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Cristal Ballena Hotel Resort

  • Costanera Hwy., 7 km (4 miles) south of Uvita Map It
  • Uvita
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Wonderful swimming pool for serious swimmers and loungers
  • Great ocean, mountain, and sky views
  • Luxurious rooms


  • Restaurant service can be slow
  • Steep walk to beach

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

High on a hillside with spectacular ocean views framed by giant travelers palm trees, this Austrian-owned hotel is the most luxurious base for exploring the area, with a 400-square-meter (4,300-square-foot) swimming pool that commands both mountain and sea views. There's lots of open space for kids to play in, plus a fitness trail for grown-ups. The blue-and-white Mediterranean-style buildings have spacious, elegant rooms and suites with canopy beds, large tile bathrooms with double sinks, and sliding-glass doors leading out to private terraces. If you tire of the view (not likely), there are large televisions on swivel bases. Breakfasts are hearty at the poolside restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner featuring excellent fish, along with some tasty Austrian specialties. There's always a breeze and a feast for the eyes from the restaurant terrace. Guests can also relax in the new spa.

Hotel Information


Costanera Hwy., 7 km (4 miles) south of Uvita, Uvita, 60504, Costa Rica

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Hotel Details:

  • 19 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 06/18/2015

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