Cristal Azul Hotel is a small, private hotel located in Playa San Miguel, a remote, undeveloped beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Nestled high on a hillside boasting breathtaking views of the southern coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, the boutique hotel features four stunningly appointed hillside cabanas with the utmost privacy for couples who are looking for a romantic and secluded getaway.

This remote beach paradise is only accessible by with a 4WD vehicle and ideal guests wanting a crowd-free, personalized experience with luxurious accommodations, award-winning, and fun-filled adventure. Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is home to one of the last dry tropical rain forests in the world and boasts a coastline that dotted with deserted sandy beaches, swaying palms, clear blue waters and world-class surf.

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Guest Accommodations

Cristal Azul Hotel features four beautifully appointed and simply furnished rustic villas with oversized windows that embrace stunning ocean views. Decorated with hand-carved teak furniture and artworks by local artisans, the villas at Cristal Azul offer luxurious comforts and amenities to ensure every need is met.

The Bunk Cabina features stunning panoramic ocean views with large windows and screened doors and is ideal for small families. The villa offers one double bed and one bunk bed with orthopedic mattresses and luxury linens, a private bathroom with a soaking tub and open-air shower, plush towels, bathrobes and branded bath products, and modern amenities such as air conditioning, ceiling fans, in-room safes, and wireless Internet access.

The Queen and Queen +1 Cabina offers one queen-size bed and one queen-size and deluxe twin beds, respectively, with orthopedic mattresses and luxury linens. They also have private bathrooms with soaking tubs and open-air showers, plush towels, bathrobes and branded bath products, and modern amenities such as air conditioning, ceiling fans, in-room safes, and wireless Internet access.


Guests are treated to award-winning gourmet cuisine prepared from locally sourced fresh ingredients, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during their stay. Breakfast is casual and includes freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee or tea, fresh juice, fresh fruit, fresh farm eggs, locally cured bacon and cheeses, homemade granola and yogurt, and other local favorites.

Lunch is a light meal and includes fresh salads and vegetables, grains and seafood delights, while dinners are lavish three-course candlelight affairs served in the Rancho or under the stars by the swimming pool. The dinner menu features traditional dishes such as a variety of fresh Ceviches, Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Baby White Clams in Garlic and White Wine, Catch of the Day fish and tenderloin steak, among others.

Amenities and Recreation

The Rancho is the main building of the Cristal Azul Hotel where guests dine and relax against a backdrop of fantastic views. This open air, thatched structure features an infinity swimming pool and sun deck with loungers, hammocks and umbrellas, a tropical pool shower, a full service bar and pool table, a Bose stereo sound system with iPod hookup, and tables and chairs for enjoying a drink or light meal. A covered outdoor dining area and lounge are where guests enjoy gourmet dining, and there is a hillside yoga deck with hammocks and outdoor seating for morning and evening yoga and meditation. Additional guest services include concierge services and assistance with local travel arrangements and hotel reservations, and onsite security. Guests also have access to the Boutique Spa & Golf Course at the local resort twenty minutes up the road.

This tiny slice of tropical paradise offers visitors a wealth of adventures, attractions, and excursions to explore, from climbing active volcanoes, hiking through ancient rainforests, or exploring the Americas’ last vestiges of high-altitude cloud forests that are home to jaguar, tapir, and the magnificent quetzal. Activities in and around the resort include snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, yoga classes, bird and wildlife watching, exploring the local villages and canopy tours in the lush tropical forests.

Weddings and Events

With stunning beach and sea views, Cristal Azul Hotel offers an idyllic venue for romantic weddings, elopements, and honeymoons. The boutique hotel boasts luxurious and private villa-style lodgings with upscale amenities, award-winning local cuisine, first-class facilities and personalized, unparalleled guest services.

Playa Coyote, San Miguel, 160 Entrada Privada/Gated Entrance, Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa San Miguel, 50906, Costa Rica, website, Phone: 506-8869-6633

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