- Set in tropical gardens with nearby rainforest
- Lovely ocean view
- Large pool
- Variety of activities
Cristal Ballena a boutique 4-star property is set in 12 acres on top of a hill with views of the ocean. There are only 21 en suite rooms with private balconies. This is an excellent base to explore both the nearby ocean, rainforest and even local cultural site of Finca 6 a mysterious stone spheres of pre-Columbian people.
A birding hot spot of more than 200 species including favourites such as toucans, scarlet macaws, and colourful hummingbirds. On the rainforest trails you’re likely to see howler and white-face monkeys, some colourful poison dart green and black frogs, baby caimans, coatis, agoutis and unmistakable sloths. For 8 months each year the shallow, warm waters are visited by humpback whales for breeding and calving. Other marine creatures include turtles and spotted dolphins.
Hotel facilities include restaurant, spa, bar and very large pool set in tropical gardens with a rainforest marked path to enjoy.
- Ecolodge with Ocean views
- Views over Ballena Marine National Park
- Simple, mid-range cabins
- River swimming
- 12 contemporary glass-walled villas
- Hiking trails, waterfall, natural swim holes
- Under 17s not permitted
- Great range of water and land activities
- Luxurious, ultra-contemporary retreat
- Boutique property with 8 stylish suites
- Adults only, great mix of activities
- Unspoilt coastline near Uvita
Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
Kind regards, Carol
Carolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022
It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
Kind regards, John
John B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022
Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
Carly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022