About this listing
A beach-lovers dream in paradise, Cristal Azul is perfect those looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy what Costa Rica was like before the world arrived. Stunning 180' ocean views, comfort and barefoot luxury await you on 14 acres of private property w/no public access. Cozy cabinas, tropical open-air Rancho w/private bar & billiards, pool, decks, hammocks, AC, & much more! Chef services available. Your hosts also own "LocosCocos" rated "The Best Beach Bar" in Costa Rica by Lonely Planet!
Cristal Azul is located on a hillside on 7 hectares of private property with no public access and no signs pointing the way. There is a gated entrance and the property is 1KM up a rolling dirt road nestled on the edge of the hill. The town and surrounding area of San Miguel are incredibly safe and crime is practically nonexistent and petty.
There are only four cabinas at Cristal Azul; all have queen beds and the nearest to the rancho also has a bunk bed and is perfect for small families or singles traveling together. Two of our queen cabinas can be equipped with deluxe single day beds as well. All rooms have AC, hot water, ceiling & floor fans, screened doors, homemade teak furniture, fine bedding & linens, personal safe, outdoor garden showers, organic spa products, and stunning views of the Pacific.
We also provide pool and beach towels for you to use while here and a few Boogey Boards, coolers, chairs and umbrellas are available to take down to the beach for the day.
A full breakfast is included in your rate as well as housekeeping services. We encourage guests to explore the area and it's local eateries during the day for lunch and join us on the beach at LocosCocos for sunset dinners or feel free to take a dinner to go from the beach and dine by yourselves in the Rancho! Many guests just spend the day enjoying the surf, lunch and sunset dinners at LocosCocos! Chef dinner services in the Rancho can be provided at additional cost for you so you can truly enjoy your time in paradise. Inquire with Zene for more information! All meals all planned personally with you!
“I intend to spend many vacations here and encourage anyone who has a desire for an extraordinary location, indigenous congeniality, views that would make your screensaver green with envy and the opportunity to visit the Costa Rican coast like few ever do, visit Cristal Azul. Tip: Ask for Henner`s special Rum Punch. Sip, relax and repeat.” M. Palm, Las Vegas NV
The over-sized open-air “Rancho” is set overlooking a vanishing edge pool and has a bar, dining, and lounge area. A professional pool table and plenty of games and puzzles are available for you to enjoy at your leisure. There is also WiFi in the Rancho, on most days! We have an ice machine for guests to use while here and a modestly stocked honor bar of beers, sodas, wines and spirits.
Guests can walk from the rancho to the beach via a rocky footpath that accesses the main dirt road, otherwise, it is a slow paced five-minute drive down the hill. Hammocks abound for impromptu naps and there is a deck in the trees for yoga, naps, massage and a quiet breakfast or snack for two!
Prior to your arrival Zene can have several car rental quotations provided for you that will give you access to a 10% discount on your daily rate as well as corporate perks such as free surfboard rack rental, cooler for your travels, two hour grace period on late returns, additional driver added to your policy and the option for a personal MiFi hotspot to use during your time in Costa Rica.
Guests also receive all tour and activity information prior to arrival so that and itinerary can be created to ensure that you are able to take full advantage of all this area has to offer! Guests are able to enjoy surf, kayak, yoga, horseback tours, two levels of zip line adventures, sport fishing, snorkeling, ATV rentals, mountain biking, waterfall tours and more!
Henner & Zene Morales, the owners of Cristal Azul and on-site hosts are close enough if you need them but far enough to ensure your privacy.
"Ivo and I feel so lucky to have shared your beautiful oasis in the wild with you! It was such a pleasure to meet both of you; your hospitality made us feel so at home. This is the place one can only dream about and almost feels created as a honeymoon paradise. The first morning I woke up I thought I must have gone to heaven to have opened my eyes to such a view. Really ideal here! The peace, the view, the animals roaming about! Thanks so much!"
Anitha T. & Ivo L. USA
Interaction with guests
Your hosts, Henner and Zene, are on the property in the main house which is their year round home and approximately 100 meters from the guests area. They are with guests to serve breakfasts and dinners and are close enough if you need them and far enough away to ensure privacy. A small staff is on site to assist when needed and prepare snacks and meals. Hosts handle all tour and activity planning for guests.
Guests are provided with hand held radios upon arrival that work on the property and in the surrounding area in case they need to get in touch with hosts.
With over a dozen years active and involved in this small community, and with Henner's lifetime in Costa Rica, guest interaction is always interesting and stimulating. There is so much more to learn about the history and culture of this country that you just can't get out of a guide book!
Playa San Miguel, located on a 6km stretch of deserted sands, is a small community set off the main dirt road that twists along this coastline. It is home to less than one hundred year round residents and boasts less than a handful of local bars and restaurants offering a tasty variety of typical and continental cuisine.
Centrally located between the more developed beach towns of Mal Pais and Samara, Cristal Azul is the perfect destination to immerse oneself in the pristine beauty and tranquility of this coastal region and still have access to the commercial tourist destinations a short drive away.
Expect to come here and leave the world behind! Escape, rest, relax and rejuvenate! Step back to a quieter time and enjoy what Costa Rica was like before the world arrived! Immerse yourself in nature and wildlife, experience a way of life long forgotten and replaced by technology. This is a place for families and friends to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Guests are required to have their own 4WD transportation as there are no public buses in the area and no taxis! Zene is available to handle all of your in-country air and land travel and has worked closely with the top agencies in the country for over a dozen years. Extra perks included discounted rates when available, free GPS, phones, surf board rack & coolers. Free additional driver on your policy and discounted damage deposits.
Other things to note
There is plenty of light seasonal adventure, local culture, and incredible tranquility to enjoy while visiting this empty stretch of beach as well as several day trips in the more developed tourist towns of Mal Pais and Samara for those who like to get out and explore. Your hosts are on site to help plan all activities and make daily suggestions. Kick back, relax and play as much, or as little, as you like – we will handle all of the details for you!
The Ara Project - A Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary
Islita Contemporary Art Project
Wing Nuts Canopy Tours
Golfo Adventure Park Zip Line (26 Zips over 11 waterfalls!)
Guatil Artisan Community
Karen Morgensen Reserve
Barra Honda Caves
Turtle Trax Sea Turtle
Plus: Surf, Yoga, Waterfall Hikes, Horseback tours, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, Mangrove boat tours, Panga Fishing and guided bird watching tours!
No pets, please! We do have a family of dogs who are quite entertaining and great with people of all ages!
Cristal Azul welcomes guests of 10 years and older. Allowances can be made for full property rentals but all guests must be 100% diaper independent. NO exceptions.
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Cristal Azul Hotel is owned and operated by husband and wife team Henner and Zene Morales. He, a native to Costa Rica and professional sport fishing captain and she an ex-teacher and transplant from Boston; their style and ethics have evolved over more than a dozen years of experience living in the area. Together they commit to offer a truly personalized vacation experience in a luxurious, peaceful, natural environment where mind, body and spirit are nurtured and rejuvenated. We are close enough if you need anything and far enough to give you incredible privacy. Let us spoil you in paradise! Pura Vida! Note: We also are home to a family of friendly pups that often steal the hearts of guests up on the hill!