More about Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Visiting Manuel Antonio and Quepos, December '06, was made special by our stay at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve. The architecture, amenities, unbelievably attentive and friendly staff, location and feeling are very special. This should be a destination for anyone visiting the central coast of Costa Rica. Roger Fieldman, L.A.
One of the most beautiful hotels I've ever seen- the view from the pool and restaurant is awe-inspiring. Service was splendid (Kimberly was our valet), food was wonderful, and the tours were great fun. Manuel Antonio is getting to be more touristy, but Gaia offers a nice escape. I never saw a staff member without a genuine smile on their face- who wouldn't be happy in an "office" like Gaia! Highly recommended, and completely worthy of it's SLH award. Enjoy!
A little slice of paradise!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Gaia in October and WOW - it was one of the nicest places I have ever seen. We travel a lot, but Gaia was a splurge for us - a fancy weekend to kick off our vacation to Costa Rica. We stayed in one of the deluxe suites and were impressed by the spacious rooms, view, and especially the service. The resort is secluded, so don't expect to walk to restaurants or the beach, but the payoff for the seclusion is the privacy and complete tranquility. After being caught up in work/traffic/city life this was the perfect way to decompress and enjoy the feeling of being in the forest. The morning yoga session at the spa was a special experience.
The breakfast delivered to our suite each morning was amazing and we were pleased with our other meals from the restaurant. Everything I ordered was well prepared and their wine list was ecclectic but surprisingly diverse. Highly recommended.
If you are looking for lively night life this isn't the place to be. If you want to be pampered in paradise this is a great place to go - but be prepared to pay for it (it's not cheap).
Look No Further
Bravo! Gaia deserves a standing ovation, as it truly is a world class destination. It is worthy of an "Oscar" for best 'directors,' 'set designs,' 'gastronomy' and 'supporting actors!' All this is to say, the management appears to be flawless, the setting is literally over the top, the prideful staff genuinely attentive, extraordinarily delightful and professional, and the cuisine - well, what do you expect from a 'celebrity' chef? Perfection - you got it. They get it. On every count. What goes on behind the scenes must be an extraordinarily tireless effort to provide guests with a simply elegant yet completely unpretentous luxury 'retreat' with every attention to detail thoughtfully executed.
My husband and I returned yesterday after spending 4 days with our daughter, who is teaching in Quepos. There were myriad highlights along the way, but our experience at this hotel truly enhanced every aspect of our visit. There are way too many specific accolades to note, but I assure any discerning reader interested in uniquely exquisite accomodations to stay at the Gaia Reserve. Boris, David, Kimberly, et al: Take a bow!! You are clearly the winners in Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!!
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous, creating a peaceful, quite and very relaxing setting where from the hotel pools the view overlooks the ocean, and the faultless beauty of the Manuel Antonio Reserve. The hotel has a pristine feeling with a modern style and the finest accommodations, whether it is the 500 thread count sheets, or the surround sound in the dining room, everything is top quality. And talking about the dinning room, the food is amazing, whether you order room service, go to the restaurant, or order at the pool bar the food is delicious and the service is equally as good. Which brings me to my favorite part of Gaia, since it is a small resort the service is personalized, the staff is more that willing to accommodate to your requests; the servers, management and other staff make a conscious effort to learn your name and help you in any way they can.
Amazing Hotel, Incredible Service, Great Location
My fiancee and I visited Gaia in August after booking at the last minute for a spur of the moment escape from southern California. Both of us are well traveled and used to "luxury" accommodations, but were still blown away by what we found at Gaia.
We chose to rent a car and drive to Gaia from San Jose. If I had it to do over, I probably would have allowed the hotel to provide the transfer from San Jose, as trying to get around in Costa Rica for the first time after staying up all night on the flight from LAX didn't exactly provide a relaxing start to our vacation. Upon arriving at Gaia, we parked in front of a waterfall at the bottom of the hill upon which Gaia is built, and boarded an electric cart to take us up the hill to reception. Driving up the hill, we got our first views of the reserve and heard the sound of monkeys calling to each other through the trees. Upon arriving at reception, we were handed our welcome drinks, and met our personal valet who showed us to our room and told us about some of the activities available to us. He would prove to be incredibly helpful, making all of our arrangements through our stay and convincing us that it was truly his pleasure to do so.
We stayed in a standard suite (identical to a deluxe suite but without the roof top pool). The difference in price between the two is nominal, and if we were to go back again now that the hotel is getting busier, we'd probably opt for the deluxe suite. On our stay, it didn't matter, as there were only at most four couples at the hotel at any one time, and we wound up having the main pools to ourselves any time we wanted to use them. Had we our own pool, I don't think we would have gone down to have tapas at the in-water pool bar while watching the sunset, which became one of our favorite activities at the hotel.
Our suite was large and very elegantly appointed. The bed was extremely comfortable, and all of the linens were of a very high quality. We loved sitting in our jacuzzi tub with the window open to the rainforest, listening to the forest sounds in the afternoon. Breakfast was usually at our dining table at the suite, and was consistently excellent.
The restaurant at Gaia far exceeded our expectations, and served us the best food we ate during our stay in Costa Rica. What really made our stay, however, was the attentive service provided by Marvin, the jack of all trades who knew our names the first day we arrived, treated us like family, attended to any request we might have, and did not know the word "no." When we left we felt like we were saying goodbye to close friends, and were sad to go even though we had another week in the country at what were billed as equally luxurious hotels and lodges (they weren't).
From Gaia, we took the mangrove boat tour one morning, in which we had the entire boat to ourselves with a guide and a pilot who knew exactly where to look for wildlife. We found snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and birds, and had white faced monkeys coming down out of the trees to eat out of our hands. Another day, we went whitewater rafting, which was probably our favorite activity in Costa Rica. On that tour, we heard lots of complaints from a honeymooning couple staying at a near by high-end resort that we almost stayed at ourselves. Apparently the linens were constantly damp, they had insects in the rooms, and the hotel's practice of feeding monkeys at the pool made it unbearable for anyone who wanted to relax. This couldn't have been farther from our experience at Gaia.
Also not to miss is the tour of the hotel's nature reserve. We went on an early morning tour and were able to see dozens of squirrel monkeys (endangered and rare) chasing each other through the trees on the edge of the reserve.
Gaia provides a first-class experience
We selected Gaia through our travel agent to stay at a world-class resort and were thrilled with the property, staff and extraordinary service level! The setting is magnificent, the rooms are extremely well-appointed, and the staff is among the friendliest & most attentive we have met anywhere in the world.
The food was also world-class, served in a charming open-air atmosphere. Gaia's spa offers extremely personal service and a high level of professionalism in addition to an astounding array of creative treatments & services.
The property itself is lovely, located on a reserve with views of the rain forest overlooking the breath-taking pacific ocean. The complementary golf-cart transportation and van service to the beach were easy and fun- very polite, attentive drivers able to share interesting local information.
You can tell that the owners and management at Gaia really understand first-class service & deliver it beautifully. We highly recommend this resort to those traveling to Manuel Antonio!!
The Great Gaia
My wife and I visited Gaia for 8 nights in January and are not surprised to see its rank rising on tripadvisor. We absolutely loved the resort and area. Their website does a great job giving you an overview of the resort and Manuel Antonio. We found it provided the perfect mix of relaxation with plenty of things to do in the area. We hiked and had a guided tour in Manuel Antonio National Park (highly recommend the guide), took a kayak mangrove tour, and explored the hotel's private reserve. The setting of this resort is unbelievable with views of the their private reserve and the ocean off in the distance. The deluxe suite room we had was great! Having your own private terrace was awesome, although the pool area was never crowded. The staff was very warm yet professional. They provided us with plenty of different restaurant recommendations aside from Gaia's restaurant that were all wonderful including Patio, Mar Luna, and Bambu Jam. Monica and most of the restaurant staff at the resort, really went out of their way to make sure everything was to your liking. Our personal valet Melany was great, she even was the one who drove us back to the local airport for our 20 minute flight back to San Jose (as opposed to driving which we were told takes 2 1/2-3 hours). The massages we received at the spa were some of the best we have ever had! Kudos to Melany again, since she is the spa manager as well. Thanks Gaia for one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had!
What a dissapointment!
It's an OK resort but not 5 Star by any means.
Gaia is a claustrophobic resort crammed onto a hilltop. The rooms are nice but are showing much wear and tear after one year in operation.
Windows and doors won't lock, maintenance never corrected problem. Boards are loose on the floor.
Service was the biggest disappointment they do not pay attention to
detail. Specific requests made at the time of reservation totaly ignored.
They are very disorganized and seem to get caught up in the act of customer service without ever meeting the needs of the guest.
Overall, in our opinion, this is a 4 star hotel at 5 star prices