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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

3-star3 stars
7 km al Sur de UvitaCosta Ballena, BallenaPuntarenasCosta Rica

Romantic resort in Ballena with spa, outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Great amenities
Great pool
Great room
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

from €185
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite (Master)
  • Family Suite

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 21 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

  • RV/bus/truck parking


  • Area shuttle *

  • Free beach shuttle
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Billiards or pool table
Working away
  • Conference space size (feet) - 861
  • Conference space size (meters) - 80
  • One meeting room
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
Sleep well
  • Premium bedding
  • Tempur-Pedic mattress
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
  • Furnished balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Spa Cristal has 1 treatment room. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

The spa is open daily. Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.


Pura Vida - This poolside restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa’s small print

Also known as

  • Cristal Ballena
  • Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena
  • Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel
  • Cristal Boutique Hotel
  • Cristal Ballena Boutique
  • Cristal Boutique


Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: CRC 30000
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: CRC 46000

Optional extras

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa


  • Arco Beach - 34 min walk
  • Pinuela Beach - 42 min walk
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km
  • Ventanas Beach - 3.5 mi / 5.7 km
  • Tortuga Beach - 4.3 mi / 7 km
  • Punta Uvita Whale Tail - 5.8 mi / 9.3 km
  • Ciudad Cortes Central Park - 18.6 mi / 29.9 km
  • Palmar Norte Park - 23.1 mi / 37.1 km

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 175 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • RV, bus, and truck parking
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free beach shuttle

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 38 reviews

Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Forest and sea
Excellent spot for wildlife, forest, and swimming. Great food too.
Michael, us1 night family trip
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Highly recommend
We loved Cristal Ballena. Stunningly beautiful grounds, view and amazing accessibility to hiking, beach. The staff was wonderfully friendly, kind and accommodating.
larry, us3 night family trip
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Our room went beyond expectation. Views, lovely. Pool great. Food pretty good. Reasonable pricing. Service great.
Kate, us4 night romance trip
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Gorgeous mountain setting overlooking ocean
Nestled in the hills, this charming and romantic hotel lives up to its romantic resort ambitions. Walking around the lovely paths between rooms and other buildings, you gaze on manicured gardens, lush mountaintops, and a gorgeous stretch of ocean. Being up in the hills, this hotel does not provide immediate access to the beach. It is a 7km drive down to the beach park which frankly is not particularly beautiful by Costa Rica standards, but which does provide superb surfing in amazing water. And if you've never surfed before, the instruction company the hotel will set you up with is top-notch: dedicated to making sure that even a rank novice will have a great experience riding the waves. There are plenty of other great activities in this area, but frankly we were happy to spend a lot of time just languishing in this stunning setting. If you are looking for a great place to unwind and enjoy, this hotel and its charming staff will not let you down.
Ed, us3 night romance trip
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
The hotel was great. The only thing we did not like was the food. It was not up to par with the facilities and the location. They need to have fresh fish when they are right next to the ocean!!
myron, us2 night romance trip

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