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Gaia Hotel & Reserve
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Km 2.7 Carretera Quepos a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Amazing Service, Good People, Great Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is my fourth trip to Costa Rica and after spending 4 nights in Bocas Del Toro on a crazy island adventure (read: exhausted, unshaven, probably a little stinky), we were blown away by the hospitality, service, and attention to details Gaia offered my girlfriend and I.

Like other reviewers have said, I tend to travel with the intention of getting engrossed in the local culture and food. The hotel's main dining is on par -- if not better -- than most restaurants in the area. I was also really impressed by the owners commitment to preserving Costa Rica's beauty. Unlike many resorts up the northern coast, Gaia has committed 12 or their 14 acres to preservation. Wow, pretty much unheard of in my experiences.

If you want a 5-star experience without the pretentiousness usually associated with it, I can't recommend GAIA enough. Hat tip to Andres, our personal concierge, the dining staff and chef, and owners who maintain such a great culture and experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words.

We take our commitment to sustainability and land preservation very seriously. Indeed, we have our nature reserve set aside for our guests to enjoy. This is not open to the public.
We provide complimentary tours each morning and during the day our guests are welcome to trek the reserve.
You will come across various species of monkey's as well as sloths, lizards and numerous species of birds. We dare not interrupt this natural corridor for migration of our unique wildlife.
It us truly special and unique.

Please come back to experience once again the magic we have created here at Gaia. And thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Read about this place years ago in Conde Nast Magazine, kept it in the back of my head until the day came when we would finally make it to Costa Rica, it completely met all my expectations and I would stay here again in a red-hot minute.

The hotel sits high on a hilltop, on it's own private multi-acre reserve, which guests are allowed to privately tour - highly recommended! Architecture of the buildings and layout of the grounds are unique and add to the charm. Secluded, secure, and private, yet close to multiple dining & entertainment options at the bottom of the hill. The room was extremely large, well laid out, with a European flair (the original owners were Italian and had a clear vision for their style...) Huge bathroom, shower could comfortably fit 8 people, large common area in the room. Very quite & peaceful, never once heard a neighbor, bedding was 1st rate. Restaurant was very very good, probably some of the best meals we had in a month in Costa Rica. Very reasonably priced drinks & tapas available during 'happy hour.' Service was impeccable.

Bottom line - I would not even consider staying somewhere else if we're ever back in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Wonderful.....!! We are very pleased our recent guests were over the top about our service, location, cuisine, staff and personal amenities.

The experience of staying at Gaia is more than you expect and all that you deserve. Please come back soon.

And we are very happy you found us on the feature article written about us in Conde Naste.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum.
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Staunton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I just returned from a week-long visit to Gaia with my wife and two daughters (21 and 14 years). We have nothing but praise about the staff and facility. On arrival, we were greeted by staff and one of the owners while being welcomed with a fresh, cold fruit drink and ice cold towel. The facility is fabulous and the hilltop location affords a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean, the rainforest and the mountains. The sunsets are incredible. We saw wildlife at the hotel (monkeys, sloths, wild parakeets, multiple birds, iguanas. It is close to the beach (less than 10 min), the Manuel Antonio Park where you can see incredible wildlife close up and amazing beaches, and Quepos where you can have dinner, go shopping, or go to the market. Zip lining, canyoneering, white water rafting, and more is nearby and can be arranged with a simple phone call to your personal concierge. Fabio, our concierge was very accommodating. He knew us by name and knew our itinerary by heart. Changes could be made with a simple word or phone call. There are only 20 rooms, so it is not for young children. Our teenager and 21 year old both were very pleased with the entire Gaia experience. The spa is first-rate. If we return to the Manuel Antonio area in the future, we will definitely stay at Gaia!!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
We are thrilled that we were able to pamper our recent guests and spoil them.

Coming to Gaia is leaving all the nonsense of the outside world behind and entering into a Paradise that is second to none. We do indeed have the best staff that will anticipate you revery need and no request is too onerous. Our staff is our best kept secret.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum with other readers.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

My 15yr old daughter and I, along with another family just came back from staying at the Gaia Hotel. This is a first class hotel! The staff is amazing. The owners set the tone who are present and engaging! They will take care of your every need. This hotel pays attention to every detail. Shout out to Andreas our personal concierge. The location is great, the restaurant is 5*. No need to look any further. Stay here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thanking our recent guest for their review of our Gaia hotel & reserve.
We are thrilled that we met your every expectation......and a bit beyond?

Please visit us again so we can spoil you again and deliver to you a Paradise found!
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Pura Vida! There's not much more I could say that has not already been said about Gaia, but I will say that I was overwhelmed by how accommodating they were to my boyfriend, who is on crutches. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by the owner who told us that anything we needed or if my bf need any help, they were there for us. I would give the service more than 5 stars if I could! From the tours we went on to the dinners at the hotel, it was a vacation from heaven. We really enjoyed the boat tour and riding the ATV's. Also, we had a private tour of Manuel Antonio rainforest and our guide was incredible. The food was amazing also! The daily breakfast (included in the price) was 5 star everyday. The only thing I will warn is that Costa Rica, particularly Manuel Antonio, is not cheap, but the quality we received was worth the price. The service at this hotel is truly unmatched anywhere. I would go back in a heartbeat and will always be grateful for the incredible week we spent at Gaia. You need to go!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
The entire staff at Gaia is so happy your holiday with us was memorable.

Thank you for your kind comments on our service and staff helpfulness. We take special care with each of our guests and welcome them back with open arms.

Having been now open for 6.5 years, we have numerous guests who return year after year and send their friends and family to experience the magic of Gaia and what we have created here.

We would love to count you and your boyfriend among those guests who return to us once again.

Your comments on this TripAdvisor forum and very welcome.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We just returned from a four night visit here and are very sad to be back in reality. The service here was amazing, and all the extras they throw in just made it fantastic. The mini-spa session was wonderful, and the breakfasts were pretty good. The shuttles were very convenient and useful to go to the beach or to downtown quepos. We saw a sloth and squirrel monkeys on the morning hike through the resort's protected area. The sunsets were beautiful from almost any place in the hotel area. The front desk staff went above and beyond to make everything go smoothly. On the downside, we ate at the restaurant several times and it was good, but not necessarily a great value. The fitness center really only has a few machines. But we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
We would very much love to see you back at Gaia. Thank you so much for spending your precious holiday with us.

As you pointed out, service is our best kept secret. We pride ourselves on providing our guests more than they expect and all that they deserve.

Providing a complimentary spa service to each and every guest during their stay is just one of the many surprises that await our guests.

Thank you for coming to Gaia and thank you for sharing on this TripAdvisor forum.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We can't say enough good things about Gaia. It's a bit more money but it's worth it. The staff is great and helped us with everything. They made recommendations about dinner, and things to do. They have a free shuttel to town, the beach and the National Park, otherwise they would arrange a taxi. You could spend you're whole vacation at Gaia if you wanted, the restaurant was fantastic, lots of selections and very good. Live music every night. Great views. We almost always had the pools to ourselves, and when there were other people there is plenty of room. It's hard to get a feel for this place from the pictures, but it's just great. This is the place the locals want to work because it is so well run. The spa is small, but still a full set of treaments. The tour of their Reserve as fun and we say a sloth and monkeys. Our family of 4 went for a week, and we all made friends with the staff. Everyone speaks very good english and would always help us with our spanish. Everything is super clean. Again, spend the extra $$ and stay here. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thanking our recent guests for their wonderful review of our resort.

We are thrilled you had such a good time. Quite unique, Gaia offers special amenities not found in other hotels in the area. 5 star service starts from the moment you enter our property. From there, the service follows service followed by more service.

We understand what needs to be done to make a guest happy. And we understand that our guests are here for a fairly short stay and we want to make that stay as memorable as possible.

Thank you for sharing and taking your personal time to comment here on TripAdvisor.
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Address: Km 2.7 Carretera Quepos a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gaia Hotel & Reserve 4.5*
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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