We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Orbitz.comUS$184*
View Deal
#7 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$190*
US$184*
US$189*
US$190*
US$184*
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Professional photos
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

265 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 141: English reviews
Start your review of Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa
 Click to rate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Cristal Ballena for three nights after being in Maueul Antonio for three nights. The ocean view is spectacular and the pool is vey large and lovely. We ate dinner at the hotel the first night which was just ok, kind of old school eating. The second night we went to Uvita and ate at Carlitos which was...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank yvette t
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Yvette, Thank you very much for staying with us in Costa Ballena as well for sharing a bit of your experience at our piece of paradise! Thank you for highlighting our stunning ocean view overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the National Park. Regarding our restaurant, it is always a favorite in the area, combining Costa Rican and international food,...

New York
HOTEL’S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location and a lovely, clean comfortable, quiet, sunny room. Once you check in, you may never want to leave! We checked in for 1 night and extended our stay every day for 4 days. Highly recommended.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Ronyc423
About Hotel's Favourite Review
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Hola Rony! Thank you for making of Cristal Ballena one of your favorite places during your holiday in the Souther Region of Costa Rica (The land of Pura Vida). We are a specialized small family style boutique hotel, with charming staff to make you feel at home with us while you enjoy the area attractions or just relax in our...

san rafael
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Feels like Hawaii in the 1980's. Rooms are small with lots of bamboo and muted colors. Beds are not updated. Fake bird of paradise in the rooms. It was overpriced for the accommodations.($200.00 US for suite) Breakfast was another $10.00 a piece. The view was nice and the pool too but you are near Ventanas Beach - one of the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank aimimi58
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a very upscale hotel. Our room was enormous, with a similarly spacious bath, and the added benefit of A/C! Plenty of electrical outlets, good lighting, and good WiFi in room. Food here was OK, but not great, and the wines were vastly overpriced and not very good.The front desk wanted me to sign a blank credit card form...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Steve K
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Steve! Thank you very much for the time with us in the South Pacific of Costa Rica! Our rooms were designed to provide the best comfort while you enjoy the sea and nature setting! We want to provide high quality service with the Costa Rican touch! :) Regarding the food, our restaurant is always one of the highlights of...

Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

A real gem in the middle of the rainforest. 19 large rooms and a gigantic swimming pool overlooking lush landscape, tree covered mountains and the Pacific Ocean! Sunsets spectacular! Very cool hiking trails behind resort! Exceptional employees from reception area (Jorge is amazing) to the waitstaff in restaurant which also overlooks the landscape, mountains and ocean! Transportation from San Jose...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank SJS819
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Dear guests! Thank you very much for the time you spend with us and the time for writing about your experience! We have the privilege of living in a gem of coast and forest, nature is our major treasure and highlight while you enjoy our facilities, breathtaking views, lotsa of birds and other wildlife roaming around the facilities and trails!...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Everything was truly outstanding. Our room was well appointed, clean and very comfortable. The staff was so personable it was like staying at a friend's house.....a really lovely, big, huge house. We cat wait to go back. Highly recommended.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank mamboboy99
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Dear friends! On behalf of our team we would like to thank you very much for your stay with us in Ballena Bay! Thank you very much for your comments regarding our large and cozy rooms, a combination of mediterranean and tropical design. Our property is a family style boutique hotel, so every guests is considered our family and friends....

Mount Vernon, Washington
Reviewed 22 February 2017

It's hard to imagine that off the main road in Costa Rica, up a little dirt road, you would find such a beautiful place. With about a 180 view of the Pacific Ocean, Cristal de Ballena Hotel and Spa is amazing. Stopping for lunch during one visit brought us back many times for lunch. The food, the drinks and the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Anita M
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Anita, Thank you very much for your visit! the visit of people like you and your comments are great reason to motivate our team to keep doing the great job they are doing to offer great experiences and neat quality and service to all the guests staying in our little piece of paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the coastal...

California
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We just stopped to eat at the restaurant. The service is outstanding. This was our second time to Costa Rica we were driving back to San Jose, this place is headed south so it was out of our way but it is worth the drive. Their fresh fruit drinks are so delicious and refreshing and their seafood dishes are excellent...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank EricaMMS2014
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Erica, Muchas gracias! for your visit to our Pura Vida Restaurant, while your visit to the South Pacific of Costa Rica. Our cuisines have a strong reputation in the area, specially because of the fresh and special local ingredients combining the local heritage with international gourmet touches. Sea food is a great highlight since everything is local and provided...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2017

I really enjoyed staying at this hotel, the toucans calling to each other and dancing on the trees outside our room; the lovely view out over the sea; the huge swimming pool; the spacious rooms and the completely charming staff. All went to make up a wonderful few days.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Platy6
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Hola Platy, Thank you very much for your words and it was great that you got enchanted by the symphony of the Yellow-throated toucans, other birds and wildlife in hotel surroundings. Cristal Ballena is recognized as part of the birding hotspots route in Costa Rica, housing more than 250 species of birds. Our swimming pool is also one of the...

New Hyde Park, New York
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Beautiful location, well kept hotel and spa. The grounds were well kept with large area to view the wildlife. Rooms were large and in excellent condition. The staff were the best. Long pants and shirts should be worn to protect from no see umsba

 Report
Helpful?
Thank PGIT
SergeAri, Director of Sales at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Dear guest, Many thanks for the time with us at Cristal Ballena and your words regarding your experience in the hotel facilities and grounds. Our special location is always a great add value to our guests, since you are immerse between the coast and the tropical rainforest, giving you the opportunity to fin colorful toucans, tanagers and mammals around the...

222 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (178)
Viewed
Room/Suite (19)
Viewed
View from Room (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (32)
Viewed
Dining (10)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (30)
Viewed
Other (69)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (44)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (5)
Viewed
Dining (15)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (6)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Other (5)
07/05/2017 08/05/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Uvita hotels
12.7 km away
TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge
8.2 km away
Oxygen Jungle Villas
Oxygen Jungle Villas
#2 of 12 in Uvita
565 reviews
8.4 km away
Rancho Pacifico
Rancho Pacifico
#1 of 12 in Uvita
485 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.7 km away
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
#6 of 12 in Uvita
496 reviews
9.6 km away
Kura Design Villas Uvita
6.5 km away
Hotel Luz de Luna
Hotel Luz de Luna
#8 of 12 in Uvita
150 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena is located in the midst of its own 12-hectare grounds, very close to the unique "Marino Ballena" Marine National Park and mountains covered in rainforest. The hotel features 14 Junior Suites, 3 Master Suites, along with 2 Family suites. Due to its excellent location, our guests can enjoy breathtaking ocean views from the big balcony. Our stylish, spacious Suites are equipped with four-poster bed, AC, ceiling fan, WLan, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, coffee maker and hairdryer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Address: Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Price Range: €135 - €229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Hotwire, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com, Priceline, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Uvita
#6 Spa Hotel in Uvita
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“the master suite (room 10) is great.”
637stevek, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The Master Suite is wonderful. It is a corner room, king bed, huge bathroom and a view to die for!”
AnitaM345, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“only 20 rooms in the entire place, all seemed to have a great view.”
566traceyd, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“all rooms have an Ocean view”
Milagroscoromoto, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 11 has a beautiful view”
  • Pic taken from our balcony
  • View from our balcony
FamilyVacafor4, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Orbitz.com
US$184* /night
View Deal
Booking.comUS$189
Expedia.comUS$184
ElvolineUS$190
View all 10 deals
*Disclaimer
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates