I don't even know where to begin. We had planned our trip on Orbitz with another couple who was also having their 25th anniversary. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we were excited about our adventure to Costa Rica. As with any trip, we were anxious and hoping the accommodations were adequate.
I will just start off by saying that adequate and anxious were wiped out the minute we arrived. As soon as we parked our SUV, Christian met us at the bottom of the hill with a warm greeting that made us feel at home and whisked us up to the resort in the golf cart. He introduced us to our personal concierge - Andres who promised to take care of our every need during our stay which was 10 days. Jokingly, the 4 of us said "OK, we will put you to the test".
Andres not only delivered on his promise, he exceeded our expectations as did the entire staff of the Gaia. The place is amazing with some of the best views of the Pacific sunsets ever. We live in Florida and the beaches near Manuel Antonio are the most beautiful I have seen in my life (including Fl, California, the Caribbean Islands and Mexico).
I would like to thank all of the staff who were amazing and deserving of the 5 star rating, but would like to especially recognize Andres, Christian, Aldo, and Juan Diego! Thank you for making our trip the most memorable we have ever had. And Andres, you were true to your word by booking us the best excursions for the price we could have imagined...We zip lined through the mountains, white water rafted with beautiful waterfalls, saw 8 pairs of humpback whales on our snorkeling adventure, enjoyed the volcano trip (thanks Eric-our guide), and the gals enjoyed their spa day...P.S. it was over the top when Andres set us up to watch the Dolphins-Jets game in the meeting room with the 55in TV!!
My wife and the couple with us made many new friends and cannot wait to return to Costa Rica and the Gaia Resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gaia Hotel, Manuel Antonio's only 5-star resort and dining. Bask in our infinity-edge pools, dash Aveda bath salts into your Jacuzzi and relax enjoying the jungle and ocean views. Rooms feature A/C, cable, flat screen TVs, portable phones, home entertainment units, internet connectivity, coffee-maker, mini-bar, safety box, hairdryer, 24/7 room service and full spa services. Your personal valet sees to your needs, and our Nature Guide hosts an exclusive tour of our 12-acre Nature Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gaia Hotel And Reserve
- Gaia Hotel & Reserve Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park