Only the Suites, Deluxe Suites and Villas have Jacuzzi bathtubs
The ocean is seven minutes away, and a free beach shuttle runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
This is a certified green hotel, and the tap water is safe to drink
Costa Rica’s dry season is December to May; during the rest of the year it can rain for several hours a day
Parking on site
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Sleek Costa Rican retreat with a multilevel infinity pool, swim-up bar and intimate spa with jungle views
In honor of its namesake Greek goddess, Gaia Hotel & Suites exudes a reverence for the earth, with its panoramic coastal views, three pearly white buildings and 14 acres of twisting jungle. Upon entering the white-on-white digs, guests are served lemon-scented towels and cool tropical drinks. The walls display the owner’s personal Latin American art collection, including photos he took for National Geographic and works by Ecuadorian artist Eduardo Kingman.
Bed and Bath
In the 22 rooms, suites and villas there are beds with 500-thread-count Italian linens, flat-screen LCD TVs, expansive en suite tiled bathrooms (some with Jacuzzi tubs), all done in a calm palette of cream walls, hardwood floors and oversize windows that offer breathtaking jungle and ocean views at every turn.
Equally impressive are the views from the three-tiered infinity pool, where sunbathers sip cocktails from a swim-up bar. And in the intimate Terra Spa, the free 20-minute mini-massages are made even more soothing by the lush jungle backdrop. At the five-star La Luna restaurant, such dishes as succulent Tico-style ceviche and thick tenderloin steak are accompanied by daily drink specials (from a Gaia sunset cocktail made from a myriad of juices to Costa Rica’s famous guaro liquor), all of it served alfresco against a technicolor sky. Come morning, a free breakfast spread of huevos rancheros, sweet mango juice and fresh coffee fuel reserve excursions led by an enthusiastic, certified nature guide, who spins tales of the jungle and its superlative wildlife.
In the Area
Once a center for orchid conservation and wildlife rehab, Gaia’s 14-acre nature reserve now has fantastic hiking trails; a free guided tour embarks Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7am. And Manuel Antonio is just over a mile away, offering some of the country's best opportunities for spotting sloths, monkeys, toucans and more. For parasailing, snorkeling, dolphin encounters, fishing, water-skiing and boat excursions, the Gaia concierge can recommend a tour outfitter that fits guests needs.