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Cristal Azul

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5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Based on 5 reviews
Prices
Starting at $125 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Get away to a space that is truly private when you book your stay at Cristal Azul. This tiny resort-style property serves only a dozen guests at a time and includes an open-air concept that is perfect for taking in the ocean breeze and the sounds of Costa Rican nature.

Overview

Rancho patio at Cristal Azul
Rancho patio at Cristal Azul

Providing privacy and relaxation in Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica, Cristal Azul only accommodates about a dozen guests at a time, making it the perfect spot for people who truly want to get away from it all. Just steps from the cabins is The Rancho, where guests can relax, mingle or grab a bite to eat. This area provides gorgeous views of the jungle, ocean and town below, not to mention gorgeous starlit nights that you'll never forget.

Most guests love pulling up a chair and reading their favorite book or magazine as they feel the ocean breeze and listen to the howler monkeys that surround the property. Some prefer to be more social, which is why Cristal Azul provides puzzles and games at The Rancho. There is also a private bar and a professional billiards table.

Would you prefer to go for a swim? A vanishing edge pool is just a few feet away from the common area. The infinity pool features a gorgeous sun deck with breathtaking views of the ocean below, a tropical pool shower, and daybeds and hammocks that allow you to catch a mid-afternoon nap after your swim. Nearby, a hillside yoga deck provides space for you to relax, clear your mind and meditate. The yoga deck also provides hammocks and other outdoor seating areas.

When you're feeling hungry, Cristal Azul provides a couple of options. You can grab lunch at the Cevicheria LocosCocos, which specializes in fish and seafood dishes served under shady palm trees. You can also find Sunday brunch specials, live music and much more here. Your other option is farm-to-table gourmet dining cooked by a private chef who plans meals with the guests each day. Breakfast, which includes Costa Rican coffee, eggs, cheese, bacon and much more, is casual and served as you wake up. Lunch includes light fare that replenishes your energy for the day's adventures. Dinner is a three-course, candlelit meal served by the pool. Some favorites include coconut shrimp, white clams in garlic and white wine and tenderloin with the house dry rub.

Other amenities at Cristal Azul include wireless internet throughout the facility, a Bose stereo with iPod hookup, and a private, gated setting with no public access. The owners live on-site and can always assist you with planning activities and adventure tours.

Key Features

Cristal Azul pool view
Cristal Azul pool view
  • Oceanfront hideaway overlooking playa san miguel
  • Ultimate in privacy
  • Incredible comfort and tranquility
  • Unforgettable starlit nights
  • Perfect for couples
  • Spacious and charming cabina
  • Private secluded retreat rancho
  • Professional chefs
  • Luxurious setting
  • Five star warm personal service
Prices
Starting at $125 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Bar
Breakfast Included
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Fan
Hotel near Beach
Internet Available
Iron Available
Laundry Service
Packages Available
Pool
Restaurant On Site
Security Box
Smoke Free Rooms
Wi-Fi Internet

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Paradise by the pool!
Relaxing atmosphere by the hotel pool.

Rooms

Queen room at Cristal Azul
Queen room at Cristal Azul

Cristal Azul offers four villas that provide a rustic, charming vibe. Oversized windows overlook the Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous town below, and handcrafted teak furniture and artwork by local artists add an authentic Costa Rican feel.

Bunk Cabina - Best for small families, Bunk Cabina offers gorgeous ocean viewed and screened doors that allow you to feel the breeze coming off the water. An open-air shower is available right outside the cabin's private bathroom, and hypoallergenic feather beds offer comfort and relaxation while you sleep. A full breakfast is available for each guest.

Queen +1 Ocean View Villas - Featuring one queen bed and one twin bed, Queen +1 Ocean View Villas are perfect for small groups or families. The screened doors create the perfect breeze, and the tropical open-air shower allows you to take in the sights and sounds o the property in unique fashion. The orthopedic mattresses are outfitted with fine linens, and each guest receives breakfast each morning during their stay.

Queen Cabina - Offering 180-degree ocean views and screened doors to let the salty air in, Queen Cabinas are the perfect place to relax. Sleep on orthopedic, hypoallergenic feather beds complete with fine linens, have a full Costa Rican breakfast in the morning, and relax under your tropical outdoor shower while you listen to the sounds of the howler monkeys above.

Prices
Starting at $125 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Activities

San Miguel Beach - A family-friendly destination, San Miguel Beach features clear and calm waters that are perfect for swimming. Along the beach, you can go horseback riding or do yoga or Pilates.

Wild By Nature Adventures - Tour Costa Rica's gorgeous natural beauty with Wild By Nature Adventures. Activities include kayaking and surfing, among many others.

The Ara Project - A conservation effort for Costa Rica's two species of macaws, The Ara Project allows you to book tours at the Punta Islita center and view the macaws in their natural habitats.

Tours Offered

ATV Riding
Bird Watching
Family Friendly Tours
Hiking
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Sportfishing
Surfing
Surfing Lessons
Swiming
Whale Watching
Wildlife Viewing

Location & Map

Nicoya Peninsula Map
Nicoya Peninsula Map
Cristal Azul is located on the hillside only a 3 minute drive to Playa San Miguel

Rates

Prices Starting at $125 (USD) / night
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Customer Reviews for Cristal Azul

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

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
anna
From: United States7/25/2010
 
"We are a small US family that has traveled to this incredibly beautiful part of Costa Rica several times now, and we always return to Cristal Azul. Playa San Miguel is such a special place, and so unique, and nothing compliments it better than this little hotel up on the hill. It is small, but that is what is so special. We have the privacy of a luxury home rental with the service of a five star resort. Food is amazing, dont bother eating out except for snacks on the beach. No nightlife in the area to speak of, except local watering holes that are OK, but the rancho is perfect to hang out in. The beach can get buggy at night but not up on the hill which was is really nice, especially with children. Owners are beyond helpful, your own private tour directors on site. They also have everything you need for the beach, it makes it so easy to travel as family. And they even help us with our other travel arrangements in the country and have never given bad advice. You cant go wrong here!"
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
3
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
More than 5
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
j.
From: United States2/9/2010
 
"Just had the best vacation at this hotel! Cannot stop talking about how incredibly beautiful the area is, how cool it is to have this little hotel all to yourself, and how kind everyone that works there is! We only left to go to the beach and play in the waves and then it was back to the rancho for good times and the best food we had while in the country! Tried some local places but seriously, nothing compared. Rooms were great, very very clean and open with great views. No bugs, a huge plus! Felt incredibly safe which was important to all in our group. Privacy like you would not believe! Owners on site and handling everything for us...great service! Overall amazing time and I highly recommend this place to anyone! "
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
1
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
2
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Anonymous
From: Costa Rica3/19/2008
 
"We are a family of expats living in Costa Rica and we love Cristal Azul! We often go for a weekend, or a week, with friends and have the best time! Worth every penny! Feels like home but with the perks of a resort! "
 
Number of times you have visited this Rental?
4
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Rental?
Spanish, English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
Resident of Costa Rica
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Anonymous
From: Costa Rica3/19/2008
 
"My husband and I had a blast at Cristal Azul! We loved the rooms, the views, the food! It has to be one of the nicest places we have ever come across, a true gem! Had a great time fishing with the owner on his boat, caught dinner! Spent most of the time being lazy by the pool but did manage to rent some kayaks. Perfect plact to relax at end of an adventure filled vacation, with enough to do to keep you busy. Excellent beach! Outstanding hosts!

Anna Parerra"
 
Number of times you have used this Adventure Travel Company?
1
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you use the service again?
Yes
Languages spoken at company?
Spanish, English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
3
 

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Anonymous
From: Costa Rica3/19/2008
 
"Fabulous place that we found by accident one day several years ago and we return every time we visit Costa Rica! The owners could not be nicer, the rooms are perfect, and the breakfasts speak for themselves. The view is also one of the most impressive we have ever seen. A wonderful, wonderful spot!

Lynn & Bob P."
 
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
More than 5
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Yes
Languages spoken at Hotel?
Spanish, English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
More than 5
 

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