Setting is nice, staff is lovely, great spa...but it's closer to a 2.5 than a three. The rooms are MUCH MUCH smaller than they appear and while nicely finished, are less than practical. There is no refrigerator other than the minibar, which is quite mini and charges a small fortune for water, which you have to buy. All the time. Nothing left in the room for you, nothing at bedtime, if you want water, you pay. And you drink a lot of it, given the climate. There are some very odd things -- would have loved a long soak in the tub, but it was so huge you could never get more than two-three inches of water in it. Tub and shower are combined but require steps and some gymnastics to climb in and out...while trying not to slip.
Food is ok, but limited options. Lots of good, fresh fruit, but most entrees were sweetened (somehow....) and few good vegetables -- most seemed canned. Would have been ok for a day or two, but by day three of a week's stay we were desperate for change.
One visit to the beach was enough (NOT Gaia's control, but if you are going to a beach resort, important to know). It's a good drive away from the hotel and even though we went at sunrise, by 9-10am it was crowded and filled with people hawking trinkets. My 25-year-old daughter was not comfortable there the one time she went alone. Again -- this isn't anything Gaia can manage, but don't expect quiet days near the ocean.
The spa and excursions were excellent -- as good as any high end resort. Which I guess is the root of our somewhat disappointing experience --- it is in the Preferred Hotel Group which usually has outstanding places. Aspects of Gaia are very good but over all, key expectations were lacking.
- 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