Before choosing a destination/resort I always consult Trip Advisor. When looking for a place to stay in Costa Rica, I was overwhelmed by the tremendously positive reviews of Gaia. The resort, the owners, the staff, the rooms, the pool, the drinks, the food, the bedding, the balconies, the privacy, the fact that they have thought of everything all lives up to the reviews and then some. And, if you come up with anything that you need it is no problem at all and it miraculously appears.
We were in Room 222, which was a total gift- when you see pictures of the resort, its the room that is featured in the side view of the pool. I did not see the inside of any other room but I heard they were each as spectacular. There are only 20 rooms. Our room had a private balcony with 2 lounge chairs-facing a jungle valley with a U shaped break in the valley that glimpsed the Pacific Ocean. The room had a living area, complete with a small refrigerator, the bedroom had a King- sized ridiculously comfortable bed (Boris one of the owners told me that he made that one of the priorities) The bathroom is what you would expect in A luxury resort all granite, stone, very cool faucets and shower head, smelling amazing, only this one had a giant window with a screen that looked over that same jungle valley and on to the ocean- all for your viewing pleasure while showering! The bedding and the towels were equally top notch. If you've ever been to Auberge du Soleil in Napa- the room reminded me of a Costa Rican version of staying there.
On to the people- much has been mentioned in the reviews about the staff and owners- but, as great as the room is, the Owners and staff make the resort. Alex from the resort had picked us up at the airport he was full of information about Costa Rica and very friendly. Then, we were greeted at the entrance by David, (we also met Boris later in the stay) another owner is Thomas but he was not at the resort at the time. The owners check in with you frequently and briefly to make sure that you are having a nice stay and have everything you need. Fabio, Alexander and Sandy in the office were not only friendly but very knowledgeable about what to do and when and in a blink made calls and arrange every excursion we wanted. At La Luna the restaurant- which by the way was just incredible with many choices and such flavorful foods, Aldo, Jorge, Glenn, Mario, John and Jose were very attentive and first class in service. Then there is Joshua the bartender at the pool, great drinks, friendly fast service, nothing too much trouble but if you've read any other review everyone talks about Diego- the bartender at La Luna- great drinks- creates new ones all the time, will make anything, he's funny, friendly and sweet! Can't forget Christian the driver who expertly takes the guests up and down the resort via golf cart. Our package included $500. in spa credits- Kris and Jesus were unbelievable- best facial and best two massages (deep tissue and chocolate) I have ever had! Dennis Reyes gave us an hour long tour of the Reserve at Gaia which encompasses 12 of the 14 acres of the resort, we then went with him to tour Manuel Antonio Park, if you have a cell phone with a camera- Dennis has a very cool way of finding animals, insects, monkeys with his telescope that he brings along then puts your camera up to it an viola- very cool pictures! We did the 5 hour White Water rafting trip - it was a blast- the resort hooked us up with the tour company. We had planned to Zip Line but there was a little protest in the road in the town and no tour companies could take their groups to their destinations (it only lasted a day). Note to self if Zip Lining is important- do it at the beginning of your stay.
La Luna is the resort restaurant. It serves the free breakfast where the choices range from Eggs Benedict to yogurt with Granola to almond coated Croissant french toast just to name a few. The Happy hour is Tapas style offering spring rolls, rare tuna, Ceviche, and other Costa Rican specialties all for 2- 3 dollars. The dinner menu offers many choices, everything we had was very delicious and perfectly prepared. The wine selection is pretty good and very modestly priced.
Overall, this is a beautiful private romantic place with wonderful people working there (who stay there). I would recommend it without hesitation! I would definitely return!
- 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