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Gaia Hotel & Reserve
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I just returned from a week-long visit to Gaia with my wife and two daughters (21 and 14 years). We have nothing but praise about the staff and facility. On arrival, we were greeted by staff and one of the owners while being welcomed with a fresh, cold fruit drink and ice cold towel. The facility is fabulous and the hilltop location affords a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean, the rainforest and the mountains. The sunsets are incredible. We saw wildlife at the hotel (monkeys, sloths, wild parakeets, multiple birds, iguanas. It is close to the beach (less than 10 min), the Manuel Antonio Park where you can see incredible wildlife close up and amazing beaches, and Quepos where you can have dinner, go shopping, or go to the market. Zip lining, canyoneering, white water rafting, and more is nearby and can be arranged with a simple phone call to your personal concierge. Fabio, our concierge was very accommodating. He knew us by name and knew our itinerary by heart. Changes could be made with a simple word or phone call. There are only 20 rooms, so it is not for young children. Our teenager and 21 year old both were very pleased with the entire Gaia experience. The spa is first-rate. If we return to the Manuel Antonio area in the future, we will definitely stay at Gaia!!

Room Tip: The villa has 3 floors, 2 balconies, 2 large bedrooms, and its own reflecting pool. I have never had a better room.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

We are thrilled that we were able to pamper our recent guests and spoil them.

Coming to Gaia is leaving all the nonsense of the outside world behind and entering into a Paradise that is second to none. We do indeed have the best staff that will anticipate you revery need and no request is too onerous. Our staff is our best kept secret.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum with other readers.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

My 15yr old daughter and I, along with another family just came back from staying at the Gaia Hotel. This is a first class hotel! The staff is amazing. The owners set the tone who are present and engaging! They will take care of your every need. This hotel pays attention to every detail. Shout out to Andreas our personal concierge. The location is great, the restaurant is 5*. No need to look any further. Stay here!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Thanking our recent guest for their review of our Gaia hotel & reserve.
We are thrilled that we met your every expectation......and a bit beyond?

Please visit us again so we can spoil you again and deliver to you a Paradise found!

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Pura Vida! There's not much more I could say that has not already been said about Gaia, but I will say that I was overwhelmed by how accommodating they were to my boyfriend, who is on crutches. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by the owner who told us that anything we needed or if my bf need any help, they were there for us. I would give the service more than 5 stars if I could! From the tours we went on to the dinners at the hotel, it was a vacation from heaven. We really enjoyed the boat tour and riding the ATV's. Also, we had a private tour of Manuel Antonio rainforest and our guide was incredible. The food was amazing also! The daily breakfast (included in the price) was 5 star everyday. The only thing I will warn is that Costa Rica, particularly Manuel Antonio, is not cheap, but the quality we received was worth the price. The service at this hotel is truly unmatched anywhere. I would go back in a heartbeat and will always be grateful for the incredible week we spent at Gaia. You need to go!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

The entire staff at Gaia is so happy your holiday with us was memorable.

Thank you for your kind comments on our service and staff helpfulness. We take special care with each of our guests and welcome them back with open arms.

Having been now open for 6.5 years, we have numerous guests who return year after year and send their friends and family to experience the magic of Gaia and what we have created here.

We would love to count you and your boyfriend among those guests who return to us once again.

Your comments on this TripAdvisor forum and very welcome.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We just returned from a four night visit here and are very sad to be back in reality. The service here was amazing, and all the extras they throw in just made it fantastic. The mini-spa session was wonderful, and the breakfasts were pretty good. The shuttles were very convenient and useful to go to the beach or to downtown quepos. We saw a sloth and squirrel monkeys on the morning hike through the resort's protected area. The sunsets were beautiful from almost any place in the hotel area. The front desk staff went above and beyond to make everything go smoothly. On the downside, we ate at the restaurant several times and it was good, but not necessarily a great value. The fitness center really only has a few machines. But we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

We would very much love to see you back at Gaia. Thank you so much for spending your precious holiday with us.

As you pointed out, service is our best kept secret. We pride ourselves on providing our guests more than they expect and all that they deserve.

Providing a complimentary spa service to each and every guest during their stay is just one of the many surprises that await our guests.

Thank you for coming to Gaia and thank you for sharing on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We can't say enough good things about Gaia. It's a bit more money but it's worth it. The staff is great and helped us with everything. They made recommendations about dinner, and things to do. They have a free shuttel to town, the beach and the National Park, otherwise they would arrange a taxi. You could spend you're whole vacation at Gaia if you wanted, the restaurant was fantastic, lots of selections and very good. Live music every night. Great views. We almost always had the pools to ourselves, and when there were other people there is plenty of room. It's hard to get a feel for this place from the pictures, but it's just great. This is the place the locals want to work because it is so well run. The spa is small, but still a full set of treaments. The tour of their Reserve as fun and we say a sloth and monkeys. Our family of 4 went for a week, and we all made friends with the staff. Everyone speaks very good english and would always help us with our spanish. Everything is super clean. Again, spend the extra $$ and stay here. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

Thanking our recent guests for their wonderful review of our resort.

We are thrilled you had such a good time. Quite unique, Gaia offers special amenities not found in other hotels in the area. 5 star service starts from the moment you enter our property. From there, the service follows service followed by more service.

We understand what needs to be done to make a guest happy. And we understand that our guests are here for a fairly short stay and we want to make that stay as memorable as possible.

Thank you for sharing and taking your personal time to comment here on TripAdvisor.

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