Suite
Family Suite


Air Conditioning
Airport Transfers
Beauty Salon
Breakfast Included
Cable TV
Conference Center
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Flat Screen TVs
Gift Shop
Hair Dryer
Handicapped Accessible
Hotel near Beach
Hotel near Forest
Internet Available
Iron Available
Laundry Service
Packages Available
Refrigerator in Rooms
Restaurant On Site
Room Service
Security Box
Smoke Free Rooms
Telephone in Room
Tour Desk
Wi-Fi Internet


Hotel Cristal Ballena, Aerial view with DJI
A paradise between Pacific Ocean and Rainforest Mountains. Hotel Cristal Ballena near Uvita seen from a DJI Drone Quadcopter. The Dream Destination on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.


All our generous Suites are designed with a special eye on details and comfort. Natural interior materials harmonize with the luxurious vegetation in front of the private balcony. The warm and personal atmosphere will let you feel like home.

The Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena offers:

* 15 spacious junior suites - 52sm
* 2 master suites -94 sm and
* 2 family suite - 94 sm,

All with private balcony and outrageous ocean views.

Our stylish, spacious suites are equipped with four-poster beds, air conditioning plus ceiling fan, satellite television, WLAN, telephone, refrigerator, safe, coffee maker and private bathrooms with hairdryer.


Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, bird and whale watching, walking tours, horseback riding, ultralight flying tours and boat tours are only some of our exciting tour options available for you to discover during your stay at Cristal Ballena.

Ballena National Marine Park:
The park is a system of reefs and islands called Las Tres Hermanas that protect the coastline which is made of several unique geological formations and creates some of the best diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica.

We recommend:
Walking or horseback riding on the endless beaches
Snorkeling and diving
Whale watching on a boat trip to the Roca Ballena
Birdwatching in our trails and gardens

The Mangrove

The delta area of the longest river of Costa Rica the Sierpe-Terraba River, is a natural habitat for monkeys, birds, reptiles, crocodiles and many other exotic species.

Caño Island

The island is well known for its white sand beach and the well protected inshore coral reef. It is the best spot in Costa Rica for snorkeling because of its clear water and its pristine wildlife. (reef sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, giant manta rays, sea turtles, puffer fish, angel and barracuda, just to name a few)

Ultra Light Flights

Skyline Nature Flying Tours lets you live new and intense emotions as you discover a bird’s-eye view of the enchanting scenery in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica.

Corcovado National Park

This park is considered as one of the best National Parks on the world by National Geographic. It preserves 65% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity. You can see up to 4 species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, agoutis, tapirs, coatis, sloth’s, birds and more.

Nauyaca Waterfalls
These wonderful waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the Southern Pacific area. Not only because of its natural beauty but also for climbing and jumping the falls, swimming and bird watching.

Hacienda Barú

Barú offers a wide variety of tours like “The Flight of the Toucan” (Canopy), Tree climbing, Mangrove Walk and Rainforest Experience

Tours Offered

ATV Riding
Bird Watching
Butterfly Farm
Canopy Tours / Zip Line
Dolphin Watching Tours
Family Friendly Tours
Horseback Riding
Mountain Biking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
Scuba Diving
Sunset Cruises
Surfing Lessons
Whale Watching
White Water Rafting
Wildlife Viewing

Location & Map

Costa Ballena Map
Costa Ballena Map
Satellite Map of Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena
Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena is 7 km South of Uvita, In front of the Entrance to Ballena Beach


Season Date FromDate To 
Green SeasonTemporada verdeMay 1stDec 14 th
NavidadChristmasDec 23rdJan 02
High SeasonTemporada AltaDec 15 and Jan 03Dec 22 and Apr 30
 Green SeasonHigh SeasonChristmas Season
Master & Family Suites$315 $334 $372 
Junior Suites$223 $255 $316 
Junior Suite Groups (5 rooms +)$223 $255 $316 
Fam & Master Suite Groups (5 rooms+)$315 $334 $372 
Rates are per night, per suite, for two persons.
Rates includes buffet breakfast.
Rates in US dollars.
All prices subject to change without prior notice.

Customer Reviews for Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena

Overall Rating
5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Based on 2 reviews

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
From: United States6/4/2015
"Amazing hotel with the best views of both the ocean and the forest. The rooms are large and comfortable and the food was awesome too. My kids loved the big pool and I loved happy hour every night!"
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5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
From: Austria7/13/2006
"I had a wonderul time in the Hotel Resort Crisal Ballena this year!! The hotel has got a wonderful location with a breathtaking ocean view and it ist situated next to the jungle, so you can see many animals just arround the hotel like Toucans, monkeys, birds, very big butterflies, .... Every day they served special national and international food in the different restaurants and special sorts of wine! I had the chance to take part at some tours that are offered from the hotel!!
I really enjoyed the time there and I hope to come back here soon, because people are as well so nice and friedly and helpfull there!!!"
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