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Yellowknife, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Sorry for the late review. We travelled as a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids (13 and 10) and drove to Crystal Azul from the ferry in Puntarenas. The drive there was quite the experience and when we arrived at Playa San Miguel, Henner was waiting for us. Crystal Azul was breathtaking and we can't say enough about Zene... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a true hidden gem that is not visible from any of Playa San Miguel's roads. Zene and Henner, the proprietors, were extremely friendly and helpful and made our four-night stay comfortable and relaxing. And on to the food. We left with full stomachs each morning and evening after a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and delicious eggs. Cristal... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We had an amazing time here for our honeymoon. We enjoyed the excellent hospitality of Henner and Zene as well as the staff at Cristal Azul. There expertise of the area was extremely helpful for day trips we took as well as the small trips we took to the beach. We felt at home in this tropical paradise and enjoyed... More 

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Wilson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

What a joy, what a piece of paradise! We came to Cristal Azul with our three children (6, 10, 11) and another family with 3 children (3, 6, 9). We couldn't have asked for a more perfect spot. Henner and Zene were a fountain of useful, awesome advice on everything in the area. We ventured out on fantastic day trips... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Firstly, I need to apologize to Zene and Henner for the lateness of this review. I stayed here in March. The area is gorgeous, and has just an incredible view of the ocean. It's like having your own personal chef when you stay there also - the food is just unbelievable. At night it's so much fun to just hang... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Cristal Azul for 2 nights and the stay was so memorable. I found CA on Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. The owners, Henner and Zene, are like old friends that invited you to stay in their home. They were wonderful hosts and interesting, kind people. They made sure we had everything we needed... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Our recent stay at Cristal Azul provided the perfect getaway we were looking for. Zene and Henner have created a luxurious home away from home that offers fantastic views, excellent food, and a relaxed atmosphere. The fun started with our thrilling drive up the winding hill to the resort...watch for deer, coatimundi, and the tire-biting Chihuahuas. Upon arrival about 5:30... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

My boyfriend and I traveled to Costa Rica for the first time and having no idea what to expect, when we arrived at Cristal Azul, we were more than pleased. Cristal Azul is a charming, clean, comfortable B&B set perfectly atop a cliff in the rustic Costa Rican jungle with the most phenomenal view I've seen on any coast. The... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

My wife and I traveled to Costa Rica to be witness to the marriage of our good friends who wisely chose Cristal Azul to be the place where they tied the knot. While we were only there for a few short days, I certainly would not have minded just moving in for good. Henner and Zene are not just good... More 

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Astoria, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

My husband and I vacationed to Cristal Azul for our honeymoon. It was the most relaxing week we've ever had. We definitely felt spoiled, not only having the place to ourselves, but having amazing service by Zene, Henner and their staff. The view is beautiful, you feel like you are in a postcard. We loved the horizon pool, the pool... More 

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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cristal Azul Boutique Retreat offers discerning travelers a perfect touch of luxury off the beaten path. Stunning views and simple elegance await the adventurous spirit looking for the ultimate in privacy, comfort and tranquility in a pristine and remote tropical setting. Private Chef, Farm to Table/Mar a Mesa Typical Cuisine. 4WD and love of adventure required! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cristal Azul

Address: Norte Entrada de Residencias San Miguel 1KM, Playa San Miguel 50906, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa San Miguel
Price Range: $166 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cristal Azul 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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Also Known As:
Cristal Azul Hotel Playa San Miguel
Cristal Azul Costa Rica/Playa San Miguel
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