Sur de Uvita, Costa Rica
The Cristal Ballena Hotel Resort & Spa is located on the Costa Ballena -- the Whale Coast -- adjacent to Ballena Marine National Park along Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast, about 15 miles south of Dominical. The property is surrounded by 30 acres of tropical gardens, set on a hillside between the sea and the rainforest backdrop. The location is ideal, affording fabulous ocean views with cooling breezes from the jungle-draped mountains. A total of 19 airy, Mediterranean-style suites offer tranquil accommodations and fantastic views. Natural materials used with interior decor harmonize with the lush vegetation on display in front of each private balcony. Each spacious suite is fully equipped with four-poster bed, private bathroom, air conditioning plus ceiling fan, satellite television, Wi-Fi, telephone, mini bar, safe and coffeemaker. A lavish breakfast buffet is served each morning at the Pura Vida pool bar and restaurant, on the terrace next to the 1,300-square-foot swimming pool. Lunch and dinner, featuring international and Costa Rican cuisine, are also served here or in the fully air-conditioned Salon Cristal. The Spa Cristal offers a full range of treatments including chocolate, papaya or marine wraps, coffee scrubs, hot stone massages, facials and more. Rainforest hiking paths and fitness trails leave from the hotel grounds.