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“Better than Imagined” 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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Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Better than Imagined”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Gaia was amazing. The service at the hotel was incredible, from bar, restaurant, concierge to the spa. Joshua and Alex made our stay there unbelievable, Alex arrange anything that we wanted to do and Joshua went out of his way at the bar. The hotel is beautiful and the view was amazing. The only thing that I would like to see changed is to have more options for vegetarians at the restaurant. Other than that, the place is unforgettable.

Room Tip: Comfortable and quite rooms, private terrace.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 25, 2014
We are thrilled here at Gaia that our recent guests had such a wonderful time with us.

Thank you for recognizing our impeccable staff and the work they do for our guests. They all love to spoil our guests with imaginative tours and ingenious activities while on the property.

We recognize you had a choice here in Manuel Antonio and thank you for choosing us. It appears you indeed made the right choice!

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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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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We only stayed for two nights, but enjoyed every minute of it. The hotel is really lovely, the rooms are modern and exceptionally clean. The pool is small but beautiful with an unbelievable view into the forest. We were in the pool looking out and we had a clear view of two sloths in the trees nearby with the occasional macaw flying by. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant both because the setting was awesome and the food very good, if just a bit pricey. The service was excellent from the restaurant staff to the front desk and everyone else we met along the way. We also tried the spa and it was very nice as well. The only drawbacks to the hotel is that it is a bit out of the way of the other restaurants and hotels in the area and it is on a very steep property that makes walking around the grounds very challenging, especially if out of shape, but they do have golf carts available to take you wherever you need to go. For us, this was a luxury hotel that made us feel very special and welcome.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, August 18, 2014
Thanking our recent guests for reviewing our Gaia Hotel & Resort.

We are indeed away from the busyness of the Manuel Antonio area with the myriad of restaurants and hotels.
Gaia is unique and sets itself apart from the other hotels in the area. During the day our complimentary shuttle service is happy to take our guests in the local towns and beaches.

Once done, we collect you and bring you back the the unique sanctuary that is know as Gaia.....the Greek Goddess of Earth.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We so very much enjoyed our stay at Gaia. As soon as we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the owner and given a tour of the property.

We were with another family and we both had 3-floor suites which were very reasonably priced and beautiful and roomy - great value which is something I think is very important in selecting a hotel.

Loved the afternoon happy hour and we took advantage of it every day. We were so very impressed with the food - breakfast, happy hour and dinner. We enjoyed some of our dishes so much that we requested a cooking class and we were able to make a few of them with the Chef!

Highly recommend!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, August 18, 2014
Thanking our recent guests for their 5 star review of our 5 star resort.

We love guests like you and that fact that you took your personal time to review us means a lot.

You are most welcome back to our little slice of paradise here in beautiful Costa Rica. We want to spoil you again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stayed at Gaia for 6 nights during the end of July/beginning of Aug timeframe and had an amazing stay. It was luxurious, clean and modern. Very comfortable in our room, nothing ever out of place or odd. Just really, really attentive and caring staff who wanted to help you whenever they could and genuinely seemed like it. We ate at the restaurant twice for dinner (once, a full dinner, the second, mostly apps) and enjoyed each dish. I've read some 1 or 2 star reviews and was a little surprised because we didn't experience anything close to that or see anyone of the dozen groups/couples/families around react that way. This is just a very well run hotel making the effort to be a high-end American hotel at a very reasonable cost.

Recommend for honeymooners, couples, families, groups of friends, individuals, etc. who are looking for a very nice hotel. Budget around $200-$250/night (this was the wet season) but includes breakfast, a one-time 20 min massage and a shuttle to the beach and the national park. Not recommended if you're on a really tight budget, looking for a party scene on-site, hostel-type living, or quick 1 night stays. Otherwise, book your stay here!

Other Highlights
-Excellent staff and service
-Very nice and luxurious amenities
-Very clean and modern room (we stayed in one of the smaller studios facing Northwest)
-Shuttle service around town a PLUS
-Breakfast is included and very good
-Nightly live music
-Amazing restaurant view (We saw a lighting storm during dinner that was something you see on TV)
-Zipline and ATV tours recommended were very well run and safe (I think it was called "MidWorld Tours"). We were also able to pay through the hotel so no hassling with money day of
-On-site wildlife was better than the park (sloths, two different types of monkeys, iguanas, parrots, horned spiders)

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 18, 2014
What a wonderful review by some wonderful guests.

We thank you for your very kind and comprehensive review of our resort. Gaia is indeed special and unique. We are one of only a few 5 star resorts in Costa Rica and work each day very hard to maintain that status.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It comes as a surprise that there is such a peaceful hotel in such a busy place as Manuel Antonio but this hotel is absolutely perfect. The views from the balconies both from the rooms and the restaurant are amazing and the food is great. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the staff really friendly.

Room Tip: Ask for a forest view
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Our entire staff wishes to thank our recent guests for their wonderful review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

We are thrilled that your enjoyed your stay and thank you for the kindness expressed.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My partner and I loved our stay at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve in Manuel Antonio. The room was luxurious and every window looked out at the most fantastic views of the national park. We saw so many different types of birds and had a visit from one of the cute little squirrel (Saimiri oerstedii) monkeys that are characteristic of Central America. Every morning we enjoyed the delicious breakfast with the amazing panoramic views overlooking the reserve and the ocean. We went in the raining season (June) but there was still plenty of sunshine. We both loved the dramatic thunder and lightning storms which just added to the experience. There is no end to the activities you can do and 9 nights wasn't long enough! My son was working in Costa Rica at the time and the hotel accommodated him for 4 nights. We also got to see the two world cup football matches which were so exciting! The Hotel hosted a world cup party for the last game they played which made it even more special even though they lost! I would definitely recommend the hotel. The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Pura Vida!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, August 10, 2014
How wonderful that your experience at Gaia Hotel &
Reserve was nothing short of 5 stars. We are thrilled that you
had an extraordinary experience.

Yes, our "Green Season" is the perfect time to come with temps in the mid-80's and the
water temp. a constant 82 deg. Showers come late in the afternoon which is the perfect time
to relax after a full morning and afternoon of various activities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very clean and comfortable rooms. Built in too a mountain so a little difficult for us old timers to get around. Golf carts come very quiclkly to take you to the bottom. Some stairs to negotiate to get to the pool. All in all very nice hotel with excellent service. The view from the restaurant, la luna, is breathtaking, but I would pass on the food. Skip the free breakfast too. I had breakfast Americans, two fried eggs ham and hash. The eggs were just slopped on the plate on top of each other and the ham was that thin packaged ham that comes in exact squares. My husband ordered jumbos rancheros and a perfect square of processed cheese was laid on top. I had expected so much more from the food. Again the service was above and beyond

Room Tip: All rooms are good. Walk ability is a concern
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 4, 2014
We are so grateful to our recent guests for noting our excellent service by our wonderful staff.

The comments on our complimentary breakfast came as a surprise as we prepare each and every order to our guests wishes.
This includes fresh squeezed juices, coffee, numerous fruits of the season, fresh baked breads and pastries and of course the menu breakfast.
Our "Breakfast Americano" comes with eggs cooked to order and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage. The ham choice is selected by or chef as one of the finest available in the country. And our cheeses are sliced by hand daily from a cheese log that is purchased again from one of the countries top purveyors.

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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury 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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