Hotel Cristal Ballena

Breath-taking Southern Pacific Ocean Seascapes in Your Paradise Oasis

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Hotel Cristal Ballena

Amazing sunsets at Hotel Cristal Ballena

Hotel Cristal Ballena offers a superior facility in the naturally beautiful and richly diverse Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica! The hotel’s amenities include a lively bar, a gourmet restaurant, 4 Adventure Lodges, 19 sophisticated and spacious suites. Also, a gigantic swimming pool (1300 square feet) that is the centerpiece of a 30-acre tropical garden perched on a hill between the Pacific Ocean and a dense rainforested mountain.

Surrounded by green garden areas

The Hotel Cristal Ballena offers the renowned services of the luxurious on-site Spa Cristal. This makes possible the complete rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit. A wide variety of enriching and relaxing treatments, massages and therapies are available. Some of the other amenities available are a souvenir shop, pool table, and many green parks. The hotel is situated in walking distance to the Ballena Marine National Park. Things to do in the Southern Pacific area are rainforest-hiking, birding, snorkeling, kayaking and of course whale watching.

Stunning ocean views

Hotel Cristal Ballena is situated on a hillside with an 180-degree view of Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay). It features rooms with private balconies offering stunning ocean views, A/C, WiFi, telephone, minibar, safe, coffee maker, satellite TV and private bathrooms with hair dryers. Your hosts are the hotel’s owners, Waldemar Steiner, a former mayor of Salzburg, Austria, and his wife, Gerta. They are also happy to offer assistance by arranging everything for your wedding. In fast if you decide to spend that special day under the tropical sun and palm trees. The salon ‘Cristal’ offers enough capacity for all kind of events.

Costa Rican cuisine with an international twist

The Hotel Cristal Ballena offers 16 spacious junior suites, one family suite and two master suites, all equipped with natural interior materials fitting to the natural surroundings. The Pura Vida Bar and Restaurant serves Costa Rican cuisine with an international twist. Their red snapper ceviche and nut-encrusted sea bass are especially good. The open-air dining room has an ocean view on one side and the resort’s 400-square-meter (1300-square-foot) pool on the other.

Fabulous Natural Setting

After cruising past the towns of Dominical and Uvita along the beautiful Costanera highway, one arrives at the gorgeous Hotel Cristal Ballena. With incredible views of the southern Pacific coastline. After settling into your beautifully decorated and spacious suite and enjoying your private view from the patio. Take a dip in the gigantic pool that overlooks the ocean as well. Don’t forget the incredible a la carte restaurant. Including also, great service and an impressive selection of both local and foreign cuisine. The Hotel Cristal Ballena’s location is away from the crowds, but also close to some of the country’s best activities and national parks, including Marina Ballena National Park, the epicenter of the impressive whale migration and perhaps one home to of the most awe-inspiring beaches in the country.

What Makes this Hotel so Unique

Views of the coast and spectacular sunsets are remarkable, also the lush green mountains surrounding the hotel itself are a site to behold. As the clouds roll over the neighboring mountains, listen to the sound of howler monkeys, observe the dozens of species of birds that I was able to see, or snap a few pictures of the sloths that call this place home. The southern zone is not at the top of many people’s lists, but it should be, as it is such a peaceful and intense natural setting, without all the crowds and lines of tourists. If you want to visit the hidden gems of the country, just ask us for some help. The food, service and accommodations at Hotel Cristal Ballena make for an incredibly comfortable stay in one of Costa Rica’s most impressive areas.

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On-Site Facilities

Hotel Cristal Ballena Restaurant


Casa Cristal Ballena proudly features delicious international and Costa Rican cuisine with an Austrian touch, and serves a wide variety of refreshing cocktails and beverages.

Cristal Ballena Spa


Discover the true meaning of relaxation at Spa Cristal.The lovely decorated spa pampers its guests with natural aromas, meditative sounds and sensuous atmosphere.

Hotel Cristal Ballena Pool


The 400 m2 swimming pool at Hotel Cristal Ballena can be a perfect place to relax. But its generous size can also offer you a great workout along with a refreshing dip under the Costa Rican sun!

Cristal Ballena Conference

Conference room

The air-conditioned Cristal Salon is located above the restaurant area. It can be rented for exclusive events, conferences, seminars and meetings. All glass windows provide stunning ocean views!

Room Types

Hotel Cristal Ballena Junior Suites

Junior Suites

The Junior suites have canopy beds, sitting area, a desk and ocean view. Each suite has air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot shower, free toiletries, satellite television, Wi-Fi, telephone, mini-bar, coffee maker with a free morning coffee.

Hotel Cristal Ballena Master Suites

Master Suites

The Master suites have canopy beds, sitting area, a desk and ocean view. Each suite has air conditioning, ceiling fans, private spacious bathrooms with hot shower, free toiletries, satellite television, Wi-Fi, telephone, mini-bar, coffee maker with a free morning coffee.

Hotel Cristal Ballena Family Suites

Family Suites

The family suite have one king bed and two twin beds, separate sitting area and ocean view. Each family suite features large private bathrooms with hot shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer, mini-bar, coffee maker with a free morning coffee.

Hotel Cristal Ballena Adventure Lodge

Adventure Lodge

Garden view lodges with a king size bed. Each lodge has satellite television, Wi-Fi, telephone, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, coffee maker, small private bathrooms with hot shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer and private terrace.


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