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“Breathtaking! ” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Breathtaking! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This has to be one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed. The pool overlooks the rainforest and the beach. There are monkeys, parrots, and iguanas within reach of each room. We stayed in a two bedroom bungalow and it was perfect. Traveling with my fiancé and his mother it was ideal for our stay. There was a rooftop balcony and terrace private for our room. Service was excellent as was the food. I highly recommend. There are only 20 rooms, so the attention each guest receives is wonderful.

Stayed July 2014
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
A wonderful review by our recent wonderful guests.

Thank you for choosing us. We are truly unique and the very reason folks come to Costa Rica. Full of wildlife at your doorstep.

We add uncompromising service as an extra bonus.

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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The relationship between guests and the staff of GAIA Hotel and Reserve is literally the definition of hospitality. Gaia was our 'home' for five nights. Thank you.

After experiencing the beauty of the rainforest and tropical wildlife while overlooking the sea and the sunsets, you begin to realize the dream that is Gaia.

And finally, the culinary expertise executed daily at La Luna restaurant makes leaving the property for a meal 'away from home' a difficult decision.

Gaia meets and exceeds expectations. Thank you again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thanking our recent guests for their very kind words on their stay with us.

We truly enjoyed having hosted you and we welcome you back with open arms. Our staff are still raving about your excitement and happiness.

We are thrilled that we exceeded your expectations and look forward to your return visit in the not too distant future.
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Arrived after a 5 hour drive from La Fortuna. Was cool to have a golf buggy drive to the reception of the hotel. We're were taken to the reception were the staff were very welcoming. Very informative. Kind. The hotel located slightly further from the each bit gives you amazing views of the reserve as well as the ocean. The hotel restaurant is one of the best meals I have ever tasted! Definitely a massive thumbs up!!! Recommended!!!

Stayed July 2014
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
We are thrilled that our recent guests had such a wonderful experience here at our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

Guests come to Gaia for relaxation and service. And our staff are only too happy to accommodate every need.

Thank you for choosing us and thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Cannot rave enough about the quality of this hotel. The staff knew our entire party by our names. The location is intimate, and the views from our room, the pool, and the restaurant were amazing. Scheduling daytime/nighttime activities was a breeze with the helpful people at reception. Definitely going back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
The "wow" factor has come into play here. Our recent guests are truly remarkable and we thank them for having chosen Gaia.

Our staff are remarkable when it comes to our guests needs and desires. Nothing to too complicated or cumbersome.....

Thank you for your very kind words on this TripAdvisor forum.
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

GAIA gets a huge thumbs up for creating an amazing week-long experience for a group of 14 travelers, many of whom had never been to Costa Rica before. The accommodations were stellar, the food was excellent, and the service was above and beyond our expectations. The friendly GAIA staff worked with us to create special experiences that made our trip truly memorable, including arranging private jungle tours, a private boat outing, a poolside birthday dinner with entertainment, and a private beach bonfire party. The staff truly showed that they cared about our experience, and worked overtime to ensure that we loved every minute. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area.

Room Tip: We stayed in the huge GAIA suite, complete with a separate living/dining room, large bedroom, walk-i...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
We set out to create magic for our guests and it appears we succeeded.

Every experience at Gaia is full of wonder and surprise. We truly thank you for giving us the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Costa Rica is known for its friendly people and natural beauty, but not necessarily for a really high standard of service. This is not the case at Gaia. We were in a party of 14 people and we threw the concierge a new challenge almost daily, beach party and fire under the full moon, fancy private dinner with live music, private guides through the forrest... each request met with an affordable and brilliant experience. The owner of Gaia is a fabulously friendly and helpful man as well, make sure you meet Boris if he's around.

The restaurant was delicious as well, as we ate there for most of our meals.

Stay at Gaia!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

The entire staff miss you and your party already.......Having you on our property gave us an excuse to go overboard in the "spoiling" department. We love to spoil our guests with experiences that are totally unexpected and look forward to the warm aftermath of appreciation.

Please come back to us so we can once again create the magic that Gaia is all about.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We read review after review. Spent hours looking at all the different beach options. Waffled back and forth for days. Booked Gaia and never looked back! This little hotel absolutely lives up to the reviews, and every expectation we had. I cannot say enough nice things about the grounds, the rooms, and the staff. If you want to know what it feels like to be waited on hand and foot, to have an attentive concierge at your service, and to gaze over an infinity pool into the rainforest of Costa Rica, then this is the place for you. The rooms are very clean and the deluxe Jungle Suite had just enough room for us to feel luxurious and spread out without the hefty price tag. They clean your room twice a day and provide a turn down service. Within one day at this hotel most of the staff knew us by name. The drinks are absolutely delicious and there was not one meal we had that we did not enjoy. Our favorite drinks were the Pura Vida, and the caipirinha. The mushroom risotto and stuffed chicken are the meals we talk about now that we are back at home. La Luna (the restaurant on site) has an amazing view with beautiful sunsets each evening. The waitstaff at the restaurant replies to everything with "mucho gusto" and you FEEL like they truly ENJOY their job and giving you a wonderful experience. The beach is a 10-15 minute drive, which worried me when booking, but they will provide a shuttle there and back without batting an eye. Honestly, after seeing the beach hotels in Manuel Antonio I was glad we didn't book directly on the beach. It was much more crowded and noisier.....Gaia affords you the possibility to feel immerse you in the rainforest experience but still be very close to town. Beautiful place, beautiful experience!

Room Tip: Regular suite might be a bit small, the deluxe sweet was a great size for two people wanting a splur...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Thanking our recent guests for posting such a wonderful review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

Your comments mean a lot to us and our staff as well as the owners recognize that you took your personal time to share with others on this TripAdvisor forum.

Hoping to see you again so we can spoil you once again in the paradise called Gaia........
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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 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gaia Hotel & Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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