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“Doesn't get any better” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villas Gaia
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica   |  
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Lomira, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Doesn't get any better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

~Villas Gaia everything it says it is and more.
~We saw all we came to see and relaxed.
~The food is very good.
~The views spectacular in the area, and we saw a good portion of the country just getting there and leaving.
~The employees are extremely helpful and friendly.
~For swimmers, you can get in 10 strokes in the pool before ya turn around, i believe big pool for down that area.
~Ginger lemonades, (a favorite of mine), were a grand treat to the palette in the afternoons.
~The bar by the pool was a fine place to keep cool, socialize and take in the views and watch the local critters.
~The resources of the area they provide was very informative and helpful. Regret to say we couldn't see it all.
~ We made friends there, we will go back.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Oakley, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2011

The grounds are rustically beautiful with tall trees, plants,and flowers along the path from /front desk to the bungalows. You will walk quite a way to your room if you have one at the top of the path but I felt we had nice privacy by being so far from the front desk area. We couldn't hear any sounds from neighboring bungalows or front any road traffic. The room was modest but clean and big enough for the three of us. There was a nice patio off of the sliding doors to the room. It was really like being right in the jungle. I really enjoyed their pool which was modest sized but set up above the surrounding area. At dusk, a Toucan finally flew just over the pool after calling to a mate for over an hour in nearby trees.
The restaurant was nice, but just a little bit pricey. We found another restaurant just across the road which was very strange. It was run by French owners and had an Swiss Family Robinson tree house feel to it. If it's still there you might want to dine there to see the open design, the room with pillows, hammocks, fans and a cool island feel in general. We weren't crazy about the food or the service and the ambiance barely made up for it so we went back to eat at Hotel Gaia. We drove to Manual Antonio and found a lot to do. We hiked to a waterfall and found a beach with a giant iguana. This big guy appeared to live there and even came up to me to 'beg?' for food. A troupe of Spider Monkeys in the forest collected pods off the ground to eat from a recent rainstorm.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

We are a family of 5 (2 teenagers, 25 yr old daughter, husband and self). This is our 3rd visit to CR, but our first visit to south pacific area as we have travelled the entire country and making our way down south.
We very much enjoyed our stay here, we stayed in the 2 bedroom casita and for the cost of the unit I will say it was outstanding value. Some of the rooms are very close to the hiway so it can get somewhat noisy throughout the night but I could also here the traffic from the back of the resort so take what you will from this comment.
The grounds are very nice and well groomed and the pool area is welcoming. There is a honour system bar near the pool area that was used by all the guests. A nice relaxing covered area with couches to read or rest also near the pool area. Spectacular view of the ocean from the pool area, also a trail from the resort leading to the ocean (use at your own risk).
The staff was sparce with just a few hands at the restaurant station, and the maids during our 3 day stay the pool was filling with tree debris so we were wondering when someone was going to clean it.
The food was ok, not a CR diet but more European cuisine. The food across the road at a smaller, still developing hotel was awesome. There was a young fellow at Gaia named Casper who was training in hospitality, he was very friendly and seemed to be the only one willing to engage in idle conversation.
Although some comments are not overly positive our stay at Gaia was a great experience, we would definetely return here if in the area again. Best bang for the buck. We have stayed at many hotels during our 3 visits to the country and this hotel will caring some fond memories for us.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Midland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

This is a very comfortable place to stay while exploring this area of Osa. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Edgar, the manager, and Anna, the owner, were very helpful to us during our stay and went beyond the call to help us out. We have travelled extensively in Costa Rica for the past 15 years and have passed this hotel several times. Well, that won't happen again, we will definitely be returning to enjoy their superior hospitality. Oh, and the food is great!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

We recently stayed at Hotel Villas Gaia on the recommendation of a friend. We are budget minded, but were traveling with small children, so we didn't want to cut too many corners. This hotel has a very nice restaurant where we ate several meals. Our "casa" was clean although not fancy; however, it was exactly as described in the hotel website, so no surprises. The pool was nice, and the landscaping beautifully done. Several very fine restaurants are within a short driving distance. The hotel was very quiet since it is a low tourist season, which was fine with us. The hotel helped us find a guide for kayaking, which my elderly in laws loved. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

My husband and I had a marvelous time at this hotel. Accommodations are a bit rustic (some rooms do not have air conditioning), but overall very comfortable and relaxing. We were outside using the pool or going on one of the excursion all the time that we didn't even mind not having AC. Food is fantastic, especially their assortment of fresh fruit. The hotel managers rotate between two Dutchmen who are fluent in English and are very friendly and helpful. We want to go back again!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

We stayed one night in this lovely hotel as a stop between Manuel Antonio and Corcovado. The hotel has it's own trails which is nice! We've seen a poisonous fer-de-lance on the trails, very dangerous so be prepared! The food was nice and the people as well. The accommodation was good but not WOW. Very comfortable for 1 night! Ask for a room not to close to the road, because the hotel is just next to the main road and some of the cabins are close and can be noisy maybe!
Great experience! (Happy hour at 5 at the pool - cocktails!)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Playa Tortuga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Tortuga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villas Gaia 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villas Gaia offers a home base to experience the wild beauty of Costa Rica's southwest Pacific coast. One of the most biologically diverse regions on the earth. Strategic location on the new scenic coastal road. Convenient access to Ballena Marine National Park, Caño Island Biological reserve, Corcovado National Park and the most extensive mangrove ecosystem of Central America. Hotel Villas Gaia is 12 colorful bungalows (casitas) separately nestled in a jungle setting offering privacy and comfort. ... more   less 
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