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Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Ranked #3 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

All I can say about this location is WOW. This place epitomizes the Pura Vida attitude for all guests. Everything was perfect: La Luna experience, every interaction with the concierge team, the spa, poolside, drivers, housekeeping, etc.... The grounds are gorgeous, food is outstanding, beds are comfortable, rooms are quiet - all the things and little extras you expect from this type of resort. One "extra mile" touch was that someone from the concierge team called Ronny's Place to let them know it was my birthday. I was so touched by that and based on that alone I would give a 6th star if I could. Like other reviewers, I can't say enough good things and really hated to leave. I can't wait for the moment I get to go back and have the "Gaia Experience" all over again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Well, we miss you already and can not wait for your return visit to again share the magic we
have created here at Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

We recognize you had a choice of hotels and resorts in the Manuel Antonio area and in our humble opinion you chose the best......

The best concierge staff along with our drivers, housekeeping, restaurant staff, maintenance etc.

We treat every guest as a member of our family and our hospitality is nothing short of genuine.

Thank you for such a wonderful review on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Gaia was the perfect place for us. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything we needed and more. The views from our suite were amazing, but the sunsets from La Luna were even more breathtaking. I hated to leave, but I know I'll be back next winter. The best in Manuel Antonio !! Great way to spend the Christmas break.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2014

Thanking our recent guests for taking the time to share with others their wonderful experience here at Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

Like o many of our guests, they experienced pampering and service beyond their expectations.

That is what we do best.....spoil our guests and treat them as royalty.....because quite frankly, they are royalty to the owners and staff.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have never been as pampered or felt as special prior to our stay at the Gaia. We were treated extremely well from the first few minutes of arriving and checking in (we were given a moistened towel to refresh and a tropical drink - complete with cherry and starfruit garnish!), to relaxing by pool, dining in the restaurant with the most gorgeous views, and even at checkout. The staff is friendly, helpful, and genuine in their desire to provide excellent service. We relied on the concierge to assist us with arranging a zip-lining tour, making dinner reservations, contacting our airlines regarding changing flights, and coordinating the free hotel shuttle around Manuel Antonio. Other services included at the Gaia are golf cart shuttles to and from the hotel to the entrance (a very steep walk downward otherwise), turn down service at night, complementary transportation to Manuel Antonio and Quepos during the day, poolside service from the bar (which also services food), complementary beach towels for use outside of the hotel, and free guided tour of the nature preserve with a trained naturalist.

The food is also absolutely wonderful! Breakfast was truly amazing - no pre-made buffet here! We ordered something different from the menu every morning of our stay and were always satisfied with our meal. We also dined here for happy hour and two dinners - well worth the money.

Would we stay here again? Most definitely!

Room Tip: The jungle studio is actually nicer (in our opinion) than the standard studio because of the bathroo...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2014

One major goal if not the major goal here at Gaia Hotel & Reserve is to spoil our guests.

Your experience is more than you can ever imagine and all that you deserve.

As a world class luxury 5 star hotel, our guests are pampered even before setting foot on our property starting with our reservation process and guest profile.

We ensure your holiday is remembered for a very long time to come.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Beautiful hotel with young charming staff who are very helpful and use their initiative. Great decor, perched on a hill top with outstanding views. The restuarant has a lively ambiance and serves good food and great cocktails.

Good walks and more birds visible than we expected.

Room Tip: choose one with a private terrace; pricier but wonderful.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Thanking our recent guests for having taken their personal time to comment on our resort.

We are so pleased that we fulfilled you expectations and are certainly happy that we went beyond your expectations on the amount of wildlife on our property.

We now have Scarlet Macaws on our property and will be reintroducing them to the Manuel Antonio area over the next several years. Guests are welcome to tour this special attraction in our private reserve with a complimentary guide or by themselves.

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We loved our stay here. The staff is very friendly, attentive and helpful. The property is beautiful--up on a hill with a great view and it was cool, with gentle breezes. Our personal concierge booked some of our activities and arranged for transportation around the area on their free shuttle. Daily hikes with a guide are offered through Gaia's private reserve. You can see Scarlet Macaws and lots of other flora and fauna.

We ate most of our meals in their dining room and their food was delicious! Loved the views from there, too.

Breakfasts were included, as well as a free mini back rub for each of us in their lovely spa.

Our room was comfortable, clean and quiet. It was a very pleasant and relaxing three-night stay, and they pampered us.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Thank you for your very kind review of our property.

Indeed, we have a huge abundance of wildlife on our property including the now re-established Scarlet Macaws.

We loved pampering you and we look forward to doing it again soon.

Gaia is more than you expect and all that you deserve.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

This hotel is absolutely beautiful and I couldn't flaw our stay what so ever. The staff were extremely helpful and went out of there way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The restaurant on the property is amazing. The property itself is stunning and you pretty much don't even need to leave the hotel to see an abundance of wildlife (we watched 30+ squirrel monkeys playing by the pool for hours). The pool is great, the rooms were clean and modern, the views were amazing. Close to everything you need in the area (Manuel antonio naitional park, restaurants and quepos)
A ++++++++++++++

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

We are so happy you chose Gaia Hotel & Reserve for your recent holiday and so pleased you found
everything on our property to your liking.

The abundance of wildlife on our property is something very unique to Gaia. Set on 15 acres of pristine rainforest, we have three types of monkeys who inhabit our property as well as two and three toed sloths.
In an effort to reintroduce the beautiful Scarlet Macaws to the Manuel Antonio area, we have secured in our rainforest habitation for the birds to propagate and thrive for a long time to come.

Thank you for your very kind words and we welcome you back along with our many repeat guests.

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

We learned about the hotel from small luxury hotels (or something like that) registry, and had high expectations for the place. Fortunately, our expectations were exceeded. We took a small plane from san jose to quepos, and they had a driver there waiting to meet us at the airport. He was friendly and drove us the short distance to the hotel explaining the city and the area on the way. I speak spanish but my girlfriend doesn't, but everyone spoke good english so there were no problems. The hotel grounds were lush and beautiful. We had a suite that was just incredible. There was an upstairs terrace with an picturesque view of the jungle out to the pacific ocean, and beautifully clear view of the stars at night. The room itself was clean, well appointed, and had a private lounge area with chairs to hang out on and take in the view. The scenery is amazing and frequently punctuated by monkeys and sloths climbing in the trees. Meals in the hotel restaurant were good, but the actual space was fantastic. Fresh fruit, good coffee, strong tropical drinks, adequate hotel food, we had no complaints. The staff was incredibly friendly. aldo, diego, joshua, alex, and several others, whose names I can't remember, worked hard to make sure we had a comfortable stay. They helped arrange activities from the hotel, provided free transportation to and from the local beaches (they are a short and insignificant car trip away), and had good recommendations about local restaurants (our favorite was el arador which is frequented by a family of monkey's and had a great friendly staff and owner). The beaches were beautiful, the park tour was great (especially because of the expert and incredibly knowledgable tour guides). We spoke with the owner while there and found him to be a refreshingly nice and gracious host as well. We couldn't recommend the place more highly. We had a great time and thank all of the staff for a wonderful vacation.

Room Tip: the jungle suite (room 222) was great.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your very kind review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

We are thrilled your experience exceeded your expectations. This is our goal. Our staff
continuously make sure our guests experience is second to none and complete the little things that
will ensure our guests total sanctification.

We hope we will see you once again in our little slice of Paradise as we look forward to spoiling you
once again.

Thank you for sharing with others on this TripAdvisor forum.

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Address: Km 2.7 Carretera Quepos a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#1 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $244 - $802 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gaia Hotel & Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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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