My husband and I chose the Gaia as the destination for our first vacation together without our children in ten years - and could not have been happier with our experience. Simply put the Gaia provides an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica in a beautiful yet unpretentious setting, with whatever extent of service you desire without it being overbearing.
Here is a basic list of why we enjoyed our visit: we slept very comfortably in our room/the suite (the bed, pillows, and quiet were all conducive to a great night sleep); enjoyed showering while looking out the open window at the jungle and Pacific view (the water pressure was terrific and the 2 person jacuzzi was also fun); the view from our room was georgous; the food at La Luna was not only delicous but presented simply, elegantly and with impeccable service (thanks due to our servers Marlon and Steven and the chef!) - which leads me to the most important aspect of the Gaia... the people working there were lovely.
We must also give special thanks to Eylin, who arranged all of our tours and made sure all the details were taken care of; Willian who was our eagle eye on our tour of Manual Antonio National Park as well as our tour of the Gaia Reserve; Tracy who re-introduced me to Yoga and who got my husband newly hooked; to Mikaol who often drove us in the electric car up the hill; I am forgetting the gentleman's name who shuttled us back and forth to the beach etc ...and everyone else we encountered! We also enjoyed a couples massage in the spa. (Javier you are doing a great job managing the spa.)
We knew which type of tours we wanted to take and Eylin connected us with people who made sure we had amazing experiences. Fabian was our guide for white water rafting on the Savagre with Amigos Del Rio Tour (Plus we got to swim in a waterfall before lunch, that plus rapids...Pure Vida!) and we were surprised because he enriched the experience by also showing us various plants/spices etc on the drive to the river; Rodolfo was likewise informative during the Titi Canopy Tour and dealt well with me as I was conquering my fear of heights; Iguana Tours horseback riding to the waterfalls was beautiful and swimming in the water hole of the waterfall amazing; and of course the tour with Willian who made sure that our walks weren't just pleasant nature walks but full of detail we never would have noticed on our own. (making sure we saw not just the 3 species of monkeys and the 2 species of sloths but also all the bugs, the frogs and even bats sleeping)
Finally, we could also feel good about choosing the Gaia because of its status as a "Green Hotel" (even the lights go out automatically when you take the key card out of the slot by the door), and the fact that the owners funnel a significant portion of the proceeds into the community. (they do work with the elderly, pay for flood damage/issues, etc).
I didn't bother posting pictures taken inside our room or basic views of the Gaia because the website's are accurate but I hope you enjoy these few of the thousands (literally) that I shot.
- 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