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Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
... decision, but we survived). At the end of a trail was the body of a 727 jet that is now used here as a hotel room.
After exploring the hotel grounds a bit, we looked for a restaurant. The first place we stopped in was off of their regular menu, and only serving pizza, so we ended up leaving that place, and finding another place (called el Avion) further up the (steep!) hill which also had the body of a large plane inside it. It was ...
... between high/low tide the water will be moving one way so fast you will have a tough time getting anywhere. It was a nice relaxed kayak ride for me. Kevin insisted that he did all the paddling so I got to just sit back and enjoy the ride. He did a nice job taking care of me :) Unfortunately we didn't get to see much on the tour. We saw one little monkey, and iguana and lots of little crabs. About halfway through our tour we also got a nice rain downpour. It did a nice job cooling ...
... to the sea’. OK. Time to get back to the gym.
By late afternoon, as sunset time approached it was decided to try a new place to view the sunset, at a restaurant/bar called El Avion, which featured a 2-story wood structure built around and on top of an actual B-52 bomber. The cockpit of the plane was one of three bars. We were directed to the second level and found it already crowded, an hour ahead of the sunset, with any of the ...
... and art and a pool. You could easily get lost in the labyrinthine design looking for your room. Trees grow thick and verdant between the rooms and buildings with enough space between them to see the ocean. An early morning wake up (thanks Howler Monkeys!) gifted us with a stunning view of the suns rays being strained between leafy branches into the thick, misty air.
Breakfast was passable and sufficient but not noteworthy.
A couple of tips; though ...
... the sea. Paranoia - to be precise. I don't trust it. So I’m very picky about the water I get into. I didn't like the water on the beach on the 'strip' of Manuel Antonio. So one of the guys brought me to a calm piece of water just a few meters of the beach. I was sitting in the water looking at mangroves when I thought 'is there crocodiles here?'' Danny of course said no, later on our return from the national park we had to cross this water from the other ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Gaia Hotel & Reserve Manuel Antonio National Park
At the time we stayed at the Gaia Reserve, the hotel was still under construction. It's a tribute to the sumptuous grounds and first-rate staff that this in no way impeded our stay. When this resort is finished, it is truly going to be stupendous...it's already enchanting, and with its new restaurant and eventual spa, it's going to defy superlatives. We rented a villa, with two immaculate white bedrooms, soaring views, and a root-top garden with a trickling fountain, outdoor shower, mini-bar, and teak furnishings. The food was scrumptious--the best we tasted in Costa Rica--and the concierge arranged our tours with maximum grace and efficiency. Another perk of this remarkable oasis? It boasts its own game reserve, which--though tiny--is crawling with monkeys, iguanas, sloths and other fascinating wildlife. Our guide Joshua (employed by the hotel) was truly expert, and lead us on a thrilling hike; monkeys surrounded us at one point, providing a highly-amusing hijinks. The pool is another plus; its terraced, so--while you swim about, drink in hand--you can stare out at the cerulean sunset. Truly a world-class resort.
This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I fell in love with the people, land, and wildlife.
Let me begin by saying that I have NEVER experienced such excellent service at a hotel in my life and have travelled and stayed all over the world over the past 15 adventurous years. This place is a truly remarkable hotel and everyone bends over backwards just to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Whatever the hotel does not have, they will go out of their way to get it for you! All other preceding reviews are accurate and honest, to the point and worth reading as well. There is absolutely nothing to complain about with respect to this hotel and reserve and in fact, Gaia's purpose is to ensure that you leave with no complaints! The people there are amazing, delightful and the most pleasant of humans -- from Melany, Maikol, Henry, the restaurant boys, to the manager, Kimberly, herself -- what fascinating people they are and the crew they make up is superbly magnificent! (the owner is wonderfully great too!). They are always greetful with a smile and nothing less. Why can't every hotel be like this??
On the top of the hill
I went to GAIA with very little expectations, to my surprise I encounter a 5 star service hotel, not only the accommodations where extremely comfortable but also very luxurious. The hotel has the best view I have ever seen on the top of the hill!! The sunsets where breathtaking! The staff of the hotel are very eager to help and they are very cordial, everybody speak English. I can't wait to go back!
GAIA Hotel and Reserve is TOP NOTCH! What a great place to stay. The staff was so friendly and and hospitality was second to none. I highly recommend GAIA.
I am planning on going back to Gaia Hotel and Reserve this May 5 for a 4 day stay. I have never posted a review on tripadvisor.com but wanted to share the experiences that are making me come back; great service, great food, great beds and a design and care for details that I had not seen in my previous hotel experiences.
We just returned from a stay at the Hotel Gaia in Costa Rica. Our travel agent found this hotel for our us, and we could not have been more pleased.
I was scared to book Gaia since it is supposed to be under construction. Well, there was no noise and so I asked why they had given the special rates for construction. One of the owners told me that a 5 star hotel should never surprise their clients from lack of information.
I recently stayed at this hotel with my new wife during a visit to the Manuel Antonio area. We were at the end of our honeymoon, and through a mixup in our travel agents reservations, we ended up being moved to this hotel. What a stroke of luck that was for us! It was the best part of our entire trip in Costa Rica! Apparently the hotel is brand new, and the staff could not do enough to make sure your stay was enjoyable. We had our own personal ¨valet¨, which at first we found embarrassing, but later found to be quite handy. She not only helped us with booking our tours, several excellent restaurant recommendations, etc., but also brought us cd´s and dvd´s to our room (the room had a full entertainment center), and even helped arrange a surprise dinner for my new wife up on our private rooftop terrace, candles and all! An unforgettable evening as the sun set! The hotel itself is quite modern, with all the latest technologies, and that stark european design. Very interesting architecture. My wife loved that they had the most amazing high threadcount sheets, she said it was pure heaven, and didn´t want to go home to sleep in our old bed. Their pool consisted of a series of different levels, with a huge waterfall dropping to one of the lower levels.....very pretty, and with an amazing ocean view. Their restaurant(I can´t remember the name) was out of this world, the food and service were comparable to the best we have had in the USA. I highly recommend trying their Martini menu (what a variety!), and their house special steak and lobster dinner. We could continue to rave on about this hotel, but we suggest you try it yourself to see what we are talking about. I ended up thanking my travel agent for her mistake! We hope to return to Gaia someday soon!
One of Manauel Antonio's newest hotels
Visted and stayed at the hotel, while it is stuill under construction the pool temperature is great. The rooms very nicely done however hard to get in and out of the Jacuzzi and the shower felt like it was blowing holes in my back. The property itself was great and the food was above average however not as good as I was expecting.
The Hotel will not be finished until the end of April, while there is construction happening people will be fine staying their and should not be too bothered.
One complaint was the service while good, they never ever brought me what I ordered or forgot something.