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
We have just returned from an excellent week in the Gaia hotel. From the moment we arrived all our needs were catered for. From the staff who met us at the entrance and drove us to the main hotel. To James who was our personal concierge for the week. James went out of his way to be helpful from making restaurant reservations booking taxis .He also contacted us everyday day to see if there was anything he could do for us.We stayed in a delux loft suite as there was three of us. It was very specious and everything was finished to the highest standard. The view from the luna restaurant and the food is even better. Everyday they do a nature walk .where you can come up close and personal with the wild life.The guide is full of information and is quite funny. Every staff member went out of there way to be friendly and courteous. We can not recommend this hotel highly enough. And we will certainly be returning.
Michael and Ailish Fanning.
The rooms need a little update but overall this was an awesome place to stay. You will need a car or taxi to get around, there is not much within walking distance. The shuttle to the public beach in Manuel Antonio was a great perk and breakfast is included.
We loved this hotel, excellent staff, beautiful place within a reservation, the rooms are super nice and clean, hait s a very good restaurant, 2 outdoor pools, and a delicious spa. In general, a super hotel, I recommend it a lot. It is a hotel for adults and specific for couples, perfect for honeymoon.
My family and I finished off our Costa Rica trip with a couple of nights at the Gaia. I wish we had planned to stay longer...although surprisingly expensive for the rainy season it was worth it The hotel grounds are gorgeous- well kept, a lovely mix of tended and wild, and stunning ferns- kudos to the gardeners/ landscapers. The private reserve is managed carefully and well - it feels like a gift to be walking under the brilliant colors of the Macaws. The hotel itself is a jewel, perfectly set in the hill. Rooms are big and airy, private plunge pools a real bonus. Friendly warm and very attentive service -and yet perfectly discrete. If you go, do go to the rooftop smoking area - smoker or not , the 360 view is worth it and it is the best place to view the sunset. Costa Rica sunsets are everchanging and always beautiful.. it never gets tired no matter how many you choose to watch. Location is excellent to visit Manuel Antonio- and the hotel shuttle service really convenient to get to the park or to the beach. You will find you run “home” quickly because the Gaia is such a welcoming peaceful comfortable beautiful refuge. And because you won’t want to miss the monkeys that gather in the trees over the pools in the afternoon. The food is good but a bit pricey for what it is and not quite up to the levels of excellence of the hotel. A couple of the dishes are really good (try the tuna). The service however is as good as everywhere else in the hotel. The Gaia gets it right - there is magic all around. It fits itself into its surroundings rather than mold a surrounding for itself. Well done Gaia team. Great way for us to end our trip and lovely memories.
I’ve stayed in Gaia twice now.
This time I came with my family and friends to stay for one night.
I’ve literally never experienced a better service and a friendlier staff than here.
The accomodations are out of this world, the restaurant is truly excellent and the staff is amazing. Makes you feel like you’re actually in heaven.
I feel like this is my #1 option when staying in Manuel Antonio.
Highly recommended, you won’t be dissapointed.