My husband and I planned a short, first-time trip to Costa Rica for the purpose of visiting our daughter who is studying abroad there for fifteen weeks, the first half in Quepos. Upon reading reviews of various hotels I was a bit concerned reading about some with bugs in beds and other issues. We decided to spend a bit more to help ensure that we wouldn't have some of the issues. When we saw the reviews for Gaia we were impressed and booked our 4-night stay there.
Wow-are we ever glad that this was our choice! Gaia was outstanding in every way. The rooms are beautiful. They are immaculately kept. No worries about bugs here! The bed and pillows were amazingly comfortable. Our room had a shower (huge!) that had window we could open to our private balcony with a beautiful view. The twice daily maid service is excellent and discreet.
The restaurant was top-notch. We thoroughly enjoyed delicious (complimentary) breakfasts. And not continental---terrific menu served to your table overlooking breathtaking scenery. We also enjoyed dinner in the restaurant and it was absolutely perfect.
The service-our favorite part! From the ride we pre-arranged from the airport (Alex was delightful! With our permission he even stopped and showed us crocodiles, a toucan and a flock of scarlet macaws at various points during our ride to Gaia!), to the gentlemen who gave us golf cart ride service on the property whenever we needed them, to our friends in the lobby/registration area (Carlos and Alexander) who helped us with every little detail, to the attentive and wonderful wait staff in the restaurant (Joshua et al-we are so sorry we can't remember everyone's name!!), to our morning nature tour guide (I so wish we remembered his name as well!), and again, the maid service (and also all of the other workers who quietly go about their way maintaining the property)---we just can't say enough how they were key to making this a very special and memorable trip. We have gone on various cruises and we felt that the impeccable service, accommodations and dining were comparable to our favorite cruise line experience.
The only reason we didn't experience the spa was because we were busy with other activities-otherwise that would have been something we'd have definitely tried.
My husband and I speak just a few words of Spanish but this was not an issue as the staff we encountered spoke English very well.
While the main reason of this trip was to see our daughter (who the staff also accommodated so very nicely when she visited at the hotel, even going above and beyond to help us with transportation back to her host family's home!), it was just extra special because of where we stayed. Gaia would be the reason we'd return to Costa Rica. We understand there are plans to establish a scarlet macaw habitat on premises in the next few months and that could only add to the beauty.
We missed our daughter and the special folks and temporary home at Gaia the moment we left but we have wonderful memories. Hopefully one day we will return!
Out advice to anyone considering this hotel is JUST GO! You will not be disappointed!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gaia Hotel And Reserve
- Gaia Hotel & Reserve Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park