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
My wife and I stayed here on our 2nd honeymoon for a week and absolutely loved it. The view is even more stunning than you see in the pictures and we always felt like we were outside because you can open up all the doors and windows. The local beach pictured was perfect and 5/6 times we went we had it entirely to ourselves. In all our travels, we’ve NEVER experienced that kind of beauty, privacy and pampering. The hosts, Zene and Henner, not only make one feel at welcome, but part of the resort family. This beautiful location and beach views provide total relaxation and comfort. If you want to find some of the off property adventures, many are readily accessable. Cindy and I absolutely loved the experience, and it was a truly wonderfully romantic 2nd honeymoon at Cristl Azul!! We would love to and plan to visit annually- only longer!! Thank you for memories of a lifetime!!
Scott R. 😀😍
The most beautiful holiday spot with incredible ocean views! Infinity pool is spectacular and the owner Hennar is the loveliest man! Had a fab time and would highly recommend. Locos cocos the associated restaurant has great food and a local atmosphere