Gaia Hotel & Reserve
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A nice drive down from San Jose in time to help out with a workshop, and then drinks with the group at sunset...
... there for lunch twice. The woman who made them was from Israel and they made everything from scratch
Last night I had the wildest dreams. Could have been because we went to bed hearing strange animal noises out our window. Lets just say it involved a monkey and a gun. Anyways, we woke up early this morning and went to the local convenient/grocery store. We bought mangos, papaya and lots of snacks. And lots of beer! I got four feather and bacardi with fruit juice for cocktails :) We then went back to the bungalow and packed up to ...
... now located in and also former National Park Ranger proudly showed us where his house once stood, now a toilet block!!!, plus the plaque ...
... to head back to the main beach outside of the park, Playa Espadilla so that we could have access to some grub & restrooms. We all watched another beautiful sunset and drank more pipas. Ahhh, what a life. We were lucky that the weather stayed warm and sunny until the exact moment that the sun had set. We started to feel some drizzle and we immediately caught a bus back to the hostel before it ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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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.
The Oasis of Peace
This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I fell in love with the people, land, and wildlife.
With Gratitude to the Personalized staff at the Gaia Hotel, which my friend and I stumbled on our first night. Words could not describe this resort and Wildlife Reserve, I must say, Service is # 1 at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve it surpassed any place I have ever stayed.
It was my friends 4oth, the staff started her day off with a slice of chocolate cake at breakfast that was to die for! We had atleast three waiters at all times during each meal.
We felt like we were right at home at all times, everytime we moved the staff was right beside us, all of our needs were met. I felt like a queen in the middle of Paradise!
We were driven from the main house to our suite daily, the golf cart was always waiting for us. The rooms were large, elegant and so airy, the views were magnificant.The rooms were cleaned morning, and night even before we checked out.
That just topped off the trip, the clean room, and the bathroom with the large windows opening to the coastline.
Truly a spectucular place only one can dream of!
The Pool is unbelievable, with the waterfall sprawling over into the pool.
I have never seen suites like this..
Everyone should experience this lifestyle once in a lifetime as well as enjoy the wildlife reserve, the food is superb, and the spa activities are not to be missed...
A hotel surrounded by a forest.
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, STELLAR HOTEL -- PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW
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??
The restaurant and food are truly of high quality. Absolutely abundant breakfast -- fruit, pastries, juices, coffee, different breakfast platters to choose from, etc., etc. And the dinners are definitely something to savor. The service is unbeatable.
Free shuttle service to and from town/beach (every 2 hours -- but will even accommodate you on off hours) and even endless shuttle service within the hotel grounds.
The hotel itself and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. Very well, geniously and modernly constructed. The rooms are very well equipped -- simple but nevertheless luxurious and of a very decorative nature. Great bathroom amenities -- even Aveda products! and are stocked with almost everything you need -- and remember, if it's not there, they will get it for you! The beds are sooooo comfortable and are heavenly to sleep in! I must say I got the best rest here -- I really wanted to bring the beds back home! The views from the hotel are breathless and touring the nearby reserve is a must (great exercise too --- howler and titi monkeys and diverse bird species abound).
You are even assigned your own personal assistant, which I thought was an added touch of royalty.
Gaia is located in a very recommended region of the country. Nearby town of Quepos only minutes away and Manuel Antonio itself vibrant with shopping, restaurants, casinos, nightlife, and other attractions. Manuel Antonio National Park also only minutes away and worth visiting (right alongside the beach). This is where you want to stay undoubtedly.
Gaia deserves a rating well beyond 5 stars and is certainly my # 1 choice in accommodations in Costa Rica -- pura vida y muy tuanis!! I already miss the hotel and its staff and I will surely return next year -- cannot wait! The country of Costa Rica is incredible and filled with many beautiful and constantly happy people and Gaia just makes it even better.
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.
1. I was not surprised to see that in the short time that Gaia Hotel and Reserve has been opened, they have already been written about on Travel and Leisure Magazine's current issue and even more pleased when I saw a clip on CNN Headline News on the top new luxury getaways along with two other hotels.
I can honestly tell you that my experience at the hotel was one of being pampered in luxury with a smile from side to side of the entire staff surrounded by the beautiful natural setting. I can't wait to report on my next experience there - we'll see if they live up to the high standards that we now expect from Gaia Hotel and Reserve.
Luxury and Warmth in Costa Rica
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.
The hotel is located very near Manuel Antonio, and is situated amidst a beautiful nature preserve. The location is stunning, which was a perfect backdrop for an intimate hotel experience.
The hotel itself is very new and well appointed. Prior to our arrival, we were given ample notice that construction was underway. Having said that, we often forgot that construction was actually taking place. Between the pool waterfalls and the well constructed rooms, we never were aware of construction noise.
The rooms were very nicely appointed. We booked a deluxe suite, which was a spacious two room suite. The furnishings, linens, fixtures, and toiletries were all first rate.
Of greatest note at this property was the service level. It is a small boutique hotel, and it is obvious that the owners, who we met, were committed to providing world class service. Each and every person, at every level, were attentive, polite, gracious and warm. As an example, one evening we were awaiting a taxi. One of the owners saw us wating, and proceeded to drive us in his own car to our destination.
We will stay here again, and cannot wait to see the proerty when it is complete. By the way, the food is excellent.
Could not ask for more!!!
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.
The long and short of it is that the noise was not detracting even while outdoors. Inside the rooms, the walls must be thick or quite soundproof since there is no noise at all from outdoors or the adjacent rooms.
The hotel is definetely top of the line; it is romantic, incredibly designed, up to date in everything from faucets to AC to wireless internet. The concept is totally ecological with a wonderful private nature reserve that we walked with our very own guide (a biologist has probably less knowledge than he had about the beautiful forest within the property).
The pool area is made up of three infinity cascading pools with lots of movement. It resembled a river on the top of a mountain with a wonderful pool bar and decks for sunbathing.
The reflexology spa treatment I got in the room was better that those that I am used to in my "very high end" spas in NY. The international food was beautifully presented and it tasted even better.
Regarding the overall service, the staff makes you feel like a million dollars. I asked the owner how many employees in the property and he said that the staff was a little more than 5 employees per room. Needless to say, it shows.
The hotel is just delicious!!!
Top of the line service, Top of the line hotel!
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.