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The Hotel

Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort & Spa offers you everything you need for your dream beach, adventure and nature vacation in Costa Rica.

Our beautiful four-star Mediterranean-style hotel rests on a rainforest-covered hill overlooking the famed Ballena Marine National Park, a crucial site for the world’s Pacific Humpback Whales to reproduce and give birth.

On our expansive 12-hectare (29.6 acres) grounds near the City of Uvita, you will find our luxury suites, the reception building, a souvenir shop, immense ocean-view swimming pool, open-air gourmet restaurant and bar, soothing Spa, conference and event center, wedding area, and rainforest hiking paths.

Hotel Amenities

At Hotel Cristal Ballena’s immense swimming pool, you can enjoy spectacular ocean views, a refreshing swim, cool drinks and poolside dining.

  • Restaurant and poolside bar ‘Pura Vida!’
  • Spa Cristal: Beauty, well-being and top care
  • 400 m2 (1300 sq.ft.) swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi and high speed fiber optic internet connection
  • Souvenir shop, pool table
  • Shuttle service to the beach
  • Tour organization
  • Tropical gardens, rainforest hiking path
  • Wedding ceremony area and Honeymoon Suite
  • Conference, seminar and event area
Pool area at Hotel Cristal Ballena

Pool area at Hotel Cristal Ballena

Spa Cristal

You will find a place full of harmony and relaxation. The lovely Spa pampers its guests with natural aromas, meditative sounds and a sensuous atmosphere.

Discover the true meaning of relaxation at our Spa Cristal. You work hard, so let us pamper you in harmony and relaxation to leave you feeling “young” and full of vitality. Our lovely Spa soothes you with natural aromas, meditative sounds and a sensuous atmosphere.

Professional therapists offer you first-class spa services like: massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and beauty treatments.

Refresh your mind, body and spirit with spa services at Hotel Cristal Ballena

Refresh your mind, body and spirit with first-class spa services at Hotel Cristal Ballena

Area Attractions

Whale-watching tours are the most popular activity at Hotel Cristal Ballena.

South Pacific “Whale Coast” of Costa Rica. Whale-watching tours are the most popular activity at Hotel Cristal Ballena.

Discover the unique beauty of Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast. Whether you are adventurous, love the outdoors, or prefer a leisurely pace, we are sure you will find just the right activity for you:

  • Dolphin and Whale-watching tours
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling trips
  • Mangrove estuary tours
  • Surfing, Sea kayaking
  • Sport-fishing
  • Canopy zipline tours
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking, Horseback riding
  • ATV tours
  • Golfing at the San Buenos Golf Resort
  • Finca 6, the new museum for the mysterious stone spheres

Enjoy zip lining, ATV tours, horseback riding

Adventure tours at Hotel Cristal Ballena. Enjoy Enjoy zip lining, ATV tours, horseback riding and more.

Ballena National Marine Park

The Ballena Marine National Park is named for the whales that journey here every year. In Costa Rica, we are blessed with visits by migrating Humpback Whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres!

The endangered whales come to our warm, protected waters from December to April from Alaska, and between August and November from Antarctica.

The national park encompasses 270 acres of land and 13,300 acres of ocean, and contains the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America – creating some of the best diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica.

Ballena Marine National Park in Costa Rica

Ballena Marine National Park in Costa Rica. Humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres migrate to Costa Rica every year.