We visited Costa Rica for the first time during the last week in March and stayed the entire week at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the service at the Gaia is what makes the hotel so special. We were assigned Alexander as our personal concierge and he truly went beyond the call of duty for us. When my 21 year old daughter arrived and learned that she had left the charger to her new camera at home, he managed to locate one for us in San Jose. (Apparently the hotel sends a courier to the capital on certain days of the week). As a result, my daughter did not miss the beautiful photos taken in Manuel Antonio Park that we are currently enjoying. We were fortunate to stay in the Gaia Suite, conveniently located adjacent to the concierge office. It included a private pool with patio and large sitting area. The location of the Gaia allows beautiful vistas from the Luna restaurant and infinity pools. We spent every evening watching the sunset from one of the pools. We enjoyed several early morning hikes through the private reserve on the property (in addition to many hikes through Manuel Antonio Park).
My favorite moment at the Gaia was when I took a personal cooking class from the Luna's head chef, Miguel. I choose two items in advance from the menu. We prepared them together in the Luna kitchen and then my family enjoyed them for lunch. Miguel followed up with the recipes to take home.
The Gaia is not a Costa Rican beachfront property. It runs hourly shuttles to the public beach and to Manuel Antonio Park (which has its own beaches located approximately a 20 minute walk from the front gate). This was fine for us, as we found that the service and vistas off-set the slight inconvenience of the shuttle rides. Overall, I would highly recommend a stay at this unique, highly service-oriented boutique hotel.
- 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