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Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Ranked #3 of 47 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Reviewed 21 August 2015

Usually when you plan a last minute trip and end up choosing hotels based on what you can pull up discreetly on your phone during a day-long business meeting, you don't expect things to be ideal. So it was pure luck that I booked the Gaia Hotel for the first four days of our November trip to CR. We had decided we needed a trip after a rough year (multiple moves, a family death, and more) and Gaia was a perfect way to start it.

The hotel sits at the top of a lush hill, but no need to climb, there is always friendly staff waiting to whisk you up and down in a golf cart, while you sit back and enjoy the beautiful landscaping on one side of the road and the wild nature preserve on the other. So beautiful. You might be even tempted to walk it. But fair warning, a few times down the hill on foot and your calves may kill you dead the next morning. It's steeper than it looks.

The hotel's restaurant/bar, on the second floor of the main building, is open to the outdoors, with a stunning view of rainforest and ocean - we spent many hours there just soaking up the atmosphere. Both the veg and the omnivore loved the food - it's fresh and beautifully prepared.

The guest rooms are in separate buildings, tucked into the jungle below the main building. Our room was mid-price but you'd never know it - we had a lovely sitting room, a huge bedroom and bath, and best of all, a small terrance with two lounge chairs and the same breath-taking view as the restaurant. More hours spent sitting and soaking it up there.

The staff was wonderful - attentive, warm rather than formal, and never intrusive. (That's a pretty impressive balance.) They treat guests like family - I've never stayed in a hotel where I felt so welcome.

There is something about being at the top of the hill, looking out at the rain forest and ocean, that is just magical. We stayed in other five stars throughout our trip, but this is the one that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and makes me want to go back.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2015

Magical indeed.

Thank you for such a wonderful 5 star review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve. We are thrilled you enjoyed all the various aspects of our resort including our magnificent staff. They are indeed our best kept secret.

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Reviewed 19 August 2015

A close friend of ours had stayed at Gaia with his partner 8 years ago celebrating his 40th birthday and raved about it endlessly, so we decided to include it in our own 8-day trip to Costa Rica.

We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome during our quick 2-night stay. The hotel is a quick drive up the hill from Quepos, on the way to Manuel Antonio National Park. Views of jungle and ocean were breathtaking from just about everywhere on the property--our room, the restaurant, the pools--but it's the extraordinary personal service that makes this place special. We were treated like kings, but more than that, we felt welcomed like family in the most sincere, casual, and genuine way possible. The owners, all of whom we met and had great conversations with, clearly love the place and have put their hearts into making it not just a luxurious destination, but one that is fun, warm and embracing. This is a 5-star property with a soul. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2015

Thanking our recent guest for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

We are thrilled you enjoyed the magic that we created for you and hope to see you and your partner back again in the very near future.

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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

If you want a day of total relaxation you need to get the Gaia spa treatment, facial , pedi and a massage! Greeted and treated by professionals , this was a present from my daughter for Mother's Day , now is going to be part of my must do things !!! Worth every penny ,thanks Milton and Ana !

Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2015

Thank you so much for reviewing our Terra Spa at Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

With 6 treatment rooms, showers, steam room and sauna, we have all the attributes for what it takes to be a world class spa.

Your review on this TripAdvisor forum means a lot to us.

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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Your search is over! Congratulations! Your search for the perfect place to stay in Manuel Antonio is over! The Gaia might be one of the best hotel choices you'll ever make. Stunning views. Plentiful wildlife. An exceptionally friendly and competent staff. Luxuriously-appointed, spotless rooms. Our stay was truly memorable and the next time we get to the Gaia can't come soon enough. Five stars, easily.

Tip: this is a luxury rainforest mountain lodge, not a beachfront resort. Those wanting to explore the national park and luscious Costa Rican beaches nearby can do so from the Gaia via a short taxi or bus ride from right outside the hotel grounds. (I recommend the frequent buses running between Quepos and MA). It's too far to walk.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2015

Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

A truly magical place reserved for truly magical guests. Thank you for choosing us and pointing out all the wonderful attributes that encompass our resort.

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

My wife and I went in late July and loved every minute. We had only one major downpour in the late afternoon, which we actually enjoyed (rain in the rainforest, go figure). The Gaia Hotel staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs. The food at La Luna was outstanding as it was in the many restaurants near to the hotel.

Room Tip: The suites are priced more favorably this time of year, especially if you book way in advance.
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2015

Indeed....one of the secrets of the Green Season is that the rain really only comes at night and the days are filled with warmth and sunshine.....for the most part.

And indeed, Gaia's best kept secret is our staff......without their level of service and caring, we would not exit.

Thank you for your kind mention and thank you for sharing your 5 star experience with other readers 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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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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: €185 - €676 (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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