I love this hotel. It defines Pura Vida. I am an avid traveler and rarely return to the same country - let alone the same hotel, but I have stayed at this hotel three separate times during three separate years. First of all, it is a very beautiful hotel. It sits up on a mountain top with views of the jungle and sea. Second, it is surrounded by jungle and set way off the road so you won't get any road traffic noise. They have a free shuttle to the beach (10 minutes down the road). The jungle tour around the grounds is nice. The rooms are really top notch. If you can afford to upgrade to the large multi-floor suite - it is quite amazing with a private roof deck. My one complaint is that they used to include free yoga in a communal lodge area which was awesome - now you have to pay to have a yoga instructor come to your room - which is not optimal. The restaurant is excellent and Manuel Antonio is one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica. The jungle that comes up to the beach is incredible. Take a day tour through there and get up close to sloth, monkeys etc.. You can also take surfing lessons on the beach (the ocean has a really excellent break for beginners but also for advanced surfers). DO NOT go during Easter. I made that mistake once. The usually empty beach was absolutely packed with locals who are all on vacation that week. So, we retreated and spent almost the entire vacation at the Gaia pool (which is awesome - with its infinity pool...and you can even eat lunch at a pool bar (sitting in the water). The staff is professional and courteous. When they ask how you are - reply "Twanis" - that means "cool" - they get a kick out of that.
- 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