by Amanda Geronikos
If you’re looking for a unique experience in Costa Rica, consider Cristal Azul, located on a hillside that overlooks 60 miles of gorgeous coastline. The remote resort only has four “cabinas” (villas), but that’s why it’s so charming. One cabina has three queen beds, perfect for a large family. Another unit has one double bed and a bunk bed, and another unit accommodates one queen and one double bed. Wi-Fi is available (on most days), but none of the units have TV’s, so you’ll be forced to unplug and enjoy your surroundings! Note: Rooms include open-air showers, but do not have bathtubs. Amenities include complimentary beach towels and a limited number of boogie boards, coolers, chairs and umbrellas to use.
An outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens and a bar and dining area adds to the appeal. You’ll also find a pool table, hammocks and board games to borrow. An onsite restaurant offers delicious dinners with fresh ingredients, including fish, chicken, pork, beef, rice, beans and salad. Kid-friendly fare includes pasta, pizza, hamburgers, fish sticks, popcorn shrimp and homemade French fries. Breakfast is also served; order the French toast! Oh, and did we mention there’s homemade ice cream?
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of things to do, from zip-lining to visiting a butterfly farm.
All-inclusive packages and group rates are available.
Our Editor Loves
- Private location with amazing views
- Pool, hammocks and a game room
- Activities and attractions nearby
There is no place like the Cristal Azul- it is well worth the travel time and slightly challenging roads to reach the hotel. It is placed on a cliff with the most incredible views of the ocean from above. While there we saw lizards, iguanas, monkeys, exotic birds and even saw some whales one morning from breakfast. I'm not sure I've ever been so relaxed. We enjoyed the breakfasts each morning and then lounged between the beach and the pool all day- enjoying incredible meals and cold drinks at the LocosCocos beach bar. The beach is quiet and remote- Cristal Azul- with only 4 villas is intimate. It was the perfect place for our honeymoon and is overall a great place to completely unplug from life and just relax. We will definitely be back!
We enjoyed a beautiful break from it all at Cristal Azul! With only 4 villas and a fantastic rancho and pool - it was more like being in our backyard, if our backyard was stunning with an Infinity pool. We were just relaxed and “home”.
The rooms were comfy and the views breathtaking. There is plenty to do if you want to but we were looking for permission to just relax and we did.
Breakfast was yummy and a little different each day.
Locos Cocos has great food and location and Henner and Zene were awesome hosts!
We will be back!!