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“A place you will never want to leave”
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Cristal Azul
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Cristal Azul is a beautiful secluded place that makes for a very special trip and is well worth a visit. Your drive uphill is rewarded with a spectacular view of the ocean and a relatively secluded beach; and the view can be made even more perfect by enjoying it from an infinity pool! The rooms have everything you need, and we never felt the need to lock our stuff although that was an option. As a special bonus, the outdoor shower allows you to watch birds, and sometimes monkeys, while you wash :) You should also enjoy the specially made shampoos and soap, which smell amazing and are a really nice touch. Whilst there, you will never want for anything as the wonderful hosts, Zene & Henner, will provide you with everything you need -- from helpful advice to delicious food! I echo those who have said that staying here is like getting to enjoy a smile slice of heaven. It is a place that was hard to leave, and I would definitely go back to in the future.

Room Tip: There are not too many rooms -- I don't think you can get a bad one!
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Thankfully my wife and I had 3 weeks to explore Costa Rica. Traveling throughout the Northern half of the country was beautiful but was too commercial for us. We found our new home away from home at Cristal Azul!! I can only try to describe in words how special this place is for us. The approach to this remarkable destination is where the excitement begins as you wind up a dirt road through the jungle. Upon arrival, the tree cover opens as you peer off into the Pacific Ocean. It keeps getting better as you meet 2 of the most lovely people Henner and Zene, the owners of the property. From that moment on we knew we had met family members for life. The accommodations, local knowledge, and all around ambiance is the off the beaten path Costa Rica we were looking for. Thank you!!

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Where do we start? From the moment we started communicating with Zene she gave us incredible travel tips and advice, perfect directions and let us know that we definitely needed our little Suzuki to get up the drive, yes!! After all aren't we here for a little adventure? When we drove in we couldn't believe the spectacular view, and then we met our hosts and instantly felt welcome and right at home! Their staff are incredible, trustworthy (we never locked anything, even tho a safe and key to our cabina was provided), we preferred the ocean breeze and natural sound effects. We have nothing but amazing things to say! Details, seperate fresh towels for beach pool and shower, homemade organic shampoo etc. I could go on, but please, just check it out for yourself!!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Natalie R
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Wow, what a wonderful place. This boutique hotel is simply stunning from the panoramic 180 degree beautiful view and infinity pool to Zene and Henner, the gorgeous couple that run it.
I have never felt so at home - they were so welcoming, so helpful and so kind to me. Sadly I was only in the hotel for one night, but had I known it existed, I would have stayed for the whole two weeks. Off the beaten track, this hotel is an unexpected little piece of heaven, with the hosts to match and I cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I cannot write enough wonderful things about our vacation at Cristal Azul Boutique Hotel. To say it is a slice of paradise is certainly true. The views from the hotel are spectacular, the chef made 5 star meals each day, our villa was beautiful and offered everything we could possibly want. My husband and I were delighted to hear and see (in that order) the howler monkeys. What a treat!!! Our hosts were great, we really enjoyed getting to know them. The infinity pool was wonderful and offered a nice respite at the end of the day. We will most certainly go back!

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: Norte Entrada de Residencias San Miguel 1KM, Playa San Miguel 50906, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa San Miguel
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Playa San Miguel
Price Range: $252 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cristal Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cristal Azul is the perfect destination for those looking to step off the beaten path and experience what Costa Rica was like before the world arrived. A totally private property with no public access, guests enjoy 180’ panoramic ocean views and the ultimate in barefoot luxury in a rustic setting. Prepare to unplug, unwind, and get lost in paradise! Great times are had here and memories of a lifetime are created! Four cozy "cabinas" guarantee there is never a crowd; each is equipped with AC, ceiling fans, screened doors that let in the ocean breeze and sound of the surf below, hot water, outdoor garden showers, fine linens, Raw Botanicals organic bath products, and the most impressive views in the area. An oversized, open air Rancho provides a luxe “Glamping” experience with an honor bar and billiards table as well as dining and lounge area ample enough for all guests. The vanishing edge pool overlooks six miles of undeveloped beach and provides a front row seat to the most amazing stargazing under the canopy of the Milky Way! A full typical Costa Rican breakfast is served daily and a chef prepares dinner nightly for guests in the Rancho upon demand. The only Costa Rica owned and operated hotel in San Miguel, your hosts also own LocosCocos (#1 Restaurant in area, #1 Beach Bar in Costa Rica; Lonely Planet)which is a guest favorite for sunset dinners on the beach. It is also a great place to spend the day steps from the surf with cold beers and catch of the fresh fish and seafood ready at your beck and call! 4WD and love adventure required too reach this area! Reservations required-gated entrance for guests only. For best rates, book direct! ... more   less 
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