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.
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.