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Gaia Hotel & Reserve
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“Great Views, Service”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Stayed at the Gaia Hotel & Reserve with my girlfriend for two nights. Service was top notch. We had a basic room which was great. No complaints there except after seeing the nicer/pricier rooms, I was a bit jealous. Free breakfast was a huge plus, so was the shuttle service to Manuel Antonio National Park. Pool setup is a bit odd, but offers great views and the best Mojito I've had in CR. Dining room atmosphere was awesome, offering a great views, weather permitting. They also have their own reserve on property and free guided tour. Overall great place, I would recommend and go back.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Our recent guests are among our favorite people.

We thank you for choosing Gaia Hotel & Reserve for your holiday and enabling us to share the magic we have created here.

Thank you for your kind recommendation and your 5 star review of our property. It means a lot to us.
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We were on our honey moon and made Gaia our second stop in Costa Rica! We loved it! The view was beautiful! The room was so intimate and modern! Love the Eco-logical and energy saving concepts used at the hotel! I think people should be sent to this hotel to see how service should be! They do it right! The reserve is beautiful so be sure to check it out (perhaps with the guide there though. We went without and definitely could have used his eyes to spot things). What Gaia is doing with rehabilating the endangered McCaws and realizing them back into the wild is great! Be sure to do the horse back ridding and the guided tour of Manuel Antonio! My husband lost his new prescription ray bands there and the staff found them immediately! Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thank you for sharing on this TripAdvisor forum and thank you for choosing Gaia Hotel & Reserve for your honeymoon.

We loved having your on our intimate property and welcome you back again for another chance to spoil you.
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with our 2 adult children. When we arrived we were greeted with fresh delicious juice, cool towels, fresh fruit skewers, and a personal concierge who gave us a tour of the hotel. The suite was huge and comfortable with beautiful views. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and arranged wonderful tours for us. The natural reserve on site is a wonderful way to see monkeys, birds and other Costa Rican wildlife. We missed the tour with Saul there, but took the Manuel Antonio tour with him - don't miss it - he's amazing. The Macaw repopulation program is quite interesting and it's beautiful to see them on the property.

The food is fresh and delicious with a good varied menu. The live band during dinner is a really special touch. We didn't really want to leave the property to try other restaurants. The pool area is breathtaking. Its almost surreal to float in the infinity pool overlooking the rainforest and beach drinking fresh juice - with or without rum! We all had complimentary 20 min spa services that were so nice we returned for more!

My only comment to consider is the access to the shower in the main suite in the 2 bedroom villa. It isn't easy to get in and out of. It was not a problem for us, but if you're booking, consider asking for a room with a walk in shower if you think it might be an issue for you.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thank you ever so much for your 5 star critique of our Gaia Hotel & Reserve.

We count you among our favorite guests now and welcome you back to once again share the magic that we have created here at Gaia.

Thank you for sharing on this TripAdvisor forum.
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

First off, we weren't sure about going to Costa Rica during the off season, in between the dry and rainy seasons, but we had a blast. It would only downpour in the afternoon, we did the majority of our activities in the morning, and it was nothing but sunny.

We stayed in the Jungle View Studio, which was great for the value. For those of you who plan on spending more time doing activities outside than spending time in your hotel room, this was a great selection.

The hotel itself was very nice, it felt like we were very secluded and because there aren't many rooms, it often felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Once you arrive, they take you from the front gate to reception in a golf cart, they take care of your luggage while you enjoy a welcome drink in the reception area and you pass through the restaurant, which probably has the best view of all of Manuel Antonio. We did not take advantage of the reserve on the premises, but we did get our dose of rainforest flora and fauna on the Manuel Antonio National Park tour, which they set up for us.

Lastly, the complimentary 20 minute massage at their spa is out of this world.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
We aim to exceed our guests expectations and it appears we succeeded in this case.

Thank you so much for choosing our hotel and thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on this TripAdvisor forum.
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth, fun, attention and ease. Gaia was our last honeymoon stop and we ended with a bang! Al, Jeffrey, Effrin and Joshua were so friendly, helpful and all around great guys. Effrin made mango ceviches just for us and it was amazing. Wonderful poolside attention. Al had some items picked up and delivered to us without hesitation and made sure if we needed anything he made it happen. Jeffrey lived in a town next to where we live in NJ and we had great conversations and service from him. Joshua was friendly and again excellent, attention service. The nightly band consisted of a father and his 2 sons- very talented and wonderful combination of music. The food was amazing. The rooms were so comfortable and clean. The surroundings, Diego the resident iguana and attitudes of the staff are something one should experience. We will be writing the owner about our exceptional expierence and we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Mzgoldberg
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Our entire staff is so pleased that we fulfilled our recent guests dream of a wonderful vacation.

Thank you ever so much for choosing us and we are certainly looking forward to seeing you once again in our little slice of Paradise.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I loved this hotel. They will take care of you and give you your own Personal Conceirge. Upon check in they offered me a really nice cold drink and they will make you feel at home right away. The food is good and the view is magnificent on the restaurant.
They will give you a lot of recommendations like if you want to go to the beach look for Mary's beach chair and etc. They also hooked me up with Barabas Surfing. Mary is actually kind enough to take care of our stuff while surfing and she called the hotel as soon as we're ready to be picked up.
They have a great spa and the Ginger and Honey Glow body scrub is very very good. My room has a jungle view but the room was nicely decorated and always clean. I met one of the owner and he is very nice and sweet . The free breakfast is good as well.
I'm glad I found this hotel and thank you to tripadvisors reviewers as I also try to review hotels and etc before booking a reservations. I would definitely come back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
We are so please that you did indeed find us.

You were very special guests indeed and you are certainly counted among our very special guest who we would love to see once again.

Thank you for reviewing on this TripAdvisor forum.
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Boston
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Pros:
rooms-- two bedroom villa extraordinary, clean, private, views, so much room
price-- yes, expensive but so many good promotions-- we were right in season but got 20% off room for booking early and $500 in spa credit for current promotion.
spa-- lovely, good availability
access-- frequent, easy to take advantage shuttle to beautiful beaches and national park
hikes-- one right on property was great, have to be reasonably fit, to reserve is also wonderful, busy but perfect for kids because so many animals so close
service-- really take care of you in every way.

cons (none significant)
check in-- late in afternoon with no real place to wait after we had lunch, had to sit in hot sun by pool
some service issues-- room service for teen girls when we were at dinner, men delivering were asking my oldest daughter's age and if she had a boyfriend (more than once); also guide for hike on site said he had to rush it because he had an unexpected booking right after and made us skip part of it; he also was pretty brusque with an older couple telling them they would not be able to do the hike without really giving them a chance (I think they could have). Other than that service over the top good.
food-- not a con at all, but not exceptional. Breakfast was the best-- fantastic-- rounds of service with fresh pastries and fresh fruit before ordering. Lunch and dinner were good to very good, just not as excellent as you might expect from the quality of the hotel. Not looking for elegant as much as fresh, authentic interesting local food. Best food we had on trip was at Il Silencio Lodge in Boca del Toro.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Tommy-Farrell, Owner at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thanking our recent guests for their extraordinary review of our hotel.

We appreciate very much your choosing our hotel and welcome you back at any time.
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Property: Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Address: Km 2.7 Carretera Quepos a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#1 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gaia Hotel & Reserve 4.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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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