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Cristal Azul
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

This place is breathtaking, amazing, romantic, adventurous, and relaxing all wrapped up in one! The view is spectacular as you walk out your bedroom and look down upon the gorgeous ocean. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves by the pool as we listened to music, sipped our beers, and played billiards into the evening. You will feel a sense of peace as soon as you arrive here. We had an amazing time! I WILL GO BACK TO CRISTAL AZUL!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

I stayed at crystal azul with my husband two years ago and had the most romantic and beautiful vacation. The view from crystal azul is unbelievable - which can be seen from the rooms, pool, or sunset dinners. The rooms are very clean and we loved the out-door showers. The food was very "typical costa-rican dishes" and was delicious. We had such an amazing time that we returned this year with a much larger group - we brought family and friends and rented out all the cabinas. Everyone had just as an amazing a time. We did a bit more exploring the second time - as we rented a car. We would strongly recommend this beautifl resort.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

stayed 4 nights with my girlfriend. we had a great time ! the view is absolutely stunning. this is a nice little hotel, very quite, very clean, and probably the best option to stop on your way from nosara to mal pais. the rooms are very nice with really cool outdoor shower. great food (local style). the beach is beautifull and the whole area is very preserved (the exact opposit of Tamarindo). lots of wildlife to watch form the swimming pool deck. great staff, very helpfull and super friendly. there is decent surf on playa san miguel and it's NEVER crowded.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

My friend and I stayed at Cristal Azul for 5 nights and enjoyed every second of it! We flew into San Jose, rented a 4x4, and drove about 4 hours or so to the resort. We had a very smooth ride for the first 3 hours and had an adventurous last hour on unpaved roads going up and down mountains. Along the way we saw some native animals and took in the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend traveling this way as oppose to the chartered flight because it allowed us to see Costa Rica up close as oppose to from the air.

We arrived at Cristal Azul before sunset where we were greeted graciously by our hosts with drinks and food. The scenery was incredible! For the week we traveled back and forth from the pool to the beach, which were both very relaxing. The beach was pretty secluded which was such a relief from the ordinary crowded beaches that you normally see around hotels. The people were all very nice and helpful.

We ate our breakfasts and dinners at Cristal Azul every day. The food was always fresh and delicious! The best part of Cristal Azul, to me, was that you felt relaxed and at home. There weren't screaming children running around, you could come and go as you wished, and the staff was always on hand if you needed them. This was one of the most relaxing vacations I have had, and it allowed me to embrace the Costa Rican culture by immersing myself in it as oppose to staying at a well-known hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

My best friend and I were lucky enough to experience one of the most beautiful and relaxing vacations we have ever been on. We travelled to Costa Rica from cold and snowy New England in January and were immediately in paradise the moment we stepped off the plane. Zene began accommodating and providing ultimate customer service before we even arrived. She set us up with great rates at a rental car agency so we could make the breathtaking drive to Playa San Miguel.

Our meeting place was set at a local beachfront restaurant/bar where we were able to enjoy an ice cold beer and watch an incredible sunset over the Pacific. Henner greeted us at the beach with a huge smile and excitement as he welcomed us and led us up to the rancho. The minute we pulled onto the property we were greeted by Zene and the rest of the crew! We watched the remainer of the sunset from this amazing location and felt immediately at home.

Every day at Cristal Azul was better than the next. We were treated both as valued guests and treasured friends. Zene and Henner made our stay so spectacular and genuinely cared about our experience at their amazing hotel. Every morning we were served fresh fruit and freshly made juice along with eggs and of course gallopinto (which we thoroughly enjoyed while looking out onto the Pacific Ocean). Each night we were treated with amazing and fresh local delicacies, including homemade Guacamole, Sea Bass and Shrimp Ceviche, and Rosemary Chicken. Each being more delicious than the next!

I can honestly say that the two of us were truly in paradise during our stay at Cristal Azul. So much so, that we have already reserved the cabinas for our next trip out there! Zene and Henner go above and beyond in every way possible to make this one of the most memoriable vacations you will experience. I will make sure to recommend this wonderful hotel to all of my friends and family and most certainly to all of you!

Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Stunning views of Playa San Miguel with a great infinity pool. Owners Henner and Zene are great hosts and nothing is too much trouble. They discuss the daily menu with you and the fresh catch and the outdoor dining area has great views of the sea and pool. 4 simple rooms all with views of the sea.You need a 4 wheel drive as dirt roads in this part of Costa Rica. Very unspoilt area so good for those seeking peace and quiet. Small towns of Santa Teresa and Samara are a 45 minute drive.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

We stayed in Costa Rica for 10 days, stayed at many other nice hotels, but not one compared to Cristal Azul. The rooms were beautiful and clean, the views unparallel, the beach was the nicest beach we saw in all of Costa Rica, and the service and food were the oustanding! We even cancelled a hotel in order to stay longer! Next time, we will be coming straight back to the Cristal Azul as it truly was the most relaxing part of our vacation. Zene and Henner, thank you so much for being such gracious hosts during our stay! We will be back!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cristal Azul

Address: Norte Entrada de Residencias San Miguel 1KM, Playa San Miguel 50906, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa San Miguel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Playa San Miguel
Price Range: $141 - $253 (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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