Gaia Hotel And Reserve – Adults Only
What We Love
- Rate includes a 20-minute massage, facial or reflexology treatment per person, per stay, plus one guided hike through the 14-acre nature reserve
- Arrival gifts: cool, lemon-scented towels and a tropical welcome drink
- Daily à la carte breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The open-air La Luna; don’t miss the panko-crusted tuna or the signature Gaia tenderloin
- Kind and professional staff
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What To Know
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
I second everything in the reviews below. So much to recommend about this hotel! First, every staff member we encountered went out of their way trying to make sure our visit to Costa Rica was wonderful. They were full of great suggestions and recommendations, so friendly and eager to share all the hotel and area have to offer. Johannes was always available, even by cell when he wasn’t at the hotel, to make sure our experience was perfect. The complimentary spa treatment was just what we needed after a redeye and the drive from the airport. The property is gorgeous and completely natural. I truly felt like I was in a secret hideaway up above the trees in the rainforest. And you are, so be prepared for up close and personal experiences with the animals of Costa Rica, which my family loved. The food is fresh and delicious - I’m having serious tropical fruit withdrawal every morning. You cannot get papaya like that in the states! I would absolutely stay at this hotel again. Heck, I’d move there if I could!
This is one of the most memorable places I've been. It has a great mission to preserving the land. We woke up to seeing monkeys and sloths. This place is always well maintained and welcoming. The room was comfy, relaxing, and clean. The staff, Daniel, Carlos, and Guillermo are the best! They go above and beyond to help the guests here. I won't hesitate to recommend anyone to staying here.
Me and my boyfriend came here for a 4 day vacation. We had the most wonderful time! The staff and the room were incredible. We saw exotic birds at our balcony each morning and everything we needed the staff took care of immediately. We had the best tours of Manuel Antonio nature reserve where the guide knew exactly where to look to see all the animals. The next day we took a horse back riding tour to an amazing non-touristy village and we even had a jungle hike and waterfall swim. All these tours were organized by Gaia and I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. Even when we left the drive back to San Jose, the staff gave us a bag filled with muffins and pastries for our trip. I would recommend Gaia to anyone and everyone!
My husband and I stayed for four days and three nights at this beautiful resort. From the moment we arrived our every need had been anticipated and met! The staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable (making a point to call you by name and greet you with a smile). Our concierge offered great suggestions and arranged for easy travel for us (worry free, allowed us to relax) when we ventured to nearby Quepos and Manuel Antonio. The room was clean and well appointed (umbrellas, ice bucket, bottle opener, water pitcher, coffee maker, refrigerator, locking safe, lots of storage in drawers and closets, smart TV with Netflix access). The bed and linens were comfy. The shower in the room was large and the showerhead position, water pressure and temperature were easily adjusted. We loved the pool and poolside bar. Beautiful views. Lush grounds. Super fun to see the colorful Macaws flying around the property and watch for all sizes of lizards to be warming themselves on the stone walls and walkways. We highly recommend taking the tour of the reserve to learn about the very important work Gaia does to preserve the Macaw population on the island (and enjoy seeing several of these beautiful birds). The complimentary breakfast at La Luna restaurant was always filling and delicious (be sure to have some of the freshly squeezed juice and baked bread). We found a perfect mix of romance, activity, comfort, tropical beauty and relaxation at Gaia!
Our experience has been amazing since setting foot on the Gaia property. They have made us feel welcomed, comfortable, and appreciated upon arrival. The food at La Luna is amazing along with amazing views. We’ve received only 1st class service during our stay!