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Manuel Antonio, Km. 2.7, Manuel Antonio, Quepos 60601 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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#4 of 49 hotels in Manuel Antonio
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.6
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Horseback riding
Free shuttle or taxi services
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Ski rentals
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Aerobics offsite
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Arturo F wrote a review Jul 2022
5 contributions5 helpful votes
My wife and I absolutely this hotel; super friendly staff, great view, delicious food, and amazing service overall. Nelson was kind enough to explain the menu to us and walk us through the dishes they serve. I highly recommend this hotel and its restaurant if you want to have a luxury experience in Manuel Antonio.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Thanks, and we hope to have the chance to host you again soon! Pura Vida!
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Elizabeth L wrote a review May 2022
Orlando, Florida784 contributions149 helpful votes
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When I first arrived I was escorted up to top by a golf cart then I was greeted by Jose with a complimentary fruit drink at front desk and he was fantastic he showed me around the property and explained all the thing this hotel has to offer and I can text him via what’s app for any questions or concerns I had! Thank you to Nathalie the concierge manager for texting and coming to my room to check on me and for the back massage at the spa I enjoyed that! Everyone here at this resort goes above and beyond to help me and is very friendly and helpful! Now let’s get to the room it was a jungle suite and my fav part was the shower it has a rainfall shower head and 6 jets coming out of it and it was huge and spacious! Also I like the free wifi and we can use our smart tv to watch Netflix, Disney plus and more! Also free complimentary international calls wow! They also have complimentary breakfast which was delicious the fresh fruits, croissants, and banana bread was my fav along with the Costa Rican breakfast! You can also get a ride from security to go to the beach which was convenient! I like how you can see wildlife from my room I saw a sloth, birds, and a monkey on the tree! They do offer covid testing here and they come to the room but it’s $70 US per person. Overall I loved this resort in Manuel Antonio and would def recommend it to anyone!!!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jun 1, 2022
Wow, what a glowing review, and we thank you so much!! We're already awaiting your next visit!
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Charles O wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom36 contributions19 helpful votes
So this is a great hotel overall and we had a relaxing four days at GAIA hotel. Pros: 1. Fantastic staff particularly Johnny but all staff are incredibly welcoming, friendly and courteous 2. Good facilities including pool, rooftop area and gym 3. Amazing uninterrupted views of the rolling hills and ocean 4. Spacious room and well designed Areas to improve: 1. Only one complimentary bottle of water is provided for the entire stay - for a hotel of this standard we would expect to get one new bottle a day (if this is an environmental issue consider filling up a glass bottle every morning) 2. Portions at breakfast are incredibly small e.g. when choosing fruits they usually only give you one of each fruit. We found the menu to be limited too with no variety (this can become repetitive if you’re staying more than two days) 3. More awareness of booking tickets for Manuel Antonio park..we didn’t realise that it is best to get them the day before so unfortunately weren’t able to see it (note it also closed on Tuesdays not Monday as mentioned in several guide books) 4. The complimentary shuttle should run slightly later - it stops at 4pm which can be limiting especially if you don’t rent a car and want to eat at restaurants in Manuel Antonio Overall we would recommend GAIA but a few tweakments should be made
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
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Megan B wrote a review Jul 2022
Oakland, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
Perfect trip. Costa Rica is gorgeous and the Gaia Hotel and Reserve is incredible. There is so much wildlife including monkeys and birds. The owner helps rescue Macaws and they have a breeding program to help increase their numbers in the country.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Large rooms, beautiful views, very few suites at the hotel
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the great review and please come back soon!
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PALAK S wrote a review Jul 2022
Philadelphia4 contributions
We were living a block away from the Gaia reserve and would always hear the Macaws calling us. We figured they are.at the Gaia. We visited the restaurant and bam! We saw them ! The views are amazing for sunset and the restaurant service and food is so good and vegetarian friendly. Jonny our waiter was super sweet and helped us spot them. it's also kids friendly and added fun to the trip.was the golf cart ride to the restaurant!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
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spbge2 wrote a review Jul 2022
New Jersey21 contributions9 helpful votes
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Excellent and attentive staff. Truly lovely. Rooms could use a little better cleaning. This is a great place for honeymooners or those who are looking for lots of in room activity. Nod, nod, wink,wink. For those of us married forever, some other activities and or entertainment would have been nice.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Rent a car of you can although taxis are plentiful.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
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Seeker16 wrote a review Jul 2022
East Haven, Connecticut21 contributions
We just returned from a week stay at Gaia for our first trip ever to Costa Rica. our stay here was by far the best vacation we have ever had. The staff makes you feel like family, from Abraham, Walter and others bring you up and down the hill and into town, to Boris the owner greeting you at breakfast to ensure all your needs are being met. When you arrive, you are assigned a concierge to help you plan any excursions, further travel, etc. Gustavo worked with us and he was amazing! He booked our transportation everywhere and several amazing tours-he even set us up with chairs and umbrellas to be ready when we arrived at the beach. The views, the rooms (we stayed in a deluxe loft), and the grounds, make this a one of a kind place, and as we hugged everyone on our way out we were already planning our return next year.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Some of the higher rooms have fantastic views, but you need to climb stairs The lofts are a...
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the great review, we send heartfelt thanks from our entire staff!
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Jessica J wrote a review Jul 2022
22 contributions10 helpful votes
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Where to start? Firstly, our personal concierge, Jose, was amazingly helpful and nice. The room was beautiful and impeccably clean. The shower is the best. The hotel grounds are so beautiful, really, you could spend your entire time at the hotel, and still get the pura vida experience. We saw monkeys outside our hotel room, saw 2 sloths on the property, tons of lizards, and of course, the gorgeous Scarlet macaws. The staff are so, so, so warm and love their jobs... you can see how happy they are, and it's reflected in the way you're welcome there. I highly recommend Gaia, its beautiful scenery and the nicest people.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: The jungle suite is private, quiet and beautiful
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Responded 3 weeks ago
What an amazing review, thanks from the entire staff!! Pura Vida!
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TravelingLoveBirds03 wrote a review Jul 2022
Winder, Georgia139 contributions145 helpful votes
This review might be a little lengthy because I will point out the positives and a couple of issues I experienced during my stay. Everyone’s experience will not always be the same. Just because I experienced an issue during my visit doesn’t mean you will. We were here celebrating our anniversary. I agree with the reviews that say that this is a wonderful place. The staff makes you feel welcome from the time you arrive on the property until the time you leave. The food in the restaurant is amazing. My husband and I got so much rest and relaxation while we were here. The breakfast was complimentary each morning (as long as it were 1 of the breakfast items that were listed as complimentary). My favorite was the “Breakfast Americano”. I also loved being able to see iguanas, sloths, and monkeys while walking to my room. We stayed in a suite during our stay and it was so spacious! The beds were very comfortable. I fell asleep anytime my head hit the pillow. The shower was AMAZING! The smart TV’s have Netflix already set up on them. Free international and local calls. Last but not least, I loved the pools. This was my first time being in an infinity pool. I got some great photos while in the pool. You were also able to order food and drinks to the pool. You are assigned a concierge person upon arrival who will text you daily through WhatsApp to make sure that you are okay and to see if you need anything. Stephany was our concierge and she was absolutely amazing! She arranged taxi services for us anytime we wanted to go to the nearby town of Quepos for shopping or anything else. We even made dinner reservations through her as well. The guy who drove the golf cart to transport you around the property (Abraham) was super awesome! He was always so friendly and kind. The waitstaff was amazing as well. We always tipped them because they went above and beyond. Now for the not so pleasant things we experience. Upon checkout, my husband noticed a $76 charge for dinner that was accidentally charged to our room the night before our departure. Thankfully, someone from the waitstaff who knew us was able to confirm that we didn’t even go to dinner that previous night. That charge was removed. Unfortunately, about 30 minutes after we had left the property, I was reviewing the final bill and noticed another charge that was added to our room for $14.76 on the date that we checked in. I knew that was impossible because we paid $98 for room service that night because we arrived kind of late. We keep up with everything when a hotel has our card on file. After reaching out to concierge, she sent a picture of an unsigned receipt for two of their large $6 waters. Your room comes with 1 complimentary large bottle of water upon check-in. It’s already in the room. It would not have made sense for us to order 2 bottles of water especially not for $6 each plus 23% added. Also, I looked at the time on the receipt and it was around 2100 hours whereas we did a huge room service order around 1700 hours. We were sleep at that time because we had been on the move since 5:00 AM CST. The crazy thing is that the water did not have a room service charge on the ticket. Our room was a bit of a walk plus several steps to climb so we would not have gone to the restaurant to order 2 waters when we had just ordered room service. Also, just FYI no matter what you order, there is an extra 23% added. Add an additional $10 if you order your food to your room. No complaints here but if you are setting a travel budget, account for this. Nevertheless, it was determined that I didn’t make the charge but they wanted my husband to pay the new amount first and then they would cancel the other charge. That was crazy to me when they could have just credited the $14.76 back to his card. I even suggested it but she said they couldn’t. We just told her not to worry about it. He will probably talk to the credit card company to see if they could help with this. The $14.76 has been counted as a loss for now. Lastly, the romance room setup was underwhelming and did not include what was advertised. My husband surprised me with it so I didn’t know that we didn’t get what was advertised until after we left and I went to the website to see what the setup should have included. I’m attaching pictures to give a accurate depiction of what we received. For $125 I expected more. The description says, “Includes rose bouquet and petals, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine and candles.” We actually got a rose bouquet with 3 roses in the bouquet, the bed had red rose petals, a bottle of BRUT champagne instead of sparkling wine as advertised (which has an interesting taste), a chocolate fondue thing which the chocolate wasn’t melted all the way, strawberries (not chocolate covered strawberries and VERY tart), and 2 birthday candles. There were no candles lit in the room. This was hardly a romantic room setup. Overall, the hotel is very nice. Here are a few tips for when you stay. This will prevent any issues. 1. Keep all signed copies of your receipts when eating at La Luna or ordering any food, etc. 2. Pay with your card after every meal instead of getting a final bill at checkout (keep receipts). 3. If you do opt to put charges on the room, get a daily accounting of your bill the next day from the previous day to make sure you aren’t charged for stuff you didn’t purchase. 4. If you get the romantic room setup, make sure you get what’s advertised. Again, $125 is a lot to pay and not get what you paid for. 5. Food will be your biggest expense, budget accordingly and always remember to add 23% to your subtotal. Add an additional $10 for room service.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Keep copies of signed receipts just in case there are any billing discrepancies upon check out.
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Response from David Fleming, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve
Responded 4 weeks ago
We certainly appreciate all of your positive comments, thanks for taking the time to post! And keeping all of your receipts when traveling is always a good idea, sorry if we had to make some corrections to your bill. According to the staff, it was all cleared up when you checked out. Our sparkling wine was out of inventory, so yes, we substituted the Brut Champagne, which has a retail value of twice that of the sparkling wine.
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Patricia Casey wrote a review Jun 2022
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My experience at Gaia hotel was excellent! The staff was very accommodating with everything! Culinary was excellent! Guided tour provided by hotel was excellent by Harold . Very knowledgeable when it can to all wildlife. I would definitely stay here again! Pura Vida!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from David Fleming, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve
Responded Jun 24, 2022
Pura Vida right back!! Thanks so much for the glowing review!
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PRICE RANGE
$228 - $347 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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gaia hotel and reserve, gaia hotel reserve
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasQueposManuel Antonio
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Tropical Waterfalls Tour (0.6 miles), Club Karma Lounge (0.6 miles), and Modern Primitive Living (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a rooftop bar, and free wifi.
Which room amenities are available at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, a rooftop bar, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar, El Arado Restaurant, and TuleCafe Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Manuel Antonio.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.