We stayed in Suite 332 at Gaia for 6 nights and could not be more pleased! Check-in was a breeze with cool towels and welcome drinks ready for us when we arrived. Since we had the Romantic Package, there was also a chocolate strawberry fondue set up in the dining area of our suite. The suite was large and had the best closet, drawer, hanging space and shelves of any hotel we have ever stayed in. Amazingly, this was just one of their regular suites. The view of the ocean and the jungle from our balcony was breathtaking. The access to the pool and restaurant from this room was perfect. About 40 steps around the corner to get to the pool and a similar distance in the other direction to the spa, restaurant, and main office. Our king size bed was very comfortable and multiple pillows were available. The only negative comment about the room is that, like others have mentioned, the tub is difficult to get into due to a large step up from the floor and then a huge step down over the faucet, which blocks you from getting your leg down into the tub. You have to twist around it and step down at the same time. All this is without having anything to hold onto except the glass sliding door. Keep in mind the shower is in the tub, so you have no choice but to climb in. Getting out of the tub wasn't any easier. My wife and I are both active people who go to the gym regularly and have no problems getting around. So, if you have mobility issues or short legs, this could be quite a problem. I've noticed from pictures of other rooms with the exact same bathroom, some have this situation and other rooms have the faucet off to the side.
The setting of the hotel is beyond compare! It sits on a Nature Reserve, which we toured with a wonderful guide, Saul (pronounced like Raul with an "S"). His knowledge and experience helped us to see things we would not have been able to on our own. Some highlights of the Reserve was spotting sloths, squirrel monkeys, and other flora and fauna of the property. We were also very lucky to have Saul guide us on our tour of Manuel Antonio Park, which was arranged by the hotel. On the grounds of the hotel we also saw iguanas, squirrel monkeys, and beautiful birds.
Service was fantastic! Most of our tours and reservations were booked in advance with the help of Sandy Schmidt and Geo from the Reservation Department. Our roundtrip transportation from San Jose Airport to Gaia was arranged thru the hotel. Our driver, Alex, was friendly and helpful, stopping for refreshments and crocodile viewing. All other tours and dinner reservations were arranged by our Concierge, Alex, and his office associates. There was nothing they could not help with. Even when my camera batteries died, they gave me replacements. Transport to all tours and destinations were provided by Gaia. If we needed transportation after 4:30, they arranged for a taxi to come and pick us up.
The pool was a great relaxing escape after our various excursions. There are 2 pools and 3 separate deck areas, so much of the time it seemed as if you had the pool to yourself. The waterfalls provided a serene atmosphere. The ocean and jungle view from the pools and decking is spectacular! There is a bar at the upper pool, but the bartender often came to us at the lower pool to see if we needed anything to drink or eat. Often he would surprise us with a delicious fruit skewer. We did have lunch at the pool a few times, which was great. Spicy fish wraps and casados were delicious! My wife doesn't eat raw/seared tuna, so she thought she would not be able to get the wrap. But, Joshua suggested she get the wrap and they would cook the tuna for her. It was her favorite! Breakfasts were great! Such a full menu of different choices. I loved the huevos rancheros and my wife had a different breakfast almost every day. Breakfast also included fresh fruit, baked fruit breads, fresh juices and terrific coffee. Speaking of food, La Luna Restaurant food and service is the best we experienced in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area, but we will review it separately.
The Terra Spa at Gaia was the best Spa we have ever been to. First, we took advantage of the complimentary 20-minute foot massage all guests receive. We chose this since we were already scheduled another day for a 60-minute Couples massage. After the wonderful foot massage, given by Chris and Javier, we knew the 60 minute Couples massage would be great. We again had Chris and Javier for absolutely the best Swedish massages we've ever had. (No exaggeration)! I had neck and shoulder issues for several years, which I did not mention to Javier, but by the end of my massage Javier fixed it! My wife used to tell everyone her best massage was a hot stone massage in Las Vegas. Now, she is telling everyone the best massage she ever had is from Chris at Terra.
We will definitely come back to Gaia when we return to Costa Rica.
- 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 National Park